Taking a kick at the cup during summer races at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Riders of all levels will be taking to the mountains around Golden this summer.

Things are going to be busy at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort this summer as the Kicking Horse Cup will give competitors many different way to challenge themselves.

The Kicking Horse Cup offers three different events over a five day period with the first two events being road races.

On July 28 competitors will race in the Kicking Horse Climb which is very similar to the Golden Grind.

Starting in the Spirit Square there will be an escort car that keeps the riding neutral until the participants make their way over the bridge across the Columbia River.  Then the racing begins with 500 m of climbing up to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

This will be a chance for riders to test themselves against the mountain and if you have never tried racing before this could be a great race to start with.

On July 29, the 61 kilometre Golden Roady Circuit Race will take place on the Golden Donald Upper Road.

The format of this race is based on the Australian Pursuit age peletons.

This means is that men ages 70 years or more start racing 6 minutes before the 60 year-old-men.  The 50 year old men start 5 minutes after the 60-year-olds and so on.  Women race with men 15 years their senior.

Both races are on the BC Masters race scahedule and promoters are expecting racers from all over British Columbia and Alberta.

In both races there are categories for those under 30 years of age and for those who have never raced before and there will be draw prizes from sponsors.

From 7 to 11 p.m. on August 4 the Dark Horse xc Enduro will be held. The Kicking Horse Cup has teamed up with the Western Open Downhill races at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to provide a bike festival atmosphere.

EJ Hector plans to make an appearance for racers looking for time bucking bonuses and there will be live music in the village.

September 1 and 2 are the first Cyclocross  races of the  season.  Racers will test themselves on the course consisting of mud, cobblestones, stairs and banked corners.

The races are run on short lap courses that feature pavement, wooded trails, mud or sand traps, grass, steep hills and obstacles that require the cyclist to quickly dismount, carry the bike over/through the obstacle and remount.

The Kicking Horse Cup has been designed to encourage anyone interested in racing, a fun and supportive environment to take part in events like those happening this summer.

Part of the race proceeds from the Kicking Horse Cup will be donated to the Golden Hospice Society and the Kicking Horse Endowment Fund.

For more information go to www.kickinghorsecup.com