We've been hearing a lot of news about all the work that's been done at the Kamloops Bike Ranch DH course from our friend and course builder, Wayne Parsons.
A few phone calls rounded up good buddy Bryan Gioia, Pinkbike team racers Darryl Bartlett and Tyler Gorz, along with Hayes Bicycle Group
test rider Taylor Bloy and we were off to Kamloops.Darryl previously wrote a ride tale
about the weekend, this story will focus more on the race course details.
Wayne has nailed it this year with the Kamloops Race the Ranch course. It bears no resemblance to the old course in any shape or form. He started planning the new course after last year's race, and inspired by the 2009 World Championship course in Canberra, Australia he set out to make the most of the limited elevation he had to work with. Being an ex-elite downhill racer himself, he knew exactly what was needed to design a challenging, but fun for all skill levels course. Funding from the city of Kamloops enabled Wayne to bring in some heavy equipment and import some much needed rocks to the area, putting a little gnarl into the dusty hill and also allowing him to pack the dirt down to try and avoid the typical Kamloops bomb holes that appear after 400 or so racers tear the place apart.The new course has something for everyone
You want steeps, he gives you steeps. The course sends you straight down an gnarly rocky pitch.
You want big air, he gives you big air. The road gap sends you, there's some hefty hang time off this one.
You want jumps, well there's jumps...I think I counted no less than 24 jumps on the course including some nicely built hips to test your air style.
Race day is coming up fast, April 24-25th 2010
and you want to satisfy your need for speed? There's plenty of rock skimming, jump scrubbing goodness in there too.
In case you missed it, here is the pre-ride of the new course too: