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SRAM & RockShox Announce Crankworx Whistler Events – Pinkbike

SRAM & RockShox Announce Crankworx Whistler Events - Pinkbike

SRAM, RockShox, and Zipp are excited to announce a schedule full of interactive events we will be hosting August 6-12 during Crankworx Whistler. Everything from athlete and ambassador-led rides to suspension tuning on the trails, skills clinics, and more! Space is limited for many of these activities, so be sure to register early! We look forward to seeing you all at Crankworx.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Get to Know the Bike Park with SRAM Ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Indigenous Women Outdoors (IWO)

IWO’s vision is to hold space for Indigenous Women and Girls to experience mountain biking with their peers on the World Stage of “Crankworx”.

In partnership with Hilltop MTB and SRAM Mountain Bike, we would like to invite Indigenous Women and Youth, living or visiting the Whistler area during Crankworx, for a fun-filled day of connecting to the land, each other and the mountain bike community, through sport and mentorship.

We are excited to bring Indigenous women and youth together to experience the joys of mountain biking in the Whistler Bike Park, on the shared traditional territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl nations.

12:30 pm – 4 pm Ride with The Free Radicals (meet at SRAM booth)

4:30 – 5:30 pm Here, There, and Everywhere with Miranda Miller (at SRAM booth)

9:00 am – 10:00 am Basic Skills Clinic (co-ed) with Braydon Bringhurst (meet at SRAM booth)

11:00 am- 12:00 pm Basic Skills Clinic (co-ed) with Braydon Bringhurst (meet at SRAM booth)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suspension Tuning on the Trail (meet at SRAM booth)

10:00 am – 11:30 am Suspension Tuning on the Trail (WTFNB) with SRAM Ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm WTFNB Skills Clinic with SRAM Ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)

9:00 am – 10:00 am Basic Skills Clinics (co-ed) with Braydon Bringhurst

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Basic Skills Clinics (co-ed) with Braydon Bringhurst (meet at SRAM booth)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suspension Tuning on the Trail with SRAM ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)

10:00 am – 11:30 am Suspension Tuning on the Trail (WTFNB) with SRAM ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm WTFNB Skills Clinic with SRAM Ambassadors (meet at SRAM booth)

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Funded events to attract 40,000 people to Ruapehu region

Funded events to attract 40,000 people to Ruapehu region

The nearly $450,000 of funding will be dispersed among six Ruapehu events, including the Raetihi Gutbuster. Photo / Supplied

Six events in Ruapehu have been awarded funding, predicted to attract over 40,000 people, with two-thirds being visitors from outside the region.

The Ruapehu event organisers will receive funding from a pool of nearly $450,000 over the next two to three years, following the announcement of a second tranche of funding from the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund.

A mixture of new and existing events will receive the funding, covering diverse interest areas of snow sports, trail running, cycling, music and culture.

The events are Tom Campbell Big Air, Ohakune Roots & Blues Festival, Kotahitanga Festival, Vertical Sky Waka Challenge, Raetihi Gutbuster and one other that is still to be confirmed.

A Ruapehu District Council spokesperson Kim Treen said in the past it was small groups of volunteers delivering Ruapehu events, and he was pleased they could receive this financial support over the next three years.

“The support allows the funded events to be developed, positioned and marketed to be or become an iconic or anchor event for the region, encouraging economic benefit and boosting capability in our events sector,” Treen said.

The Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund was set up by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to help support and provide new domestic visitor opportunities for the events and tourism sectors that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event organiser of Taumarunui’s Kotahitanga Festival Anahera Hose said they were grateful to be successful with the support to grow the festival into a strong regional proposition.

Thermal Explorer Event Investment Panel member Nicola Greenwell said they had held capability-building workshops and webinars for event organisers, and planned on expanding them as they focus on developing the events sector capability across the Thermal Explorer regions.

Greenwell said she encouraged event organisers to register their interest to receive notification of capability-building opportunities.

The Thermal Explorer Highway fund covers events in Rotorua, Taupō, Ruapehu, as well as Hamilton and the wider Waikato.

