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‘It was terrifying’: First ski hill race part of growing Cape Breton mountain biking scene

'It was terrifying': First ski hill race part of growing Cape Breton mountain biking scene

Race organizer Adam Shore, right, and the other participants of the first Mass Start Madness mountain bike race at Ski Cape Smokey on Saturday begin…

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Race organizer Adam Shore, right, and the other participants of the first Mass Start Madness mountain bike race at Ski Cape Smokey on Saturday begin the steep decline to the bottom of the snowy mountain. CONTRIBUTED/DESTINATION CAPE BRETON INGONISH, N.S. – “I’m not going to lie – it was terrifying,” Dustin Chute said with a laugh minutes after barreling down a snow-covered ski slope on a mountain bike.

The 29-year-old from Dartmouth, an avid mountain biker and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, was the first to reach the finish line in the first annual Mass Start Madness race at Ski Cape Smokey on Saturday.

“He was going like a freight train, I couldn’t catch him,” Chute’s friend, and the second racer to the finish line, Jonathan Conrad said. Growing scene

The race began at the top of the mountain with the seven participants running a short distance to jump onto their bikes and pedal through slushy snow and icy patches toward the cheering crowd below. It took under two minutes for most racers to navigate the slope with an elevation of 320 metres. Participants of the Mass Start Madness race run to their bikes before barreling down the snowy ski slope at Ski Cape Smokey in Ingonish on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED/DESTINATION CAPE BRETON – Ardelle Reynolds The event, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, is part of a growing mountain biking scene in the province, said Adam Shore, owner of Shoreline Adventure Centre in Wreck Cove. He sees great potential in Cape […]

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