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Wave hosting jump park fundraiser

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The Waverley Hotel has partnered with the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) to host an evening of great food, wicked tunes and a ton of cool swag, all to raise funds for a new mountain bike jump park in Cumberland.

On June 28, the Waverley will donate five dollars from every meal served to UROC, which hopes to raise $5,000 at the event. There will also be more than $4,000 worth of items available via silent auction, including a set of Race Face carbon fibre cranks and a 2014 Rocky Mountain Flow dirt jump bike valued at $1,200.

The evening will also feature food and drink specials, lots of mountain bike videos and live music by the Poor Pistols, an energetic bluegrass band from Tofino. Doors open at 6 p.m., the auction goes to 11 p.m. and entrance is by donation, with all proceeds going toward the jump park.

The United Riders of Cumberland have been working with the Village of Cumberland on developing a jump park since the Village identified it as a desirable feature in its recent Village Parks Master Plan.

“We’re still working to establish firm timelines, but we’re working toward a goal of starting construction in fall of 2014,” says UROC president Mike Manara, adding that he’s excited to be working with local bike park designer Adam Dyke on the project.

“What we’re trying to showcase is something a little bit unique, not just your standard features that you see at a lot of jump parks,” says Manara, adding that the park’s preliminary design received encouraging feedback at a public forum in March. “The goal of the park is to help riders develop their core skills of cornering and jumping, so we’re going to see a real flowy, ‘pump track’ design that will feature two lines – one for beginners and one for advanced riders.

“We’re also going to look at a secondary skills area where riders can practise on some of the features they might encounter out on the trails,” he adds.

The Waverley Hotel is located at 2692 Dunsmuir Ave. in Cumberland. To learn more about UROC, including information about volunteering or becoming a member, visit www.unitedridersofcumberland.com.

 

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