Pro women mountain bike athletes from across North America will descend on Big White mountain to compete in its inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Event on July 12—one of many mountain biking events scheduled during the resort’s Freeride Days.
“With the introduction of the Women’s Slopestyle series, Big White will be an integral event that offers the first true slopestyle course to our athletes,” said Stephanie Nychka, one of the event organizers.
“Not only will this showcase the calibre of riders in this style, but will provide an avenue for women to garner exposure and accolades for their abilities and help pave the pathway for the next generation of riders.”
The event will be held on Big White’s bronze-level slopestyle course, and is the biggest of the three stops on the inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Tour, with the other events taking place in Truckee, Calif., and Seattle.
Slopestyle combines adrenaline-fuelled downhill bike racing with jumps, twists and turns.
Professional mountain biker Vaea Verbeeck says having a female-specific event of this magnitude is key in growing interest and momentum for the sport among women.
“We are at a point where the awareness and interest of the sport is there, and it needs a platform to welcome all players to showcase what they are passionate about and what they are working towards,” the 28-year-old says.
However, she adds, “There is still a long way to go in the sport's growth and this plays a big part in getting the engine going”—a sentiment shared by Big White, which is excited to play a role in garnering interest for the sport of mountain biking among female athletes.
Verbeeck has been racing downhill World Cups since 2011, but in recent years, she has shifted her focus to a different racing format with the Crankworx World Tour, a combination of different mountain bike disciplines. In 2018, Verbeeck placed third overall in the tour.
“I feel very fortunate to be in the sport at a time where it is healthy and only getting stronger for all parties: male, female and youth,” she says.
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