Mountain bikers gear up for mass start downhill race as Red Bull 5000 Down will hit Whistler Mountain Bike Park on September 11 and 12, 2010 featuring the greatest North American and European riders, including: Stevie Smith, who recently took sliver at the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, MX1 National Pro Dusty Klatt, and 2008 World Champions siblings Gee and Rachel Atherton.
With new features on the lower half of the course, the competitors will navigate through the elements of a challenging course in hopes of crossing the finish line first. Starting at the Peak of Whistler Mountain, the riders will traverse a similar course to 2009 but will experience a new path as they will go down the Expressway, the upper section of Angry Pirate, World Cup single track, Ho Chi Min, Heart of Darkness, Canadian Open traverse to the finish into the skier’s plaza.
Presented by RockShox, Red Bull 5000 Down is a mass start downhill mountain bike race where the international and local elite needs to sustain constant mental and physical effort to maintain control during the intense bar-to-bar racing descent. Over the course of two days, over 250 men and women will battle side-by-side, dealing with fatigue and navigate through muddy and wet dirt trails riddled with jumps, stunts, drops and root-strewn terrain.
RED BULL 5000 DOWN SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - ATHLETE REGISTRATION (Westin Whistler Hotel, Lower Lobby)
Athlete registration: 5pm-8pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – QUALIFYING (in the Garbanzo Zone)
Athlete registration (Westin Whistler Hotel, Lower Lobby): 8am - 10am
Results posted at finish: 6:30pm
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – RACE DAY (from the peak)
Women’s Mass Start: 11am
Men’s Mass Start: 12pm
Awards Ceremony: 2pm
The event is free to the spectators in the Whistler Village.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On Saturday, September 11, one lane of the Sea-to-Sky highway will be closed.
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