Local and regional riders place at Canada and B.C. Cups on home trails 

Sun Peaks wins bid for 2014 Canadian National Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike races 

The Canada Cup and #2 B.C. Cup downhill mountain bike races wrapped up on Sunday with several local and regional riders placing well in their categories.

Highlights included Sun Peaks’ Jaide Foster placing first in the Junior Women Canada Cup and Kamloops’ Bicycle Café owner Cheryl Beattie placing second in the Master 30+ Women’s category.

Organizers are marking the weekend a success with well-attended races, the FMX Global  Freestyle Motocross Show and a new 2014 race event announcement.

Sun Peaks Resort will be the location for the 2014 National Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships.

“We are thrilled with the news,” says Anne Haight, director of sales and marketing at Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. “This is yet another nationally sanctioned race event which adds credibility to our world class bike park. We are expecting another 200 downhill racers and 500 cross country mountain bikers for 2014 races.”

Athletes participating in the national events will be competing for positions in the world cup circuit, drawing elite downhill and cross country mountain bikers to Sun Peaks.

Okanagan race organizers, Dirty Feet, will be joining the Cross Country Nationals with their existing cross country mountain bike marathon.