Vernon DH rides on Middleton
More than 80 adrenaline junkies will descend on Middleton Mountain this weekend for the seventh annual Vernon DH.
It is the first stop in the five-race International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) NorAm Downhill Series, and will feature participants from as far away as Brazil, Switzerland, Sweden and Mexico, who will compete amongst North American riders in street luge, classic luge and, for the first time, in-line skating.
The event goes 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Elimination heats begin at 12:30 p.m. each day.
“The race has grown and matured since its inception, and through the guidance and feedback of residents, has secured a spot on the calendar for a fun family weekend event,” said race organizer Mischo Erban, a former IGSA world champion.
“This unique course may not be the most extreme but it is definitely the most unique, running through a dense urban neighbourhood. Residents line the course with lawn chairs and soak up a day of speed, crashing and exhilarating talent.”
Erban underwent an equipment overhaul last season and dipped to eighth in the IGSA rankings while he adjusted to the new gear. With everything now fine tuned, he plans on making a charge to regain the crown.
He thanked food sponsor, The Sprouted Fig, and equipment sponsors Switchback Longboards and Seismic Skate Systems.
Hay bales will be available for purchase after the race at $4 per bale. Contact Erban at 250-550-6555.