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Red Bull brings adrenaline-pumping motocross racing to downtown Calgary

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Once the center of medal ceremonies, Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary will be a test of motocross racers’ mettle on Saturday.

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How things have changed in the city center for at least a few hours.

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red bull outlier, In Canada’s largest hard enduro race, some 250 motorcycle riders take temporary center stage in the plaza as they tackle an obstacle-laden course consisting of large and small logs, ramps, tires and stumps. increase.

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“Everybody wants to ride downtown Calgary,” said Calgary Pro rider Shane Cuthbertson. “It’s a big thing, especially for dirt bikers, because we’ve been labeled by that stigma. Some people don’t want the noise of their bikes or seeing someone eating donuts in the parking lot.” increase.

“So it’s unbelievable that we can ride our bikes here in public. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people to come here because there are so few options for where to ride.”

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In Calgary, it’s an annual event.

In 2019, the Red Bull Outliers made their debut in Eau Claire, but the next day’s event in the Canadian Badlands near Steveville, northeast of Brooks, was canceled due to snow. COVID then canceled his 2020 run of his two-part series, scrapping the city portion of the event last year.

But this year is full throttle.

The day one knockout bracket at Cuthbertson’s sprint course all kick-starts at 11am downtown to determine the starting positions for Sunday’s marathon on day two in the Badlands. A winner is then determined.

Carson Ackroyd of the Calgary Tourism Board said: “Outliers is a unique and thrilling event that truly showcases the diversity of Calgary hosting and allows us to drive action in the heart of downtown.”

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At Red Bull Outliers, The FIM Hard Enduro World Championship is part of a new and exciting off-road motorcycle championship that brings together the most unique and established events, and Calgary welcomes riders from all over the world.

about The field contains 30 pros,nd Cuthbertson hopes his design will stand up to the challenge.

A walkthrough Friday of A Dozen Odd Obstacles seemed to prove that it didn’t matter.

“In general, anywhere turns into carnage (after starting off stage and descending a few stairs),” said a six-minute race featuring 14 amateur, veteran, expert and professional racers Kuthbertson said with a laugh about the day split into two. “The Pro’s are incredible riders. The Pro’s wheelie everything and make it look incredible.

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“Amateurs push, crash, get up, start over, and do the best they can to barely overcome obstacles. It’s just. And then they look at a pro and say, “Oh… wow… I want to be like him or her.”

It’s not easy.

Cuthbertson’s custom closed course is full of fun, games and traps. The Matrix section is packed with logs and tight areas can be tricky. Maneuver and one or two leaping jumps. Depending on the rider class he laps the track two to six times before a triple log his pyramid stands in the way of the finish.

“It takes a very skilled rider to overcome these things,” said Cuthbertson. “The rider has to ride lightly on the bike and focus mainly on loosening it up and letting the bike dance. You will have to work harder for the

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The pre-race forecast calls for thunderstorms, which could result in a smooth trek over the course.

“Really, the most important thing is to get that start and go forward,” continued Cuthbertson of strategy. “Because if you’re behind people will make mistakes and crash and they’ll get in the line you want and they’ll block that line. Push the hardest.”

At Blackfoot Park, which is billed as Calgary’s only off-road riding area, Red Bull boosted the event after Cuthbertson designed an Endurocross course with support from the Wild Rose Motocross Association. He wanted a nearby place to train when an excursion to the country faced limited challenges.

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“We built that track, and Red Bull looked at it and said, ‘This is great,'” Cuthbertson said. “That’s how this whole thing evolved. Basically, this (Olympic Plaza) is an Endurocross course because you can get down to the city to showcase the sport. And then the second day is Badlands. and do some really dangerous natural elements.

“There’s a cool element here,” added Cuthbertson. “I mean… it would be cool to be here, right? If you have a good race, everybody’s going to be very excited. It’s not cool if there are a lot of people who can’t ride their bikes and have to walk around on their bikes.

“I want everyone to have fun, have fun, and put on a good show for everyone.”

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