Since it opened in 2007 , Revelstoke Mountain Resort has held a reputation for its monster vertical (at 5,620 feet of lift-accessed terrain, it’s the longest descent in North America), alpine bowls, rainforest glades, record snowfall and near-ridiculous scenery. But where most resorts also boast thriving summer operations to complement winter skiing, RMR had largely stayed relatively quiet on the summer front, with most warm-season activities centralized on the bottom of the mountain.
Until this year, when it became British Columbia’s newest bike park, giving RMR’s epic terrain a new lens through which to shine.
NEEPAWA — As I pull into the site, I see a massive hole in the ground with several bulldozers at work. I also see Alex Man standing at the far end of the dirt road. It’s the second time I’ve met up with Alex — the first time was on a bike ride near Dauphin, and now for a tour of his latest earth-moving project.
What I’ve learned between the two rides is Manitoba is seeing a significant boom in mountain bike trails being built, and Alex is the man spearheading much of that growth.
On this day, he has just returned from a meeting with Parks Canada about a project in Riding Mountain, and when I pull up he is giving a briefing to Neepawa mayor Blake McCutcheon and Economic Development Officer Marilyn Crewe on the in-progress mountain biking park in that community.
In a normal summer, Whistler’s Anita Naidu would be jetting all over the world for any number of reasons.
But this year, for reasons greater than just the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she’s happy to stay closer to home.
Naidu wears a number of helmets, ranging from pro mountain biker and coach to electrical environmental engineer to anti-racism advocate, and at a time when racial injustice is in the spotlight, Naidu is sharing messages of effective allyship through sport.
This summer, local mountain bike riders are missing one of their favourite weekly events – the popular Wednesday Night Bike Race series – which has taken place at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Medonte for the past 25 years.
“This is the first time we’ve had to cancel,” said Arienne Strong, program manager at Hardwood, which is located north of Barrie on Old Barrie Road. “Cancellation of this event is especially tough because the series is like having a family reunion every week – kids, families, competitive team members – everyone comes together for the races. It’s exciting and fun and something we all look forward to so much.”
The decision to cancel this year’s series, which involves an average of 180 riders at each of the events held over the 18-week season, was made in May as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and an announcement by Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association to cancel all events up until August 2020.
We are incredibly excited to offer the chance to win a brand new custom-built Knolly bike while raising some money for the trails! Raffle tickets are available for 1 for $10 and will be on sale until July 31, 2020 on 7pm PST. The winner will be drawn at 7:30pm PST and will be contacted by email.
Women’s-only enduros rose up in the Sea to Sky and are now gaining a foothold across B.C.
THOUGH POP CULTURE and sports alike continue to be a man’s world of archetypal women, mountain bikers in the Sea to Sky are writing their own narratives.
Even as women continue to make up a larger portion of sport’s population, making up a majority of riders in some communities, men continue to be disproportionately represented in co-ed contests. At the 2019 Squamish Enduro, for example, men outnumbered women 199 to 32 across all categories in the full-course event.
However, a surge of new women’s-only events has created an opportunity for riders to participate on their own terms as the Sea to Sky serves as the vanguard of a movement that is starting to spread across the province.
At first glance, you see a profile of a professional mountain bike racer. Highly focused, physically and mentally tough, has a to-the-point bluntness about it all.
UCI World Cup competitor Kate Weatherly is 100 percent that racer. She has been since her first race.
“I did my first race and came dead last,” Weatherly remembered. “That was my racing career for the first couple of years. Racing to come in not last. I had a real drive to do better and better, and I realized I have to do everything I can to beat them.”