The Britannia Classic annual longboarding race returns for the third year to Britannia Beach this weekend for three days of adrenalin-fuelled racing fun.
Starting on May 27 with freeride events, the races continue on the 28th and the Britannia Classic race will be held on Sunday May 29th. The Britannia Classic is touted as being the “most aggressive, technical and spectacular” downhill skateboard race held in North America.
The Britannia Classic course is over 1000ft of vertical over it’s 3 km length, featuring 3 massive hairpins totaling 5 corners, 1 chicane and gravity fed speeds of 60 mph/100 kph.
Categories include Women, Masters over 30, Open, and 16 and under. Last year, over 300 racers from around the world came to participate, and this year is promising to be just as spectacular.
This is a well organized, family-friendly event and SO incredible to watch. Bring a camera (and hopefully sunscreen) as you won’t believe your eyes as leather-clad races speed past you, kicking up sparks as they round the turns. Shuttles will help you get the best vantage point along the course.
To access the event, turn into Britannia Beach at the Mining Museum, and proceed up the residential road – you’ll see signs indicated the event along Copper Drive. Street parking will be best done along Goat Ridge – one side only and please don’t block the residential driveways.
Local children have taken to setting up refreshment stands, beverages and fresh baked goods, at a reasonable price – so don’t forget to bring pocket change. More substantial meals can be had at Galileo Coffee house on Highway 99, or at Mountain Women Burger bus, at the entrance to town.