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With a full schedule of 15 camps across Western Canada and the US, the Sugoi Dirt Series is back for its sixth season of world-class mountain bike instruction. From the first California camps in April to the Whistler season finale in September, the Dirt Series will give hundreds of riders new skills on their bikes, and leave heaps of confidence and inspiration in its wake.
Joining the instructional team in 2006 are former NORBA Champion Lisa Sher and Team Maxxis downhill star April Lawyer. They’ll add their experience to a group of coaches that already includes members of three different national teams, graduates of ten sport-specific academic programs, and pro-elite riders from every off-road discipline.
Each of the thirteen women’s camps and two co-ed camps will offer a huge variety of skills, everything from basic front wheel lifts and switchbacks to drops, log rides, and bunny hops. Beginner through advanced riders will find what they’re looking for here.
Sugoi is back on board for their fourth consecutive year as title sponsor, while Rocky Mountain Bicycles returns as the presenting sponsor. â€œWe honestly consider the Dirt Series to be one of the best investments we make as a brand,â€ says Charles Russell, Sugoi’s VP of Sales. â€œThe impact it has on consumers, retailers and bike communities is a real asset.â€
Other key sponsors for 2006 include Fox Racing Shox and new supporters Luna Bar, Race Face, Pete’s Tofu, and Maxxis Tires. â€œIt’s been our goal since day one to offer the best instruction and work with the best people,â€ says Candace Shadley, Program Director. â€œWe’re really proud when we look at our sponsor list and see such a premiere group of companies choosing to support us and make what we do possible.â€
Five years, fifty camps, and two thousand participants later, demand for the Sugoi Dirt Series just continues to rise. Registration opened on February 1st and the camps have already begun to fill.
â€œCoaching mountain biking is one of the most rewarding things I get to do,â€ says Cassandra Boon, lead coach and former Canadian Downhill Champion. â€œIt’s incredible to see how much the participants progress in a single weekend, and to witness the high they achieve when they master a new skill and see what they’re really capable of. I can’t wait for the season to start. Hope to see you out there!â€
For complete details on the 2006 dates and locations, as well as additional program information, please visit www.dirtseries.com or call 604-905-8876.
The Sugoi Dirt Series is presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles and supported by Fox Racing Shox, Luna Bar, Pete’s Tofu, Brave Soldier, Kicking Horse Coffee, Maxxis, Race Face, crankbrothers, Dakine, Lake, Sole Custom Footbeds, adidas Eyewear, Giro and Kryptonite.
2006 Sugoi Dirt Series Camp Schedule
April 15-16: San Rafael, CA
Host Shop: Mikes Bikes
April 22-23: Santa Cruz, CA
Host Shop: The Bicycle Trip
May 13-14: North Vancouver, BC
Host Shop: Steed Cycles
May 20-21: Calgary, AB
May 22: Calgary, AB
Host Shop: The Bike Shop
May 27-28: Edmonton, AB
Host Shop: United Cycle
June 17-18: Whistler, BC
Host Shop: Snowcovers
July 8-9: Sun Valley, ID
Host Shop: Backwoods Mountain Sports
July 15-16: Portland, OR
Host Shop: The Bike Gallery
July 22-23: Bend, OR
Host Shop: Pine Mountain Sports
August 5-6: North Vancouver, BC
Host Shop: John Henry Bikes
August 15-16: Blue River, BC
Host Shop: Mike Wiegele’s Heli Ski Resort
August 19-20: Canmore, AB
Host Shop: Rebound Cycle
August 26-27: Fernie, BC
Host Shop: Ski Base / Fernie Alpine Resort
September 8-10: Whistler Season Finale, BC
Host Shop: Garbanzo Bike and Bean