Mountain Bike News
      :: from Paddy KayeSep 30, 2002
2002 Harvest Huckfest - Whistler BC 2002 Harvest Huckfest - Whistler BC
The Harvest Huckfest is back to celebrate the closing weekend of Whistler's Bike Park. 2002 has been a monumental year for the park with all kinds of new trails, a new lift system, the biggest visitor numbers ever, and big events. There is no where else in the World like it. Fact, the bike park numbers are up 50% over last year and Harvest Huckfest 2001 was the biggest day ever. By all accounts, Whistler will be setting the standard for the future this coming (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend.
      :: from Freeride EntertainmentSep 30, 2002
New World Disorder III - Freewheel Burning - World Premiere! New World Disorder III - Freewheel Burning - World Premiere!
Get set, get stoked, it’s finally time.... The World Premiere for Freewheel Burning! Presented by Freeride Entertainment and Fox Racing. Sunday October 6, 2002. Come to Las Vegas’ newest casino resort The Palms, and party hard at Rain in the Desert nightclub. Featuring L.A.’s hottest club act metal shop. All night rager fueled by Red Bull. Doors @ 8:00 show @ 9:30. For those of you unable to attend, we'll be there, cameras at the ready, giving you a glimpse at the party's depravity in all its splendor.

Editors Note: NWD III will be available right after the World Premiere in the PinkBike on-line store on DVD and VHS
If you don't own a copy of NWD or NWD II, what are you waiting for?

   :: from Radek BurkatSep 28, 2002
Interbike 2002 - Get the scoop Interbike 2002 - Get the scoop
Interbike starts next week - Oct 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the biggest and most important industry show in North America. All the new bikes, new components, products, films, are showcasing at this event. It's the first time anyone can feast their eyes on all the new equipment and innovations the manufacturers have been working on through the year.
Pinkbike will be there giving the World a live feed of all the bike porn you can handle. We'll bring you photos, video, and information on the latest designs and we will be updating right from the show.

Now is the chance to give your input on what you REALLY want to see. What products, what models, which manufacturers we should showcase.

Post your requests and comments here

   :: from Mike MorelySep 27, 2002
Whistler 2000 Biking super hero road trip Whistler 2000 Biking super hero road trip
Its been 5 years
now since a group of us have been heading out to Whistler. When I would tell
people that we do an annual trip to the same place, they would always ask “Why
don’t you go to the Shore or Nelson or …” and we would always say that there was
so much biking in the Whistler area that we hadn’t done it all yet.

And you would think that after 5 years, that would have changed - but it
hasn’t: every year Whistler just keeps getting better and better - especially
with the advent of the Whistler Bike park. Naturally, since it was built,
everyone thinks when you say you are riding in Whistler that you are going to
hit the bike park: But if you go to Whistler and only ride there, you are not
even getting half the picture. The bike park is incredible, but it is only a
small part of the story….and since everyone knows the bike park, I’ll spin the
focus more on the other stuff…

You see cause we don’t go out to Whistler as us - we go out there to take on
our secret identities as biking road trip heroes …

(note some names and events in this story may be modified to protect the
um…innocent)

      :: from Russ DaySep 27, 2002
Whistler Mountain Bike Festival this Weekend Whistler Mountain Bike Festival this Weekend
Don’t forget to head out to Whistler this weekend, Sept. 27th - 29th to catch the Whistler Mountain Bike Festival. Events over the weekend promise to please spectators and riders alike, featuring the B.C. Freeride Challenge a timed only course taking place on Whistler Mountain’s new trail "Schleyer", the six hour Whistler Enduro cross-country race with solo and three person categories, and the Remax Whistler Village Criteriums where participants get to rip it up on a race course though Whistler Village (hopefully, $2000 fines will not be given out that day).


After a hard day on Saturday when the thirst sets in, head to the Whistler Conference Centre where fifteen micro-breweries will be competing for your taste bud’s loyalty and a mark on your scorecard during the First Annual Beer Cup. Check out the Shore Events website for more info on registration and event schedules.

