5.27.2011– (Vail, Colo.) – The Teva Mountain Games announces that the winner of its mountain bike slopestyle competition will receive an automatic invitation to the new Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride Qualifying event at Kokanee Crankworx on July 21.
"We have developed a new invitation format that will ensure the best athletes are here in Whistler to compete in the Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride," says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx general manager. "Teva is a new sponsor at our festival and we’re pleased to extend an invite to the winner of the slopestyle competition at the Teva Mountain Games.”
The Teva Slopestyle presented by Chipotle has grown to be one of the most anticipated events at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail. It will take place on Friday, June 3, on a professionally designed course at Golden Peak in Vail. The competition is open to professional and amateur riders, with qualifying rounds starting at noon and finals at 6 p.m. All contestants in the Teva Slopestyle will receive a free pair of Teva’s new freeride shoe, the Links, designed in collaboration with pro rider Jeff Lenosky.
A panel of judges will determine the Teva Slopestyle winner as well as the “High Jump” prize during a bonus round. The prize purse for the competition is $8,000. The slopestyle winner will also receive an invitation to compete in the qualifying rounds at Kokanee Crankworx. If the Teva Mountain Games winner has already received an invite to compete at Crankworx, the invite will go to the top finishing athlete who has not received an invite. Pro and amateur athletes can register here.
“Teva launches its first freeride shoe, the Links, this spring and we’re committed to helping build the freeride platform,” adds Joel Heath, global director of marketing for Teva. “We’re pleased to support freeride at both the Teva Mountain Games and Kokanee Crankworx, as well as enable some of the top riders in the sport to tell their stories.”
Kokanee Crankworx has already issued 15 athlete invitations to the Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride. Another 10 invitations will be determined through 2011 Freeride Mountain Bike Association rankings and the winner of the Teva Mountain Games slopestyle event. On July 23, Kokanee Crankworx will crown the best freeride mountain biker in the world with $25,000 on the line for first place.
About Teva Mountain Games
The 10th annual Teva Mountain Games take place in Vail, CO, June 2-5, 2011. The festival is the nation’s largest celebration of adventure sports, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. Approximately 2,500 athletes will converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Competitions at the festival include: kayaking, rafting, stand-up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, fly-fishing, trail running and a half marathon. The festival also features: a film series, Outdoor Reels; a photography competition, Mountain Click; an interactive expo area, Gear Town; DockDog canine competitions; free concerts at Mountains of Music and the Teva Mountain Ball. The Teva Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.
About Kokanee Crankworx
The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a nine-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world's most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.
Teva is a global adventure brand dedicated to helping people Live Better Stories. The concept of “adventure” is different depending on whom you talk to, but everyone understands an adrenaline rush, a dopamine high and a staggering sense of wonderment. Teva helps provide such moments. Since its birth on the Colorado River in 1984, Teva has a deeply ingrained connection to water, which is manifested in their products and clean water advocacy. In 2011 and beyond, Teva is launching “A Pair for a Foot,” and, with nonprofits Waterkeeper Alliance and the Ocean Conservancy, will clean a linear foot of global waterways for every pair of shoes sold. It’s a tall order, but Teva is taking it on so that everyone may Live Better Stories. Find us at www.teva.com and www.Facebook.com/Teva.