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!
The three factory teams battling for the crown on the FMB World Tour will be competing for vital points this weekend at 26TRIX in Leogang. After the first FMB Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze events have taken place, it is time to take a look at how the ROSE Rad Squad (2732 Points), Trek C3 Project (1766 Points) and Canyon Factory Freeride Team (1504 Points) are faring in the FMB Factory Team Ranking.
This year’s competition for the FMB Factory Team Title seems to be shaping up to be a close one! A factory team must consist of at least two athletes competing on the FMB World Tour and the six best results during the course of the season count towards the ranking. One rider can however only submit a maximum of three scores; the three other scores must come from their teammates.
After missing the podium last season as “Rose Gravity” the newly founded ROSE Rad Squad has to be taken as a serious title contender this season. Together with the new additions of Antoine Bizet (FRA) and Anthony Messere (CAN), the ROSE Rad Squad, got off to a flying start; Especially thanks to Torquato Testa’s really strong showing at Crankworx Rotorua and Swatch Rocket Air, where he took second place at both contests. With Jakub Vencl (CZE), Lukas Knopf (GER) and Tobi Wrobl (GER) also in their line up, the ROSE team can look to many more opportunities to stock up the points in order to take home all the glory.
Emil Johansson (SWE) had an astonishing start to his season for the Trek C3 Project securing a third place at his first Crankworx contest of his career. The young Swede confirmed his riding level with a great win at FISE Montpellier, which was also his first ever career win. Emil’s points will be vital in future weeks.
Swatch Rocket Air also saw the return of Brett Rheeder (CAN) to the FMB World Tour stage. The Canadian showed glimpses of grandeur and it was great to see him back on the bike competing. Even though he didn’t get the result he probably had hoped for, he and Emil will be a force to be reckoned with this year, even though they post the smallest factory team of the year with only two members.
The Canyon Factory Freeride Team, reigning FMB Factory Team Champion, is in third position at the moment. The team had to take a blow to begin the season, losing Thomas Genon (BEL) at Crankworx Rotorua due to a broken foot. The Belgian is however on the mend and will be back for 26TRIX at Leogang (June 10).
His fellow colleagues were able to put on a solid performance at Crankworx Rotorua; Tomas Lemoine (FRA) came in 5th whereas Anton Thelander (SWE) just came in shy of the Top 10. Lemoine and Thelander weren’t quite able to live up to the expectations at Swatch Rocket Air in Thun, but at least Lemoine was able to get a win under his belt at the FMB Bronze Event “Outdoor Mix Festival” in his home country and add some more points to the total.
FMB Wildcard Update
Two FMB Wildcards are up for grabs this weekend at 26TRIX. The two best ranked riders at the upcoming FMB Gold Event in Austria, who have not yet qualified for the FMB Diamond Event at Crankworx Innsbruck (June 25), will be awarded with a spot each for the third Diamond Series Event of the season. Thanks to a great performance at FISE Montpellier, Paul Couderc (FRA) and Reed Boggs (USA) will be heading to the next FMB Diamond Series Event at Crankworx Les Gets, June 18.
Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com or stay informed and sign up for the FMB World Tour Newsletter.
And do not forget that all the action from the FMB Diamond Series is broadcasted live on www.redbull.tv. Get the latest on everything bike-related at the Red Bull Bike Channel: redbull.tv/bike.
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Filming for Dirt Diaries at Crankworx Whistler started June 1st with some familiar faces taking their turn behind the lens.
The video competition puts the camera in the athletes’ hands, sending the lucky winner home with a $10,000 prize for the best story told, the hand-picked crew of up to six riders, and the assistants to support.
The August 15
show will be the sixth annual event and marks the first cultural showcase of Crankworx Whistler. Held in Olympic Plaza, mid-run during the 10-day home-base festival, each Dirt Diaries
edit shows the athlete’s talent as filmmaker and rider, but also as the storyteller. Every edit must go beyond the shred junkie’s dream reel and spin a yarn for the audience, whether dark, humorous or intriguing.
