In less than 90 days the 2012 BC Cups race season will start in Kamloops BC at Race the Ranch. Those that have been training this winter on and off their bike will definitely have the advantage and post the fastest times. To help you plan your summer I have laid out the BC Cup summer race schedule below.
Race the Ranch ~ April 29TH
As always the BC Cup DH Season will kick off in Kamloops at Race the Ranch in late April
Registration will open in March on CCNBIKES.com
Not only is Race the Ranch the first BC Cup of the season, it’s also one of the best attended races of the year – maybe it’s because everyone wants one of those coveted belt buckles and boot mugs! Do you have yours yet?
The variety of riders here is astounding…As you roll into registration some riders are dusting the cob webs that their bikes collected through the long and dreary winter, while others are stoked to put all their hard winter training to the test. The course is jam packed with fast open corners and a few small rock gardens. But don’t be deceived my friends…these wide open corners are dusty and dirty and carrying speed through those rock gardens will mean the difference between a boot mug and a “nice effort.” Registration opens in March…see you April 28th and 29th, 2012…if you dare!
Bear Mountain Challenge ~ July 1ST
Registration will open in March at WWW.CCNBIKES.COM
Collectively known as the Bear Mountain challenge, but individually known as the Bear Mountain DH challenge and the Red Mountain XC challenge, these two races are held on the same weekend each year, making for a great event for riders. As of 2012, the DH race has been run for 16 consecutive years, making it one of the longest running races in BC.
The Bear DH course is a smooth, fast-flowing course and has always been a popular spot for local riders to practice their race techniques, or just go for a good rip. The course includes some great rock gardens, tight banked corners, a pair of double gappers, and some great high speed sections. Photo ops are many and access for spectators is easy. Ad in an on-course announcer, efficient shuttle system, great food, loads of swag for racers and spectators, and a pond for tossing in whoever needs to be tossed, and the weekend will be a blast. The Bear Mountain Challenge, like the name suggests, is just the right mix of fun and challenge, combined with a great atmosphere for the perfect race day.
The XC course on Red Mountain is magnificent! Lush single track through a pristine rain forest on some of the freshest trails around, this course promises to challenge the endurance and the technical skills of every competitor. The course varies from year to year, but always includes some of the most technical XC riding in BC. Big climbs and technical single-track descents make this race a good challenge. Red is maintained by a very dedicated builder and will be seeing a special polish leading up to the race, making for a good, tight course. Both courses share a common staging area at Mill pond in Mission, BC, which is about an hour from Vancouver in the Fraser Valley. Access to hotels, restaurants, and all amenities are just 10 minutes away.
Silver Star ~ July 22ND
Racing returns to Silver Star thanks to SE Racing & Promotions and Skyride Cycles in Vernon
Registration is open now at WWW.CCNBIKES.COM use coupon code PNKBKE to save
"Silver Star Mountain Resort is excited to be back hosting bike races this summer," comments Ian Galbraith, Summer Business manager of Silver Star Mountain Resort. Silver Star has a long history of hosting top level races; Silver Star Bike Park is going to make a great location for one of the BC Cup stops. The challenging race course of Dag's Downhill will be the perfect trail for this race with its steep descents, rock gardens and tight turns. "Dag's is one of the original trails of the bike park and lends itself so well to racing; I'm sure all the racers going to love the challenge of Dag's."
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Panorama ~ July 29TH
Panorama plays host to a joint BC Cup and Canada Cup in late July
Canada Cup DH - July 29th, 2012
The Canada Cup is the top coordinated domestic racing series in Canada which provides athletes an outlet for preparation for national and international events while encouraging participation from all ages and ability levels. The downhill course will wind its way through Insanity and Quadzilla.
Welcoming ALL racers!
BC Cup DH - July 29th, 2012
It doesn’t matter whether you currently have a UCI license or not as non-licensed riders can compete with the purchase of a One Event license in the appropriate Citizen category…just don’t miss out on the fun!
About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.
Panorama Mountain Village located in the B.C. Rockies is home to award winning Greywolf Golf Course and 57 summer outdoor adventures. Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family focused mountain resort in Canada. This is demonstrated through extensive family programming, unique resort facilities and numerous dining options. For more information, visit www.skipanorama.com
Western Open ~ August 5TH
Registration now open at WWW.CCNBIKES.COM use coupon code PNKBKE to save
“MOJO WHEELS NORTH is pleased to co-sponsor one of North America’s best amateur downhill races. The MOJO WHEELS NORTH team has competed at the Western Open the past two years and is very impressed with the level of competition, organization and the race course.” States, Troy Mochoruk, team manager for MOJO WHEELS NORTH. “Kicking Horse Resort is a premier downhill venue and we expect the Western Open event to be even bigger in 2012”
"Mojo Wheels is thrilled to lend its name to the Western Open, one of the BEST races in Western Canada, and is excited to continue its long-standing policy of supporting racing anywhere great racing can be found," said a representative of Mojo Wheels Denver. The Golden BC event will welcome athletes from ages two to sixty-two years old from all over Western Canada and the Northern USA. An estimated 500 spectators will line the course to catch the excitement as nearly 300 competitors attempt to master the four minute + course. "SE Racing & Promotions is absolutely thrilled to have this Denver-based company with the quality reputation of Mojo Wheels as the title sponsor of the Western Open," said Stephen Exley, Event Director. The Mojo Wheels bike shop has specialized in downhill, cross country, BMX, freeride, and freestyle bikes for amateur and pro riders alike since 1991.