      :: from Peter WilsonSep 27, 2002
The IDUN Video Teaser - Monkey Style The IDUN Video Teaser - Monkey Style
IDUN Progressive Street Wear, makers of some of the dopest cycling clothing on the market, sent us this sweet teaser for your enjoyment. You've surely seen IDUN sponsored riders like Dustin Adams, Chris Donahue and Dylan Tremblay right here on the pages of Pinkbike. Dedicated to the soul of riding a bike. BMX, BSX, MTB... it doesn’t matter, it’s about riding forever it’s about riding in cities and towns all over the world. IDUN is riding as a lifestyle! They put all they have into their products so you feel good on or off two wheels.
   :: from Alberta Bicycle AssociationSep 27, 2002
Do Your Part to Promote the Bicycle in Alberta: Do Your Part to Promote the Bicycle in Alberta:
ABA members can submit their views on Alberta's plan to address climate change through a survey available online and in print. The survey will address the draft plan's recommended actions and guide the plan's implementation.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The Alberta Government is soliciting public input on its greenhouse gas policies. I urge everyone to go to the Web site and fill out this survey by 15th October, or on the Alberta government's homepage and click 'Climate Change Action Plan'. Your comments will NOT be construed as 'criticizing' the Alberta Government. Albertans are being ASKED for their input.

*Pay particular attention to questions 5, 6, 9 & 13.*

      :: from Hippie-TechSep 27, 2002
Looking for Some Custom Shock Work? Looking for Some Custom Shock Work?
"Jumpin" Jerry Vanderpool a.k.a "The Hippie"- bicycle industry veteran, car jumper, racer, and former Rockshox employee is proud to announce the opening of Hippie-Tech Suspension.
This new company is a resource for people with any brand of front or rear bicycle suspension to have quality repair service or performance custom tuning done. We have many years of experience working on all types of bicycle suspension products and it is our goal to make your shock perform at its best no matter how new, old, or unique it is. Customers are called with an estimate of repair costs prior to the repair being finished for their approval and typical average turnaround is 2-3 days with a 60 day warranty on labor.
For more information about Hippie-Tech Suspension or to get a repair estimate please call (20Cool 724-8949 or go to www.hippiesuspension.com.
   :: from Stewart LouisSep 26, 2002
2nd Annual Single Track Cycle Single Speed Race 2nd Annual Single Track Cycle Single Speed Race
This Sunday, September 29, Canada Olympic Park plays host to Single Track Cycle's Second Annual singlespeed XC race. Racing action begins at 10am and singlespeed bikes are not necessarily required. Stop by at 9am, select your gear and Single Track's expert staff will lock in your chosen gear combination. Just $18 to register, T-Shirt included and of course there will be a ton-o-giveaways including cash and draw prizes. Register at COP's Guest Services, or call Single Track Cycle at (403)244-2464 for more information.
      :: from Rod LelandSep 25, 2002
NWD 3 Freewheel Burning Premiere October 10th! NWD 3 Freewheel Burning Premiere October 10th!
That's right, the boys at Freeride Entertainment are bringing you one of this year's top films: Disorder III - Freewheel
Burning. It's going down at C.O.P on Oct 10th.
Starring:
Bender, Robbie "Air "Bourdon, Anne-Caroline Chausson, John Cowan, Cedric Gracia, Steve Peat, Ryan Leech, Jeff
Lenosky, Greg Minnaar, Timo Pritzel, Richie Schley, Joe Schwartz, Wade Simmons, & more.
With a sick new soundtrack featuring:
Fu Manchu, Hoobastank, Unwritten Law, Cypress Hill, Dope, & more


Tickets are $5 and only 90 seats per showing. 6:30and 8pm. Call 247-5452 or visit guest services to get your tickets.


Check out a mega insane teaser for this vid by clicking on the video box.

Editors Note: NWD III will be available right after the World Premiere in the PinkBike on-line store on DVD and VHS
If you don't own a copy of NWD or NWD II, what are you waiting for?

      :: from mentalSep 24, 2002
FSA Launches Oversize BB Website FSA Launches Oversize BB Website
FSA launched www.oversizebb.com today to promote its Mega Tech bottom bracket standard that like the ISIS design, is open to any component manufacturer. FSA has already designed cutting and installation tools in addition to providing BB shells in 6000 and 7000 series aluminum, cromoly and titanium. The Mega Tech is based around a 50mm BB shell (as opposed to today's 42mm standard) with bearings pressed into the shell (a la BMX). This allows for a larger bearing and spindle design with many benefits such as increased stiffness, durability, strength and lighter weight. FSA is touting the new standard for XC, Road and Track bike use, while DH and freeride use almost seems a given. No word yet on how the industry is accepting Mega Tech, but we'll try to get the scoop from FSA at Interbike.
      :: from Rod LelandSep 24, 2002
2002 Junior Freeride Championships A Success! 2002 Junior Freeride Championships A Success!
After a cold, wet, intense day worth of riding, the junior freeride championships were finished. A great downhill course (as always), a mega gnarly trials park competition, and a fast, technical dual made the 2002 JFC a great time for both spectators and riders alike. Although the weather was maybe less than favorable, the atmosphere made up for it. Props to the COP dudes James, Aimee, Vicky-Lyne, Emerson, Darcy and Ron from Ridley's Cycle for making this event again, a huge success. To check out the full results, click "Read More".
   :: from DaverSep 24, 2002
Riders anonymous premiere! - Oct 4th Riders anonymous premiere! - Oct 4th
From the creators of Hidden Pleasures and Second Coming, MPF is proud to present Riders Anonymous, a new mountain bike flick. The movie is going to be premiered on Friday, October 4th at 7:30 at The University of Calgary - Murray Fraser Hall (MFH) room 162.

