As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the white stuff begins to melt into the sort of primordial muck that makes snaggletoothed Englishmen into the stuff of legend (I’m looking at you, Danny Hart). But that too will soon give way to the tack and loam that only exist in magical fleeting moments upon the calendar or after a summer rain—the sort of dirt that allows any of us ride like gods, offering Velcro-like grip regardless of how on point our cornering skills are after a winter spent hibernating on the sofa. No one will believe how perfectly you roosted that first turn—no one. But until those perfect days are upon us, here are some early spring riding events and races in (mostly) dry and warm destinations to get you riding long before the nostril faucets stop dripping.
BOULDER CITY, NV–While the snow may just be starting to melt at most lift-served resorts around the country, downhill racing's winter season is winding down at the infamous Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park just miles outside of Sin City. The 2015 Winter Gravity series comes to a close with Reaper Madness Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. Reaper Madness will feature Downhill, Super D, Dual Slalom and Chainless races.
Join MTBparks.com for a special pit party and BBQ following the races—just look for the MTBparks tent!
WHISTLER, BC. Feb. 19, 2015– The winners of the Pinkbike 2014 Game Changer of the Year Award are ready to shake up gravity mountain biking with the launch of the Crankworx World Tour. Read the full press release below.
NELSON, BC – Retallack Lodge recently announced its June 2014 tenure approval for commercial mountain bike operations on 1.5 million acres totaling over more than 2,278 square miles (5,900 square kilometers), expanding on the resort’s existing tenure granted in April 2011.
“Now it’s game on,” said Mike Kinrade, Retallack Lodge director of mountain bike operations and professional freerider. “No crowds, tacky dirt, exclusive destination.”
PRESS RELEASE–The Eastern States Cup has just released its 2015 schedule and is looking strong this year with a full lineup including downhill, enduro, super-D and even tri events along the East Coast. See all of the Eastern States Cup 2015 events and details below.
SNOWSHOE, WV – Snowshoe Mountain recently updated its 2015 operating hours to extend Saturday and Sunday hours as well as open additional trails on Thursdays and Fridays. In order to balance maintenance and labor hours, the resort will no longer operate Monday through Wednesday, a time when the resort claims low rider numbers.
In what appears to be a misinterpretation of the changes, a petition earlier this week on Change.org asked Snowshoe Mountain to "Keep the Bike Park Open!" The petition, started by Levi Thornton of Spotsylvania, VA, a mountain biker and Chief Technology officer at Washington DC PR firm Seven Twenty Strategies, claims the resort was "...thinking about cutting the park's operation hours by almost half."
WINDHAM, NY–Located in the Catskill Mountains of New York state, the Windham course proved to be one of the most flow-filled stops on the 2014 World Cup circuit. The track was in prime condition for the world's best downhill mountain bikers, who took to the high speed turns and occasional road gap to prove their wit and land a spot on the podium. Watch the best gravity fueled downhill racing action from New York.
WHISTLER, BC – Registration for the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized opened at 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 4. It sold out nearly instantly, with the official estimate being less than a minute according to the last filing time on the registration site.