Red Bull Elevation soars to new heights with a Canada Day weekend extravaganza in Whistler



    36 of the world's best BMX dirt-jumpers and Canadian band Metric will
    kick up the dirt and make this a Canada Day weekend not to be missed

    WHISTLER, BC, June 5 /CNW/ - Red Bull Elevation descends on Whistler
July 1, once again revolutionizing the BMX scene with a new, more challenging
course, the world's best riders and high energy entertainment with Metric
performing live, making Whistler the place to be this Canada Day.
    Red Bull Elevation will reinvent itself, providing a spectacular course
and venue that will challenge and inspire the best BMX dirt jumpers in the
world. Confirmed riders for this year's competition already include Corey
Bohan (2006 Elevation Champion), Ryan Nyquist (2005 Elevation Champion), Luke
Parslow, Anthony Napolitan and MTB crossover athlete and BC native Darren
Berrecloth to name but a few. With all this talent in the field the crowds
will be thrilled with their hardcore riding skills and will be sure to witness
a series of back and frontflip variations, high flying combinations and
massive tricked out transfers.
    "Red Bull Elevation is huge," says last year's Elevation winner, Corey
Bohan. "I'm really looking forward to getting back up to Whistler because I
know the course will be the best and everything surrounding the event is just
so perfect."
    Construction on the course has already begun and truckloads of dirt have
been unloading at the base of Whistler Mountain as the crew develops the best
trails in the world to hold a contest. New additions this year include a lot
more burms, bigger sets, more transferability and a massive hip jump on the
corner.
    "Red Bull Elevation is the crème de la crème of BMX events," says 2005
Elevation winner, Ryan Nyquist. "There's no better contest, no better setting
and no better field in any contest. I can't wait to get up there this year."
    Bohan took home the grand prize of $10,000 last year, with his perfect
style and mind blowing combinations of tricks. Bohan and the other 35
invite-only riders will clearly have to step it up this year to impress the
judges. Judges will grade riders on their trails style, the difficulty of
their lines and of course what tricks they decide to pull off of this amazing
course. Speaking of tricks, there is an additional prize up for grabs this
year, "The Big Trick" with its own prize purse of $5,000. This prize is open
to all competitors and will be a half an hour jam format immediately following
finals.
    After riders hit the dirt and the champion is crowned, the crowds will be
kept on their feet with a live concert by Metric, a fitting end for this
Canada Day celebration. Metric smashed onto the Canadian music scene in 2003
with their debut album 'Old World Underground' and their current album 'Live
It Out' is approaching platinum status. Whistler inhabitants and visitors this
Canada Day will definitely enjoy fireworks of a different kind on and off the
course.
    Red Bull Elevation blazed onto the BMX scene in 2005, taking the sport to
new levels by bringing dirt-jumping back to the trails and became known
world-wide as the must-attend contest for international top riders.
    The competition begins with practice on Friday, June 29, qualifying on
Saturday, June 30 and concludes with the Canada Day finals on Sunday, July 1.
Metric hits the stage immediately following the awards ceremony at 6pm. For
more information, pictures and video, please visit our website at
www.redbullelevation.com.

    For information on accommodations and the many other attractions Whistler
has to offer, visit www.whistler.com.

    
    NOTE:  Media must pre-register for press passes to Red Bull Elevation.
           Please go to www.redbullelevation.com to download an accreditation
           form.
    





For further information:

For further information: Charlene McAnoy or Sonia Klinger, Red Bull
Canada, (416) 348-0389, ext 224, 232, charlene.mcanoy@ca.redbull.com,
sonia.klinger@ca.redbull.com; Melissa Graham, Edelman, (416) 979-1120, ext.
350, melissa.graham@edelman.com


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