Whistler Mountain Bike Park to host ‘Ultimate Pump Track Challenge’

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 13, 2010 4:32 pm

Whistler Mountain Bike Park, located at the world class all-season resort, has announced plans to bring “The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge” to this year’s Kokanee Crankworx event on August 12th at 8pm. This new event will reward speed, flow and flair as competitors will race under the lights to determine a champion. The pump track, which has only just been completed, is located the top of the Boneyard in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

“We worked closely with Monster Energy to develop the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge which will display some fast and fierce action,” says Jeremy Roche, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “With a bell ring and knuckle-knock start, riders will drop and chase each other through a 20-25 second course chock full of berms, doubles and gaps. This is going to be one intense show.”

Pump tracks, made up of an endless loop of steeply banked corners, doubles, gaps and rollers, have risen in popularity over the last five years. The track built for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is 70 feet by 90 feet, which should result in a spectator-friendly and compact arena for insane mountain bike action. Acceleration is built by pumping with legs and arms rather than continuous pedalling and there is one caveat – riders must be on at least 26 inch wheels.

At the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge finals a stacked line-up of 32 men and eight women, culled by time trials from a field of 60 men and 25 women, will enter into a head-to-head quest through the final ladders. Winning the title is going to take speed, strategy and endurance to last through the five heats required.

The qualifier event held at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park July 25 will issue wildcard spots to the fastest male rider and the fastest female rider, granting them an automatic birth into the finals on August 12. Stay tuned to www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike for more information and how to register.

There will be a $500 cash grab for the best antics dropped randomly through the night while the overall male and female rider will each go home with $750 cash.

Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Schedule:

Wednesday August 11:

5:00pm-7:00pm – Training (Registered Athletes Only)

Thursday August 12:

11:30am-1:00pm – Time Trials (Drop In)
7:00pm-8:00pm – Training (Finalists only)
8:00pm-10:00pm – Finals (Live Webcast)