Photo by Kaz Yamamura
Panorama in partnership with SE Racing and the Dunbar Summer Series is excited to be hosting the Canadian National DH Championships the B.C. Cup. Panorama will be the venue for the National Champs for the next three years.
For those of you that have been racing at Panorama over the past few seasons, you have witnessed our commitment to providing the best track possible. We are currently in the official planning stages of this year's course—walking it, contemplating it (over a couple of beers), dreaming about it, distilling it down to best solutions. However, we are humble enough to know that we may not have all the answers—and that’s where you come in. If you were the track designer/builder what would add, take away, or improve upon? Here’s how you can make this year's Canadian National Champs course the best ever:
1. Watch the videos below. (A Walk with the Trail Crew, 2016 Race Recap)
2. Note the time stamp of the area of concern
3. Formulate your idea
4. Put it in the comments section at the bottom of this blog.
5. If we choose your idea you will win
: Two Nights/ Two Days of Riding for Two People
6. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 23rd.
For all contest rules and regulations, click here
As an example, last year we installed a new drop at the top of the course, this was followed by another high-speed road gap. Current plans are to scrap the road gap and replace it with a whoop section before entering the trees. Whoops can be built in many different ways but the ultimate goal is to slow the rider down while simultaneously increasing the degree of challenge. The goal is to create the perception of speed rather than actual speed. Have a look time stamp at 27 seconds of the Track Walk video and let us know your thoughts.Below are some areas we are still scratching our heads about:1. Fort Drop
Instead of using the road to access to Old Man, riders would be directed into a new loam section in the trees before entering Old Man… or would they? 2. The Plunge
What if you did not go into Old Man but instead continued on to The Plunge? Should we bring it back? 3. Dollar Sign
The Dollar sign is usually crash central. It is the start of a rough ski run crossing down to The Steps into The Rock Garden. What if these sections were not included in the race course? It would represent a massive change, a big gamble, and a ton of work. This is probably the most talked about decision for the trail crew.
4. The Sender
Photo by Kaz Yamamura
At the bottom of the course riders send a wood drop at a higher speed then the feature is intended for. This leads to a big berm to a long flat section lining them up for our proline jump. Thoughts on these features? Ditch the wood drop? Could the jump be bigger, yet safer? 5. The Finish
How should we wow the crowds in the final seconds before the line? A rhythm section, a large scrub roller, more whoops? Get out your pens and paper and show us what you would like to see. (@1:23)
We would like to thank you in advance for the feedback provided. Feel free to write us about other trails in the park as well. To keep up to date of what is currently happening the Bike Park, Follow @owenpeters_panobikepark on Instagram and share your photos through #panobikepark. To have your photos picked up by the official Panorama Instagram use #PureCanada.
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