There are less than 50 days until NIMBY Fifty 2012, which takes place Saturday May 26th at 11 am.
New Race within the Race – Red Bull Downtime
By now you’ve probably heard. New for this year, Red Bull will be supporting a downhill stage of the event – a race within a race. The male and female competitors with the fastest Red Bull Downtime will each win $250. The overall fastest Red Bull Downtime will also win a team entry to Red Bull Divide and Conquer on Vancouver’s North Shore.
Registration for Red Bull Divide and Conquer is open now. For more info on the event go to:Â www.redbull.ca/
For full details on Red Bull Downtime, checkout:Â www.nimbyfifty.com/redbull-
Early Bird Registration Deadline – April 20th
NIMBY Fifty Early Bird registration ends Friday April 20th at 4:20 pm, after that the entry fee goes up to $75. The race is currently 65% full (400 rider cap), however, if this year is like any other there will be a surge in last minute registrations as race day draws near. So take the plunge, make the commitment to yourself, and register early! You canÂ register onlineÂ .
Facebook Like Contest – Win a Free Race Entry
“Like” theÂ NIMBY Fifty Facebook PageÂ before April 20, 2012 and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a free entry into NIMBY Fifty 2012. If you have already registered and you win – no problem, we’ll refund your payment or let you transfer your winning entry to a friend.
Early season trail conditions are in effect up high, with the top 25% of Big NIMBY and the entire road out to Overnight Sensation still under about a foot of snow. All lower trails, including Overnight Sensation, are 100% clear. In fact, Pemby trail are in absolutely amazing, tacky shape. It only gets dusty from here! Just be sure to watch out for downed trees in spots. For the latest trail conditions follow us on Twitter or Facebook and also checkout The Bike Co’sÂ trail conditions page.
This spring a number of new trails in the Pemberton Valley have been revealed. One of these is called “Pioneer” – a flowy black diamond descent off of K2 (near Lumpy’s) which leads right into the resurrected “Grey Zone” trail built by theÂ PVTA’sÂ Stephan Desjardins. Another is “Cross Town Traffic” – a new school blue trail found just at the end of Radio Tower as you come out of the woods, built by theÂ PVTA’sÂ Chris Allen. Then there’s Moose Jah. This trail emerged a couple years ago and has been evolving ever since, under the TLC of a couple of local trail builders who spent every clear day up there this winter carving as much flow into the mountain side as they could – when not training their butts off for NIMBY Fifty of course!
Important note: these new trails are NOT part of the NIMBY Fifty race course. We’re mentioning them simply to share the joy. Add some variety to your training or next ride in Pemby, and go check them out!
Modified Race Course
We mentioned this way back in January. We built a new trail specifically for the NIMBY Fifty course. It begins just past the Paraglide Launch and eliminates a good portion of fire road descent that takes you to Overnight Sensation. This trail still needs a name plus some final buffing, and once the snow clears we’ll be up there finishing it off in time for race day.
Another change to the course is the elimination of the Dark Forest descent. That trail was wiped out due to logging in June of last year. We’re still considering a few options as far as what the re-route there will be. Once a decision on that is reached we’ll announce it via our Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Email.
Where to stay in Pemberton
If you’re into camping, your best bet is Nairn Falls Provincial Park located just outside of Pemberton, a sub 10 minute drive to North Arm Farm (race start/finish area). There will NOT be any camping at North Arm Farm.
If you’d like a hot shower and some serious comfort, we’ve got you covered. Pemberton Valley Lodge, located less than 5 minutes away from North Arm Farm, is now ourÂ official accommodation partner. As such they’re offering special rates to NIMBY Fifty racers who book ahead of time. Give them a call and mention NIMBY Fifty. Check them out online atÂ www.pembertonvalleylodge.com
NIMBY Fifty Jerseys
This year, thanks to our sponsors -Â The Soze Group,Â Different BikesÂ andÂ Steed CyclesÂ – we’re making NIMBY Fifty freeride style jerseys available for sale to everyone.Â Click here to preview the design.Â You’ll need to pre-order one atÂ Steed CyclesÂ in North Van, or you can take your chances and pick one up on race day where sizing and quantities may be limited. Prices TBA.
Also, thanks to our sponsors -Â The Soze Group,Â Different BikesÂ andÂ Steed CyclesÂ – we’re producing a limited run of NIMBY Fifty XC style lycra jerseys, which will be given out as prizes to all male and female age category winners (first place only).
Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Blog or Twitter feed for photos of the jerseys as soon as they’re available.
Russ, Dean & Terry
NIMBY Fifty Race Directors