Want to get up the highway and enjoy a little bit of unique cycling entertainment?
Thirty of the world’s top slopestyle mountain bike riders will show off their finest airborne tricks this weekend at Big White Ski Resort.
The pro riders are competing in the first Big White Invitational Slopestyle competition, a sanctioned event that is the newest addition to the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) World Tour.
Slopestyle riders compete on specially designed outdoor courses that feature dramatic drops, jumps and obstacles. They receive points for successfully landing airborne tricks, like tail whips, 720-degree cork rotations, somersaults and backflips.
“We have some of the best mountain bikers in the world here in British Columbia, and we wanted to create a place for them to show off their talents in the Interior,” said Mke Ballingall, senior vice-president at Big White Ski Resort Ltd.
“Local mountain bikers have built this permanent slopestyle course so they can invite their friends from around the world to come and play in their backyard — and that, in turn, will create new tourism opportunities for our entire community.”
Besides the gold competition for professional riders, the event will include separate bronze competitions for amateur riders, with a chance to win wildcard entry into the gold competition.
The event also features live music, movie nights, demo areas and races for kids aged 2 to 12.
Provincial funding for the Big White Invitational Slopestyle is being provided through the Tourism Events Program. The program supports events that raise awareness of B.C.’s tourism experiences, and inspires people from around the world to visit the province.
These events also generate tourism and economic activities in regions throughout British Columbia.