2012 NIMBY Fifty Spring Newsletter
Posted on April 13, 2012
Hello Riders & Racers,
We're now less than 50 days away from NIMBY Fifty 2012, which takes place Saturday May 26th at 11 am. This is our early spring newsletter. It contains a few key reminders plus the inside scoop on news about the race, the course and the riding conditions in Pemby.
You're receiving this email because you've either registered in previous years and/or you have taken the plunge and signed up for this year's race. Whether this is your first year racing, or you've done NIMBY Fifty before, welcome aboard! You're in for an awesome day. It's going to be pretty special this year.
New Race within the Race - Red Bull Downtime
By now you've probably heard. New for this year, Red Bull will be supporting a downhill stage of the event - a race within a race. The male and female competitors with the fastest Red Bull Downtime will each win $250. The overall fastest Red Bull Downtime will also win a team entry to Red Bull Divide and Conquer on Vancouver's North Shore.
Registration for Red Bull Divide and Conquer is open now. For more info on the event go to: www.redbull.ca/divideandconquer and start building your teams.
For full details on Red Bull Downtime, checkout: www.nimbyfifty.com/redbull-downtime
Early Bird Registration Deadline - April 20th
NIMBY Fifty Early Bird registration ends next Friday April 20th at 4:20 pm, after that the entry fee goes up to $75. The race is currently 65% full (400 rider cap), however, if this year is like any other there will be a surge in last minute registrations as race day draws near. So take the plunge, make the commitment to yourself, and register early! You can register online .
Facebook Like Contest - Win a Free Race Entry
"Like" the NIMBY Fifty Facebook Page before April 20, 2012 and you'll be entered into a draw to win a free entry into NIMBY Fifty 2012. If you have already registered and you win - no problem, we'll refund your payment or let you transfer your winning entry to a friend.
Early season trail conditions are in effect up high, with the top 25% of Big NIMBY and the entire road out to Overnight Sensation still under about a foot of snow. All lower trails, including Overnight Sensation, are 100% clear. In fact, Pemby trail are in absolutely amazing, tacky shape. It only gets dusty from here! Just be sure to watch out for downed trees in spots. For the latest trail conditions follow us on Twitter or Facebook and also checkout The Bike Co's trail conditions page.
The snow line on Big NIMBY
Summiting K2 on the way to "Pioneer"
Modified Race Course
We mentioned this way back in January. We built a new trail specifically for the NIMBY Fifty course. It begins just past the Paraglide Launch and eliminates a good portion of fire road descent that takes you to Overnight Sensation. This trail still needs a name plus some final buffing, and once the snow clears we'll be up there finishing it off in time for race day.
Another change to the course is the elimination of the Dark Forest descent. That trail was wiped out due to logging in June of last year. We're still considering a few options as far as what the re-route there will be. Once a decision on that is reached we'll announce it via our Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Email.
Where to stay in Pemberton
If you're into camping, your best bet is Nairn Falls Provincial Park located just outside of Pemberton, a sub 10 minute drive to North Arm Farm (race start/finish area). There will NOT be any camping at North Arm Farm.
If you'd like a hot shower and some serious comfort, we've got you covered. Pemberton Valley Lodge, located less than 5 minutes away from North Arm Farm, is now our official accommodation partner. As such they're offering special rates to NIMBY Fifty racers who book ahead of time. Give them a call and mention NIMBY Fifty. Check them out online at www.pembertonvalleylodge.com
NIMBY Fifty Jerseys
This year, thanks to our sponsors - The Soze Group, Different Bikes and Steed Cycles - we're making NIMBY Fifty freeride style jerseys available for sale to everyone. Click here to preview the design. You'll need to pre-order one at Steed Cycles in North Van, or you can take your chances and pick one up on race day where sizing and quantities may be limited. Prices TBA.
Also, thanks to our sponsors - The Soze Group, Different Bikes and Steed Cycles - we're producing a limited run of NIMBY Fifty XC style lycra jerseys, which will be given out as prizes to all male and female age category winners (first place only).
Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Blog or Twitter feed for photos of the jerseys as soon as they're available.
Russ, Dean & Terry
NIMBY Fifty Race Directors