All six crews will be working the Whistler Valley over the next couple of months to ensure at least 25 per cent of their content features the general area, and 25 per cent showcases the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
Similar to most of the videographers, Morrison had been a team member before being asked to compete this year and says his storyboard was ready to roll before the competition opened this week, he’s so stoked to be participating.
The 2017 Dirt Diaries athlete-videographers are:
KC Deane – For the past 10 years, KC has been a professional skier, so he is somewhat new to the mountain bike world. Inspired by the Red Bull Rampage, he began riding in the Utah desert, chasing the same feeling he got during the winter on a pair of skis. His passion for creating amazing film projects and imagery in mountain biking has made him one of the few dual sport professional athletes in the world.
Ian Morrison—Born, raised and living in Whistler, Ian Morrison lives and breathes mountains and biking – but only riding down them, not up. A regular in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and in front of the camera, Ian could be considered, by some, to be a professional bike model and local hero. Ian pays the Sushi Village bills by tuning bikes at the local Whistler shop Fynataco.
Micayla Gatto – Micayla is an ex-World Cup downhill racer-turned-professional good-times haver and storyteller. She aspires to become a bike adventurer/vlogger, own her own lifestyle brand, and be riding until she’s 95. You can usually find her on her bike or snowboard, at the gym, wandering in the woods, camping, drawing, writing, making music or blowing up your Instagram feed.
Dylan Forbes – In the past three years, Dylan’s been hard at work pumping out content for the MTB world. In 2014, he helped Claire Buchar get to third place in this contest, followed up by a second-place for Yoann Barelli, and last year he claimed the win for himself with the film “Shred Till Ya Dead” edit. This year he and his crew have returned to defend his title.
Steve Storey – Steve is a mountain biker, trail builder, and traveller. He was the winner of the 2016 GoPro Line Of The World and his biking is a product of being born and raised in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. When not enjoying B.C.’s bountiful backyard, he can be found wandering the world, searching out burgeoning riding scenes and new places to explore by bike.
Zander Geddes – Zander Geddes is a 22-year-old graphic designer who grew up in Whistler. He currently rides for the Whistler Bike Park Team.
Only a few days to go: The world’s best Dirt Jump and Slopestyle athletes will be showing off their incredible skills at 26TRIX at Out of Bounds Festival from June 8-11: Plenty of airtime, stylish moves and insane tricks will cause jaws to drop. For the twelfth time, top athletes will battle for the 26TRIX crown and for important world ranking points during the FMB World Tour Gold Event. We spoke to Diego Caverzasi (ITA), Emil Johansson (SWE), Tomas Lemoine (FRA), Nico Scholze (GER) and Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) about the ongoing season and their experiences at Bikepark Leogang.
Emil Johanssson (SWE) by Keith Valentine
1. What are you looking forward to the most when coming to Saalfelden Leogang?
Diego: Waking up and looking at the beautiful mountains of Leogang!
Emil: Getting to meet all my friends and ride the course. Last year I was there for the first time.
Tomas: Some riding with the homies and the big party!
Nico: I like the atmosphere with all the mountains. The feeling to be riding in between the peaks is just amazing. Whether winter or summer, I always like the course and the crew of Saalfelden Leogang.
Nicholi: I’m most looking forward to the vibe of a massive event in both slopestyle and downhill. With one of the biggest downhill races happening directly beside our course, the entire weekend is filled with incredible bike riding from some of the world’s best athletes. I’m stoked to be part of it.
Diego Caverzasi (ITA) by David Robinson
2. Out of Bounds Festival not only features 26TRIX, but also the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. Would you give the Speedster World Cup track a try?
Diego: Mmmm, I’m not sure (laughs). I’m not very confident when it comes to big bikes so maybe next year (laughs).
Emil: No, I will stick to slopestyle.
Tomas: Nah, I will leave that crazy track to those guys (laughs).
