Hot Day at Otway Underway
Prince George, B.C. – Otway Nordic Centre is the site of the second annual Hot Day at Otway Mountain Bike Festival this weekend.
The event has been organized by the Throwdown Adventure Festival Society and features advanced and expert classes today with novice and kid’s races scheduled for tomorrow.
As for conditions mountain bike director Andrew Steele says last night’s rains are having a slight impact.
“We have some mud on some areas of the trail so it makes it a little bit more challenging in some areas of the course for the riders but most people enjoy that anyway.”
Corwin Bowers – winner of this morning’s 12.3 km men’s advanced race – agrees.
“Yeah, the conditions were good. The rain made it more fun. It’s a nice course.”
Those who head down to Otway can expect to see more than racing too.
“The Throwdown Adventure Festival Society’s goal is to integrate adventure sports with local culture, music and food,” says Steele.
“So the RCMP is showing people how to register their bikes against bike theft – the Brain Injured Group is here talking to people about proper helmet safety and how to avoid and recognize a concussion. Just all kinds of things happening.”
He says the Society’s future goal is to host a multi-sport and cultural festival by 2018 or 2019.
“That will integrate rock climbing, white water paddling, mountain biking with local music, local food, local art and just all aspects of culture.”
Those wanting to participate in this weekend’s races can still register on site.