Posted by Editoress on 07/23/10
Pro Riders and Local Kids Bond at the Sun Peaks Mountain Bike Camp
They spend most of their summer competing in contests, fulfilling sponsor obligations, and filming segments for upcoming mountain bike films. But every year, Matt Hunter and Graham Agassiz clear their schedule to spend time at Sun Peaks to share their passion for mountain biking with the younger riding generation.
27 kids (9yrs-16yrs) from Kamloops, the Lower Mainland, Rossland and Hinton have been spending the week at Sun Peaks shredding the Bike Park with Agassiz and Hunter, who is one of the biggest mountain bike freeriders in the world. The 2010 Mountain Bike Freeride Camp wraps up this afternoon.
Hunter, who rides for Specialized Bikes, Shimano, DaKine, and Chromag, has been teaching at the Sun Peaks camp for the last three years. He says it’s the local kids that keep him returning year after year. “This group has lots of kids from small towns and they have a super good attitude.” He also says it’s fun to ride with Agassiz, which is a rare opportunity. “Graham and I don’t get to ride together much in the summer, so that is also really cool.”
Agassiz rides for Kona Bikes, Sombrio, Smith Goggles and Monster Energy Drink. He chose to spend his week at Sun Peaks instead of teaching at the Whistler bike camp. “I did this camp over Whistler so I could be with the local kids and support my local mountain.”
And these kids have been getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only have they been spending the week shredding with Hunter and Agassiz, but DaKine hooked up all of the kids with riding jerseys and shorts.
After the camp wraps up at Sun Peaks, Agassiz heads to Crankworks in Colorado, while Hunter is heading overseas to Indonesia and Spain for events with Specialized. Look for Hunter in Anthill Films’ Follow Me and Graham is featured in NWD 10 Dust and Bones.
Sun Peaks Press release
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