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The return of an icon: psychosis is back! – Mountain bike press release

It is with gratitude that the Golden Cycling Club would like to acknowledge that the routes we ride are being replicated
are located in the homelands of the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc and are the adopted homeland of the
Metis Nation Columbia River Society.

GOLDEN, B.C. – The Golden Cycling Club is pleased to announce the return of one of the most legendary downhill mountain bike races – Psychosis. On June 22, 2024, racers will return to the Mount 7 “Race Line” under the official Psychosis banner for the first time since 2008 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this legendary race. Described by Red Bull as “the craziest downhill race in the world”, this promises to be the event of the decade!

After a break, Psychosis returns spectacularly, honoring the pioneers and celebrating the good times from previous races. Andy Bostock from Golden Cycling Club looks back on the trip:

“Every year since we closed Psychosis (in 2008), people wanted to know when Psychosis would return. Covid happened, Crankworx put on an A-list event and the response was amazing… 15 years after the last race In the original format, we honor the 25th anniversary and remember the event’s pioneers… giving to everyone who was too young to race back then , another chance and another kick in the teeth for some of us who are probably too old to ride it again. It used to be classified as an XC event by Cycling BC, so it can’t be that hard, right?”

Psychosis is back and it's going to be wilder than ever!  Photographer - Reuben Krabbe
Psychosis is back and it’s going to be wilder than ever! Photographer – Reuben Krabbe

First held in 1998, Psychosis quickly gained notoriety as one of the most physically demanding and technically demanding downhill races. Legendary drivers like Chris Kovarik, Stevie Smith, Sam Hill, Tyler Morland and Claire Buchar have left their mark on this treacherous track. Claire Buchar, a three-time Psychosis winner, expresses her excitement about the race’s return:

“To this day it is one of the craziest routes I have ever driven. Especially where I was at the time with my abilities and what DH bike geometry, wheel size, tires, brakes and equipment we had. I’m thrilled it’s being added back to the racing schedule so the current generation of psychos can get a taste of it!”

The “Race Line” at Mount 7 is no joke – it stretches 7.3km with 1200m of elevation gain and includes an 80 degree scree slope, a mid-run hike-a-bike and fast, tight and eventful races straight lines. The event course record is 12:35.14, set by Chris Kovarik in 2008, but in 2020, during the Crankworx Summer Series, Henry Fitzgerald prevailed with a time of 11:19.1.

This 25th anniversary event is both a celebration and a look back to simpler times. The first 100 entries are reserved for previous racers and offer the opportunity to relive the adrenaline. The remaining 100 spots are open to the public and are expected to sell out quickly. Registration for the first 100 places begins on January 15, 2024.

The racing categories remain old-school, with amateurs and pros racing together in the Open Men’s and Open Women’s categories, and a nod to the past with the return of the hardtail and 26-inch categories for those brave enough to go all out to set game.

Tom Bradshaw was the last brave (or crazy) person to tackle this massive distance on a hardtail.  But good news... The hardtail category is back for 2024.  Photographer – Chris Pilling
Tom Bradshaw was the last brave (or crazy) person to tackle this massive distance on a hardtail. But there’s good news… the hardtail category is back for 2024. Photographer – Chris Pilling

Now some of you may be wondering about the data and thinking that something doesn’t quite add up. You would be right! Although 2023 was technically the 25th anniversary, we needed a little more time to put everything together and confirm the details. But we can assure you: the wait was worth it! Psychosis is back with a one-off performance and this 25th anniversary celebration will go down in history.

Further information about the event and registration can be found at Golden Cycling Club Website, InstagramAnd Facebook Page. For now, save the date – June 22, 2024 – so you don’t miss this special, once-in-a-lifetime festive event.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or have any questions, please contact: Kelly Cytko | Managing Director, Golden Cycling Club |

We will see us in June!  Photographer - Tyler Maine
We will see us in June! Photographer – Tyler Maine


About Golden Cycling Club
The Golden Cycling Club is committed to promoting mountain biking in and around the area
Golden, BC, while also serving as trail manager. The area has 4 hiking trail networks and a
Bike park. With this diverse selection, there really is something for every driver in Golden.

If you would like to donate to the Golden Cycling Club, please visit website.

About Tourism Golden –
Tourism Golden is a non-profit, tourism industry-led Destination Marketing Organization (DMO).
represents the town of Golden and the surrounding area known in British as Kicking Horse Country
Colombia, Canada.

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