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National titles on the line this weekend

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Slopestyle, national competitions in Gravity Fest lineup

The Whistler Summer Gravity Festival kicks into high gear this weekend with a slopestyle event in the new terrain park at the base of Whistler Mountain and the Tim Hortons Mountain Bike National Championships. In addition, there is a trials biking demonstration, a full bike industry expo, a fat tire criterium around the Village Stroll, and more.

Tim Hortons Mountain Bike National Championships – July 18 to 20

The top cross-country and downhill mountain bikers in Canada, including some of the top riders in the world, will be in Whistler for the national championships. There are elite categories for the top racers, as well as a number of skill level and age group categories that for kids Under 15 to adults over 50.

Expect a large number of Whistler riders to participate in all levels and age groups, including our local elite racers who have been participating on the Canada Cup and B.C. Cup circuits.

All of the cross-country riders will compete on the same six kilometre circuit, with different groups completing different numbers of laps.

The downhillers will ride a challenging four kilometre course from mid-station to Whistler Village.

The route for the competitions will not be confirmed until they are opened for course inspections and training on July 16.

Wednesday, July 15

The cross-country course opens for training and the downhill course opens for walking inspections from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 16

The downhill course opens for training from noon to 4:30 p.m., after which the course will be closed to elite categories until 6 p.m. The cross-country course is open for training again from noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, July 17

The cross-country course is open for training from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the downhill course is open from noon to 2 p.m. for all riders, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for elite riders, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 19

The cross-country event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The 8:30 start time is for men’s Youth Under 15 (ages 11 to 14), Junior/Under 17 Sport (ages 15 to 18), Junior Beginner Sport 19 to 29, Master Beginner Sport 30 to 39 and Master Beginner Sport 40 and Over, and women’s Youth Under 15, Junior/Under 17 Sport, and Senior/Beginner Sport.

The second start at 10 a.m. is for men’s Junior Expert (17 and 18), Youth Expert Under 17 (15-16), Senior Beginner Sport 19 to 29, and women’s Youth Expert Under 17/Junior (15 to 18), Senior Expert 19 to 29 and Master Expert 30 and Over. Awards for the day’s races are at 1 p.m.

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