KAMIKAZE BIKE GAMES 2015: Iconic Race Weekend Signals End of Summer at Mammoth Bike Park

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Lance Canfield gets in a practice slide on Kamikaze.Lance Canfield gets in a practice slide on Kamikaze. Don Stefanovich photo

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA — The 2015 Kamikaze Bike Games at Mammoth Mountain kick off this Thursday and will mark the last weekend of bike park operations. Now in the third year of its modern incarnation, the event will take place Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, and feature Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Enduro (part of the California Enduro Series), Pro GRT Downhill, the Coldcock Best Trick and more. The original Kamikaze games ended in 2001.

The Pro GRT Downhill has been included as a UCI event to include the opportunity for racers to get UCI points for 2015. The Dual Slalom and XC are now USA Cycling sanctioned events, and the Enduro will race over the span of two days to accommodate a greater field size. The event will also include a free expo, free kids' races and free entertainment.

Events

Pro GRT Downhill

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Schedule:
Friday, 9:15 a.m. - Cat. 2 & 3
Saturday, 9:15 a.m. - Cat. 1 / Juniors / Pro Men / Pro Women

Course:
Bullet - Cat. 1 / Juniors / Pro Men / Pro Women
Follow Me - Cat 2 & 3

Start Location:
Top of Chair 16

Elevation Gain/Loss:
1,130 feet (Pro/Cat 1 on Bullet)
1,123 feet (Cat 2/3 on Follow Me)

Distance:
1.5 miles (Pro/Cat 1 on Bullet)
1.7 miles (Cat 2/3 on Follow Me)

Enduro

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A four stage Enduro. Course maps will be released at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Schedule:
Saturday, 11:45 a.m. - Beginner / Sport / Junior
Sunday, 7:45 a.m. - Expert / Pro Open

Start Location:
Canyon Lodge

Legends of the Kamikaze

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Schedule:
Friday, 3:45 p.m. - Legends

Course:
Kamikaze

Start Location:
Top of Panorama Gondola

Elevation Gain/Loss:
Segment One: 1,932 feet
Transfer Segment: 98 feet
Segment Two: 1,169 feet

Distance:
Segment One: 3.2 miles
Transfer Segment: 0.9 miles
Segment Two: 2.0 miles

CONFIRMED RIDERS
Paul Begg
Mike Bell
Eric Carter
Wayne Croasdale
Dave Cullinan
Jimmy Deaton
Leigh Donovan
Rob Fig Naughton
Jenn Gabrielli
Mike Galeoto
Greg Ghrist
Bob Hadley
Toby Henderson
Rich Houseman
Maxine Irving
Chris Kovarik
Casey Kunselman
Randy Lawrence
Troy Lee
Brian Lopes
Mike Mautner
Mike Metzger
Tyson Mrosek
Steve Padilla
Shaun Palmer
Eric Palmquist
Terry Picchiottino
Joe Picchiottino
Eric Rasmussen
Tom Rogers
Michael Ronning
Scott Sharples
Todd Snider
Joe Stanish
Kyle Strait
Stuart Thomsen
Amber Tinstman
Phil Tinstman
Jerry Vanderpool
Ryan White
Zach White
Cam Zink

The Kamikaze

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Schedule:
Friday, 2:15 p.m.

Course:
Kamikaze

Start Location:
Top of Panorama Gondola

Elevation Gain/Loss:
Segment One: 1,932 feet
Transfer Segment: 98 feet
Segment Two: 1,169 feet

Distance:
Segment One: 3.2 miles
Transfer Segment: 0.9 miles
Segment Two: 2.0 miles

Cross-Country

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The Cross Country will be the same course raced at this year’s USA Cycling Nationals.

Schedule:
Saturday, 4 p.m.

Dual-Slalom

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Schedule:
Friday, 5 p.m. - Qualifying
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. - Finals

Start Location:
Canyon Lodge

Mountain bike trivia: when and where was the first MTB dual slalom? Mammoth Mountain. The brainchild of the hardcore cyclist, skier and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member, Bill Cockroft, who believed snow lovers shouldn’t have all the slalom fun.

The first race was dubbed the Dual Challenge and it went down in 1986. The name was changed to Dual Slalom in 1987 and the rest is history.

Kids' Races

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These races will take place at Canyon Lodge on Saturday. Registration will be onsite only and there will be three age groups: 6 and under, 7-9, and 9 and Over.

Sure to be fun for competitors and spectators, even Woolly will be on the scene; He’ll be at the finish line waving the checkered flag. Each kid will receive a cool race plate and medal for participating.

Schedule:
Saturday, 1 p.m.

Click here for a full schedule.

History of the Kamikaze Bike Games

"It all started with one man – Bill Cockroft. A passionate cyclist, he wanted to bring bike racing to the Mammoth Lakes. It was the mid-80s and cycling was very much in the public eye, thanks to the Oscar-winning film “Breaking Away” as well as the USA’s success in cycling events at the ’84 Olympics, which took place in nearby Los Angeles.

Cockroft was friends with the man in charge of the cycling portion of the Olympics and one of their mutual buddies approached him and asked Cockroft over dinner, “How much would it take to produce a major cycling event?”

Bill pulled out a pen, grabbed a napkin, completed some rough calculations and delivered the tally.

Soon the napkin turned into a check and many volunteer man-hours later, a bike race was born. In addition to the Kamikaze and the dual slalom (another industry first) there was also a stage race, which is a multi-day road race for those you who don’t speak bike geek. :)

Mammoth was regular on the international race schedule and the Kamikaze changed bike racing as we know it. The Mountain Bike Hall Fame acknowledged as much when they inducted Cockroft in 1994 along with other bicycle visionaries Ignaz & Frank Schwinn (yes,those Schwinns), Keith Bontrager, and Douglas Bradbury."

Source: Mammoth Mountain / Kamikaze Bike Games

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