Red Bull District Ride – Historic Crowds, Historic City, Legendary Event

Red Bull District Ride – Historic Crowds, Historic City, Legendary Event

The greatest mountain bike happening of the year will be going down, as the fifth edition of Red Bull District Ride showcases the greatest talents and biggest tricks in Nuremberg on September 1–2. The gnarliest urban slopestyle event hopes to break the spectator record which lies at 70,000 and the old town of the German city will set the stage for trick combinations, which have never been seen before. The legendary event has become one of the most iconic in the world of mountain biking and went through a sensational development since its premiere in 2005.

Andreu Lacondeguy at Red Bull District Ride 2011
Andreu Lacondeguy sends it for the crowd at Red Bull District Ride 2014. Image by Markus Greber
Back in 2005, the simplest tailwhip was enough to wow the crowd and judges. Nowadays, the athletes would get nowhere near the start tower of any FMB Diamond Event with tricks like that. Today, Tsunami-Backflips, triple-tailwhips, and twisters decide who becomes the king of the court. Back then, you would come across names of mountain bike pros, which you would never associate with slopestyle contests today. Gee Atherton and Cedric Gracia are two examples. It would be unthinkable to see downhill aces like Aaron Gwin, Danny Hart or Greg Minnaar standing at the top of the historic Kaiserburg and going through the motions before dropping in. The trick level has reached new heights and only specialists are able to dial up the big tricks needed in order to have a chance at competing for the title.

Cedric Gracia at Red Bull District Ride 205
Cedric Gracia dropping into the 2005 edition. Image by Ian Hylands
Gee Atherton at Red Bull District Ride 2006
Gee Atherton, Wallride during the 2006 edition. Image by Stefan Hunziker
Three icons of the sport who are closely associated with the past and present of Red Bull District Ride give their account on the development of slopestyle and the event that will be returning to the heart of the 950-year-old city: Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, and Tarek Rasouli.

Cam McCaul is the voice of slopestyle during live broadcasts on Red Bull TV. The 31-year-old American belongs to the Freeride Hall of Fame and won Red Bull District Ride back in 2006. All the action from the finals will be available on Red Bull TV on September 2 with his commentary.

Podium at Red Bull District Ride 2006
Cam McCaul on the top of the podium at Red Bull District Ride 2006. Image by Markus Greber
bigquotes It was an exciting win at Red Bull District Ride back in 2006. My winning run in 2006 wouldn’t even evoke a chirp out of the crowd these days and the judges would fall asleep! It’s insane how much the sport has progressed in the last 11 years. Slopestyle was still a bit of a cooking experiment back then and riders from all different backgrounds were sprinkling their spices on the recipe. Now in 2017, the sport is so clearly defined that the athletes who compete at the top level are specialists in this competitive form. Having a legitimate World Tour is a dream come true for the sport. I can’t wait to get to Nuremberg in September. There’s nothing like watching mountain bikes fly off of an ancient castle!Cam McCaul
Aaron Chase wrote history in 2005 when he became the first athlete to win Red Bull District Ride. Since then, he has been a course designer for the track that meanders through the old town of Nuremberg and can also look back on years of judging experience.

Aaron Chase at Red Bull District Ride 2006
Aaron Chase at Red Bull District Ride 2006. Image by Markus Greber
bigquotes Winning Red Bull District Ride was a total surprise and a dream come true all at the same time. All the riders were close friends and every event was a time to live life to the max. Definitely great memories! Course design back in the day might have been a one-man job, but these days the course layout will be looked over by many professionals to make sure it will be the best possible. Over the years slopestyle has become all about big jumps and big tricks. Most courses are not as diverse as Red Bull District Ride; I hope to see some really fun and exciting features on this year’s course. Bigger tricks don’t make it tougher to judge, more riders are pushing the sport and landing their tricks and that’s what makes it tougher to whittle down. I think it’s important to have different districts so the judges can individually focus on each section of the track. I’m so stoked to see the course, the crew, and the show! See you all there!Aaron Chase
Sam Pilgrim at Red Bull District Ride 2011
Sam Pilgrim launching a backflip no-hander above the crowd in 2011. Image by Flo Hagena
Tarek Rasouli, the mastermind behind Red Bull District Ride has been involved in the organization of the event since day one. Although an accident shortened his professional mountain bike career, the former freeride pro never lost the love for the sport of mountain biking.

