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Casey Brown is teaming up with her home mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, to host a new women’s invitational freeride event this fall called Dark Horse. Brown will create a new Pro Line for the event, which takes place August 16-20, and the line will remain on the mountain after Dark Horse is over, so that all riders can continue using it to progress.
Modeled after the historically-male-dominated FEST Series, Dark Horsewill feature some of the world’s best female mountain bike athletes. Set amid the stunning Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, the course has been designed in a similar manner to Dream Track in New Zealand, featuring six jumps, a smaller progression line, an airbag and mulch jump.
“My vision is to create a women’s freeride event that is welcoming, inclusive and focused on progression,” said Casey Brown. “I’ve had a dream to build a proper jump line for a while. My hope is that this event will become an annual celebration for women on bikes and shine a light on women’s freeriding.”
Speaking of progression, the Dark Horse event is a natural move for Brown, a leader in women’s freeride, both on and off the bike. As her own riding has progressed, evidenced at events like Red Bull Formation, she’s simultaneously championed the other women alongside her the niche freeride discipline.
The Dark Horse camp will take place from August 16-20 with a roster of eight to 12 invitation-only athletes. Unlike a traditional contest, this camp is designed to be inclusive and welcoming. However, that doesn’t mean that prizes aren’t on the line. Over the course of four days, athletes will be judged by their fellow riders to determine who deserves the Dark Horse title.
After the event is complete, the Pro Line will be added to the resort’s official trail network and open to the public—leaving a lasting legacy for the city of Revelstoke, and the mountain bike community at large.
The Dark Horse Invitational has been made possible by the financial support of the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiatives Funding Program. Official media partner, Beta Magazine will be covering all aspects of the event in conjunction with Anthill films, documenting some of the event for their Return to Earth documentary series. Jigsaw Event Services is currently recruiting sponsors for this event with several sponsorship tiers and opportunities available. Interested parties can contact Louise Hatton at louise@jigsaweventservices.