Get the teaser here!

   :: from Preston BlackieSep 24, 2002
Rubber Side Down Premiere - Tonight! Rubber Side Down Premiere - Tonight!
The Seymour Pub at the Holiday Inn in North Vancouver presents the premiere of Rubber Side Down tonight at 7pm. Featuring the likes of Chris Donahue, Preston Blackie, Shaums March and Gareth Dyer this flick promises to please. No cover charge with tons of prizes to be given away, what have you got to lose?
   :: from Tim BieberSep 22, 2002
Dropin - final update Dropin - final update
Well, where do I start. We are now back in Calgary after 63 days living and traveling on the bus. We logged over 4,600kms on the bus and over 13,000kms on the rental truck. Both the bus and truck fared well...surprising since the bus was retired by the city 7 years ago because it was unsafe for public transit, and not to mention it's been in active service (including the Drop In Crew) for over 27 years, and the truck was a Ford rental...enough said!
      :: from Jessica MandokiSep 21, 2002
Red Bull Bike Battle Results Red Bull Bike Battle Results
Boston's City Hall Plaza hosted thousands
of spectators as they cheered on trials riders from around the globe in the
unique trials competition Red Bull Bike Battle. Fourteen riders competed
for a piece of the $5000 purse but it was Yoshimasa Nagaya from Gihu, Japan
that landed first place using one of the biggest moves of the day.
   :: from Cro-mag and Nick QuinnSep 20, 2002
B-Team dirty dog adventures: Operation Rossland, Part II B-Team dirty dog adventures: Operation Rossland, Part II
Well as we said before Rossland was such a rad place we decided to head back for September Long weekend (or week for some of us as it turned out). If there’s one thing we've learned this season about road trips it's don't organize, and don't have any expectations. Now this is not normal practice for most folks, but the B-team is all about fun, riding, beer and just going where ever the wheel rolls. Departing from Calgary we had a larger group than the usual B-Team…. Nick, Cro-Mag (Aaron), Steve C (The Count), Gord, Robb.
   :: from mentalSep 20, 2002
Interbike - Just Around the Corner Interbike - Just Around the Corner
As I write this there's just two weeks until we load the laptops, bikes, and cameras into the El Camino and make the 20 hour trek to Interbike 2002. For those attending, that means you've got just 15 short days to buff up and break out your hottest outfit as once again Pinkbike will be bringing you the "Hottest People at Interbike" contest. If you think you, or someone you know has what it takes, be sure to find us at the show. For those unable to attend, we'll still bring you all the best Interbike coverage to be found with more photos, articles and updates than ever before. Our Interbike 2002 coverage starts on Saturday October 5th and the Red Bull Rampage goes the following weekend. We'll be there keeping you up-to-date and in the know! Who said riding season is over?
   :: from Mike JohnsonSep 18, 2002
Junior Freeride Championships. This SUNDAY! Junior Freeride Championships. This SUNDAY!
This sunday (September 22nd) at Canada Olympic Park the junior freeride championships get underway at 11am. The competition consists of 1 run through a marked course in the stunt park, 1 downhill run, and 1 dual series (round robin tournament).

The price is $10 for each participant. Participants must be under the age of 18, meaning no 18 year olds or older. you MUST be 17 or younger.

