Host to a World Cup in 1994 and multiple BC Cup and Canada Cup races through the late 90’s it’s been 11 years since Silver Star Mountain Resort held a major mountain bike race; opting instead to invest funds and staff efforts into building one of the most desirable bike parks in the country. All of that changed this weekend as 334 racers descended on Silver Star’s colourful village to challenge the gnarly Dag’s Downhill Course in a BC Cup Downhill Race.
“This is the biggest turnout to a BC Cup event this summer” commented Summer Business Manager, Ian Galbraith. “People who had raced here in the past were itching to get back and the hype around Silver Star’s amazing trails brought tons of young racers as well.”
The nearly perfect weather and electrifying atmosphere generated by the announcer and exhibitors also drew a strong contingent of recreational riders to the park for the weekend and the resort set a record for visitation on Saturday with a total of 730 mountain bikers enjoying the 18 trails in the park.
Racers and their families traveled from all over BC and Alberta with an small contingent from Switzerland who had planned their holidays around the event. Barb Haley, former National DH champion crowned at Silver Star many moons ago, was the only competitor to race on a hardtail at the event and posted a time of 4 mins 51 secs. The race went off with only one small hitch, a thunderstorm rolled in on the mountain and poured rain on the last 10 racers of the day from the Men’s Elite category. The top results are as follows:
Tara Mowat - Vancouver, BC - 3 mins 44 secs
Katherine Short - Halfmoon Bay, BC - 3:58
Lindsay Trimble - Burnaby, BC - 4:04
*Fastest woman of the day was Harriet Eve Harper from Nelson, NZ racing in the 30+ Citizen category at 3 mins 41 secs.
Junior Expert Men (17-18 year olds)
Mark Wallace - Duncan, BC - 3:05* fastest time of the day
McKay Vezina - Newbury Park, CA - 3:09
Forrest Riesco - Gibsons, BC - 3:10
Nicholas Geddes - Whistler, BC - 3:10
Ken Faubert - Coquitlam, BC - 3:13
Cory Brunelle - 150 Mile House, BC - 3:14
For a complete listing of the winners in all categories click here.
The Silver Star Mountain Resort Bike Park is open daily from 10am – 5pm (Wednesday and Fridays until 7:30pm) until September 9 and opens for an additional weekend September 15 -16. With quite possibly the best attention paid to trail development and ensuring a progressive riding experience to mountain bikers of all levels, the Bike Park at Silver Star is an experience that should not be missed. Rental bikes and protective armour is available as are guides and instructors.
The next big mountain bike event to hit the trails at Silver Star is the Freeride Festival on August 25 and 26. Bringing back the Camp of Champions Air Bag, Norco Demo Tent, and the Jump Jam, it is sure to be another great weekend. The next big non-biking event to visit the resort takes place August 3 – 5 and is the 3D Archery Nationals. The resort is expecting more than 300 competitors to attend from all over the country for this unique event taking place in the resort’s dramatic setting.