Gravity Bikefest open for registration

Free skills clinic and bike trial demos at the Fernie Alpine Resort all weekend.

  • Jul. 11, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The Powerade Gravity Bikefest is back for another summer at Fernie Alpine Resort.

This weekend will feature the popular Timber Downhill on Saturday and the new GPS Gravity Enduro Event on Sunday. Also going on during the Festival weekend is the Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam downtown at the City Dirt Jump Park on Saturday Night and a free skills clinic and bike trial demos at the resort all weekend.

The Timber Downhill is a grueling all mountain race from the top of the Timber lift right down to the main plaza in the base area. Full Timber Downhill Race is open to competitors aged over 15, but there is also a junior category for competitors aged 13 to 14 that will have a lower start on the Timber Downhill course.

The GPS Gravity Enduro Race is unlike other mountain bike races because the competition format determines the winners using GPS technology instead of traditional timing. All racers will be equipped with FLAIK GPS units and will have four hours to ride as much of the mountain as possible. To prevent racers from simply repeating the same trail time and time again, mandatory checkpoints have been established around the mountain. In order to qualify for prizes, riders must visit these checkpoints.

Volunteers are needed for the Bikefest Weekend to assist with course marshaling, timing etc. Volunteers get to see the action up close and receive lunch, event t-shirt and goodies for helping out. Contact events@skifernie.com for more details or to sign up.

Register for the races online at www.skircr.com/compete

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