Presented by MOJO Wheels & MOJO Wheels North
The Western Open is one of the best pure Down-Hill races in the Western Canada. It boasts a combined $5000.00 cash purse for Elite Racers with an additional $10,000 in SWAG and other free promotional products for racers, fans and volunteers for 2012. This year's race will take place on Sunday, August 5th at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC…events will be running all weekend long. The weekend will kick off Friday night with open practice running till 8pm followed by Saturday practice, a trials competition and an industry expo. The 2012 event will also see host Brett Tippie back as MC, Camp of Champions will be on site with their air bag , and the return of the Shimano Kids Race hosted by Tara Llanes, for riders under the age of 12.
Please "LIKE" the Western Open fan page for the latest news, monthly contests and more LIKE it here
Here is a view of the 2012 Western Open race course
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort…
Registration now open at WWW.CCNBIKES.COM
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.
Mt. Washington ~ August 26TH
MT Washington BC Cup and 2012 Provincial Championships
Last year we saw a low snow line that forced the Mount Washington organizers to make some last minute decisions to change up the infamous Monster Mile into something equally as fun! The course got started with an explosive pedal out of the gate to get some momentum into the flats to carry you into the berms. From there you dropped into some roots, some chutes, and of course some gnarly rock gardens. If you escaped the rock garden unscathed you were thrown into a mini 4X track with a few step-downs, some more berms and a few step-ups before crossing the finish line. This course has so many different lines to choose from some faster than others, others more fun…which line are you taking? See you August 25th & 26th, 2012.
Hemlock BC Cup Finals ~ September 2ND
Hemlock BC Cup finals presented by Dunbar Cycles
Registration will open in March on CCNBIKES.com
Nestled in the heart of the Fraser Valley is a little mountain community called Hemlock; known as one of the jems of the BC cup race circuit. 2011 saw the return of DH racing to Hemlock after a 7 year “rest”, resulting in many a stoked racer. 2012 marks the continuation of the legacy of Hemlock, returning as your BC cup finals on August 31, September 1 & 2. The course can be described as fast, fun, loose and fast (wink), for those ready to let go of those levers this course can allow you to go Oh so fast. 2011 brought most people to the bottom of the course with huge smiles on their faces, although some might have been hidden under a dirt moustache. Our trail team will be hard at work as soon as winter will allow, plans are defiantly in the works to make this trail even more fun and possibly faster. The weekend will be host of many excellent activities; the infamous Dunbar 16” race, a possible Super D, and the return of the Camp of Champions air bag with a power hour. Stay tuned to the Hemlock Facebook page and the Dunbar Cycles Facebook page for all exciting updates.
For those looking for accommodations for the weekend please go to “Snow Flake Resorts” for more information, also camping will be available for those interested.
We are proud to be working with a host of amazing sponsors, all of whom strive to support DH racing for our communities
- Dunbar Cycles
- Hemlock Valley Resort
- Intense Bicycles
- Camp of Champions
Dunbar Cycles productions in conjunction with Hemlock Valley Resort and Cycling BC are very excited to bring you the best possible race experience and the best BC cup finals party ever.
See you on the hill and get ready to get loose!!!!
Coach Cory Leclerc of C4 Rider Training
The C4 Learn to Race (LTR) Programs will be running at select BC Cup DH Events in 2012. The C4 LTR program will be open to 10 riders per BC Cup. The C4 LTR Program will only be available to racers that are pre-registered and competing in the corresponding BC Cup event. Athletes’ parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Friday information session. Racing regardless of the discipline is often a family experience and a successful race weekend generally starts at home. Part of the focus of the C4 LTR Program is to educate not only the racer, but the support team of the athletes. Basic bike prep, as well as nutritional advice will accompany the take home handouts. After 25+ years of racing the crew at C4 has learned a few tricks that we will share with the P.I.T. Crew (Parents- In- Training). The goal of the C4 LTR Program is to work with 1st time racers, and/or assist newer racers in being more effective on race weekends. Over the years the crew at C4 Rider Training has determined that riders that have a plan succeed. Keeping riders coming back year after year is largely dependent on the amount of success achieved on a race weekend. Smart racers show up prepared, and leave with bikes and bodies intact. This makes parents happy. At C4 a happy parent means another race weekend. Programs will be run in conjunction with existing BC Cup event schedules. Racers will be expected to show up on the Friday morning prior to the BC Cup event for a day of skills updates and race weekend planning. LTR athletes will be assisted and supervised throughout the race weekend in all scheduled practices, as well as the C4 Team course walk. Riders will be expected to check in with Cory Leclerc between race day practice as well as post-race. On race day racers will be expected to check in at the C4 Team pits 30 minutes prior to scheduled practice.
The C4 LTR Program includes:
- Pre-race skills and planning clinic
- P.I.T. Pack (special set of handouts to assist parents/guardians before the weekend)
- C4 Team track walk (Friday evening, or Saturday Morning [event specific]).
- On course Saturday training with C4 Head Coach Cory Leclerc, featuring the C4/Norco Team Athletes
- Supervised Sunday training with C4 Head Coach, Cory Leclerc
- Race Day post-training/pre-race pep talk with individualized advice.
- Race follow up, this is a group activity that happens after the race and before awards.
The cost for the C4 Learn to Race BC Cup program is $150+HST and will be on CCNBIKES.com in March
Thanks for reading,
SE Racing & Promotions