Kamikaze Bike Games
September 14-17, Mammoth Lakes
Kamikaze. Within the cycling community, it’s a word that evokes a feeling of intensity and speed – plus a good hit of crazy. The iconic Kamikaze downhill at Mammoth Mountain took the early mountain bike racing scene to a whole new level in the mid-80’s, and the Kamikaze Games quickly became the biggest bicycle racing event in the United States. There’s something for everyone at the event, including a wide range of gravity events, a cross country race, a kids’ race, and electric bike race.
The Kamikaze Bike Games was brought to life by Mammoth Mountain Senior Vice President and passionate cyclist Bill Cockcroft. Cockroft – who has worked at Mammoth Mountain since 1969 and inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1994 – is well known for his ability to make huge things happen. In addition to organizing a multitude of world-renowned cycling events, Cockroft is also responsible for opening Mammoth Mountain to bikes, making the resort one of the first-ever lift-accessed bike parks in the world in 1986.
In addition to the Kamikaze Bike Games’ competitive events, the family-friendly event offers an expo, food and drink, excellent opportunities for spectating the events, and gondola rides to hiking trails on the mountain.
Outside of the resort, there’s a wealth of family-friendly outdoor activities to be experienced in the eastern Sierra around Mammoth Lakes. The weather through September is typically beautiful and well suited for camping, hiking, cycling, climbing, swimming, and so much more. The town of Mammoth Lakes offers a diverse range of accommodations from camping and glamping to five star resorts, and a full array of restaurants to choose from as well.