Waterville Valley, NH, USA (July 30, 2014) – the inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship course at Waterville Valley Resort is built on the face of Mt. Tecumseh, a 4,000 foot peak in the White Mountain National Forrest. Racing starts from the top of the White Peak Express. The course brings riders up to speed quickly as they head 10 wide straight into Upper Bobby’s, named after regular Waterville Valley Resort skier and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy. This a 1/3 mile sector through natural undulating terrain and granite rock slabs.
As the course completes Sector 1 it dives across to the top of the World Cup Triple Lift where 11 FIS Alpine races have been held. Sector 2 is where riders will see their first spectacular features with a 60’ ramp gap jump and 50’ ramp to natural dirt roller step down gap jump, linked together through high-speed corners.
If the riders thought those were testing their nerves, they better rein in their fears and be ready to conquer Utter Abandon. This is a black diamond ski run providing the steepest and rockiest terrain on the mountain. Riders will come into this sector with a lot of momentum as the crest the knoll and sweep into a breath-taking traverse. This starts a section of wide off-camber lines connected with multiple 180-degree corners and plenty of passing opportunities. At the end of Sector 3, as the athletes exit Utter Abandon the course reaches its most narrow section at only 20’ wide between two tree groupings.
Riders will launch through to The Chute into Sector 4 and careen off a 40’ natural drop. Now the fun starts. If the drop wasn’t enough, the course speeds up into Exhibition requiring the riders to stay off the brakes as they can hit upwards of 60MPH side-by-side through the Speed Trap! Here they go from their highest speeds to their lowest speeds under heavy braking to see who can leave it on the longest, all within view of the finish.
Into the Final Sector the athletes appear to the electric crowd below. With 1/3 mile of the course viewable from the finish line, spectators will be on their toes to witness the action. Here the course gets back up to speed fast with steep drop-ins and rough corners leading up to the granddaddy, a 70’ ramp gap jump for all the glory. With only a couple last corners into the finish line, riders better be in position for one last pass to get the win!
All gap jumps utilize wood ramp individual take-offs with space in between where riders have to choose a line.
*This daily schedule is provisional and may be subject to change.
|08:00 AM – 05:00 PM||Pinnacle Expo Village|
|08:00 AM – 1:30 PM||Free Practice 1|
|02:00 PM – 03:00 PM||Free Practice 2|
|03:30 PM – 05:00 PM||Qualifying Seeding Run|
|08:00 AM – 05:00 PM||Pinnacle Expo Village|
|08:00 AM – 10:00 AM||Free Practice 3|
|10:00 AM – 11:00 PM||Fan Fest in Pinnacle Expo Village – meet your favorite riders|
|11:30 PM – 12:00 PM||Opening Ceremonies|
|12:00 PM – 01:50 PM||Round 1 & Round 2 Races|
|02:00 PM – 03:20 PM||Quarter Final & Semi Final Races|
|03:30 PM – 04:00 PM||Finals Race & Podium Celebration|
|VIP Finish Line Zone||$175|
|VIP Grandstand 2 Day||$70|
|2 Day Adult||$35|
|2 Day Child (6-11)||$20|
|Saturday Only Adult||$25|
|Saturday Only Child (6-11)||$15|
Sicklines takes a look at PinnacleSeptember 2, 2014 | sicklines.com
The Pinnacle Bike Championship is an invite only elite race on September 19-20th at Waterville Valley Resort, NH. Picture 10 riders racing in a 1500ft descent side-by-side; 60mph, 70ft jumps, 40ft drops vying for a $10,000 prize. Manon Carpenter, Sam Dale, Matt Simmonds, Mick Hannah, Fabien Cousinie, and others will be in attendance... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Union Leader - New Hampshire "Waterville Valley Resort set to offer Most Spectacular Bike Race"August 21, 2014 | unionleader.com
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The Prize Purse for the inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship event is set at $20,000August 20, 2014 | pinkbike.com
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Pinnacle Bike Championship: Prize Purse and Event Passes AnnouncedAugust 20, 2014 | blurred.co.nz
The team at Pinnacle are determined that the events going to attract riders offering a prize purse that'll run down to 40th placing. Also announced that event passes are available for pre-purchase. If you'll be in the area you should get passes now, as this is looking like a spectacular event... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
New DH Format has all the makings of a great event with monster Hucks and FAN/TV friendlyAugust 13, 2014 | bicycleworld.tv
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Chatting to Mark Rodgers the man behind the Pinnacle ChampionshipsAugust 11, 2014 | wideopenmag.co.uk
We’re pretty damn excited about the Pinnacle Championships – it’s a one of a kind, multi-rider race that’s being held in the US. It’ll see 100 of the world’s fastest racers battle it out bar to bar down a huge, natural track. It feels to us like something mountain bike racing has been waiting a long time for... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
First Athlete Names Released for Inaugural Pinnacle 10-Racer Head-To-Head DH ChampionshipsAugust 6, 2014 | vitalmtb.com
Mick Hannah – Hutchinson UR – Australia:“'I’m really excited to see my sport growing. Downhill racing in the US has been very strong in the past and it's great to see an event like this happening over here... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Dirt Magazine looks at some of the first Pinnacle athletesAugust 6, 2014 | dirtmountainbike.com
Manon Carpenter – Madison Saracen – Great Britain: “think I might be getting thrown in at the deep end here but hey, I love a challenge! Sixty of the World's fastest guys to try and beat and a full on track is my kind of fun. Guess I'll have to give it a go and see how I get on. I hear the Waterville Valley Resort is a fantastic place, so looking forward to our end of season trip to New Hampshire... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship – Teams and AthletesAugust 6, 2014 | pinkbike.com
Sam Dale – Madison Saracen – Great Britain “really excited about riding the gnarly Pinnacle track with big jumps and other riders all around me. I've also heard great things about the Boston area, so looking forward to a great party afterwards... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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Vital MTB write up on PinnacleJuly 16, 2014 | vitalmtb.com
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Mass Start Downhill Racing?July 16, 2014 | pinkbike.com
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