July 16/12 19:20 pm - Canada Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race Returns to Panorama
Posted by Editoress on 07/16/12
Panorama Mountain Village is excited to host the finals for the Canada Cup and BC Cup downhill mountain bike races, for the third consecutive year.
On July 28th & 29th, riders from across Canada and beyond national borders will converge on Panorama to compete in this highly technical and exhilarating cycling discipline.
Yann Gauvin competing at 2011 DH Nationals in Panorama
This major cycling event is expected to attract over 200 riders. Starting at the top of the Mile 1 Quad chairlift, racers will be individually timed as they descend 365m over the 3km course. Racers can reach speeds of up to 85km/h through various sections of the Panorama Bike Park including the trails Punisher, Insanity, Quadzilla and the infamous section known as the Cliffs of Insanity. This event will be great for racers and spectators alike.
To compete at the Canada Cup level requires years of training. Top riders have learned to calm their nerves and have acquired the technical skills to control their bike and body position to be able to react quickly to the varying terrain.
Riders can compete in both the BC Cup and the Canada Cup race in one of 24 categories, depending on their UCI license. There is also a class in the BC Cup that allows for non-licensed riders to purchase a one day permit and compete in the 'Citizen' category. With encouragement from spectators this race series helps riders prepare for national and international competitions.
The bike race schedule is as follows:
• July 26 & 27, 2012 – Race registration • July 28, 2012 - Race registration, course inspection, training • July 29, 2012 – Race, Awards
VIDEO of previous event
Check out Panorama Mountain Village's Mountain Bike and Stay Package including Bike Park lift tickets, access to the incredible Panorama Springs pool complex and accommodation from only $73 per person per night. Go to BikePanorama.com for more information.