bigquotes I can still vividly remember how, on a Friday night, I sat on my quad during the Best Trick Session on the Sebalder Platz during the first ever Red Bull District Ride in 2005. I shed a few tears observing the atmosphere in the crowd and the action that went down—a baby was born and I was a part of it. I had never experienced something like that before. Back then, there was a crowd of 40,000 people, by the last edition that number had grown to 70,000 and there will definitely be even more this time around. It will be fascinating to see how the Top 16 in the FMB World Ranking and the four wildcards attack this sensational course. I am very excited for the fifth edition of Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg and the final of the FMB Diamond Series.Tarek Rasouli
Tarek Rasouli at Red Bull District Ride 2005
Tarek Rasouli at Red Bull District Ride 2005. Image by Markus Greber
All the action from the FMB Diamond Series is broadcasted live on redbull.tv. Get the latest on everything bike-related at the Red Bull Bike Channel: redbull.tv/bike & redbull.com/bike. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally at www.redbull.tv and as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices and Smart TVs.

Geoff Gulevic at Red Bull District Ride 2005
Geoff Gulevich with a superman-seatgrab at Red Bull District Ride 2005. Image by Yorrick Carroux
Whistler Bike Park Creekside Trail Expansion Now Underway – Video

Whistler Bike Park Creekside Trail Expansion Now Underway – Video

Whistler Creekside expansion
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.

Whistler Creekside expansion

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.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.

Whistler Creekside expansion

The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.

Whistler Creekside expansion

A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Sections are coming together, bit by bit.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Flagging some fresh tech.

Whistler Creekside expansion

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.

Whistler Creekside expansion

The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Lula cutting in the technical line.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Lula approving of her husband’s work.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Zander getting up to race speed.

Whistler Creekside expansion

An early taste of something that will only get better.

Whistler Creekside expansion

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.

#RideNowSleepLater

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Simon Pagès Heads to Red Bull District Ride

Simon Pagès Heads to Red Bull District Ride

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Simon Pagès has made it! The young Frenchman can look forward to a spot in the rider lineup for the legendary Red Bull District Ride on September 1-2, 2017, thanks to a great performance at the FMB Gold Event “GlemmRide Slopestyle” in Saalbach (AUT) last weekend. Pagès now belongs to the 20 athletes who will be dropping into the gnarliest urban course in the world and will be showing off his steeze in all five districts, whilst competing against the world’s best slopestyle riders in front of 80,000 spectators. The second FMB Wildcard for Red Bull District Ride is up for grabs in Spain at the FMB Gold Event “O Marisquino” on August 13. The FMB Wildcard is awarded to the highest ranked athlete, who has not yet qualified for Red Bull District Ride.

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20-year-old Pagès has been extremely active this year and already competed at 10 different FMB World Tour Events. He also raised eyebrows thanks to stunning performances at 26TRIX in Leogang and Crankworx Les Gets a few weeks back. His experience seems to be paying off and we can expect a great show from Pagès in Nuremberg this September.

Congrats to a sensational performance, Simon! What does it feel like to know that you will be sending it with the world’s best on Red Bull District Ride’s legendary urban slopestyle course this September?

I am really happy that I will be heading to Red Bull District Ride this year! I was there in 2014 and it was just crazy. I can’t wait to be back on the Hauptmarkt!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Red Bull District Ride? What makes the event so legendary in your eyes?

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It is an insane event! There will be so many fans lining the streets. The fact that the course is in the middle of the city and is very diverse makes it unique on the World Tour. I like these kind of courses because they are very different. They fit my riding style.

How will you prepare yourself for the FMB Diamond Event in front of 80,000 spectators?

It feels amazing when you ride down the course with all the people cheering for you. I don’t need to prepare for that especially. It is really motivating and helps you more than it is a distraction.

About Red Bull District Ride:

After five editions in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in Nuremberg and one appearance in Catania, Italy (2006), Red Bull District Ride has acquired a legendary status in the mountain biking scene. The world-class slopestyle athletes will be sending it in a unique urban setting and thrilling thousands of spectators.


MENTIONS: @redbullbike / @rasoulution

The Kali Road Warrior Goes to the China Peak Enduro – California Enduro Series

The Kali Road Warrior Goes to the China Peak Enduro – California Enduro Series

Stoke levels were high this past weekend at China Peak for the first stop of the VP Components sponsored California Enduro Series “Golden Tour” and the Kali Road Warrior program was in effect keeping people safe throughout the race weekend. The Golden Tour is a triple crown series within a series intended to spotlight top talent and events with the added bonus of being Enduro World Series Qualifier Events. That means more prize money on the line and valuable EWS points up for grab. It also means real rowdy trails and fierce competition.

