Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship – Prize Purse and Event Passes

Aug 20, 2014 at 13:23
Aug 20, 2014
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The prize purse for the inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship event is set at $20,000, with the winner taking home $10,000 in cash! The payout is deep, all the way to 40th position.

Event passes are now on sale. Don’t miss your chance to see 10 riders racing downhill head-to-head for the first time ever dropping over 1,500 vertical feet. Come enjoy great food, a course-side beer garden and entertainment for the whole family the weekend of September 19-20th. The White Peaks Express Quad will be open for spectators to take a ride to the start of the course. There are two great days of racing action on Friday and Saturday, plus plenty of outdoor activities in and around the Pinnacle Expo Village at the base of Waterville Valley Resort.

Single day and two day passes are available, single day passes start at $25 for adults and $15 for children. Reserved grandstand seats and full VIP passes are also available for purchase.

Event passes for the Pinnacle Bike Championship can be purchased in advance at

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  • + 10
 Relatively speaking in mtn bike racing...... $10K is a nice little pay day.
  • + 8
 tell me this is going to be live/replay on pinkbike ?
  • + 3
 Anyone interested in going but put off by the annoying money-grubbing "event passes" ($25 to watch? WTF.) should try to just walk up the course for free. It's all on National Forest land, they can't ban you from doing so. There's a hiking trail up Tecumseh, that will have to be open, and from there just cut over to the trails. Unless you are using the WV facilities (e.g. lifts), there's no way they are allowed to restrict public access to WMNF land. In the winter, you can hike the mountain and ski for free, the same applies in the summer. Questions? Contact WMNF:
  • + 2
 seriously? is it the same trail in the winter that you have to hike?
  • + 5
 Bring it on!!! This is gonna be the wildest event on planet earth!
  • + 4
 So the future of bike racing is paying for spectators to watch the race?..
  • + 7
 For special events in where the racers that are risking their health by entertaining you are getting paid the money they deserve, then yes, this wouldn't be a bad future for MTB racing's special events.
  • + 2
 And the passes are perhaps for the liftchair (and other stuff), because hiking 1500 vertical feet to see the track isn't really fun I think
  • + 1
 For good reason, there is always some pressure/incentive to try to make a format that has been successful in one sport/business work in another. You can go to some of the US' mid-sized cities and totally pack a collesium with paying Supercross fans, only a fraction of whom themselves ride. There has always been a promoter trying to make some form of MTB work that same magic. No amount of top pro participation, large purses, or race format has worked yet. Some people believe it is because cycling is more participatory (though of course many of us love watching great races too). Some people believe they just have to find the right formula and the money will come in.
  • + 3
 That's a good point... mtbing is starting to get that kind of fan base finally. With more and better broadcasts and people sharing mtb videos, it's a slow process but I can see it becoming as popular as motox. Slopestyle most likely first because you can have more spectator friendly venues but it seems for almost every other discipline, more people are becoming fans of.
  • + 2
 Good luck with this. Sounds like an injury filled day. I'll check back to see who wasn't hurt.
  • + 0
 fuck that noise about buying spectator tickets, the only way to spectate is to walk the track!
  • + 2
 Agreed. But since it's on national forest land, there's no way they can bar you from that, despite what they want to claim. Simply hike in, from the access road if necessary.
  • + 1
 Mountain biking to the next level yes..
  • - 3
 Please feel free to keep all of the carnage, dangerous, wha wha comments to yourselves. If that is the way you feel, then this race isn't for you, which is fine. We just don't need to hear it.
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