Blue Mountain Resort, in partnership with Sirbikealot Racing, hosted the second-annual East Coast Open Mountain Bike Race and Expo this past weekend. Riders from all skill levels took to the trails at Blue Mountain from August 12-14 to compete for Canada’s largest purse of more than $15,000 in cash and prizing.
The event was a huge success, with participants from as far as South Africa traveling to Blue Mountain to compete in this annual event.
Blue Mountain is home to the largest downhill Mountain Bike facility in Ontario. The 226 metres of vertical, and terrain varying from open Canadian Shield to wooded single-track trails, made for some exciting action, while Blue Mountain’s trail and events team worked tirelessly to ensure that trails were in pristine shape for the competitors.
This unique, three-day competition encompassed a new concept in Mountain Bike racing – a collaboration between Cross-Country (XC) and Downhill (DH) disciplines and is the only race on the East Coast to incorporate both disciplines. The 2011 East Coast Open also saw the return of the Dual Slalom event and featured a fun XC Kids Race. In addition to the Pro-Elite category, the East Coast Open included Amateur and Junior categories that saw a number of local riders compete.
East Coast Open Results
Lapierre XC Race
POC Downhill Race
Redline Fun Kids Race