Red Bull Elevation a long time coming 

‘First of its kind’ event designed to reflect progression of BMX jumping

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Miron estimates that 16 or 17 of the top-20 riders in the world will be in Whistler this weekend. A few riders are out with injuries and one has to sort out visa issues in the U.S., but otherwise all the top names have committed to the competition.

In total there will be up to 60 spots available, and Miron expects a minimum of 50 riders.

So far the list of talent includes: Austrialia’s Corey Bohan, and two-time X-Games champion; Kye Forte of Great Britain, the current World Champion; Stephen Murray from Great Britain; American riders Ryan Nyquist and Chris Doyle; and Romauld "Bibi" Noirot and Alex Dropsy of France.

Miron also extended an invitation to B.C.’s Darren Berrecloth, who has won or placed in every mountain bike slopestyle event this year. "He’s just an amazing rider and I had to insist that he come back to BMX for this event to represent his home turf," said Miron.

While the best of the best will be in Whistler to compete, Miron expects at least one of the podium spots to go to riders that don’t do well in conventional dirt jump contests but like to go huge.

"That’s the great thing about this course," he said. "If you’re a good jumper but not that smooth a rider technically, you’re not going to do that well. If you’re smooth rider but not the best jumper, you’re not going to do well either. There’s about 30 riders out there that do both things very well, and they’re not always the guys that win all the contests."

The event is free for spectators and organizers are expecting a crowd of thousands to turn out for the finals on Saturday, so get there early to get a good spot. The competition is also being filmed in high definition for television.

The sport of BMX is enjoying a resurgence recently, especially in Europe and Australia. BMX racing was also added to the Olympics for 2008.

With a few more events like the Red Bull Elevation, Miron believes the sport is poised to explode.

"For the last three or four years BMX has been getting bigger and more popular, but there’s always been something holding it back, people who don’t want it to change," said Miron. "Elevation should really shake things up, what’s what and who’s who in BMX. It’s going to be a reality check for a lot of people, and it’s going to show a lot of the non-believers that we can go bigger and get better.

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