Nico: No, I’d rather not… (laughs).
Nicholi: I’ve been fortunate enough to walk the downhill track there in Leogang several times, and I’ve been amazed at how gnarly it is. I would definitely give that track a try, but I’d be going significantly slower than the racers, haha!
Tomas Lemoine (FRA) by Richkphotography
3. How often have you competed at 26TRIX? Were you happy with your result?
Diego: I’ve been to 26TRIX three times in the last three years, and I can say that I’m definitely happy about my win last year!
Emil: I was there for the first time last year and came 5th, so that was such a huge thing for me back then and still is, so I am very happy with that result.
Tomas: I competed at 26TRIX twice, but I got two bad results, so I wasn’t happy. (laughs). But I’m looking forward to doing better this time!
Nico: Just once last year and I was really happy with my result. I managed to win the GoPro Best Trick which was rad!
Nicholi: I’ve competed at 26TRIX three times, coming 1st, 2nd and 4th. The competition level has been massive every time. I was incredibly stoked to win 26TRIX in my first ever year riding the event, that is a moment I’ll never forget.
Nico Scholze (GER) by David Robinson
4. How is your season going for you so far? What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Diego: Until now it went well, my results got better and better at every contest starting with a 5th place than 4th, 3rd, 2nd. It’s time to get the win somewhere (laughs).
Emil: My season started off well with a 3rd place at Crankworx in New Zealand. And then a 7th place at Rocket Air after slipping out in the first run and not getting a good second run. My highlight, though, was winning FISE Montpellier at the end of May. That was my first ever FMB win – I’m absolutely stoked! My goal is to have fun and do my best.
Tomas: The season started pretty well, I just wanna land some good runs having good times and enjoy life!
Nico: I would say very well. No injuries and a lot of fun at home and on every event with the other riders. My goal is to end the season with a good score in the rankings, of course staying healthy and at least finishing the new line at our local spot before the season ends.
Nicholi: So far this season has been awesome for me. The most important win was of course at Crankworx Rotorua. For the rest of the season I’m going to continue pushing my limits as much as possible and try to stomp the best runs that I can at every event.
Nicholi Rogatkin by Richkphotography
5. What is your favourite sport besides slopestyle?
Diego: I like every kind or extreme sport, also athletics, gymnastics, motorbike – everything!
Emil: Just got my first downhill bike and I enjoy riding that thing a lot. So, I think downhill riding is one of the things I enjoy the most besides slopestyle. Skiing is a lot of fun, too, but I have rarely done it lately.
Tomas: I like all kind of bicycle riding and I like to surf a lot! And rap! (laughs)
Nico: I really like to ride motocross and skateboard, but when the summer arrives, there’s nothing better than a good session of wakeboarding.
Nicholi: Besides slopestyle, I spend a lot of time playing and watching hockey. Hockey has been a passion of mine since I was young just like bike riding. I of course pursued bike riding as it was my sport at heart. However, I still play a lot of hockey and am a big fan of the sport.
Thanks a lot for your answers and good luck for 26TRIX!
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The race in Wicklow Ireland is a classic in the Enduro World Series and promised to be a spectacular one with thousands of spectators lining the tracks. The short but demanding stages on the 46-kilometer course—with 1,500 meters of vertical—has it all from steep rock sections to pumptrack like parts in the lower sections. It was set to be a great race and the Ibis Team couldn’t wait to get out there aboard their new secret weapon, the brand new Ibis Mojo HD4 bike. This was to be the first official reveal of the bike, and the team was buzzing to give it a proper baptism.