      :: from mentalSep 17, 2002
Another Stellar Psychosis Another Stellar Psychosis
Clear skies, warm temperatures and a dry, dusty course greeted this year's Mount 7 Psychosis competitors. While the majority of the race course was super buff, a lack of precipitation in the week leading up to the race left the Dead Dog section (top 600m) absolutely treacherous. You could probably count the number of riders who cleaned it on one hand. The entire community of Golden seemed to be in attendance as competitors, volunteers, spectators and First Aid Attendants (3 first aid stations on Dead Dog alone). The home town crowd watched their very own Nathan Briggs take top spot from the launch with a time of 14:52.46. The small women's field was won by Pip Parr with a time of 22:03.68. What most impressed me was the number of times that came in under 16:30, damn that's smoking fast!
      :: from Johnny SmokeSep 15, 2002
Shermans review Shermans review
Johnny Smoke here from Bush Pilot MTB Guides.
A little history lesson for all you kids out there. World War II was won in large part due to the ingenuity of the American engineers who designed their equipment. One of the most famous weapons of that era was the Sherman tank. Cheap, efficient and easily produced, it was also effective and powerful. Answer-Manitou is hoping that their latest suspension offering of the same name will live up to the reputation of the original.



   :: from PinkbikeSep 13, 2002
Nico Announces Retirement - Sort of Nico Announces Retirement - Sort of
Nicolas Vouilloz announced yesterday he will be retiring from traditional downhill racing. He will now shift his focus to "marathon downhilling" events like the Megavalanche (perhaps Golden's Mt7 Psychosis for 2003?) and product development with his various sponsors. With Nico's love for rally racing, you can be certain he'll be pursuing more time behind the wheel to replace his time in the saddle.
   :: from mentalSep 11, 2002
Only 4 More Sleeps Until Psychosis!!! Only 4 More Sleeps Until Psychosis!!!
Alright kiddies, the race of the year, Golden's Mount 7 Psychosis is set to go this weekend. The course has been lovingly prepared by the Golden Cycling Club and their trail maintenance crew, and I've never seen it in better shape. Now's the time to register online and secure one of the only 200 spots, but Steve Fisher has informed us they'll be offering Saturday registration for those unable do it in advance if space is available. The rodeo grounds will play host to the beer gardens and Bike Expo, and there's sure to be impromptu hill climbs, dirt jumping and other lunacy (like last year's steer/bike wrestling) with wacky prizes. This is the longest race of the year, I hope to see you there!
      :: from Ed RosserSep 10, 2002
Trials By Fire Competition Trials By Fire Competition
On October 27 2002, the historic hills of Northern Kentucky will
host the Trials By Fire biketrial competition. Pro and amateurs
biketrial riders from the surrounding states will converge on the
beautiful city of Ft. Thomas Kentucky, to compete for cash and
prizes. Unlike more traditional trials venues, Ft Thomas promises to include lots of stone walls, timber, gullys, and civil war era rifle trenches.
More information can be found at www.trialsbyfire.com.

   :: from IMBASep 10, 2002
IMBA and Koobi Announce Grant Recipients IMBA and Koobi Announce Grant Recipients
Four bicycle groups have been awarded 2002 IMBA/Koobi Club Assistance
Grants. The $500 grants -- part of Koobi's growing commitment to mountain
bike advocacy -- support projects that enhance, preserve and maintain trail
opportunities for mountain bikers.
Colorado Springs-based Koobi is an innovative maker of high-performance
bicycle saddles. The support comes to IMBA from the Koobi Freedom
Foundation, which was established this past year to fund various advocacy
projects.
      :: from Radek BurkatSep 10, 2002
Fall race series at COP Fall race series at COP
The fall race series has started so it's time to come out and get your last few races in before the snow falls.
For the next 4 weeks at COP the following races are available.

Tuesday - Dual Eliminator

Wendsday - DH Downhill Race

Thursday - XC

If you are a seasoned veteran or just a beginner this is a great time to come out and race.

See you all tonight at COP (Canada Olympic Park. Tonight racing starts at 6:30, registration ends at 6:15
   :: from Danny LarocheSep 9, 2002
Long Term Ride - Big Hit DH Frame Long Term Ride - Big Hit DH Frame
Up until recently I was a single pivot guy. My first fully was a Santa Cruz Heckler. When the Heckler broke, I got a Bullit. When the Bullit broke, the Santa Cruz crash replacement warranty kept me on my Bullit., I liked the Santa Cruz bikes because they were simple, low maintenance, and had a low stand over height. I was confident with my bike. I never backed away from a large drop for fear of my bike not being able to handle it. To say I was apprehensive when my new BigHit frame arrived is an understatement. Before this, my only experience on a BigHit was riding around the parking lot on a medium frame. It felt awkward to me, I sat a lot higher up than on my Bullit and the cockpit just didn’t feel right to me.
      :: from mentalSep 5, 2002
Product Test - Norco Team DH Product Test - Norco Team DH
Based in BC's lower mainland, it's no surprise Norco bikes are developed and tested on the North Shore. While Norco's VPS line of bikes are certainly no newcomers to the marketplace, that doesn't mean the familiar monocoque frame design is stale. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Norco was wise enough to license and refine the Specialized Horst Link four bar linkage. Over the years, the frame's geometry has been tweaked, pivot bushings have given way to sealed bearings and material has been strategically added and removed to achieve a balance of strength, durability and sensible weight.
      :: from Radek BurkatSep 5, 2002
Dropin TV Show - video teaser Dropin TV Show - video teaser
Only four days left before the first episode of DROPIN TV airs across Canada. Check out the schedule and set your VCRs.To give you a little taste I have put together a 5 minute video of some action clips and a cool segment from the show. This should give you an idea what it's all about.