The drive up to China Peak is as impressive as the venue itself. Passing through agricultural zones of the Central Valley and rolling through the foothills en route to the heart of the High Sierras is a reminder of the beauty and diversity found within the Golden State. China Peak is located near the end of a road that was originally conceived as a trans-Sierra highway connecting Fresno and Bishop. Due to the rugged Sierra Crest and Wilderness Areas blocking the way, the two segments were never connected which has left this area more isolated and undeveloped.

With the small mountain ski area vibe also comes the small mountain chairlifts. The lift line was stacked up all day as the trusty old two-seater worked overtime to get hundreds of racers and bikes up the hill for practice. Nothing but smiles and high fives though as people were undoubtedly glad to have a lift-assist. Passing over some sections of trail (including the super rowdy and freshly cut Stage 5), the chairlift also makes for great spectating, heckling, and line spotting.

Part of the charm of China Peak is the laid back atmosphere. All weekend long, people were posted up in the shade at the balcony bar, soaking in the sights, staying cool, and enjoying the vibe of the California Enduro Series scene. With the CES race weekend officially kicking off the Bike Park opening, it’s a great way to get things fired up for the season. The mountain is now open for business so get yourself up here!

Due to the higher elevations and clear blue skies, the sun was blazing hot all weekend. Thankfully, the hydration station was complete with a “mist’er” hose which provided racers with some much needed relief from the heat. Staying cool and hydrated was definitely part of the winning strategy for the weekend.

In addition to the shade and mist provided in the base area, there is a river running right through the middle of the venue which provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, and beverage chilling. The unofficial “Final Stage” of the race weekend is held at the swimming hole just upriver from the parking lot. This is always a crowd favorite for racers and spectators alike and usually generates some solid highlight clips as people jump, dive, flip, and spin off the rocks.

The Kali Road Warrior program is designed to help keep people safe at the races and sometimes that extends to spectators too. This little rider was ripping around all weekend and she chose to protect herself with this full-face helmet. In fact, she was dedicated to it. She was so stoked on the helmet that we agreed she should take it home. The force is strong with this youngster and now it is even stronger…and safer.

With this race requiring the use of full-face helmets, it is not uncommon to see some racers choose to bring both helmets (a half-shell to climb in and a full-face for timed stages). Another strategy that seems to work well is to remove the cheek pads during the climbs. This increases your airflow and breathability for those long transfers. Either way you decide to go, it’s definitely a wise choice to ride and race with a legitimate full-face helmet when you’re pushing the limits on such gnarly, loose, and technical terrain.

The parking lot at China Peak is just as exciting as the trails are rowdy. Making rounds through the caravan of adventure mobiles, it is clear that Vanlife (and hatchback/pickup/camper life) are alive and well in the mountain bike community.

Circle the Wagons! Some of the vans spotted in the parking lot were clearly more experienced than others. These dream machines got in early and scored the shady spots. It’s official, van-life is the new Enduro and these guys are winning.

Meanwhile, at the riders meeting, it was a perfectly crisp and clear morning. Racers rolled out as they were called and the battle would begin. With live timing, there was a lot of excitement and speculation about who might be on the podium after the last stage.

After a long and challenging day of racing, the awards ceremony was a change of pace. The fastest guys and girls took their rightful places on the podium. Some of them walked away with big checks and some with big bruises but all of them walked away with a sense of accomplishment for surviving the weekend and taming these super gnarly trails. This is definitely one of the most rugged and raw stops on the Golden Tour and sets the tone for the rest of the series to come. For complete race results click the link China Peak Results.

California Enduro Series
VP Components
China Peak

Kali Road Warrior Footer.
What is the Kali Race Support Program and who is the Road Warrior?

In an effort to support events and racers of all levels, Kali Protectives has launched a new Race Support helmet demo program in conjunction with the Kali Road Warrior.

We all ride and unfortunately, crashes do happen. Sometimes that happens at an event or race weekend, resulting in your helmet being damaged and unsafe to continue to use. But you have more racing to do. What now? When the Road Warrior attends a scheduled event, registered racers/attendees have the opportunity to demo a new Kali helmet at no charge. Kali is on hand to ensure riders can continue to compete without worrying about their helmet.

