Archive for the Downhill Category


Posted in Downhill, MTB on June 10, 2010 by bikealberta

Pedalhead Bicycle Works and Backside Tours are joining forces to put on their biggest & best Panorama DH trip to date – July 23rd to 25th. You and your bike travel by luxury coach, stay 2 nights in Panorama’s hillside Gold Level resort, and receive 2 days of lift passes – all for $350 (tax included)! Bike rentals are available at the hill for an extra cost.

To book your spot, contact Backside Tours at (780) 454-7669 or visit them on the 2nd floor of Pedalhead (6604 104 Street). For more info, visit



DH Provincial Championships Report

Posted in Downhill, MTB, Racing on August 7, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Mitch Thornton

The 2009Alberta provincials are now in the books! All the anticipation that has built up over the past few weeks is now gone, Alberta has crowned new DH champions in their respective categories. Read more to check out some pictures of the event and a quick write up on what went down!

Saturday practice went quite well. Many riders were beginning to find their flow on the downhill track. High lines were starting to form above roots and ruts, pretty typical for a soft track I suppose. Conditions were super tacky during practice, as Blairmore received tons of rain throughout the week preceding the event. The dirt was damp and loose, which made for great traction at speed, not to mention great roosting!

Saturday night brought tons of rain with it. The track we had practiced on Saturday was now a distant memory… High lines now had exposed soaking wet cross-roots, where traction seriously became an issue, rock gardens had become slippery instead of grippy, and the sheep trail had become the fastest way down the hill.

Some sections had great sun exposure, and ended up being perfectly dry for the race, but the majority of other sections were like butter in a frying pan. Personally, I put on a set of mud tires to ease the pain, but they still didn’t prevent me from going down in a roc garden.

It seemed as if the riders who made it down the hill without crashing took their respective categories. However, with anything, there’s always an exception; Luke Stevens riding for Calgary Cycle set the fastest time of the day with a crash in his race run! His time would have taken first place in Elite Men, and he’s only 15 years old!

A big thanks goes out to Stephen Exley and Doug Zech who gave up their long weekends to shuttle all the riders to the top of the hill, not to mention organize the event, Loyal Ratte for putting many hours into all the registration duties, and all the sponsors for supporting the Alberta series. This year has seen more riders per race than ever before; things are only just starting to grow, I can’t wait to see what happens next season!

Full Results can be found here: Rum Runner Final Results

Elite Men Podium  

1. Luke Nelson (BC)

1. Rob Chapman

2. Mark Wolstenholme

3. Mitch Thornton

4. Nick Quinn

5. Roddi Lega


Photo Albums:

Grande Prairie DH Photos & Results

Posted in Downhill, MTB, Racing, Results on July 6, 2009 by bikealberta

More photos from Lungsnot can be found [here]

Full results can be viewed [here]

Race the River DH

Posted in Downhill, MTB, Racing on June 24, 2009 by bikealberta

The Bikehawks Gravity Bike Club in conjunction with NitehawkRecreation Area and Nitehawk gravity bike park, are proud to present the first annual Race to the river, an Alberta Bicycle Association sanctioned event.The Race
As the opening downhill event for the 2009 Alberta Bicycle Association DH series, you can look forward to a weekend of fun, sun, and the most lift accessed vertical in Alberta. Course prep is on schedule, and racers can look forward to a variety of terrain including; tight forest single-track, switchbacks, drops, jumps, and a rock garden all twisted into the provinces longest race run.

Registration is through, but race day registration will be accepted with an additional $10 fee.

All classes are $40 if pre-registered before July 3, $50 if registering after July 3rd. Full refunds will be issued if cancellation is received before July 3rd. After this a $10 administration fee will be retained. All racers must hold a valid 2009 ABA membership as well as a daily lift pass. Day licenses will be available for an additional cost of $10.

Check out for the trail map and more information

Calgary Free Ride Mountain Bike Festival

Posted in Downhill, MTB, Racing, Training on May 13, 2009 by bikealberta

On June 10 – 11, 2009 the Calgary Freeride Mountain Bike film festival will be screening four of this year’s hottest films at the Plaza Theatre. Barred for Life and Break the Cycle are showing on June 10. The Freedom Riders and The Tipping Point are showing on June 11.

Day 1 of the film festival premieres two films. Showing on June 10, Barred For Life, the latest film by BC filmmaker Bjorn Aunet, was filmed in Norway, Utah, and British Columbia. Barred for Life will get anyone ready for a great riding season after a long Calgary winter.

Also premiering June 10, is the Irish downhill film, Break the Cycle. This film features ten of the best riders in Ireland. Filled with amazing Irish scenery, great riding, and an amazing soundtrack, Break the Cycle (pre-release version) will pull you from the theatre
right to the trail.

Day 2 of the film festival showcases two more films. The Freedom Riders is a documentary about a core group of riders who set out to build illicit downhill trails in the
Teton mountains. After an eight-year battle with the Forestry service, an official trail system is in place, for the exclusive use of downhill riders.

Also premiering June 11 is The Tipping Point, the latest film from Clay Porter (Between the Tape and F1RST). The Tipping Point features the 2008 World Cup Downhill series
and championships. The Tipping Point shows the World Cup Downhill circuit in all it’s glory.

The films are showing at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB) June 10 and 11. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (ticket prices are per night). Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ridley’s Cycle (223 10 St NW, Calgary, AB) and the The Bike Shop (801 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights and the films start at 7:00 p.m.
Fifty percent of the profits from the Calgary showing of the films will be donated to Right to Play an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.

Four great mountain bike films and tons of door prizes, two nights that should not be missed.

Andrel Reid
Andrel Reid Enterprises

Right to Play
The Tipping Point
Barred for Life

Break the Cycle
Freedom Riders

News From the Alberta DownHill Race Association

Posted in Downhill, MTB, Racing on April 23, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by ADHRA

2009 is shaping up to be another busy season in the sport of downhill racing.  With the ADHRA hosting two events this summer, the highlight is expected to be the ADHRA Western Cup, to be held at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) on the weekend of July 11-12, 2009.  This event will be run on a brand new DH course that KHMR is preparing specifically for this race.  The most unique feature of the race will be the awarding of the Western Cup trophy to the province with the fastest overall group of riders.  Categories will be as per Cycling BC DH age categories with Sport and Expert levels added to specific categories.


Also in store for the downhill sector of riders will be the Provincial Championships, again, hosted by the ADHRA and taking place in Blairmore, Alberta at the Pass Powderkeg Ski Resort on August 1-2.  As last year’s championships proved; a lot of fun was had by all, and the course was definitely an unexpected trail of surprises.  This year the only change is in the title of the race – which is now being called the “Rum Runner”.   The full schedule of DH races taking place in Alberta are listed below.

July 4-5 – Grand Prairie DH, Grand Prairie, AB

July 11-12 – ADHRA Western Cup at KHMR, Golden, AB – Hosted by ADHRA

July 18-19 – Park Cycle DH, Edmonton’s Rabbit Hill – Hosted by Park Cycle

Aug 1-2 – Blairmore, AB – Rum Runner – (Provincial Championships) – Hosted by ADHRA

Aug 29-30 – TBA

Please check the Alberta Downhill Racing Association for details and registration for the above races, as they become available –   All of us at the ADHRA are looking forward to a great season in 2009, and hoping everyone comes out and supports the downhill racing scene in Alberta!

Loyal Ratte