Vernon and North Okanagan
Mountain Bike festival at Silver Star
Aug 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
A $10,000 purse is up for grabs this weekend as some of the top mountain biking talent in the country descends on Vernon for the Silver Star Freeride Festival.
This sanctioned Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour event is a two-day bike festival that features a dirt jump ramp, chainless race and bike demos by Norco.
“Freeriding is recognized as one of the most popular disciplines within mountain biking and the Silver Style Jump Jam is the premier slopestyle event in the Okanagan,” says Ian Galbraith, summer business manager for the mountain resort.
“The festival showcases some of Canada’s top talent and offers technical competition for the elite athlete and a great show for the spectators.”
First place will take home $1,000 and many local riders, including Tom Van Steenbergen and Casey Groves of Kelowna, will be taking part in the event.
The feature event, the Silver Style Jump Jam, goes Saturday with both amateur and open categories. The evening rounds out with the popular best trick competition set for 7:30 p.m. The Jump Jam provides athletes one of the last opportunities of the season to accumulate points towards the number one ranking on the FMB World Tour.
On Sunday, riders will take off their chains and challenge the steep terrain of the upper Shazam trail with its signature berms and jumps. Entry to the Chainless Race is only $2 with prizes and the entry fee purse shared by the top three in each category.
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