Upcoming events:
Tom Campbell Big Air – September 23-24, 2022
Ohakune Roots & Blues Festival – October 21, 2022
Vertical Sky Waka Challenge – 10-12 March, 2023
Raetihi Gutbuster 25 March, 2023

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Fall for 1309 event SOLD OUT, more photo events available – Trains

Predawn light illuminates the large plume as steam engine pulls train

Trains magazine, Western Maryland Scenic hold fall-color photo event, featuring the world’s largest operating Mallet steam locomotive

Predawn light illuminates the large plume as steam engine pulls train

Predawn light illuminates the large plume as steam engine pulls train
Western Maryland Scenic No. 1309 greets the dawn in the Narrows just outside of Cumberland, Md., on Feb. 27, 2022. Jim Wrinn photograph

Trains Magazine and Western Maryland Scenic will be hosting 60 guests at its sold-out event Nov. 4-6, 2022, to welcome back the last Baldwin-built steam locomotive made for the USA. The world’s largest operating Mallet will perform for guests for three days in its first fall photographers’ event. The event will include a program on its restoration, which was sponsored by Trains magazine; a night run and night photo sessions; two days of photo locations with a 10+ car photo freight on the legendary Western Maryland main line. You’ll go home with great memories, full memory cards, and a fantastic experience. Event includes Friday reception on board the railroad’s dinner train: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

But wait, there’s more!
If you’re interested in other Trains’ photography events, tickets are still available for our Age of Steam Roundhouse event with other events to be announced soon! Watch Trains’ News Wire, the print magazine, and Trains’ Facebook page for announcements.

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FMBA Announces 2022 Calendar Ahead of First Event of the Season – Pinkbike

FMBA Announces 2022 Calendar Ahead of First Event of the Season - Pinkbike

Here we go again. The FMB World Tour is back and getting things rolling on the 2022 season. With 24 events, and counting, coming down the pipeline, the 2022 FMB World Tour is set to deliver a season not experienced since pre-pandemic. From the return of Red Bull District Ride to a new stop being added to the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) to the homecoming of esteemed FMB Gold level events like O Marisquino and Big White Invitational, the calendar is filling up fast.

With the 2022 FMB World Tour kicking off in less than two weeks, the FMBA is stoked to share what riders can expect from the season ahead. So, what exactly is on offer this year?

The 2022 FMB World Tour will see five FMB Diamond level events in the same calendar year for the first time since 2017. As well as the SWC will feature four events for the first time in three years. Yup, it’s been that long… As to where the new tour stop is though, Crankworx hasn’t spilled the beans just yet. Expect an announcement in the coming weeks!

Riders can also get pumped for the return of many beloved FMB Gold level events, as well as the introduction of an entirely new event in Canada with SilverStar Slopestyle. Remember that epic Slopestyle course that Brett Rheeder and Matt MacDuff debuted during Crankworx BC last year? A course like that can’t just sit around…

The 2022 FMB World Tour is also on track to host three National Series in support of regional freeride mountain bike events creating their own ranking – Australian Slopestyle Tour, Freebird Slopestyle Series, and Swiss Dirt Series.

Above all else, the mountain biking community can expect to witness one of the most progressive seasons yet. With sanctioned Women’s Divisions already scheduled at 13, and counting, FMB Bronze and Silver level events, 2022 is history in the making.

2017 was the last time that FMB Diamond level events were so plentiful, and athletes are already chomping at the bit to earn their place on those coveted rosters.

bigquotes My dream is to be back in Nurnberg again for Red Bull District Ride – such an iconic event that you won’t [want to] miss – but also a new Crankworx stop sounds very interesting!Diego Caverzasi

With the return of Red Bull District Ride and the Crankworx FMB SWC announcing the addition of a fourth stop, the 2022 FMB World Tour calendar is shaping up to be an exciting one. Szymon Godziek is one of the numerous riders impatiently awaiting the homecoming of Crankworx Whistler.

bigquotes I have some unfinished business in Slopestyle there. I feel super motivated for the 2022 season. After my last year in 2018, lots of things happened and the progression of the sport went up so quick. I see riders like Emil [Johansson] doing tricks that I was always dreaming of [and it] gives me even more motivation. Unfortunately, my 2021 plan didn’t go exactly as I wanted, and I haven’t got back into Crankworx yet. That’s my main goal for this year.Szymon Godziek

The 2022 FMB World Tour calendar will also see the return of esteemed FMB Gold level events O Marisquino and Big White Invitational after a two-year hiatus.

bigquotes This blank space of two years has served us all to reflect on the future of O Marisquino and see how we want to approach it for the next editions. This 2022 it seems that we have returned to pre-pandemic normality, so we hope to see thousands of people from the public cheering on the riders, a great atmosphere, and the best Dirt Jumps we have seen so far in Vigo. This year the riders are going to find a circuit similar to the 2019 edition, but a little faster and with bigger jumps. We have decided to extend the receptions and improve the speed so that they arrive more comfortably at the jumps and can comfortably demonstrate their best tricks.Pablo Moreno, O Marisquino Dirt Jump Director

With these, the new SilverStar Slopestyle competition in Canada, and two more highly anticipated FMB Gold level events on the calendar (stay tuned for more details!), the upcoming season is set to include nearly triple the amount of FMB Gold level events that were on the 2021 schedule. Based on what’s coming down the pipeline, it is expected that six FMB Silver level events and 16 FMB Bronze level events will round out the 2022 FMB World Tour calendar, increasing the total number of events by more than 50% in comparison to last year.

