Roughly 200 racers will be competing during the Mad Trapper weekend at Panorama Mountain Village Resort on Sunday (July 29).

Mad Trapper weekend returns to Panorama

BC, Canada Cup downhill mountain bike races take over Panorama Bike Park on July 28 and 29.

For the third consecutive year, the Canada Cup and BC Cup downhill finals will take to the trails of Panorama Mountain Village Resort for a heart-pounding weekend of mountain biking action.

“It’s a really exciting event for racers and for spectators,” Panorama marketing co-ordinator Jamie Hurschler said. “For racers it’s a new challenge and a new thrill to challenge their technical abilities, and for spectators that technical element really makes it exciting because they can watch how the racers move and see what racers have to do to compete at that level.”

Taking place on the weekend of July 28 and 29, the two events will once again fall under the umbrella of Panorama’s Mad Trapper race event. Roughly 200 of the top racers from all over Canada will have one last chance to compete for coveted points to improve their rankings and vault themselves onto the national stage, but it likely won’t come easy on what Hurschler describes as a highly technical course. The technical aspect of the course is also a bonus for spectators, as racers are forced to slow down for some of the more challenging features.

“It’s really important for racers to get as many points as they can out of a race like this,” Hurschler said.

Racers will have an opportunity to get a feel for the course on  Saturday (July 28) before the races start in earnest on Sunday (July 29) morning at 10 a.m. Individually timed riders proceed one by one through the starting gates, reaching speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour as they make their way through the bends of the course that is a combination of two popular Panorama bike park trails — Insanity and Quadzilla.

“I love seeing the riders standing up on the podium and getting that recognition, but I always love the butterflies everyone gets,” Hurschler said. “When the first racer is standing in the gates ready to go, that’s always the most exciting time for me.”

Volunteers are still needed for the race, and will be very well compensated for their time with a free lunch, and a free lift ticket for use either at the bike park in the summer or on the slopes during the winter.

“The races can’t happen without volunteers,” Hurschler said.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Brush by emailing nancy.brush@panoramaresort.com or by calling 1-250-341-4131.

For the third consecutive year, the Canada Cup and BC Cup downhill finals will take to the trails of Panorama Mountain Village Resort for a heart-pounding weekend of mountain biking action.

“It’s a really exciting event for racers and for spectators,” Panorama marketing co-ordinator Jamie Hurschler said. “For racers it’s a new challenge and a new thrill to challenge their technical abilities, and for spectators that technical element really makes it exciting because they can watch how the racers move and see what racers have to do to compete at that level.”

Taking place on the weekend of July 28 and 29, the two events will once again fall under the umbrella of Panorama’s Mad Trapper race event. Roughly 200 of the top racers from all over Canada will have one last chance to compete for coveted points to improve their rankings and vault themselves onto the national stage, but it likely won’t come easy on what Hurschler describes as a highly technical course. The technical aspect of the course is also a bonus for spectators, as racers are forced to slow down for some of the more challenging features.

“It’s really important for racers to get as many points as they can out of a race like this,” Hurschler said.

Racers will have an opportunity to get a feel for the course on  Saturday (July 28) before the races start in earnest on Sunday (July 29) morning at 10 a.m. Individually timed riders proceed one by one through the starting gates, reaching speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour as they make their way through the bends of the course that is a combination of two popular Panorama bike park trails — Insanity and Quadzilla.

“I love seeing the riders standing up on the podium and getting that recognition, but I always love the butterflies everyone gets,” Hurschler said. “When the first racer is standing in the gates ready to go, that’s always the most exciting time for me.”

Volunteers are still needed for the race, and will be very well compensated for their time with a free lunch, and a free lift ticket for use either at the bike park in the summer or on the slopes during the winter.

“The races can’t happen without volunteers,” Hurschler said.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Brush by emailing nancy.brush@panoramaresort.com or by calling 1-250-341-4131.

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