Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - The Western Open Downhill – Update

Aug 5, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort The Western Open Downhill – Update

25 Days to RACE DAY, party lo-down, course cam and more . . .

With only 25 days to go the Western Open downhill race at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort the final details are dialed. This month’s race update includes the announcement of the Saturday evening shake down, a link to the course cam, this month’s pre-registration prize winner and more. More details inside,And the winner is . . . .

SE Racing, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Calgary Cyclepath have teamed up to build a sweet pre-registration perks program. All racers who pre-register online at are entered into a monthly prize draw leading up to the race. This month’s winner is Jessica Huntington from Sechelt, BC. Jessica has scored a new set of Knee and Shin pads from 661 and will be able to claim this Calgary Cyclepath prize at the registration desk on race weekend.

A new prize has been drawn every month leading up to the Western Open. However, if you have not won, the best is yet to come with the grand prize draw for the Spank Puff Frame happening at the pre-race patio shakedown on Saturday August 28th.

The Party . . . .
Big Rock Brewery, Peaks Bar & Grill and the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort events team have teamed up to ensure that everyone will have plenty of fuel and beverage options at the finish line over the course of the weekend. The patio will be rocking over all three days of the event with the shake down party happening on Saturday evening after training. The Big Rock Brewery Untapped connection is pleased to present Urban Divide on the main stage on Saturday Night. This 7 piece Calgary based funk band is sure to bring a vibe to the plaza on Saturday night. Check them out here.

The course . . . .
The race will be run on the Pioneer Race Course and running an estimated 2.5km length, 300m in vertical and average run time of 4 minutes. Course preparation continues as the Kicking Horse Bike Park trail crew has been inspecting the run and making a couple smaller tweaks to a few spots that the average rider might get a little squirrely. A few smaller berms have been added to the mix along with some other smaller changes. All racers are encouraged to check out the recent chest cam of the course, run by our own Black Crowe.

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He told us he took it slow so everyone can check out the line options. Note: the official finish line for the race will be between the two lifts, not over the stunts known as Bert and Ernie.

The Racers Skinny . . . .

Registration and Fees
• $50 for most categories if pre-registered by Sunday August 15th on
o Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will be extending a special lift rate for all racers
o Two 4 One / Saturday & Sunday for the price of a one day lift
• There will be a $10 late registration fee for all registrations after August 15th 2010.
• Early bird registration ends Aug 15th.
o Fees will increase by $10 on Aug 16th.
• Online registration is open until Aug 22nd at 5 pm.
• Racer check in only on Sunday August 29th 2010
• Day licenses will be available for all non-licensed riders, please see the commissar or technical delegate when registering.

Learn to race . . . .
During the Western Open on Saturday August 28th, BaSE will be running a Learn to Race DH clinic for teens seeking a solid start at racing. Find out more about the Learn to Race Clinic and any other camp at

Expo Space . . . .
Our prime expo space has been reserved for the key sponsors who have helped make the event possible. However plenty of space remains in the plaza and area for teams and additional industry representatives to set up right in the heart of the action. Race teams and additional industry folks who are planning to attend are welcome to drop the organizers a line to reserve some space. In return we are seeking some prize donations for the volunteer teams (or even better, help us out by providing a volunteer or two).

The accommodations….
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has been working hard to get racers hooked up with the best accommodation deals for the event. On mountain packages for the weekend are on sale now for $69 per person per night (based on double occupancy). For details on the best on mountain or Golden based accommodation call Kicking Horse Central Reservations at 1.866.SKI.KICK. They can get you the details and prices on a wide range of accommodations in the area. The Highland Lodge could also be a great option as they have the Local Hero Pub attached and great rooms. 1-250-344-7272 is the number at the lodge.

The Venue . . . .
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located high in the Dogtooth Range of the Purcell Mountains, 14 km above Golden, British Columbia. Surrounded by towering peaks of two other mountain ranges – the Rockies and Selkirks – it is also close to six of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke. The resort is just 1.5 hours west of Banff (145 kilometers) and 2.5 hours west of Calgary (270 Kilometers) on the Trans-Canada highway. Note: The Trans Canada highway between Lake Louise and Golden is under major construction ~ please leave time for possible delays if arriving on Saturday morning.

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Full schedule of events can be found at Cycling BC. Including walking only times and UFC 118 at the local hero pub at the resort following the Big Rock patio party Saturday night.
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 That was kind of you to make up the bit about me slowing down, but no. The only time I slowed down was during the peddling. I was flat out the whole time and barely holding on. It gave me a new respect for the racers who can shave a minute plus off my time.
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 whats the course like, from the video it looks pretty sweet, but ive been hearing from some people who raced it last year that theres some pretty steep rock sections?
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 The course is rated U15 friendly. There are three rock slab sections on the top portion that IF dry allow you to control your speed down them. If wet ~ forget about it!!
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 Damn that looks like fun! I'm diggin the berm section towards the end. Nice and flowy
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 sumit dont sound to healthy on that bike tho tbh but looks a gud track more of a motorway tho than a knarly one!
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 Wicked!! I can't wait!!
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 looks like fun, i want to go there sometime.
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 nice run. is that a competitive pace? sub 5:00?
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 In 2009 the winning run was 3:40...
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 wish I could be there
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 HEY! That's me!

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