Of the upcoming FMB Bronze and Silver level events, nine will fall under one of three National Series competitions taking place – Australian Slopestyle Tour, Freebird Slopestyle Series, Swiss Dirt Series. While Freebird Slopestyle Series and Swiss Dirt Series are returning to the calendar, the Australian Slopestyle Tour will be making its debut this 2022 season. With three FMB Bronze level events all featuring both a Men’s and Women’s Category, the newest National Series is set to confidently enter 2022.

Despite fewer contests taking place around the world last year, riders’ progression was still on point, and many are ready to get back to competition.

bigquotes My overall goal is to win the Freebird Slopestyle Series. I want to learn as much as I can, unlock more tricks, make new friends around the world, and of course, go to as many dirt parks as possible.Renata Wiese

Many are also keen to see what athletes have in store for the upcoming season.

I think 2022 is going to be one of the most progressive years ever seen, with opportunities opening up for both up and comers and established riders, it’s going to be mind-blowing and I’m excited to be a part of it.Mike Ross bigquotes

bigquotes Some of the athletes, like Lucas Huppert, have been competing at [Züri Dirt Contest] since 2015. It’s very nice to see how the athletes improve from year to year. Even if you look at the results over the years, it is very exciting to see that they are constantly higher up in the rankings.Dominik Bosshard, Züri Dirt Contest Event Organizer

Kicking off the 2022 FMB World Tour in less than two weeks is Australia’s Highline Mountain Bike Festival.

bigquotes With only a few to go until the festival kicks off, the pressure and excitement is building! Our Mini and Pro Slopestyle courses are prime and ready for competition; we have done plenty of test tune sessions to ensure the best quality riding experience. [The] goal for this event is to showcase the quality of Australian male and female riders across the Slopestyle categories on offer.Shannon Rademaker, Event Manager

This is the first year that the event is sanctioned as a FMB Silver level event. Combined with 25 new amateur Slopestyle riders competing for the first time and the addition of a Women’s category, Highline Mountain Bike Festival is boldly entering the 2022 season. Mike Ross is one of the many athletes ready for its return to the Land Down Under.

bigquotes Highline Mountain Bike Festival is definitely the event I’m most excited for. It’s kicking off the season and it’s a great event to showcase the Australian Slopestyle scene we have down here. Bring it on!Mike Ross

A recent addition to the FMB World Tour, that will be coming into effect this year, is the FMB World Tour Women’s Division, which gives FMB Bronze and Silver level events the option to host a sanctioned Women’s Category.

Competing in her first Slopestyle event back in 2016, Kathi Kuypers reflected on how opportunities haven’t always been readily available for Women in freeride.

bigquotes I couldn’t focus on developing my skills on the Slopestyle bike because my sponsors didn’t see a market, so I rode all the other disciplines like Enduro, a little bit of Downhill, [did] loads of magazine story productions, and so on. But I never gave up and continued progressing. Now brands are hiring [Women], especially for freeride events and content, and [with] the FMB World Tour Women’s Division, there will be even more attention on [Women in freeride] and their accomplishments. This is all I’ve ever wanted.Kathi Kuypers

On how this will transform the competitive landscape of mountain biking in 2022 and beyond, many in the industry see nothing but positive change.

It will definitely broaden the horizons of all of us. New brands will emerge, new sponsors, new opportunities will arise, and a new image will be cast on the sport. Women like Kathi Kuypers ride FMB World Tour events and have been fighting for this moment for over 10 years. I am very pleased to see that this effort is now paying off.Dominik Bosshard bigquotes

bigquotes I love it!! I feel like it is going to be awesome to see what the girls can do! I like what the FMBA is doing by adding a Women’s Division and giving us the chance to compete equally.Renata Wiese

Most of all, it seems as though the riding community is ready to once again experience the feeling of comradery that is so deeply rooted in mountain biking culture. On track to visit 12 different countries across three continents, the 2022 FMB World Tour is more than a circuit of mountain bike competitions. On what unites such a widespread, diverse community, many shared their perspectives.

Biking is fun and it’s the same all over the world, no matter where you [are] from or where you live.Diego Caverzasi bigquotes

bigquotes The desire to have fun and the desire to excel are aspects that are universal.Pablo Moreno

And at the end of the day, that’s really what it’s all about.

See the entire list here.