Kootenay Krusher returns with 50, 25k courses

The Kootenay Krusher is back for its second year. The endurance mountain bike race will take place at Nipika Mountain Resort of September 25, starting at 10 a.m.

Racers preparing for the 50 km course at 2010's Kootenay Krusher event.

The Kootenay Krusher is back for its second year. The endurance mountain bike race will take place at Nipika Mountain Resort of September 25, starting at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Columbia Valley Cycling Club and Nipika, who have partnered once again to bring this event to the valley.

Last year’s Kootenay Krusher race saw over 110 racers, and it is anticipated that this year will bring out even more.

Some new features have been added to the race this year. The 50 km distance run for hard core bikers is back again, but new this year will be the 25 km distance. This new stretch has been added for those new to biking, or who would prefer not to go the strenuous 50 km distance.

The 25 km distance is friendly for old and new bikers and the club hopes it will attract more casual mountain bikers in the community.

“The 25 km race is to attract people who are not able or interested in racing the 50 km,” said Adrian Bergles, of Columbia Valley Cycling Society. “We’re really hoping to get a number of locals.”

Races will be divided into men’s and women’s categories in age divisions: 13 to 17 (for the 25 km); 18 to 39 (for the 25 or 50 km); and 40 and over (for the 25 or 50 km) For kids 12 and under, there will be a three kilometre “fun race” so they can get in on the action.

The courses will focus mainly on pedalling, and not many extreme climbs.

With the Nipika trails, the race courses will feature some lovely scenery and beautiful landscapes, with a mix of exciting technical features and a few demanding single-track spots that will get racers pumping their pedals.

These courses were also used in part of the TransRockies mountain bike race and have received much positive notoriety internationally for their design.

Registration can be done online with an entry fee of $75 at zone4.ca/onlinereg.asp?id=3956&lan=1. Racers will receive a t-shirt to commemorate the event, a post-race meal, and a great day overall.

“It’s an exciting event,” said Bergles. “If you’re into mountain biking, come and partake or check out these folks giving it their all. It’s a really infectious vibe and atmosphere, it’s a good time.”

The Columbia Valley Cycling Society is also looking for volunteers to help keep the day running smoothly, working at food and water station, patrolling road crossings, and more.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Kevin at Kevin@valleyca.ca

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