Bearclaw Invitational - Postponed until 2016

Jul 17, 2015
by Pinkbike Staff  
News has reached us via Darren Berrecloth's Instagram account that he has decided to postpone his much-respected and enjoyed Bearclaw Invitational event for 2015. Despite this setback, Darren says that he has plans to bring us something different in 2016 to the current events out there on the FMB Tour.

bigquotesMade the decision to postpone my event ... to next year. Bit of a struggle these days to get support. And with all the events nowadays it's time to switch it up a bit. - Darren Berrecloth



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66 Comments

  • + 108
 Bearclaw can't get support ? That's Jack Lame.
  • + 50
 My guess. Redbull pulled out.
  • + 105
 Red bull should know that you never pull out....
  • + 10
 booooo
  • + 23
 Welcome to the MTB industry. I can't wait to see what he has planned for next year... hopefully some sort of big mountain or hybrid event!
  • - 5
flag PaulLehr (Jul 17, 2015 at 17:00) (Below Threshold)
 Redbull pulled out and didn't at least leave the money shot??? Bummeriffic
  • + 21
 how about Clawfest?
  • + 21
 Pullin out typically creates a mess......
  • - 7
flag SithBike (Jul 17, 2015 at 23:41) (Below Threshold)
 Needed a sponsorship and got a sponsor"skeet". After saying that the event was going to be a star, and scheduled for RB live.
  • - 14
flag KottonGin (Jul 18, 2015 at 0:38) (Below Threshold)
 Pulling out leads to unwanted pregnancies, RedBull should have paid more attention in Sex Ed.
  • + 14
 You guys are all making assumptions. Who knows what really happened.
  • + 13
 First 3 comments were funny, now you guys are trying too hard.
  • - 7
flag KottonGin (Jul 18, 2015 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 Now I feel like the turquoise hippo in this: youtu.be/dB14bTUWRwI
  • - 4
flag PaulLehr (Jul 18, 2015 at 14:17) (Below Threshold)
 i just wanted to make a money shot pun, and failed apparently. CLAW FEST 2016!!!
  • - 1
 @paullehr yah that's my bet
  • + 5
 Red Bull once didn't pull out... Kelly broke an arm....
  • + 56
 This sucks, Claw puts back into the sport, he doesn't just take.
$12k bikes, postponed events and events that put riders in danger... 2015 feels like the year the sport has finally lost touch with its roots!
  • + 40
 Totally agree, mountain biking is becoming a rich white man sport, just as road biking is. Sucks that good ol Specialized doesn't cough up the cash...oh wait...it's all invested in a wind tunnel and their roadie teams. Alright..hate away and let the negative hits come in..love it!
  • + 12
 Have you checked out what you can get in an entry level road bike now? I'd argue it is significantly cheaper to get into than MTB right now. Way better bang for your buck when buying a new road bike than new MTB.
  • + 5
 Oh thank god! I'm a rich white guy. Seems mtb is the only place left for a white guy.
  • + 4
 @robwhynot I think that's has more to do with the fact that its inherently cheaper to make a well functioning road bike than a mtb, the increase in performance between a low end and high end road bike will always be lesser than that with mtbs
  • + 1
 @dirtyknobbies hit the nail on the head....
  • + 24
 Understood. We'll forgive you as long as you give us a high five:

