Downhillers unleash their two-wheel balance at A-Basin’s Bikes & Bumps |

Downhillers unleash their two-wheel balance at A-Basin’s Bikes & Bumps

ARAPAHOE BASIN -Moab time has arrived for mountain bikers, but some aren’t ready to give up the snow. For brave individuals who want the best of both worlds, Arapahoe Basin offers its 14th annual Bikes & Bumps competition Saturday.The course consists of slalom gates on Ramrod – an intermediate mogul run. While the race only takes a few seconds, the biggest challenge for competitors is staying on their bikes.”Staying on your bike is key,” said Marty Gotantas, director of A-Basin Ski School and event organizer. “Everybody’s doing endos anywhere from the start to the finish. It’s slippery; it’s not a fast break.”The race is conducted in a two-run format, and racers and their bikes are taken to the start of the course by snow cat.Like mountain bike technology, Bikes & Bumps has evolved since its inauguration 14 years ago when racers showed up with their rigid fork bikes and the word “travel” implied the use of a car or plane.”It started that way,” Gotantas said. “As the sport’s evolved, now you’ve got the big, bad machines. About 90 percent (of racers) have their full-on downhill bikes with six inches of travel and more.”Downhill bikes are not required to race, but helmets -bike, ski, or otherwise – are mandatory. No tire enhancements are allowed (e.g. racers cannot add skis to their tires). Regardless of equipment used, Bikes & Bumps success equals staying power and balance. At least in this bike race, anyone who goes over the handle bars gets a soft landing.”Anybody’s who’s daring should do it,” Gotantas said. “The best thing I’ve seen is the guy who went screaming through the finish and did an endo up and over the finish fences. He looked like Superman. Staying on your bike is the most important thing. The majority (of racers) are fully padded. But, it all comes down to the motor.”Registration for Bikes & Bumps is $20 and includes a goody bag and T-shirt. Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at A-Basin, and the first run begins at 10:30 a.m. Fore more information, call (970) 496-7001, or visit

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