Mammoth Mountain, CA - The Mammoth Kamikaze Games are back September 4-8! It has been three years since Mammoth has hosted a major cycling event due to heavy summer construction in their park, but the games are back in full force this year. Bill Cockroft and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area began producing cycling events in 1985 where the first Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze took place. What makes the event so special is the inclusion of all types of riding, from downhill to dual slalom to road racing. Bill Cockroft was named in Mountain Biking Magazine as one of, “The 25 most influential people in Mountain Biking" for his promotions of MTB events.
This year, we can look forward to the famous Kamikaze race, taking place on September 6th. This race is known as the fastest downhill track in the world where riders reach speeds as high as 60+ mph on the 3.4 mile long course. And new for this year, each rider will take a run on two separate courses. After completing the traditional Kamikaze course, racers will immediately report to the Panorama Gondola, hop on the priority line for participants, ride the gondi to McCoy Station, and pedal down Brake Through to the Kamikaze 2.0 start. The trail for 2.0 is similar to Kamikaze, but has more turns.
Another big event at the games is "The Bullet" Pro GRT/USGP Downhill taking place on September 7th. In 2001, Builders at Mammoth built the Bullet DH course for the Grundig World Cup and it is one gnarly trail. Riders can expect big hits, bigger drops, and super technical sections. Pros chasing USA Cycling points will let it all hang out on this supergnar course as the season starts winding down.
Among other events is an Enduro, part of the California Enduro Series, the MTB Gran Fondo, Cross Country, Dual Slalom, Speed & Style, and the Fall City/Gran Fondo Road Race.
The invite-only Speed & Style competition will be one to watch because pros Cam Zink, Tyler McCaul, Cam McCaul, Kyle Strait, Greg Watts, Ryan Howard, and others will be competing. Speed & Style is a newer event in the MTB world and is known as the twisted offspring of dual slalom and slopestyle. Riders are going for the fastest time down a dual slalom course, but are able to win time back if they boost the best trick off of the bigger jumps. The race will take place on September 6th and there will also be a Best Trick Jam sesh on the 7th.
For more information check out the video below, and for the full details see the page for the calendar event here.
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