Download Dropin VIDEO teaser
(For best video picture download the latest Window Media Player)

Questions/Comments

   :: from Zest ProductionsSep 4, 2002
Think You've Got What it Takes? Think You've Got What it Takes?
The RED BULL RIDE is back for 2003.


After an awesome 2002 event which saw an invited list of 25 riders from 9 countries, to one very seriously technical and in-your-face course, the search for a hand full of the world’s leading riders from all corners of the world is on again.


The Red Bull Ride 2003 will be held between the 19 - 24 January in Jindabyne, Australia and the checklist for 2003 goes something like this:


Prize money: AUS$15,000.00
World class quality television and video production of the event
Major world-wide television distribution program
World-wide video distribution
Warm weather, beaches and Aussie girls
The Riders

   :: from Ryan KuhnSep 4, 2002
Low turnout, fast times at Kicking Horse race Low turnout, fast times at Kicking Horse race
On Sunday, August 25, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort held its first ever Cycling
B.C.
sanctioned downhill mountain bike race, the Kicking Horse Challenge,
and although turnout was low, the action was high-flying and fast.
"It went really well and the conditions were great with a little bit of
rain," said course organizer Steve Fisher.
This year's times were nearly 30 seconds faster than last year's
unsanctioned event, said Fisher, a fact that testifies to the excellent
course conditions and high-caliber of competition.

Don't forget, the Terminator Downhill is set to go this Saturday, Sept 7 at KHMR, you won't find a better tune up for the Psychosis!

Scott Belton of Adrenaline Descents and the Cedar House is putting a heli drop together for Sunday, Sept 8. With a goal of 30 riders, cost should be around $60. Shoot us an email if you're interested in the drop, we'll be sure to pass it on to Scott.

      :: from Shaums MarchSep 3, 2002
Shaums March Training Camps Shaums March Training Camps
Shaums March and Mad March Racing are pleased to announce their next Mountain Bike camp Sept 14-15 at Northstar Resort at Tahoe CA. Mad March Racing , lead by Shaums March, has been conducting mountain bike skill building camps that focus on DH and technical riding. The camps are a hands on Mountain bike learning experience instructed by current top ranked professional racers such as Richard Lancaster, Todd Leduc and Lisa Sher.


Editors Note: Depending on local interest, Shaums is considering running clinics in Calgary on the weekend of Sept 28 and 29. These would be a great opportunity for riders of all abilities to take their riding to the next level. If you're interested, contact mental@pinkbike.com for more information.

   :: from Keith WhiteSep 3, 2002
Coquitlam Fundraiser a Huge Success Coquitlam Fundraiser a Huge Success
We are very happy to announce that this past weekends' fundraiser was a
great success. The biking community came together to raise over $3700 to go
towards the park.
The evening was filled with bevies, 50/50 babes (not you
Paul), prizes, music and more prizes. In total, three mountain bike frames
and two complete BMX bikes were given out amongst hundreds of other quality
prizes. A big thanks goes out to all who pitched in to help and all the
sponsors who donated products. Unfortunately the evening did have one low
point when some genius decided tear down all the five minute parking signs
outside the pub. It's a shame that some of our money will have to go to
having these signs repaired.


We look forward to starting construction in the next couple of weeks. Look
for upcoming work party information right here on Pinkbike.

   :: from Richard JurynSep 3, 2002
1st Annual Whistler Mountain Bike Festival 1st Annual Whistler Mountain Bike Festival
September 28th and 29th 2002

BC Freeride Challenge!

Don’t get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with downhill and dual (or 4X) ..BUT they are not really like the kind of riding that many of us do when we head out on the trails in our local area! Especially in BC, the birthplace of Freeriding and place where fertile minds and willing bodies are constantly refining and reinventing the sport.

 
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