Claymore Challenge Expands for 2011 with 2 Additional Events

(Northfield, NH) – Highland Mountain Bike Park is proud that the expansion of the 4th Annual Claymore Challenge for 2011 will include two additional events, the Battle of Hellion presented by Vitamin Water and GT Bicycles Best Trick Contest. The stage is set for an epic weekend of festivities, with over $30,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded. The fun starts on June 22nd and continues through Sunday June 26th.

“The Claymore has continued to grow over the years in both spectators and participants, so we figured we’d bring some new excitement to the table” says Dave Smutok, VP of Business Development.

The Battle of Hellion will take place on Highland’s signature jump trail, Hellion and pit 6 riders against one another. “I’ve been after Smutok to do this race for a year, finally we tested it out and he made it happen” says Pro Rider and Highland local, Aaron Chase. Am’s will run single timed run and Pro’s will do single run qualifying and top qualifiers will then battle it out- 6 riders at a time, with the top 6 moving on. The Battle goes down on Sunday June 26th.

The GT Best Trick contest will be held on the Claymore’s finale Jump the Red Bull Freebird. Riders will throw down in a jam format, live music, beers and BBQ’s will make for a great kick off to the weekend.

Saturday’s Slopestyle will kick off at 4:30 pm with the Pre Game show with finals starting at 5pm. All events are completely FREE to spectators, take a seat in Highland’s “Backyard” kick back in the beer garden, grab a burger and watch the madness go down. Tradition is the word at Highland. The winner of the Claymore is traditionally “knighted” by owner, Mark Hayes, then thrown into Highland’s infamous beaver pond by his fellow competitors. “It’s an honor to be the guy knighting the best freeride mountain bikers in the World. They are exceptional athletes that are pushing the limits of what is possible on a bike. Every year they put on a show for thousands of fans and that is driving the growth of the sport. It’s great to be sharing a part of history with them.”

If you can’t make the trek to Highland to check out the action, not to worry, DH-Productions has you covered with a LIVE webcast Saturday starting at 4:30pm EST on your favorite mountain bike website.

Visit www.claymorechallenge.com or www.highlandmountain.com for additional spectator, athlete, and webcast information.