Did you know that the Yukon’s August long weekend commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of gold in 1896, which started the Klondike Gold Rush?
One hundred and eighteen years later the Yukon Dirt Rush is on and these races will be golden! Come to one, two or all three of these events that put bikes front and centre over two weekends in August.
Saturday August 16th features an enduro race in Carcross on some of Montana Mountain’s best trails. All riders are welcome but if you aren’t feeling up for the race aspect of the weekend, come for the festival. Lots of great food, social rides and fun await. Camping will be available on a first come, first served basis in the Carcross campground.
Saturday August 23rd will be the Canyon Mountain Crusher – another enduro race but this one will take place in Whitehorse on Grey (or Canyon) Mountain and Mount McIntyre. There will be intermediate and advanced course options to accommodate as many riding abilities as possible. A post-race BBQ and awards/results will be held at Icycle Sport at 6pm. The after-party and fundraiser for the Carcross Singletrack to Success project that was originally scheduled for after the enduro has been rescheduled for a date in September. Stay tuned for more details.*
Advance registration is required for both of these events and registration is limited to 40 riders for the Whitehorse race.
Sunday August 24th will be the date for the Yukon Mountain Bike Championships, affectionately known as the King of the Canyon. Because we are moving the race over to Mt McIntyre, the race will be known as King of the (Rocky) Canyon this year. But worry not – the same awesome spirit of xc racing all over the mountain to determine our royal court will still take place. There will be short and long course options starting from the Dirt N’ Soul bike park at noon. In addition to crowning territorial champs this race will also serve as the third jewel in the Dirt Rush series crown. There will be a prize for the overall winner of all three events – provided you ride all three on the same bike. Registration takes place on site between 11am-11:45am. Race starts at noon. In order to get an official time, we require racers to be there by 11:30am to fill out forms and pick up your timing chip. BBQ to follow the race.
Stay tuned to the Dirt Rush website and cmbc’s facebook page for additional details. As always these events need volunteers to make them a success. If you think you can grill a mean burger or offer up your services as a course marshall or sweep please contact Jenn at email@example.com
* Edited August 21