Bearclaw returns

Freeride mountain bike spectacle returns to Mount Washington

The Bearclaw Invitational brings the best mountain bikers in the world to Vancouver Island.

The Bearclaw Invitational brings the best mountain bikers in the world to Vancouver Island.

Qualicum Beach local Darren Berrecloth returns to the Island with more than 30 of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers for the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle this weekend, August 22-24.

The sixth Bearclaw Invitational takes place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, giving athletes one of the last chances of the season to accumulate points in the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour.

Currently, Brett Rheeder of Canada is holding onto the top position with Sam Pilgrim of Great Britain and Martin Soderstrom of Sweden trailing close behind.

“The course this year features a significant increase in the size and setup of the dirt jumps,” Berrecloth said. “I removed most of the wood and brought in more dirt. There’s also a new entry point into the course to give riders another option for dropping in.”

Riders are competing for the biggest Bearclaw prize purse to date with $35,000 up for grabs.

Pro qualifiers are Friday with the finals Saturday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.

There is also an amateur competition for the up and comers to try for a spot in the pro contest. They will get a chance to break in with the pros on Friday at 2 p.m.

There will be a who’s who of the FMB World Tour vying for the top prize at the Bearclaw Invitational.

Slopestyle is considered the cutting edge of the sport of mountain biking. Progression and raw talent are on full display as riders take to the air and pull amazing tricks.

Best of all the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle is free for all spectators. For more information and to check out the full event schedule check bearclawinvitational.com.

Rounding out the weekend is the B.C. Cup Downhill Race which brings competitors back to Mount Washington’s legendary Monster Mile downhill track Sunday.

The race is open to everybody from Pro/Elite to those seeking to have fun in the citizen racing categories, and everything in between.

For more infromation call 1-877-845-4499 or check www.mountwashington.ca.

— Submitted by Mount Washington Alpine Resort

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