• Jon Watkin

2020 Bear Mountain Bike Festival Early-bird Registration Now Open

Entering in its 5th Year, The Bear Mountain Bike Festival presented by the City of Langford will once again host the Nation's top Cross-Country and Enduro Mountain Bike racers. The Festival will especially invite mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to remember and honour the memory of Jordie Lunn, who was a fixture of the Bear Mountain Dirt Jump Bike Park as one of its principal builders. He was also responsible for the building of the Flow and Chainsaw Trails, which will be used during the event weekend.

"In the brief time I've had to work with Jordie, I was always impressed with his calm and gentle demeanor," said Event Director, Jon Watkin. "Yet, he had so much drive and motivation that it was so infectious. He put his heart and soul in the park and local trails, and made it a playground for everyone to enjoy. Our hope is that people will pause to remember his memory and also join our efforts to build more trails and get more kids into mountain biking. That is what Jordie would want."

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Canada's top Mountain Bike racers will capitalize on putting on an impressive performance in order to secure a spot on Canada's Olympic team. With only 2 spots for the women, and 1 spot for the men, it will be down to wire.

In the Bear Mountain Canada Cup on Saturday March 28, defending Champion, Haley Smith from Norco Factory Racing, will need to continue on her consistent and strong performance from 2019 as she is nearly tied in the World Cup rankings with 3 Time World Mountain Bike Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist, Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team). Other racers in contention are Giant/Liv's Sandra Walter and Trek Factory's Emily Batty.

In the Expert Junior Girls category, few will be able to match Pendrel Racing's Emilly Johnston as she continues to dominate the Canadian Cross Country mountain bike scene. The Cumberland BC native is currently ranked 5th in the World and was undefeated in all 3 of her 2019 Canada Cup appearances. There is already a sense that Emilly will be the next "Pendrel".

For the men, it will be an epic battle for the sole men's spot, with Norco Factory's Peter Disera holding on to Canada's highest placement at 18th in the World Cup rankings. Closing in is former Olympian Leandre Bouchard from Pivot Cycles OTE, who is motivated to return to the Olympics to improve from his last result. The men's defending champion, Andrew L'Esperance (Norco Factory Racing) will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to claw his way up the World Cup standings and remain in contention.

With Rocky Mountain's Carter Woods dominating the Junior Boys category in 2019, you would think that Cumberland is making a name for itself as a proving ground for Elite Racers. For 2020, Carter will be stepping up with the Elite men as a first year U23 and have a taste of racing with higher caliber athletes.

Shifting gears for Sunday March 29 is the Rocky Mountain Enduro presented by Marty's Mountain Cycle. The event will feature 5 epic runs that cover the Bear Mountain and Skirt Mountain Areas. Riders of all abilities and ages will test their downhill bike skills as they tackle each timed section, with the goal of accumulating the lowest combined time.

The festival will also feature a Bike Expo which will showcase some of North America's top brands as well as a Beer Garden and Food Concession.

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