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MEC Bikefest – This Weekend

Join Us at Bike Fest This Weekend!

Words by MEC.
June 5th, 2013

NSMB.com will be set up at MEC Bikefest North Shore this upcoming weekend, June 8th and 9th at Inter River Park in North Vancouver. With MEC’s help we’ll be running tire change contests which were a fun way to hook people up with some swag at the bike show earlier this year. What swag, you say? Well, we’ll also be selling a fresh run of NSMB t-shirts, socks, BroCards, stickers and more. See below for full details on the ‘fest, and we’ll see you there this weekend!


We love bikes, and we’re throwing a party in their honour. Come join the fun and connect with your local cycling community. You can try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bikeswap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. There’ll also be bike races, performers, entertainment, food vendors, and kids’ activities.

Bring your bike, your family, and your riding buddies, and embrace the awesomeness of wheels.

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Location

MEC Bikefest North Shore is being held at Inter River Park In North Vancouver. It is a beautiful outdoor venue across from Capilano University.

Ride your bike to the event! We’ll have a secure bike valet on site and the Mudbunnies washing bikes!

Enjoy a tasty brew in the charity beer garden with proceeds going to Team Finn. There will an assortment of food including a delicious charity BBQ put on by Mt Seymour’s Lions Club.

Entertainment

MEC will be putting on Bike Maintenence Clinics twice daily at the festival. Learn the basics of your bike from MEC’s leading mechanics. Be at the MEC tent 5 minutes before the clinic begins.

Acrobag will be representing at the festival giving kids and adults of all skill levels the chance to throw down crazy tricks. Safely master air awareness with video capture of your jump and feedback from Acrobag coaches.

Sombrio is bringing their largest pump track to the festival and with demo bikes and helmets available for use everyone is invited to jam! Challenge your buddies with time trial races or just work on skills that will transfer to the trails. The track teaches you how to pump the terrain to gain speed, improve your cornering; maintain momentum and most importantly how to have fun on your bike.

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Guided Tours

NSMB and MEC/Ghost rider Stephen Matthews will be leading a guided ride on Sunday June 9th. Riders of all skills are invited to check out some sweet local riding spots while working on their moves with an up and coming pro. Stephen has been a professional guide in Switzerland, Italy, and France, but takes great pride in mastering local trail networks. Stephen’s influence in BC’s cycling community comes from his light-hearted attitude backed by practiced skill and high riding intensity.

Not to be outdone Wade Simmons and Mark Wood from Shore Play will also be running group rides on Saturday June 8th. Simmons is affectionately known as one of the Godfathers of Freeride mountain biking and was one of the first freeriders to become sponsored. Mark Wood is the program manager for the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) and he has played an integral (instrumental) role in the rebuilding and annual maintenance of several North Shore trails. No one knows the ins outs and endo’s of North Shore riding like these guys. The rides will be on first come, first serve basis with rides leaving at 10:30 and 2:30 from the NSMBA tent.

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Riding Clinics

Endless Biking is going to be running riding clinics at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and 11am and 2pm on Sunday. Whether you want to take air, rail corners or just want to avoid a yard sale, the amazing coaches at Endless will help you develop a tool belt of necessary skills. These clinics are sure to leave you buzzing for hours.

Ever wonder the inner workings of your fork? Bicycle Hub and Bike Room are offering suspension clinics to give a deeper understanding of your bike.

Test Rides

The top names in the industry and local bike shops abound will be in attendance bringing fleets of their demo bikes and giving you an opportunity to try out a massive variety of different rides on North Shore terrain. MEC will also be packing our lineup of 2013 Ghost Bike demos. These steeds are hot off the line and are just waiting to be taken for a spin. Everyone’s also going to be packing a ton of swag to be handed out and won by festival visitors, highlighted by an MEC Ghost 29er grand prize.

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Red Racer is going to be on hand with taps of their finest craft beers. Kick back in the beer garden with a signature IPA while you listen to some beats and watch the young groms killing it on the Acrobag. All proceeds from the beer garden will be going directly to Team Finn to help raise awareness of the impact of pediatric cancer on children and families confronted with the disease. Team Finn has been reaching out to affected families and continues to encourage them to Run Jump Bounce Dance Sing Love Smile and Ride!

Bike Swap

MEC Bikefest North Shore is also host to an epic bike swap. Whether you’re looking for a new ride or maybe want to unload a recently retired bike our legendary swap creates a community wide buzz and brings people together to get deals done. It’s sure to be a great opportunity to find some sick deals on previously loved gear. Bikes, tires, armour, helmets, chain rings, jerseys…everything cycling related is welcome. For details on how to get involved, go HERE.

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Races

MEC Bikefest is working in conjunction with NS MTB Series. Marathon XC, Enduro, and Super D. There will be cash prizing and plenty of random prize drawings throughout the weekend. For race details head HERE.

And don’t forget there will be a BC cup BMX race on both days with over 100 riders on 20s. After the racing the track will be open and learn to ride BMX sessions will be taking place. For more information check out their website at www.northshorebmx.com

More Cool Stuff!!

With the Bicycle Valet securely parking your rides and the Muddbunnies on hand washing your rides we strongly encourage you to bike to the event. MEC Bikefest North Shore will also be featuring bike maintenance clinics, tire changing competitions, free massages, art show and a charity bbq with proceeds going to Seymour Lions Club. Escape Adventures will also be in attendance with fun filled activities for kids. Additionally, they will have a series of races for children of all ages. All racers need to be registered by 12. The race for ages 3-5 (Run Bikes) will be at 1, ages 5-7 will be at 2 and ages 8-10 will be at 3. This event truly has something for everyone and with tons of prizes being donated by all the super rad manufacturers and vendors, including a free 2013 Ghost 29er bike to be won; there’s really no excuse not to be there!

Be sure to visit the registration tent when you arrive to check out all the great prizes on display and info on the fun activities involved in how to win them! Hope to see you there June 8th and 9th.


For the full weekend event schedule, go HERE. See you this weekend!

  • satn

    This article says bike Fest is this weekend. How Coe on Mec site says jun 15th?

  • sieneke

    This one is talking about the fest on the North Shore at Inter River Park, happening on June 8th and 9th! Every MEC in the country is throwing it’s own fun bike festival. But it’s kind of hard to compete with this uber rad line up… :)