The Kamikaze Bike Games are back in 2015 after a successful 2014 event. This year’s event is scheduled for September 24–27 in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The Kamikaze Bike Games will once again be a collaboration between the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the town of Mammoth Lakes under the direction of Race Director, Bill Cockroft. New this year, is the Pro GRT Downhill has been included as a UCI event to include the opportunity for racers to get UCI points. The Dual Slalom and XC are now USA Cycling sanctioned events, and the Enduro will race over the span of two days to accommodate a greater field size. Don’t miss the free expo, free kid’s races, free entertainment, and much more! We hope you can join us for this year’s event!

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It all started with one man – Bill Cockroft. A passionate cyclist, he wanted to bring bike racing to the Mammoth Lakes. It was the mid-80s and cycling was very much in the public eye, thanks to the Oscar-winning film “Breaking Away” as well as the USA’s success in cycling events at the ’84 Olympics, which took place in nearby Los Angeles. 

Cockroft was friends with the man in charge of the cycling portion of the Olympics and one of their mutual buddies approached him and asked Cockroft over dinner, “How much would it take to produce a major cycling event?”

Bill pulled out a pen, grabbed a napkin, completed some rough calculations and delivered the tally.

Soon the napkin turned into a check and many volunteer man-hours later, a bike race was born. In addition to the Kamikaze and the dual slalom (another industry first) there was also a stage race, which is a multi-day road race for those you who don’t speak bike geek. :)

Mammoth was regular on the international race schedule and the Kamikaze changed bike racing as we know it. The Mountain Bike Hall Fame acknowledged as much when they inducted Cockroft in 1994 along with other bicycle visionaries  Ignaz & Frank Schwinn (yes,those Schwinns), Keith Bontrager, and Douglas Bradbury.