OLIVER SPRINGS, TN – The new Windrock Bike Park will host the kick-off stop of the 2017 USA Cycling Pro GRT Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12. Opened to the public in 2017 by World Cup racer Neko Mulally, Windrock Bike Park features 2,150 feet of vertical drop on raw technicall terrain.
SUN VALLEY, ID – Fat bike racing returns to Sun Valley on Saturday, February 25, with the 3rd Annual Snowball Special Fat Bike race. This year, the race is a part of the Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series. All categories will race at 9:00 a.m. for either one loop (10.5 miles) or two loops (21 miles). Packet pickup and registration is Friday, Feb. 24 from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at Sawtooth Brewery. Participants may enter online for $40 until midnight. The entry fee increases to $50 on race day.
While many of us take to skis and snowboards in the winter months, the time between our chairlift seasons can seem like an eternity. Most bike parks are buried, and even for those of us who love playing in powder, months without riding two wheels can be torture. Slow, painful torture. Sure, some of us are lucky enough to live in sunny climes and ride year-round, or we get breaks in the weather to sneak in some shuttle runs and pedal some laps, but many resorts are giving riders winter options. Here's a list of upcoming winter bike events going on at bike parks around North America to keep you shredding until the snow melts.
VERNON, BC – Silver Star Bike Park has announced its second annual Frosty Fox Fat Bike Festival on Saturday, February 25. The festival will include access to cross-country fat bike trails as well as a downhill challenge course, exclusive to Frosty Fox participants and. of course, racing. There will be Beginner, Amateur and Pro Categories and additional prizes for best costume.
VERNON, NJ – The iconic US Open of Mountain Biking will make its long-awaited return to Mountain Creek Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 28, 2017. The US Open was last held in 2011 and is now being relaunched by one of the original founders, Clay Harper. Keeping with tradition, the US Open will bring one of the largest prize purses in American downhill racing with over $15,000 up for grabs in the Open Class and some of the most coveted amateur prizes available anywhere.
GREER, AZ –Sunrise Park Resort has anounced it will hold its first Snow Course Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday, February 25. The race will be held no a half-mile snow covered course featuring berms and jumps with a cash prize of a yet undisclosed amount. Best of all? It's free.
MOAB, UT – The 2017 Moab THAW hosted by Poison Spider Bicycles will be held March 10 through 12 in Moab, UT, and feature demos, organized rides, parties—and even bowling. The annual spring event—now in its 7th “official” year run by Poison Spider (the event was previously a Yeti Cycles spring demo)—is gaining momentum as an annual tradition kicking off the mountain bike season in Moab.
WHISTLER, BC – The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has announced the 2nd annual Whistler Spring Classic Enduro on May 27 and 28, 2017. As the second stop on the six stop North American Enduro Tour (NAET) and also an Enduro World Series (EWS) Qualifier, the Whistler Spring Classic will feature a new two-day format and a $3,000 prize purse.
BASYE, VA – Bryce Bike Park has announced its 2017 Winter Bike Jam will be held Saturday, February 25, at 5 p.m. The race will feature a Le Mans start and heat format, and take racers down the Redeye ski slope through slalom style gates. The entirely on-snow course will feature berms, rollers and table-tops. Cost is $25 per person.
ROTORUA, NZ – It's still ski season in North America, but here's a "little" southern hemisphere stoke from New Zealand's Skyline Rotorua bike park. All too often we get caught up on having the latest bikes and gear, but in this video, 10-year-old Erice proves all you need to shred the gnar is a rigid kids bike with a coaster brake and reflectors.