There’s another great mountain bike event this weekend. Read the press release:

Downhill mountain biking is part of one of the fastest-growing segments of the sport of mountain biking. With riders approaching speeds of 45 miles per hour over natural rock formations and man-made obstacles, it is a spectacle that combines athleticism, extreme thrills and occasional spills.

On Sunday, June 1, 2008, Spokane will again play host to the best downhill mountain bike racers in the Pacific Northwest. Camp Sekani, located on Upriver Drive in the Spokane Valley, will be the scene of the Third Annual “Beacon Blowout” downhill mountain bike race hosted by local Spokane bicycle shop, Bicycle Butler.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide an event of this stature for the region’s downhill competitors,” said Bicycle Butler owner Tim Arnold. The course at Camp Sekani, known simply as “The Beacon” to its admirers, is renowned throughout the Northwest for its unique and demanding features and terrain. Many racers put aside other events and destinations in their schedules to come and be part of this race each year. Their enthusiasm is not even dampened by having to push a 40+-pound bicycle up the hill each time for a ride that lasts only two minutes — there are no shuttle services or chair lifts like there are at many downhill events.

The race is open to men and women of all ages and ability levels, with classes ranging from first-timers to Experts and Professionals. Saturday will be a practice day on the race course, from 10 am – 5 pm. Practice will resume on Sunday from 8 – 9:30 am, with races commencing at 10 am.

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact: Tim Arnold at Bicycle Butler — 509-328-7475.