Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA) hosted its sixth annual Big Pig Mountain Biking Festival Aug. 16-18 2013.
The event drew participants from Prince George, Smithers, Telkwa, Ft. St. James, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Hazelton, Terrace, Kamloops, Calgary, Evansburg, Grand Prairie, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Sri Lanka, and, Burns Lake!
The Fort St. James presence was felt, with some good showings in the results.
This year’s Big Pig kicked off with the kid’s events on Friday night. A record 48 youth came out to test their skills. The youth had the option of entering in downhill, cross-country and pump track event. Tye Peters of Ft. St. James was the fastest boar downhill rider. In the 10 to 12 year old category, Trent Peters of Ft. St. James took top spot in pumptrack.
Downhill race (Charlotte’s Web = 3.8 km)
Lean boar winner – and overall fastest time in the boar category – was Jonathan Nutbrown of Calgary (9:21), who went to the event with his brother David Nutbrown of Fort St. James.
The 4-cross race consists of 4 riders riding abreast, vying for the “best line” on a winding course consisting of table tops, step ups and berm turns. This year this event was once again an awesome spectator sport.
For the 11 and 12 year old boars, Trent Peters of Ft. St. James was first. In the 14-17 year old boars Nathan Johnson of Ft. St. James was second.
The Jump Jam consists of riding a series of dirt jumps, where riders are judged on amplitude, style and difficulty. The junior tender winner was Trent Peters and second was Nathan Johnson, both of Ft. St. James.
Dante’s Inferno has been increasing in length 10 km each year, with this year’s course rounding out at 70 kms. Twenty-six riders took on the challenge of completing this course, with 15 riders completing the full 70 km. Overall fastest times for boar/sow on the 70 km were Jonathan Nutbrown with an amazing time of 3 hours 41 minutes.
In the lean boar division, Jonathan Nutbrown of Calgary took first place in a time of 3:41
This was the second year for the Wilbur’s Wheelay, which can either be a team or solo event. This relay consists of completing as many laps of a 5 km course as possible within three hours. Nine teams entered the event, and “Team Nutbrown” (Kris Cooper Nutbrown of Ft. St. James and Larry Nutbrown of Evansburg) took second (8 laps/2:54).