Ahead of the six stages on race day we had two full days of practice, and the conditions for the two days could not have been more different. The first day greeted us with the best weather Ireland could’ve offered. Sunshine, dry trails and warm weather—what else do you need? Even though the trails are on the mellower side, compared to other EWS venues, you had to watch out for the sharp, sniper rocks that littered the tracks everywhere. A few flat tires in practice made reminded us all to stay on alert for them come race day…
A bit of rain was forecast in the morning for Saturday’s practice session, so no one was in a rush to start riding too early, but the torrential downpour wouldn’t stop and “waiting it out“ in the pit area didn’t help. We just had to “man up” at some point and get it started! Big puddles and deep ruts were the order of the day, compared to Fridays dry, even dusty at times practice.
Sunday – Race Day
Fortunately, it stayed dry for the race on Sunday, but this didn’t make the conditions any easier. The saturated ground was very difficult to read. Between good grip to black ice, there was everything. The first rider from our team to leave the pits was our young American kid, Dillon Santos, who had joined us for his first EWS race this year, and indeed his first race in the open category, as prior to this race, Dillon had only competed in the U21 category. We sent him off with a big cheer and got ourselves ready!
Prior to the race, Dillon visited his friend and former team mate Gary Forrest in Scotland to prepare himself for the Euro mud races. It helped him to adapt to the trails we had to race in Ireland, and boosted his confidence to attack the wet and slick conditions. By the end of the day, he found himself on a solid 62nd place and is eager to build on that.
Our other youngster, Zaharias Blom Johansen, was loving the trails in Ireland and it showed in his riding. He was able to pull consistent stage results throughout the whole day and was rewarded with his first ever Top 10 EWS result, way to go Zakka!
The Gehrig Twins were looking to snag a podium spot in Ireland. They knew it was one of this year’s races that would best suit their strengths. So the battle was on! Unfortunately, both sisters started were a bit off the pace in the first stages, but they were able to turn it up towards the second half of the day. Anita’s 4th was off the podium by a mere 0.5 seconds, and with several impressive stage results who knows what would have happened if Caro would listen to her ‘older’ sister’s advice about line choices on Stage 3! In the end, she settled for a solid 5th place.
After Robin’s mechanical in Madeira at the previous race but still a Top 10 result, he was more than eager to pull it together in Ireland to show his true ability. He was riding at his very best the whole day and truly made an impressive mark in the front row of the pack with this career-best 6th place.
The Irish fans made the race to an unforgettable experience and we came back home with a huge smile, four Top 10 results in the women’s and men’s races, and 2nd in the team competition for the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team. With that, we are still holding onto the number one overall ranking in the Enduro World Series Team competition! Way to introduce the new race bike!
Now we’re stoked to have a few weeks at home now to get ready for the second half of the season. It’s crazy that we are already at the halfway point by now.
Thanks to all our team sponsors and mechanics Mats and Tassilo for the amazing support, we all can’t wait to see what we can do in Millau at the beginning of July.
Crazy tricks like cashrolls, twisters or backflips, the superstars of slopestyle and the gorgeous setting of the “Leoganger Steinberge” – 26TRIX in Saalfelden Leogang is a must-see for dirt jump and slopestyle fans. World-class athletes like superstar Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Thomas Genon (BEL) and Antoine Bizet (FRA) or young gun Emil Johansson (SWE) will send their raddest tricks during the FMB Gold Event while battling for important points for the World Ranking from June 8-11. Big incentive: the two best riders who aren’t prequalified yet, can win a wildcard for the FMB Diamond Event Crankworx Innsbruck. Kathi Kuypers (GER) will bear the flag for all the gravity girls out there: as the only female athlete, she will show what she has got. Take a look at the teaser to get in the right mood for 26TRIX!
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
What a lineup! The 12th edition of legendary slopestyle contest 26TRIX is a who-is-who of the best slopestylers of the world: Reigning World Champion Nicholi Rogatkin will be competing in Leogang for the fourth time. The 21-year-old American who is well-known for his huge trick repertoire gained a victory in 2014, came second in 2015 and fourth in 2016 – what a track record! Emil Johansson is also returning to the origin of his success: the only 17-year-old Swede made his first ever international appearance at a contest at 26TRIX in 2016. His flawless runs and technically demanding trick combinations stunned judges and fans and secured him a remarkable fifth place. It was only last Friday when Emil won his first ever FMB Gold Event. At FISE Montpellier, he showed a spectacularly stylish run and demonstrated that he is in top form.
