Joyride back for more 

Bikercross event to feature world’s best

Last year more than 2,000 spectators turned out to the first annual Joyride Bikercross at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. With four riders released onto the course at the same time, jockeying for the lead on the banked turns and hitting the table top jumps at full speed, the bikercross was a hair-raising, stomach churning, knuckle-biting experience for all. The crowd was sorry when it was over.

Joyride organizers Chris Winter and Paddy Kaye are bringing the event back again this year, and cranking things up a notch for the riders and the spectators.

"Track design is key to Joyride Bikercross," says Joyride president Chris Winter. "We want to showcase what is possible on a mountain bike these days. Riders are capable of so much more than what we see in current comp formats. Bigger jumps and flow are key elements for 2002."

There is also an idea floating around that the riders will leave the gates in groups of six instead of groups of four.

This year Joyride is an all-day event with an open freeride session in the bike park for athletes and spectators, a DJ, barbecue, and the opportunity to meet top riders at the athlete tents.

The qualifier for the Bikercross begins at 3 p.m. on July 3 and the main event starts at 6 p.m.

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