Brief: The Dark Horse Invitational returns to Revelstoke in September

The Dark Horse Invitational features some of the world’s best female freeride athletes.

The Big Air Sesh from 2021. Photo Revelstoke Mountain Resort/Hywel Williams

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, professional mountain-biker Casey Brown, and Jigsaw Event Services have joined forces to bring the 2022 Dark Horse Invitational back to Revelstoke on September 21–24. The event is a women’s only freeride mountain bike competition. 

The Dark Horse Invitational features some of the world’s best female freeride athletes.

This is the second Dark Horse invitational to be hosted in Revelstoke. Casey Brown founded the event and launched the inaugural competition in August of 2021, featuring 12 professional female mountain bike riders. This year, Casey Brown will host 20 invitation-only riders.

The Dark Horse invitational in summer 2021. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort/Hwyel Williams

“My vision is to create a women’s freeride event that is welcoming, inclusive and focused on progression,” said Casey Brown. “I’ve had a dream to build a proper jump line for a while. I’m happy that this event has become an annual celebration for women on bikes and has put a spotlight on women’s freeriding.”

A media release from Revelstoke Mountain resort describes the invitational as designed to be inclusive, foster progression and push limits. Participants will arrive mid-week to ride the course, get comfortable with the lines, and push their riding to the next level. Over the course of the week, athletes will be judged amongst their fellow riders to determine who deserves the Dark Horse title.

The resort welcomes spectators to the Big Air Sesh on Saturday September 24 from 1–4 p.m. Spectators can also join Casey and the athletes by attending the award ceremony in the Rockford Plaza at 5 p.m.

Spectators can access the course, located a short distance from the bottom of the hill, by walking along the path outlined in blue. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

The Dark Horse Invitational is sponsored by Trek BicycleCorporation, Five Ten, Redbull, Swatch, Bell Helmets, Mons Royale, Hydro Flask, The SuttonPlace Hotel, Rockford Grill, and The Regent Hotel and community partners; Keystone Health, Save-On-Foods, Stoke Roasted Coffee Co., and Wandering Wheels.

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