Outerbike returns to Whistler June 2-5

Consumer demo event let's you ride latest bikes on world famous trails

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A full four-day demo pass is $220 and includes unlimited bike demos, lunches, guided rides, parties, beer, and six chairlift rides at the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

A full four-day demo pass is $220 and includes unlimited bike demos, lunches, guided rides, parties, beer, and six chairlift rides at the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

June 2 marks the return of Outerbike to the mountain bike Mecca that is Whistler, British Columbia. For four days the consumer demo event allows riders to test some of the best new bikes on the market on some of the world’s best trails. This year’s exhibitor line-up includes Ibis, Yeti, Rocky Mountain, Norco, Banshee, MRP, and more. Available bikes will include everything from hard charging XC racers, to trail, all-mountain and downhill rigs.

The Whistler Bike Park is slated to open for the season on May 20, and word is conditions are shaping up to be all-time. Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

The Whistler Bike Park is slated to open for the season on May 20, and word is conditions are shaping up to be all-time (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

A full four-day demo pass is $220 and includes unlimited bike demos, lunches, guided rides, parties, beer, and six chairlift rides at the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. (Additional lift tickets are 40 percent off) You can also opt for the two-day locals pass ($120), which offers the same amenities as the full demo save for bike park access.

Check out our report from last year’s Outerbike Whistler, and read our two part series about the Whistler Experience here and here.

This is the second year for the Outerbike Whistler and 10th overall for an event that’s also held two times a year in Moab, Utah, where its organizers are based.

The Valley trails are already in full of loam and should be in perfect shape come Outerbike time. Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

The Valley trails are already in full of loam and should be in perfect shape come Outerbike time (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy Whistler/Mike Crane

The Whistler Bike Park is slated to open for the season on May 20, and word is conditions are shaping up to be all-time. An early spring melt means that the trails in the Fitzsimmons zone have been able to clear naturally, allowing the trail crew to focus on tuning and perfecting instead of digging through snow. Meanwhile, the Valley trails are already in full of loam and should be in perfect shape come Outerbike time.

For lodging, check out one of the area’s most bike friendly hotels, the Aava Hotel Whistler, which has special rates for Outerbike Whistler participants.

To learn more visit www.outerbike.com. Registration information can be found at www.eventbrite.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • Spectre says:

    If you’re in the Seattle area, another opportunity to demo bikes is at the Evergreen MTB Festival to be held on June 11-12 at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, WA.

    Demo Bike Fleets will be available from:

    Turner Bikes
    Evil Bikes
    Transition Bicycles
    Pivot Cycles
    Yeti Cycles
    DeVinci Bicycles
    Felt Bicycles
    Norco Bicycles
    REI – Ghost & Novara?
    Giant & Liv
    Trek
    Rocky Mountain
    Diamondback Bicycles
    Specialized Bicycles

    Details are at: http://www.evergreenmtbfestival.com/

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