Big White Invitational
Hosted by Tom van Steenbergen
Big White Ski Resort Ltd. and Bike Big White are excited to announce the Big White Invitational Slopestyle hosted by Tom van Steenbergen taking place from July 4-7, 2018. This Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour event is a grassroots collaboration between Tom van Steenbergen and Bike Big White.
“This is a rider/builder inspired slopestyle with the goal of building a bigger and better riding scene here in Canada. We want to build a course that the riders will like and that will inspire each individual’s best performances.” – Tom van Steenbergen.
The Big White Invitational Slopestyle is the only North American Gold Level event on the FMB Would Tour Calendar for the 2018 season. It’s also the last chance for the pro riders to qualify for Joyride at Crankworx Whistler in August and a chance to ride next to some of the best in the world for the amateurs. Following the event, six riders will be selected for Joyride at Crankworx Whistler based on their FMB standings and one additional rider will be selected as an FMB Wildcard winner.
Big White has partnered with the crew at LOFT Bike Parks to build the course and bring van Steenbergen’s vision to life. The site has already been cleared, dirt is being pushed and ramps built for the new slopestyle course. “We’re excited to help continue growing the sport of slopestyle in North America,” says Alex Chisholme, Austin Davignon and Dustin Gilding of LOFT Bike Parks. “Our aim is to build a course that is consistent, flowy and fun for the riders, in an effort to maximize progression and create the best show possible for spectators.”
The Bronze Open Event kicks things off on a separate course on Thursday, July 5. There are four Wildcard spots up for grabs for the Gold Qualifiers on Friday, July 6 where they will compete with 25 of the top ranked FMB riders to secure one of 15 spots in the Gold Event Finals on Saturday, July 7.
This is an event not to miss – beer gardens, food trucks, music, expo, demos, a special screening of North of Nightfall under the stars on Friday and of course the official After Party at Session’s Taphouse & Grill on Saturday. Check out the Event Schedule.