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Also, 26TRIX veterans Thomas Genon (BEL), Antoine Bizet (FRA), Sam Pilgrim (GBR), Szymon Godziek (POL) will show off their insane skills at 26TRIX for the umpteenth time. German rider Nico Scholze (GER), the Italians Torquato Testa and Diego Caverzasi who already amazed the scene last year, will also send their craziest tricks and try to reach out for the 26TRIX crown. Last year, Gemma Corbera from Spain was the first woman in history taking part at an FMB Tour Gold Event. This year, Trek Gravity Girl, Kathi Kuypers will show off her skills as the only female rider. Also, old friends like Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN) or BMX Dirt Jump expert Josh Hult (USA) will join the dirt party and compete in the pre-qualifying.
Thomas Genon (BEL)
On Thursday, June 8, the pre-qualifying kicks off at 4pm CEST. About 50 riders, amongst them well-known athletes such as Adrian Tell (NOR) or Rémy Carra (FRA) will show what they have got. During the qualifying on Friday, June 9 at 4.30 pm CEST, the 12 best riders from the pre-qualifying will battle the 20 set riders in order to get a spot in the finals. On Saturday at 5 pm CEST, it’s neck or nothing: during the finals, a line-up of 15 riders will present their gnarliest tricks and most stylish moves for the overall victory. Also, the winner of GoPro Best Trick will be established during the finals. All in all, 16,000 Euros worth of price money will be handed out to the athletes. In case of bad weather, the finals will be postponed to Sunday.
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
The following 20 set riders will be competing against the 12 best pre-qualifiers in order to win the title:
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Jakub Vencl (CZE)
Bienvenido Alba (ESP)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Paul Couderc (FRA)
Simon Pagès (FRA)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
Nicolas Terrier (FRA)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Lukas Knopf (GER)
Max Mey (GER)
Nico Scholze (GER)
Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
Torquato Testa (ITA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Alex Alanko (SWE)
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
While the slopestylers will show off their coolest tricks, the downhill athletes are getting ready for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup on the “Speedster” track during their qualifying runs. On Sunday, June 11, it will be time to find out who will be crowned as the king and queen of the “Speedster”. Spectacular side-events round-off the Out of Bounds Festival: the large team- and expo-area gives spectators the opportunity to inspect the downhillers’ pits, a breathtaking air show by the Flying Bulls, a pump track, bunny hop and kids pump track challenge and a show with mountain bike trials star Tom Öhler guarantee the best entertainment biking can offer. Obviously, every festival also needs a good party and fans will get just that at the “Pump It Party” in the Outback Bar on Friday, the Ö3-Disco with TOPIC on Saturday and the After Bike Party, which will close out the weekend on Sunday.
The team- and expo-area are open to the public during the following times:
Friday, June 9: 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Saturday, June 10: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Sunday, June 11: 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Visitors can take advantage of a special package including tickets and accommodation:
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Package from June 8 – 11 2017
3 overnight stays incl. 2 day tickets to the event area and all side-events (Ö3 Party, etc.) and the Löwen Alpin Card (guest card for Saalfelden Leogang) starting from € 112,- per person
Book now under [email protected] or + 43 / (0) 6582 / 70660
Fans who cannot make it to Leogang, can check out the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in Leogang live and as Video-on-Demand for free under redbull.tv/uci on the Red Bull TV BIKE Channel: redbull.tv/bike. Also, the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup will be broadcast live on Servus TV.
News about the Out of Bounds festival and biking in the region of Saalfelden Leogang can be found on the bike channel: http://bike.saalfelden-leogang.com, on: www.facebook.com/BikeparkLeogang or on: www.mtb-weltcup.at.
MENTIONS: @SaalfeldenLeogang / @FMBA