Cumberland hosts first round of Island Cup

Downhill racing gets started with the first round of the Island Cup taking place in legendary Cumberland this Sunday.

Downhill racing gets started once again here on Vancouver Island with the first round of the Island Cup taking place in legendary Cumberland this Sunday.

The course has been dialled and styled to its excellent self after a gnarly winter underneath some serious coastal snow. And it is ready.

The United Riders of Cumberland have organized an awesome day of racing. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Chinatown heritage park with shuttles starting around the same time. Cost for the event is a paltry $40 and includes an apres race barbecue and some serious prizes from the clubs generous sponsors.

With the unfortunate demise of the hallowed Hammerfest DH, the Dodge City Downhill (DC/DH) has taken over as the longest-running DH on the Island.

New for this year is a race for little rippers under the age of 12. A special course has been rigged using the top part of the track that has some fun bits without the mega danger of gap jumps.

Bring the family, grab a coffee or lunch at one of Cumberland’s fine eateries and pull up a stump and watch some of Canada’s top downhill racers shred this amazing course.

Expect a great turnout this weekend, as last weekend at the Island Cup XC there were over 130 racers in attendance.

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— United Riders of Cumberland

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