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Formats finalized for Harvest

By Andrew Mitchell All good things must come to an end, and when it comes to the mountain bike park season the only way to go out is with a bang.

By Andrew Mitchell

All good things must come to an end, and when it comes to the mountain bike park season the only way to go out is with a bang.

Back for a fifth year is the Harvest Huckfest, a series of competitions to celebrate the season that was and get people excited for next year. This year the lineup of events includes the Air Dome Jump Jam, the Earn It/Burn It relay race, a Super D race, and an Amateur Slopestyle in the Bike Park boneyard.


Air Dome Jump Jam — Friday, Oct. 6

Open for the first time this season, the Air Dome at Base II features a series of wood ramps and stunts, as well as one of the biggest foam pits in North America where riders can safely practice new tricks.

Training takes place all day, and the competition runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Riders will be organized into heats, and will have 45 minutes to squeeze in as many jumps as they can. Five of the top jumpers from each category will move into the finals later in the evening.

The Groms (ages 13 to 15) will run from 5 to 5:45 p.m., the Junior category (16 to 18) from 5:50 to 6:35 p.m., the Male Open group from 6:40 to 7:25 p.m. and the Open Female group from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m., to be followed immediately by the finals featuring the top-20 riders and the awards.


Earn It/Burn It — Saturday, Oct. 7

Loosely based on the GK Ripper race in Squamish, the Earn It/Burn It is a team competition. Each team should have one cross-country rider to go uphill and a downhiller to come back down a preset course, and the win will go to the pair with the lowest combined time.

The course is yet to be finalized, but the exchange point will likely be well up in the Garbanzo area by the Express Way Containers.

There are categories for juniors, male, female and co-ed teams, as well as a junior/senior category.

The uphill gets underway at 12:30 p.m. with a time trial start, and awards are at 5 p.m. at the GLC.


Super D — Sunday, Oct. 8

The course will be open to train all day Saturday, and registration for the Super D will get underway at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the base of the mountain. This is an individual event that includes climbing and downhilling, with a course that should take riders about 15 minutes to complete.

Although its subject to change, the course will likely start at Olympic Station, head up Express Way to Too Tight before heading all the way down to the end of the first section of Angry Pirate. The course continues downhill on After Atlantis to the easy Crabapple route, and down a section of World Cup Singletrack before heading back up the Olly Road to the B-Line Crossing. The course follows B-Line to Devil’s Club, and finishes at the GLC drops in the village.

Race categories include Junior Male and Junior Female (18 and Under), Male and Female (19 and Over) and Master Male and Female (35 and over).

The start is a 10:30 a.m. and awards at 6 p.m. at the GLC.


Slopestyle — Sunday, Oct. 8

One of the most popular Huckfest events will be the second annual amateur slopestyle, which takes place in the Boneyard at the bottom of the bike park. Training will take place all morning and the competition gets underway at 1 p.m. All riders will get two judged runs, with the best run counting.

There are categories for Groms (13-15), Juniors (16-18), Open Male (19 and Over) and Open Female. Awards are at 6 p.m. at the GLC.