Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “Focus Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA) and many more for the week-long supersession, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.
Extended Course With New Elements
Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.
“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”
Freeride Sponsorship and Wildcards
Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the ‘Focus Become a Knight’ online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, Focus Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite Freeride category submission featuring a talented non-bike sponsored rider with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the open category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.
Submission deadline is the 22nd of August 2017. For more detailed information head to www.nineknightsmtb.com.
Public Contest Day
The culmination of the week’s film and photo sessions; the public contest day, will take place on Saturday the 9th of September and feature some of the biggest MTB tricks ever displayed. Pack up your sunscreen and join us at Reschenpass, South Tyrol, Italy for the final showdown.
After many years in the planning and approval process, crews from three different trail building companies finally broke ground on the much anticipated construction of fifteen kilometres of new trails in the Creekside Zone. After opening this zone for bike park access in 2015, the Creekside trail expansion beginning now is the most ambitious development project in the park’s history and will be a well deserved enhancement to this zone.
Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions
Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park’s trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.
Phase 1 build plan.
This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.
The Dream Build Team
The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.
Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.
The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.
A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.
Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.
Sections are coming together, bit by bit.
Flagging some fresh tech.
Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.
It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.
The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.
Lula cutting in the technical line.
Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.
Lula approving of her husband’s work.
Zander getting up to race speed.
An early taste of something that will only get better.
Hopefully more of this to come later this year.
Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.
Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty’s BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.
View the full album of images.
Photography by: Clint Trahan
Top of the World Update – Opening This Saturday
Thanks to Mother Nature’s warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.
To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.
‘Get amongst’ at the Red Bull Joyride means 30,000 fans, a cutting-edge course, and stoke flowing as free as the riders. Photo: Scott Robarts
Stack your team for Crankworx Fantasy, and cash in on gear, merchandise and a trip to the home of Crankworx
Six months of gravity-defying action culminates in the root-riddled dustup of Crankworx Whistler this August 11–20, and Crankworx wants to bring you, and a friend, along for the ride.
Born in the gritty Whistler berms, Dual Speed and Style opens each festival pitting tricks and flare against the racers’ brash speed. August. Photo: Clint Trahan
Play Crankworx Fantasy and you could join the congregation of stoke-drenched dirt worshippers in the Boneyard for the 14th annual Whistler celebration.
Thomas Genon superstars another win after proving his mettle with a first place at Red Bull Joyride win in 2013. Photo: Clint Trahan
Sign up at Fantasy.Crankworx.com, and pick the top six names to hit the scoreboard for each live broadcast event.
The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized shows Mathew Hunt how it earned the name ‘Crankzilla’. Photo: Scott Robarts
Then watch as all the action unfolds in Les Gets and Innsbruck and you could qualify for prizing from the biggest brands in the industry—or the five-day trip to Crankworx home base.
To win the trip, pick your top six riders in the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle and the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle Innsbruck presented by Kenda, and set your scoreboard. The most accurate winning lineup at the end of both events will send one lucky player to Whistler to see the last festival of the Crankworx World Tour and the crowning of the King and Queen of Crankworx.
Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard and Bas Van Steenbergen light up the course where Tom Van Steenbergen executed the first double backflip in Dual Speed history. Photo: Clint Trahan
A new game launches each day with opportunities to win SRAM products, Fox clothing and more after each event. Watch Pinkbike and the Crankworx Instagram Account (@Crankworx) each morning for the prize of the day.
Grease lightening. Jared Graves shows the enduro crowd whose boss after a mechanical dashed his hopes at a top finish. Redemption for 2017? Photo: Clint Trahan
Crankworx Les Gets runs June 14–18 and Crankworx Innsbruck June 21–25.
Want to know what the Top of the World feels like? Win the trip to Crankworx and you could be riding it. Photo: Sean St Denis
Watch the Crankworx action live this June:
Crankworx Les Gets Dual Speed & Style Thursday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 16, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 16, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 16, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 17, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 17, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 18, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle Sunday, June 18, 3:30–6 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 18, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Monday, June 19, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Innsbruck Thursday, June 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 22, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 23, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 23, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 23, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 24, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 24, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 25, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda Sunday, June 25, 3:30–6:00 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 25, 6:30–9:00 a.m. PST Monday, June 26, 1:30–4:00 a.m. NZST
Be there to watch hometown hero Jesse Melamed try to bring home his first endure win on home soil. Photo: Sean St Denis
To play, simply sign up at fantasy.crankworx.com, or log into your existing account. And watch as all the action unfolds!
The BCBR Experience
With the countdown to the BC Bike Race on, it’s time for us to release the first of our seven-part video series showcasing the communities we visit. Through these edits we will share the unique culture and history of each, as well as, the 2017 course maps for our daily stages! These short stories will touch on the evolution of mountain biking here in BC and what has catapulted our province to a top destination for mountain biking globally.
