Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle this Saturday

Aug 19, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
The world's best freeride mountain bikers make their annual pilgrimage this week to Vancouver Island's Mount Washington Alpine Resort, home of the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle. This is the third edition of the Bearclaw event and Darren Berrecloth has cooked up some special treats in year three.What kind of treats does Bearclaw have in store? Not including the salmon feast he cooks for riders on Saturday night, Berrecloth introduces a new Free Slalom event that kicks off the two-days of competitions on Friday night. The design of the Free Slalom is simple; it’s a slalom course with three dirt jumps. Racers are not only timed, but they're also being judged on their airs -in a similar format to mogul skiing. This is the first competition of its type in mountain biking so be sure to check it out.

With an $18,000 prize purse, the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle is the main event of the weekend. Cam McCaul owns this event. The American freeride superstar is a crowd favorite and he's taken home the winner's cheque two years in a row. Will Cam make it a three-peat? Place your bets now. The action starts at noon on Saturday.

Berrecloth has given his slopestyle course a complete makeover and we're pretty sure it wasn't all done to throw McCaul off his game. “I changed the whole design from the year before, trying to incorporate all the key elements in which a slopestyle course should have and incorporating some of my own ideas as well,” Berrecloth explains. “I made the course small, tight, and technical at the top, and progressively stepped up the gnar factor as the course winds down the slope.”

The new course features berms, a wall ride to sub-rail, and a 15 foot bonar log through the first 75 meters. This is followed immediately by a quarter hip to dirt hip, then a 40 foot bonar log with a crazy 30 foot gap. The end of the course features a classic super-sized dirt jump accompanied with a gigantic step-up and showcase final drop right in front of the beer garden. The action should be mind-blowing to say the least.

Shortly after the Slopestyle, Berrecloth will try to repeat as High Air champion. Last year, he topped the bar at over 16 feet and the crowd went nuts. Will Berrecloth hold on to the title or will he be dethroned in 2008? There's good incentive to air the highest, the winner takes home a sick Oakley Crankcase for their efforts.

With all the action going on, what's the best part about the Bearclaw Invitational? One word, free! That's right, it's free for all spectators. Not only do you get to check out the best riders from all over the world, but Berrecloth will be busy tossing his sponsor's shwag out to the crowd in-between sessions on course.

To top off the high-energy atmosphere, Red Bull is bringing some DJ's to keep the crowds moving all day Saturday. Kokanee will also lend a hand, along with the Glacier Girls at the Kokanee Bar and Grill, for some beer garden motivational speaking and crowd appreciation.

To see the complete rider list and schedule for the Bearclaw Invitational, check out

The Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle is sponsored by: Adidas Eyewear, Red Bull, Specialized Bikes, Fox Racing Shox, Dakine, Race Face, Hayes Disc Brakes, Mavic, Kokanee, the Head First Army, Toyota, and Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is host site for the Bearclaw Invitational. The bike park is open daily until September 21, 2008. For accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to for additional information including the live mountain cam.

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  • 11 3
 that is going to be sweet
  • 4 4
 awsome cant wait
  • 17 1
 Way more photos here
  • 2 2
 fuck yea cant wait soo stoked
  • 7 0
 thats some SICK art work on the ramp in the picture
  • 0 0
 shit gunna be crazy man me and my friend ty got to help darren make the jump for the step-up and we got to hang out wiht him and shit it was sweet hope everything goes succesful and good weather.. looks like it might rain but who knows. but yeah gunna be sweet this third year!
  • 4 1
 It's gonna be amazing this year!
  • 4 1
 Sick, anyone going should have a blast.
  • 4 1
 dude i have seen it all last years was way better
  • 1 11
flag mikethebiker69 (Aug 19, 2008 at 20:54) (Below Threshold)
 shut up ty this year way better you faggot
  • 2 1
 i wish i could go.. i went to crankworxs but id rather go to mt. wash, anyday
  • 3 1
 Bearclaw definatly makes the sickest coarses!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 We will be up for 3 days of rippin' and lucky we have about 20 people between 2 chalet's should be unreal !
  • 4 2
 I wish i could go
  • 2 4
 Sick! Last two years have been success and the tricks throwen down are allways please'ers ! Soo can't wait to see te photo's and footage from it this year! bet the course it mint!
  • 1 0
 looks like its going to be sick, any way of watching it on the internet?
  • 1 0
 looks like it'll be a great comp wish i could go and watch Frown
  • 0 0
 jesus, stupid pro's and there AMAZING courses, I want to be pro just to get the privlage of riding those lines.
  • 1 0
 after the comp they open the course to the public. they take about a week to put up case guards and shit. last year they took out the bonar logs but you can go ride most of it
  • 1 1
 i hope they have road biking there, that woulb be way better then slopestyle
  • 0 0
 godamit i raced the garbonso n left the next day. why the fock couldnt i have stayed there longer
  • 1 0
 can't wait to see the course
  • 1 1
 Oh stoked hope the weather holds out
  • 0 0
 Will this be aired over the net or tv or anything?
  • 1 0
 its going to be sick
  • 0 0
 yeah i gone thier every time and it only gets beter
  • 0 0
 yo i hope the weather holds out this year will be sick !!!
  • 1 1
 who else is going!!!!
  • 0 1
 whats the date of the actual event? cause if im around id like to go to it Razz
  • 0 0
 can anybody ride the corse or is it just for whoever compeats
  • 0 0
 Where can I watch the event live on the internet?
  • 0 0
 I cant wait to go its going to be insane
  • 0 0
 im going to watch waurday and then ride the track sundaay
  • 0 0
 I hope so
  • 0 0
 who's going?Smile
  • 1 7
flag mikethebiker69 (Aug 19, 2008 at 20:55) (Below Threshold)
 like every pro 30 riders and its the biggest bike event in the world
  • 0 1
 ya me too^^ its better last year
  • 1 1
 yea but the riders are gona shred harder abd this course looks even more buff. i think its also goign to suprise evryone. every rider thaught it was the best comp last year its still a big wants to threepeat so hes going to have to up last years run.
  • 2 0
 u guys are like so retarted.i hope you haters dont go.
  • 0 2
 i think rip tv did a thing on it showin the riders runs i dont no if its live or not but they will probly do it again
  • 0 0
 ya man
  • 0 0
 im goin
  • 0 0
 that looks awsome
  • 0 1
 i hope i can make it
  • 1 2
  • 0 2
 ya i'll be in it
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