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What’s happening to aMTB downhill?

What’s happening to aMTB downhill?

What stalled adaptive mtb’s momentum, and what comes next Photo by: aMTB racing at 2022 Dunbar Summer Series. Photo: Niall Pinder After a very successful…

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What stalled adaptive mtb’s momentum, and what comes next

Photo by: aMTB racing at 2022 Dunbar Summer Series. Photo: Niall Pinder

After a very successful debut , and even more exciting sophomore season , many riders and fans were surprised to see this week’s announcement that adaptive downhill mountain biking wouldn’t be returning to Dunbar Summer Series in 2023. Announcements from Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA) and Canadian aMTB Association (CAMBA) confirmed that aMTB would also be absent from BC Cup DH racing this season.

While all parties emphasized that they are already working to get aMTB DH back on track in 2024, the question of what happened to halt the 2023 season remains. Why hit the brakes when the sport was building momentum, and widely embraced by the downhill community?

We reached out to KASA CEO Mike Riediger to find out. He responded immediately, having come straight out of a meeting about the program’s insurance. Riediger was keen to emphasize that aMTB will be back in DH and that KASA, CAMBA and others are already hard at work creating a busy calendar of aMTB events for this summer.

Sounds like there are some big issues with insurance, including some issues specific to e-assists that are necessary for aMTB racing, but also a whole lot of work going on to make sure the groundbreaking Canadian aMTB scene keeps growing and progressing in the future. Dunbar Summer Series’ aMTB podium was specifically designed to be accessible for all racers. Photo: Niall Pinder […]

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