A quick look at what’s coming up on the off road and mountain biking scenes on both sides of the pond.
Pedro’s Festival, Hancock Massachusetts, July 13 – 15
Now in its 13th year, the Pedro’s Mountain Bike Festival is a long weekend of riding, camping, contests, clinics and entertainment. The Festival compound includes one of the largest mountain bike demo and expo events in the country, as well as all of the amenities you need to enjoy your weekend – including specialty food vendors, and hot showers. The site is in the heart of the Berkshires, surrounded by some of the greatest mountain biking in New England. Visit www.pedrosfest.com.
The Downieville Classic Point-to-Point Cross Country Race, July 14, Downieville California.
The Downieville Classic cross country race is one of the top rated in the world, and one of the last remaining Point-to-Point race courses in the US. This historic Gold Rush route connects the mountain towns of Sierra City and Downieville, and includes rugged jeep roads and flowing singletrack elements. www.downievilleclassic.com
The Downieville Classic DH Race, July 15, Downieville California.
Dropping 5,000 vertical feet in 17 miles from Packer Saddle to Downieville, the Downieville Downhill is the longest and most demanding downhill mountain bike race in the US. For 2007 they’ve made the downhill course longer, with the addition of Sunrise trail.
Sunrise takes racers from Packer Saddle (elevation 7,100 feet) to the Butcher Ranch trailhead, and the site of the original starting line (elevation 6,834 feet). Sunrise was built by Yuba and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and will add two miles of flowing singletrack to the course. Winning Pro times are estimated to be in the 50-minute range with this trail addition. www.downievilleclassic.com
DH National Championships, July 14-15
The UK’s best downhillers gather in Rheola for the biggest domestic race of the season. Expect the likes of Peaty, Gee Atherton and Tracy Moseley to be among the main contenders. If you’re into downhill you can’t miss this. More info at www.dragondownhill.co.uk.
2007 Tim Hortons Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships, July 19 – 22
Over 400 riders from across Canada are expected to compete from July 19 – 22 as Mount Washington Alpine Resort plays host to the 2007 Tim Hortons National Mountain Bike Championships on Vancouver Island.
Mount Washington’s notorious downhill course, the Monster Mile, will challenge Canada’s fastest downhill racers and, as locals will no dout verifyt, the XC racers won’t get any breaks either. www.mountwashington.ca/canadacup.
Midlands Trailquest, July 22
A trailquest is orienteering on mountain bikes, where riders navigate between locations to score points and finish within a time limit. It costs £10 per person and if you fancy having a crack, head to Hawkesbury Upton in South Gloucestershire, but first register online at www.midlandtrailquests.co.uk.
National XC Champs, July 21 – 22
The top riders in the country descend on Newnham Park in Plymouth to battle for the National Championship titles. See the cream of UK XC and some of the most exciting racing you’ll see anywhere. The weekend also hosts the fourth round of the British XC Series. Check out www.xcracer.com
Twentyfour12 enduro 14-15 July
If you want a proper challenge, get to Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire for Keith Bontrager’s endurance event, which includes a 12hr race as well as a more insane 24hr option. Riders can go it alone or get into teams of four. Check out www.twentyfour12.com for more info and to book online.
Kokanee CrankWorx, July 21 – 29
Unmissable Canadian freeride mountain bike festival in Whistler. Get there if you can to see the world’s best freeriders push the limits of body, mind and gravity. For more info check out www.crankworx.com.