Gangs of Bikers Take Over Sun Peaks Resort

Aug 12, 2005
by Russ Day  
Last weekend it was the sounds of golfers taking practice swings and teeing up for the opening of the new back nine of the Sun Peaks Golf Course, while this weekend it will be the rush of mountain bikers ripping downhill and tearing cross country as they compete in a series of races making up the UCI World Masters Championships, Canada Cup Finals and BC Cup at Sun Peaks.“We’re expecting over 500 competitors – men and women of all ages – from all over the world this weekend,” explained Francis Argouin, Director of Marketing for the Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. “We have racers from as far away as Asia, Australia, South Africa, Europe and South America, as well as from across Canada and the US, including a number of multiple world, continental and national champions. We also expect to see a lot of local and regional riders register making it a truly global event.”

On Friday, August 12th, the UCI World Masters Cross Country Championship races take place starting at 8:00am on the new cross country race course that winds its way around the Sun Peaks valley. On Saturday, August 13th, the Canada Cup Final & BC Cup Cross Country races will run starting at 8:30am and on Sunday, August 14th, the downhill races for the UCI World Masters Championships (starting at 10:15am), the Canada Cup Final and BC Cup (starting at 3:00pm) will be held on the challenging course that winds it’s way down 2,000 vertical feet from the top of the Sunburst Chairlift. (Schedule of events below.)

For the past six years the UCI World Masters Championships were held in Bromont, PQ but were moved to Sun Peaks this year as well as in 2006. “We were looking for a new venue and were very impressed with the mountain biking facilities, the world class village, and the professionalism of the team at Sun Peaks” explained Richard Deslandes, Event Organizer of the UCI World Masters Championships. “We’re expecting to stage a first class event for racers with lots of excitement for spectators.”

Visitors to Sun Peaks this weekend will find lots of vantage points to view the races and enjoy all the other amenities and activities in the village.

For more information about the Mountain Biking events this weekend, or to book accommodations, please visit www.sunpeaksresort.com or call Sun Peaks Central Reservations at 1-800-807-3257.


UCI WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS / CANADA CUP AND BC CUP FINALS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - AUGUST 12 TO 14TH 2005

FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH


UCI WORLD MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP RACES (by category)
8am - 9am W 45-49, 50-54,55-59, 60+
9:15 - 10:45am W 30-34, 35-39, 40-44
11am - 1pm M 30-34, 35-39
1:15 -2:45pm M 40-44, 45-49
3pm - 4pm M 50-54, 55-59, 60+
4:15 - 5pm Cross Country Award Presentation Ceremonies

DOWNHILL TRAINING

9am - 12pm Downhill Training - All Racers
12am - 3:30pm Downhill Training - Masters Only

SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH


CANADA CUP AND BC CUP CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

8:30 - 9:45am W<15, W<17 and junior sport, W 19-29 sport, W 30+, M<15
10:00 - 11:30am M<17, M 17-18 Sport, M 19-29 Sport, M 30-39 Sport, M 40+ Sport
11:45 - 1:45pm W <17 and Junior Expert, W 19-29 Expert, M 19-29 expert, M 40+ Expert
12:15 - 1:45pm Bike marking for Elite M/W, M 17-18 (Junior) Expert
2:00 - 4:30pm W Elite, M 17-18 Expert, M Elite
5pm BC Cup/Canada Cup Cross Country Award Presentation Ceremonies

DOWHILL TRAINING & SEEDING

8am - 12am Downhill Training – All Racers
12:30 - 2pm Downhill Training - Masters Only
2:05 - 3:30pm Downhill Training - Canada Cup/BC Cup Elites Racers Only
5pm - 6:30pm Downhill Seeding Runs - Masters Only

SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH


UCI WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP DOWNHILL

CANADA CUP AND BC CUP DOWNHILL FINALS

8am - 8:20am Mandatory Downhill Training - World Masters Women Only
8:25 - 9:45am Mandatory Downhill Training - World Masters Men Only
10:15- 1:30pm UCI World Masters Championship Downhill
2:00pm UCI World Masters Championship Downhill Award Presentation Ceremonies
1:35 - 2:45pm Open Downhill Training - BC and Canada Cup Finals
3:00pm Canada Cup and BC Cup Downhill Finals
6:30pm Canada Cup and BC Cup Downhill Finals Award Presentation Ceremonies

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