Downhill mountain bike race set for next weekend

Kelowna kamikaze back for another year

With the mountain biking season in high gear it’s time for downhill enthusiasts to dust off their ride and get ready to challenge themselves and each other.

The third annual Kelowna Cycle Kamikaze Super D downhill mountain bike race will take place Sunday, June 12 on the Crawford trails in Myra-Bellvue Provincial Park.

Last year saw over double the number of entrants from the initial race with almost 100 total riders. Records were set and hearts were broken in the fun event.

The race will follow the same legendary course this year, starting on Kelowna’s historic Kettle Valley railbed before beginning the rapid descent down the vapor trail in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park.

The trail meets with a short climb, giving cross country riders an opportunity to show their stuff before continuing its decent into a sprint finish to the Myra-Bellevue parking lot.

Kelowna’s own Seth Cowie set the new course record last year with a time of 19:07.  Most riders choose to adopt a more relaxed approach to the event opting to save some energy to enjoy the prizes and BBQ that goes down later that day.

The race features categories for men and women as well as junior boys and girls. It is open to all ages and riders are expected to have a resonable understanding of mountain bike skills, but there are no mandatory drops, jumps or gaps.

You can challenge your friends, put it all on the line, or enjoy the trail, and the BBQ and fun afterwards.

Riders check in at 9 a.m. and the first shuttle to the top of the KVR is at 10 a.m. Riders start in an individual format from the KVR and are timed on their descent.

The cost is $30 for cycling B.C. members and $40 for non-cycling B.C. members. Rider under 16 are $15.

You can sign up online at www.karelo.com and for more info or to register contact Mike at Kelowna Cycle (250)762-2453 or shop@kelownacycle.ca.

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