August 09, 2011 – August 12-14 introduces a whole new event to the East, Cross country, Dual Slalom and Downhill all on the same weekend with huge prizes and big cash to boot. Over $10k in prizing and over $5k in cash, with elite men DH and XC winners walking away with $1250 each in their pockets!!!
The Lapierre XC Race will feature a course that truly shows what Blue Mountain is all about, fast flowy trails with great technical features and some climbing to keep everyone on their toes. To test out the course many racers will attend the Blue Mtn weekly series Aug 9th, for just $10 they can ride a full lap of the longest loop (which will be raced by the top categories), this is a great way to get a leg up on the competition. Confirmed riders so far include national team member Mikaela Kofman (3 rox), Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada), multiple XC provincial champ Mike Garrigan (Lapierre Canada), Lapierre Canada, Team 3Rox, Norco Factory Team, Cycle Solutions, Arrow Racing, Wild Betty’s and Cycle Solutions.
Redline hosts the free kids XC race late saturday afternoon so that when mom, dad or big brother and sister are done there is still something left for the littlest ones! A fun short course will be laid out with prizes for all!
The X-Fusion Dual Slalom will bring back a little old school. The course will be a fantastic mix of gates, jumps, roller, berms and of course a finish line kicker! A perfect spectator sport, this will be held saturday after the XC race from 5-8pm, so everyone can enjoy the race in cool evening, followed by a sponsored afterparty at Jozo’s! The first prize in pro men will be an amazing X-Fusion vengeance fork courtesy of RCS distribution.
Finally we see the POC Downhill on sunday with a stacked field of riders battling it our for the coveted East Coast Open crown. This years course features the menacing bowling ball alley and a new jump section before the finish super booter. There is no shortage of top riders with 2011 Canada DH Champion Rob Fraser (Primary Trek POC) aiming to defend his title, but riders like Sid “the squid” Slotegraf (Lapierre Canada) and Hans Lambert (Pivot Cycles) might have something to say about that.