Archive for June, 2011
This June 25th and 26th the Island Cup will make a stop on Hornby Island for a classic two-day XC and Super D race weekend. After a long ten year wait top level mountain bike racing has returned to Hornby Island and riders can once again enjoy racing on some of the sweetest trails in Canada.
ISLAND CUP XC FINALS
Why race Hornby?
Well for starters the legendary single track of Hornby Island will leave you grinning from ear to ear, add to that some brand new sections of trail to keep you on your toes and finish it off with an intimate setting and great times with friends. We’ve laid out the Spring Classic XC course to provide ample passing opportunities and some nice extended descents. Each lap of approximately 14 K will include 300 metres of climbing, broken up into two main double-track climbs. The descents are made up of several sections of pristine Hornby Island singletrack. Compared to many other areas Hornby trails are very smooth and fast so bring some fast tires and a light bike! Riders will be able to choose one, two, or three laps, depending on skill level.
XC Registration: Registration will be on race day in Strachan valley. To get there drive Central Road to the Co-op Ringside market and then follow the signs to Strachan valley. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. and racing goes at noon. While the XC race is underway we will have kids races around the site and the atmosphere will be festive.
Schedule of Events:
Friday June 24th
9:00 PM Course signage up
Island Cup XC finals Saturday June 25th
8:00 AM Super D course opens for training
9:00AM XC and Super D Registration opens.
11:00AM Close of registration for the XC races.
11:30 AM All competitors on the start line for roll call
12:00 PM XC race start.
12:30 PM Kid’s races
ISLAND CUP SUPER D SEASON OPENER
The course will start a the top of Mount Geoffrey and descend along Devils Kitchen, Four Dead Aliens, Test Tube, Chris and Brads and No Horses Trails before breaking out of the woods and entering the finish in Strachan Valley. This is a relatively non-technical Super D, the first minute on Devils Kitchen is steep but after that the course is a moderate speed rolling descent so if you’re a Cross-Country racer that’s been thinking about trying out Super D then this could be the race for you. We expect times in the neighbourhood of 6 minutes for faster riders. The course is primarily descending with about 75% downhill, 20% flat and 5% uphill.
This is a non-shuttled event, riders are responsible for getting themselves to the top of the mountain.
Super D Registration and location:
Strachan Valley, Hornby Island. (very end of Strachan Road) To get there drive Central Road to the Co-op Ringside market and then follow the signs to Strachan valley. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. and racing goes at noon.
8:00 AM SuperD course opens for training
9:00AM SuperD Registration opens.
11:00AM Close of Super D registration
12:00 PM Start of Racing
Awards to follow racing with the event wrapping up in time for competitors to catch the last ferry off of the Island at 6:00 PM
Island Cup Races are sanctioned by Cycling BC.
Thanks to the Vancouver Canucks for a wild ride this season. The highest highs, the lowest lows and overall an amazing effort by the team from October to June. I am truly sorry that they couldn’t pull it out and win the cup, but Boston was simply the team that adapted better to the changing game as the series went along. Like I say every year, next year!
IMBA needs your help with some very time sensitive information.
The BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts is conducting a fact finding mission to compile information of non-commercial events held on crown land. The Ministry Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will require Special Event Permits for activities hosted by non-commercial groups due to some negative public feedback by motorized activities. As it happens non-motorized groups have now been included in the permit process.
Our goal is to minimize the number of events that will require a special event permit. Therefore, I have written a short survey for clubs to fill out. The information gathered by this survey will used to report back to government about mountain bike activities on crown land.
Please take a few minutes to answer some multiple choice questions, I will need this information by June 27th.
Long live long rides,
IMBA BC Regional Coordinator
This was sent in to VIMB and may be of interest to some of you out there. If you host events, if you know anyone who does or is interested in hosting an event you may want to fill in this survey!
A new event for 2011, The Zone’s Jumpship Festival will showcase the worlds best freeride mountain bike riders competing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour before a crowd of thousands. Jumpship will bring mind blowing skill and fearless competitiveness to a new level as riders will battle for cash and personal pride on the surface of a floating barge in Canada’s most beautiful city.
The Inner Harbour is the bustling, vibrant, center of the action in Victoria. Absolutely filled with tourists all summer long, it presents a competition venue unlike any other. With live music and beer gardens there will be something for everyone, whether a fan of cycling or not. Set against a picturesque backdrop of yachts, the legislature buildings, and beautiful hotels, Jumpship will bring freeride mountain biking into the heart of an urban center to create a spectator experience like no other.
Jumpship Event Schedule
Friday, June 10
2 pm – 7 pm – Rider Practice and Live DJs
2 pm – 7 pm Vancouver Islander Gardens Open with game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals
Live Bike Trials Shows Throughout the Day
Saturday June 11
11 am – 1 pm Rider Practice
12 pm Vancouver Islander Gardens Open, Live DJs
2 pm – 5 pm FMB World Tour Qualifying Rounds
6 pm – 7:30 pm – Best Trick Contest Jam
7:40 – Podium Ceremony
Live Bike Trials Shows Throughout the Day
Sunday June 12
11 am – 1 pm Rider Practice, Live DJs
12 pm Vancouver Islander Gardens Open
2 – 5 pm FMB World Tour Finals
Podium Ceremony to Follow