Currently, the program is limited to the West Coast, however, we are preparing to launch another Road Warrior and Race Support Program in Canada. Providing this initiative continues to be successful, we may establish Road Warriors in other territories.

If you would like to learn more about the Kali Road Warrior or possibly schedule him to attend your next event, shoot an email to [email protected].

Kali Road Warrior – Saving Your Race! / @KaliProtectives

Steve Smith: Our Legend…

Steve Smith: Our Legend…

Who was Steve Smith?

Most people know Steve Smith for his accomplishments on two wheels. A force in the Canadian downhill mountain bike racing scene for years, Steve became an international star after securing Wold Cup victories at Leognang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. These victories culminated into the overall World Cup Downhill title in 2013, downhill mountain biking’s ultimate prize.

Steve became a Canadian cycling legend.

Was that who Steve Smith was? A downhill legend? The guy on the Fox Racing poster? Standing on the podium at Monte-Sainte-Anne? Tearing up a volcano in Japan for Red Bull?

Was that who Steve Smith was?

To some, yes. But not to us.

Mt. Prevost 2013
endurofficials Co-founder, Rob Fraser, Left, Steve Smith, right. Mt. Prevost, 2013

Steve was a brother, son, and an inspiration. A fierce competitor and an honest friend. A humble guy from Nanaimo that achieved so much and made you feel like anything was possible.

A guy who loved the outdoors, loved camping and fishing and golfing, just like us.

A guy who cared about people, about his family, and about his community. Just like us.

He loved to laugh, loved to smile and loved life. Just like us.

Who was Steve Smith? He was a guy… just like us.

Phenomenally talented and driven, yes. But what made Steve so great was his incredible humility and grace in spite of his remarkable success.

Steve inspired people to be their best and do extraordinary things because he was a guy just like us.

Although it’s been a year since he passed he still inspires all of us at end?rofficials to be our best every day.

As a tribute to Steve, we’ve designed the Steve Smith Legacy sock. 100% of all profits from Steve Smith Legacy sales will be donated to the Steve Smith Legacy Fund to help young athletes achieve their dreams. To date, we’ve reached over 75% of our goal to donate over $10,000 and have no plan to stop.

Steve Smith SockSteve Smith Legacy Sock

If you’d like to join us in supporting the Steve Smith Legacy Fund, please click below to purchase your pair of socks.

https://www.endurofficials.com/collections/steve-smith-legacy

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MENTIONS: @endurofficials

Deathgrip Book – Available Now

Deathgrip Book – Available Now

The most progressive mountain bike movie of recent times gets the paper and ink treatment.

PIC Andy Lloyd
Feel it. Read it. Own it.

The Deathgrip Book documents the twelve plus months of shredding and filming that went into the making of Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough’s landmark movie project. From the dust-storm berm destroying in South Africa to dank woodland steeze in California to lush Madeira to moonscape Utah, and with a stop off at home in the UK, get down with Deathgrip’s outrageously stylish crew over 172 pages of the finest printed matter.

Field notes from the movie’s cast and crew give unrestricted access to the world of Deathgrip, while epic galleries from a number of the sport’s best photographers give alternative angles on the movie’s standout moments.

#deathgripmovie | Deathgripmovie.tv | @Deathgripmovie | Deathgripbook.tv

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Deathgrip Book is available worldwide now at Deathgripbook.tv, at a cover price of £15 + P and P.

Deathgrip Book
Edited by James McKnight
Designed by Jon Gregory
Printed in the UK
Published by Misspent Summers

With Photography and Contributions from:
Jacob Gibbins, Ian Collins, Chris Seager, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer, Brandon Semenuk, Jens Staudt, Eric Palmer, Ewald Sadie, Chris Greenwood, Roo Fowler, John Asuncion, John Reynolds, Tom Bowell, Nikki Whiles, Cameron Baird, Ty Evans, Mike ‘Cow’ Rose, Kyle Jameson, Brendan Fairclough, Clay Porter, Olly Wilkins, Ryan Howard, Andrew Neethling, Nico Vink, Josh Bryceland, Sven Martin, Sam Reynolds.

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Deathgrip Book—Available worldwide now!deathgripbook.tv

Deathgrip is now available to purchase worldwide on ITunes. Also Available on Xbox, Playstation, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Fandango Now, Vimeo on Demand http://geni.us/DEATHGRIP


MENTIONS: @ClayPorter