Practice Makes Perfect, Right? FrostBike 2014

Mar 1, 2014
by Danielle Baker  
How else would you shuttle in the snow?

With temperatures low enough to make Farley Mowatt proud, this year's FrostBike course is a little faster and a little less treacherous (only a little) than the inaugural event last year. The crew at SilverStar Resort worked hard to prep a course this year that has not only provided a little extra challenge and fun in snow, but with below freezing temperature, has kept the ruts to a minimum, speeds high, and with some smoothing out overnight, the berms feeling luge-worthy.

Practice kicks off at 10 tomorrow morning with race runs beginning at 11:30, come out for some skiing, snowboarding, and cheering. . . because what would a grassroots event be without a chorus hecklers?

The SilverStar Resort crew was all smiles and power tools while putting the final touches on the course.

The cat trailer get's loaded for the top before racers head up on the lift to the start of the course for practice.

John Mcissac on a practice lap while the cat delivers more bikes up top.

Hillary Smith is one of only four girls braving the snow this weekend.

Tara Mowatt swapped riding shoes for thick socks and gumboots; riding gear necessitated by the weather.

When bikes attack.

The spectators got a little rowdy on-course today.

The berms were less than smooth and less than forgiving.

A little souvenir in the snow of the carnage in the berms.

Spencer Graf makes his way through the bottom turns, the course this year is a lot more dynamic and will transition into the mountain's border cross course when FrostBike is over.

Michael Kootnikoff crests the last rise in the course before the finish line.

Sylvain Celaire clears the jump into the finish.

Temperatures were low, but stoke was high.

FrostBike is sponsored by SilverStar Bike Park, Dunbar Cycles and Intense Cycles. For more information on upcoming races check out the Dunbar Summer Series.


47 Comments

  • + 41
 Chicks, power tools, bikes, fuck yeah.
  • + 3
 Forgot alcohol! Smile
  • + 3
 Hello, B.C. Canada here, Forgot the weed man!
  • + 0
 I forgot cuz I was drunk n stoned. Just focusing on what I saw in the pics Big Grin
  • + 24
 Would be so amazing to ride in the snow like that, maybe I'm showing my age but does anyone remember in the 99 winter XGames they had DH on snow and Peat had the sweetest looking Gold GT DHI. Can't find a pic anywhere online thou.
  • + 4
 is it hurt crashing on snow?
  • + 7
 Guess landing in the powder would be ok, but on the bike and in the compact stuff surely its just like hitting dirt but you get a face full of the white stuff
  • + 11
 You slide more so it's way better than dirt. Cedric Gracia once raced the mens downhill ski run back in around 2000 on a bike with spiked tyres. He got within 13 seconds of the winning ski time.
  • + 1
 I recall some nutters riding down the Cresta Run on spiked tyres too. Never ridden a bike in proper snow, ie dry powder, but it looks like a LOT if fun !
  • + 0
 #chyu I guess crashing in snow will hurt like crashing while skiing or snowboarding
  • + 2
 @Hexhamstu - Here's a few more details on Cedric's run at the Siemens Snow King event - bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=35833
And his Cannondale Judge -
www.bikesportnews.de/sites/default/files/news/10617.jpg
  • + 1
 Redbull put on a "Freezeride" event in 2002/03 if memory serves correct. Timo Pretzel won one year. Can't remember the other. I do remember them jumping a school bus.
  • + 1
 @ heavy p

Here is peaty on the gt on the snow...

s142.photobucket.com/user/dezb99/media/bikerx_zps074de41e.jpg.html
  • + 1
 it hurts only if u make a big mistake like that: www.pinkbike.com/video/350310
apart from that it makes so much fun: www.pinkbike.com/video/302294
  • + 12
 I wish there were resorts that did ONLY biking all year round!
  • + 14
 Costal Gravity Park opens soon!
  • + 0
 Ski resort that is considering opening up a little used side of the hill to bikes during winter. It was a killer time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3q-n1btj_4&feature=youtu.be
  • - 3
 I ride year round...bootleg canyon, bears best, cottonwood, cowboy trails, anthem and mt. charleston....my resort...the Las Vegas strip, we got no lift but these out weighs it...hookers, beer, drugs, strip clubs, night life like no other. Imma go party now, see you guys tomorrow!
  • + 14
 Fuck you.
  • + 8
 i ride all season too. here in vangcouver
  • + 10
 "with some smoothing out... the berms feeling luge-worthy. "

" The berms were less than smooth and less than forgiving."

Huh?
  • + 9
 Practice makes anal
  • + 1
 Need some of those drilled tires. Cant remember the video but it was one here the guy drilled steel pins into his tires for traction. That would have worked a treat.
  • + 2
 No metal spikes allowed!!!
  • + 1
 The video is of Matt Hunter ripping trails in kamloops in the dead of winter. I can attest to the rediculous traction wood screws provide on packed snow, never buy a fat bike!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_DSavn6SJA
  • + 3
 No metal spikes allowed... At frostbike...
  • + 1
 Hahaha I love how you wrote that twice I read it like the fight club scene.

rule1: You do not talk about fight club
rule2. You do not talk about fight club

For those who haven't seen it
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2lmFCqbJcI
  • + 1
 Hey PINKBIKE I understand all these images are white hence the black background but it looks killer from a design point of view you should run with it all the time!?!
  • + 1
 Me and my friends did the same thing up Copper Mountain in B.C. a few days ago!! Check out vid url>http://www.pinkbike.com/video/352812/url>
  • + 2
 Cold, snow, bikes, CANADIAN FLAGS!!!!!!
  • + 2
 john mac with a parka and shorts...... come on dude lol
  • + 3
 We need a video!!
  • + 2
 Must be very exciting, and I want to try
  • + 1
 Was a great day till it got really rutted.
  • + 1
 just the in between the last 2 berms. the rest was fine. i hope they fix that for race day
  • + 1
 Hopefully.
  • + 2
 Oh it will be! Saw them working on it tonight!
  • + 1
 nope.;;
  • + 1
 Good luck to my fellow racers today... Keep your tires on the ice...
  • + 1
 Well What else do you need you all ready have bikes, chicks, and snow
  • + 0
 That's so weird. For me FrostBike is QBP's annual new product showcase at their headquarters.
  • + 1
 Great day today for those that attended - going to be FAST tomorrow!
  • + 2
 So white ....
  • + 1
 in china 要是can这么play is great
  • + 0
 I wanted to be there but my new Operator hasn't arrived yet Frown
  • + 1
 DH IS year around haha
  • + 1
 Must be nice......

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