Thursday, June 29, 2006

Practice started today in beautiful Whistler, Canada, for the dirt jumping contest of the year. The Elevation course is amazing and the riders are loving it. The downhill run is packed with multiple lines, massive sets, s-turns, doubles of all sizes, hips, an over-vert berm-you name it. And, of course, the Red Bull girls are in full force-looking hot, hanging out, and taxiing riders up to the top of the course in off-road golf carts. Not bad. Oh yeah, Saturday is Canada Day (similar to our Fourth of July), so it’s going to get nuts up here. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what some of the course looks like. Tomorrow is qualifying and Saturday is finals, so be sure to check back each day for more photos, results and updates.

Wishing you were in Whistler right now, huh? How ridiculously good do those jumps look?

Northwest shredder Darren Barreclothe getting his tailwhip on.  credit: Keith Mulligan

Flattie at the non-flatest place on earth (captions are supposed to be dumb, right?)  credit: Keith Mulligan

Mike Clarke (a.k.a. Hucker) takes a nosedive three to a new dimension.  credit: Keith Mulligan