Day 1 race start in Cumberland.
This project was made possible with a grant through British Columbia’s new Marketing Co-Op program. With the province’s support, we are thrilled to have the platform with which to share these communities, which have been such a big part of our success as an event, with the world.
Just a few highlights of our course in Cumberland.
In each segment, we will talk to some of the colourful characters who have had a role in the continuing development of mountain biking in their towns. From our Cumberland course designer and owner of the Riding Fool Hostel, Jeremy Grasby, to Dream Wizards and legendary trail builder, Ted Tempany, and even the Godfather of Freeride himself, Wade Simmons, we have a wide array of stories to share about what makes mountain biking happen in our backyard.
BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll
In just 22 days, racers from 33 countries will arrive in North Vancouver for the BC Bike Race! The action will kick off on July 7 with the first stage in Cumberland before continuing to Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler!
Cory Wallace celebrating his win at BC Bike Race last year.
Last year’s winner and the new 24-hour World Champion, Cory Wallace, is back to defend his title! After going home with third last year, Stephen Ettinger is also returning with his sights set on the top step. The field gets even stronger with competition and includes; Olympian and Canadian legend, Geoff Kabush; mountain bike and cyclocross racer Troy Wells; cyclocross racer, Tim Johnson; American Olympian, Sam Shultz; and returning 2016 French Marathon Champion Frederic Gombert. Also, throwing their hats in the ring are enduro racers, Jesse Melamed and Chris Johnson. Will Jesse’s cross-country background and home field advantage in Whistler give him an edge?
Katerina Nash crosses the finish line and celebrates a well-earned victory in 2015.
We also have Olympian and past BC Bike Race winner, Katerina Nash, back! And while we would have loved to see her and our 2016 winner, Kelli Emmet, battle it out, we will instead have to keep an eye on the local talent, Cary Mark, and new school racers like Olympian Kristen Sweetland and Dutch Marathon Champion Hielke Elferinke.
This year we are also thrilled to be hosting local trail builders Rob Pheonix, Penny Deck, and Martin Newman for the race—for all that you do, we salute you!
So follow along for the next few weeks as we share our communities and course with you. And then stay tuned to watch the story unfold and virtually cheer on our racers as we share live updates, daily photos, and race reports throughout our seven days on the road!
Tune in and follow along!
At the end of the day or during a lunch break, no matter where you are or the time of day, you’ll never have any excuse not to ride again.
The Meta HT Power will be your perfect adventure companion. Climbing actually becomes a pleasure and the engine feels invisible on descents, resulting in maximum comfort throughout the whole ride. To illustrate this we wanted to share our experience of this bike so far by exploring the wilderness in the mountains surrounding our office in Andorra, at the end of a working day.
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Northern Grip is an annual celebration of mountain bike culture, following on from the hugely successful inaugural event in Ramsbottom last year it returns on 8-9 July and moves over the valley to Lee Quarry.
Northern Grip organiser, David Agnew says, “Last year’s event was amazing with our audience loving the combination of trail activity, new bike demos, music, food, and beer. Lee Quarry is a fantastic venue for Northern Grip to shine a spotlight on this year and we’ll be building a festival hub to bring all the comforts and culture which people loved last year – and much more. A bigger, better and bolder Northern grip will include big and little bike brands announced in the coming weeks offering an opportunity to make the most of two days around Lee Quarry and the Rossendale Fells.”
How much bigger will it be? The festival hub is aiming to be double in size for this year. The organisers are hoping to at least double the amount of attendees this year too. More food, more drink, more trade stands, more demo bikes, more music, more surprises and more trails. The whole festival will be very moreish.
More trails? Oh yes indeed. Lee Quarry and neighbouring Cragg Quarry are just the start of the riding on offer at this year’s Grip. The relocation of the festival to Rossendale allows for an unprecedented amount of varied riding. Wild riding, mild riding, singletrack, gravel, rocks, roots, 30km monsters, 3km pootles… you name it. We’ve even got some climb-free options if you want cruise and views. All mapped out and way marked on the day for your convenience.
As with the 2016 festival, there’ll be some surprises out there on the hills too. The epic sausage rolls and the acid-brass band surprises of last year’s Grip will be hard to top but top them we shall. You won’t want to miss this year’s show.
Northern Grip will celebrate the majestic mountain bike and what it can bring to people’s lives. Northern Grip 2017 is sponsored by Leisure Lakes, with partners Alpkit, Dirt Factory and Team JMC, with the support of Rossendale Council, The Whitaker, PMBA, the National Trust and Sustrans.
Northern Grip 2017