Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle Is Back

After a two-year hiatus, the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle mountain bike competition is returning to the slopes of Mount Washington Alpine Resort – and not a moment too soon. Bearclaw organizer and Parksville native Darren Berrecloth has already faced one of his most challenging summers yet, including training, competing, filming, suffering from a broken back, trail building, pneumonia, and a chronic lung infection. Yet the show must go on…


Photo: © Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Getting ready to host Vancouver Island’s largest mountain bike event is no easy feat. Crews have been working their fingers to the bone prepping dirt, building trails and completely rebuilding the course.

The Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle is not for the faint of heart either.

“This will definitely be one of the most challenging courses on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour,” points out Berrecloth. “Since it’s a gold level event, expect to see all the world’s top athletes battling it out for the points and the $20,000 prize purse.”

Photo: © Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Berrecloth has personally selected the world’s best freeride mountain bikers, inviting them to compete on his signature course, on his home turf, and in front of his home crowd. Starting Friday, August 5th, the hills will be alive with the qualifying round at this fiercely competitive invite-only event. The top 18 riders will then advance to the Slopestyle finals, beginning Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 p.m.

This weekend guarantees to be one you don’t want to miss!

For more information, visit Mount Washington Alpine Resort online or follow Darren’s updates on Twitter. Also visit the official Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle event page for more photos and information.

On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

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