North America is home to some of the most majestic landscapes, creatures, and fried foods in all of the world. It is also home to your opportunity to test your grit as a gaucho of gravity. Join your friends on the most epic skate tour of your life and descend into the North American wild.
The end of 2016 promised little for North American gravity racers as four premier events announced that like many celebrities: 2016 would be their last. Killington was rumored to have a new organizer while many of independent races had not yet been confirmed for 2017. The North American 2017 gravity sports racing calendar looked bleak and questionable in its ability to follow up and epic 2016 season. Luckily for North American and especially touring internationals things have changed!
The back-to-back North American racing will start in Colorado’s majestic piece of the Rockies. Colorado houses some of the tallest mountain peaks in North America and will present racers with a new racetrack to conquer at the Devil’s Peak Downhill (Aug 19-20).
The North American Rockies will host the second stop, only this time in beautiful British Columbia: home of some of the greatest downhill skateboarders in the world. Penticton, British Columbia will host this new event on the tour’s second never before raced track during the APEX MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (Aug 26-27).
Maryhill Windwalk 2017 is the latest reincarnation of a famed and classic event on a historic and hallowed racetrack dating back to 2001. It will be the third race in the North American tour. Windwalk will be held over Labor Day weekend on Maryhill Loops Road while incorporating a music festival nightly in the city of Goldendale, Washington. Test yourself on the track and the dance floor at the Maryhill Windwalk (Sept 1-3).
Racers will now need to travel to the east coast, en route to Killington, Vermont for the Killington World Cup (Sept 8-10). The Killington course is the fastest head-to-head race course currently in existence. Street luge pilots will race above 80 mph while skaters will still find themselves drafting and drifting at illegal highway speeds.
The last competitive stop is perhaps the most exciting as graviteers will fight for a place in the history books: L’Ultime Descente is quite literally the ultimate descent for anyone testing their mastery of physics. The final event presents the fastest speeds and the toughest competition: yourself. Speed boarders will seek to reach 100 mph for the first time in history while luge pilots struggle to be the third, fourth and fifth people in their own discipline to break 100 mph! Journey into Quebéc and take your shot at the history books during L’Ultime Descente (Sept 16-17).
The spree of speed ends with a cherry on top at the Fall Freeride at Maryhill. The freerides are not a competitive event, but are still fun filled weekends with over 250 riders enjoying a euphoric experience on the beautiful track, managed by the Maryhill Ratz. Additionally there are many great events throughout 2017: Soldiers of Downhill, takes place during the changing of the leaves in October. The event is run on Jester Hill in Bainbridge, Ohio and dates back to the turn of this century. British Columbia still has its mainstay of events: Danger Bay, Jake’s Rash and Britannia keep calm and carry on as other events are rumored to occur, but have not yet been confirmed. Mt. Jefferson (North Carolina) and Laguna Downhill (Mexico) may also be recurring this year. Finally, a bundle of freerides will occur. Sun Peaks is happening again as well as three freerides at Maryhill: Spring, Summer and Fall.
So rally your friends, fix your vans, haggle your sponsors, sell wheels to groms, and mooch yo momma’s air miles so you can be part of the untamed North American race tour: #NoRam2017