The first ever Colorado Freeride Festival will take place from July 26 – 29 at Winter Park Resort. This will be the largest freeride mountain biking festival in the United States in 2012, and is anticipated to draw thousands of spectators to watch the best of the best compete for more than $40,000 in prizes.
Colorado Freeride Festival Schedule of Events:
• July 26: Training Day, all courses; Air Downhill
• July 27: Specialized® Enduro stages 1 and 2; Shimano Slopestyle training
• July 28: Specialized® Enduro stages 3 & 4; Shimano Jam Qualifier; Epic Singletrack XC; Shimano Slopestyle Finals
• July 29: Specialized® Enduro stage 5; Intergalactic Pond Crossing; weather day for Shimano Slopestyle
Slopestyle Course designer Kyle Ebbett has been battling the rain to get the course constructed and prepped in time, lending his design expertise to what is shaping out to be an incredible layout for this year’s Slopestyle race.
Athletes in attendance include the current FMBA overall leader, Sam Pilgrim, who will compete in the FMBA Gold Level Slopestlye Event as well as Brandon Semenuk, who has won three Slopestyle events in Trestle Bike Park and won the last two FMBA events. Also attending will be Cam McCaul, who won the Slopestyle event last year. Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park are excited to have Greg Watts returning after his rehab and injury.
Other headline competitors in the Specialized Enduro Stage Race include Ross Schnell, the defending champion at Trestle Bike Park, returning competitor and industry icon Mark Weir, as well as Nate Hills, the bronze medalist from last year’s Trestle Enduro event.
Final spots for the Specialized Enduro Stage Race are filling up, so those interested in registering and yet to do so are encouraged to sign up immediately at www.coloradofreeridefestival.com.
A special Colorado Freeride Festival lodging package is also available and valid from July 22 to August 2. Guests can stay at Winter Park Resort’s Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe for only $60 per person/per night or Zephyr Mountain Lodge for only $71 per person/per night. Book online or by calling 866.239.3994. Rates may vary based on arrival date and unit type.
To see the full schedule of events including the Shimano Slopestyle, the FMBA Gold Level event featuring drops, dirt jumps, elevated wall rides, and elevated stunts, as well as the Specialized® Enduro Stage Race, head to www.coloradofreeridefestival.com.