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  • - 4
flag KottonGin (Jul 18, 2015 at 0:43) (Below Threshold)
 "High paw dude, don't leave me hanging dude, ooooorrrr I'll f*cking eat you" said the bear.
  • + 23
 Mt Washy needs a bike park
  • - 14
flag eddardstark40 (Jul 17, 2015 at 15:32) (Below Threshold)
 it does have one
  • + 17
 ^Had
  • + 8
 Mt. Washington needs to re-open the park and Darren needs to be running it. It just seems so obvious. There are riders who will support a decent bike park there. I think Darren could build and maintain something really special on that hill that would rival Whistler. The bean counters just need to step aside and allow it to happen.
  • + 14
 If you read the instagram post, Darren says it will be at Coast Gravity Park next year.
  • + 2
 I think its a great idea to get the venue "somewhere"..instead of random private property. Plus...a lot of comments are about funding the event, which is no small thing I'm sure...but I'll bet scheduling conflicts are at least equally to blame. The riders we wanna see can only do so much per year guys...
  • - 6
flag SithBike (Jul 17, 2015 at 23:54) (Below Threshold)
 CGP sounds great. But FMB needs something big in the USA. Maybe he could oversee something like that.
  • + 4
 CGP is cool but youd get massive crowds if this was in Vancouver. Just sayjn
  • + 4
 He tried for Mt Seymour...zero cash after bad ski season though. I think CGP will be a great venue, it has a heart and soul for Mtn Biking. I brought Darren up to the park early this year and he was stoked on the location and the Coastal Crew are on board. Big things to come in 2016...
  • + 9
 Damn, I always look forward to his events realness. Can only mean its going to be bigger and better (aka more fest like) next year.
  • + 9
 well this is depressing
  • + 29
 Agreed. I would trade Les 2 Alps for the Claw Invitational any day.
  • + 11
 red bulls pull out game is strong
  • + 0
 Les 2 Alps keeps things International. The Claw Invitational is too close to Whistler, event date and location wise. FMB needs a slope style diamond event in the States. Maybe the Claw should regroup south of the border. Would probably help him sponsor wise too.
  • + 2
 I'd trade munich mash for Claw Invitational.
  • + 4
 Mtb reached a peak, we created something similar to the housing bubble of 2008, thats why bikes are now insanely expensive, and theres an insane oversaturation of product in the market, this is a downhill ride alright
  • + 6
 FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUÛÜÙÚŪUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU*CK!!!!!!
  • + 8
 Crowd source it!
  • + 1
 I think it's a good move by Darren, many slope courses have gotten kinda bland over the years. The riding has progressed, sure, but the courses have sorta fallen into the same design formula. For example, Bud Light basically re-using the kokanee cabin for a period of a few years, and then making a whale tail feature that was basically just a larger version of the kokanee whale tail from like 2009.
  • + 4
 Hope this bad news leads to better than ever news later. If anyone deserves support, it's Claw. And Duffy.
  • + 3
 confirmed rheeder won this year
  • + 3
 Anyone else up for donating £20 to make this a FEST stop?
  • + 3
 no cause i have dollars
  • + 5
 Your name is Eddard Stark shouldn't you be using gold anyways Wink
  • + 3
 He didn't even survive a season.
  • + 2
 The lord of light demands your penis.
  • + 0
 No, cause I have no money
  • + 4
 Red Bull pedal slipped?
  • + 1
 A heli will be awesome,if you guys would like to ride in flaming mountains.
  • + 2
 I say big bike event for 2016! Its time for some more of those in the FMB
  • + 1
 Claw,I'm working on to try to support you for a new Event in Flaming Mountains.Let's do it!
  • + 1
 Next year... FEST series!!!
  • + 1
 So when was the competition?
  • + 1
 shame it better be good next year
  • + 1
 Well, it'll still be a good event for sure
  • + 1
 Bummer.
  • + 1
 Bad News
  • - 1
 I would trade Rotorua for this any day
  • + 9
 Says the kid who has never been. There's a reason many of the slopestyle pros have said that Rotorua has been the best course they've ever ridden haha
  • + 5
 Rotorua looked like it was on point especially for the first year. If anything RedBull Skygate or one stop of the RedBull Cliff Diving World Series that I stumbled on the tv one night should be traded...yes you read that right cliff diving...televised. I couldn't believe it.
  • + 5
 rotorua was the best fmb course in years! if anything they should ditch the crappy slope events that arent even on a mountain

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