The BC Bike Race is back this year and takes place over seven days from Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, July 5. With approximately 600 riders from 33 countries taking part in this international mountain biking event, the stature and popularity of this event is well established. Participants will travel in staged rides that loop from the mainland to Vancouver Island and back again.
The single track seven-day staged event will begin with “Day Zero” on the North Shore. This day is for registration and a family friendly Kid’s Race that takes place in Lynn Valley’s Argyle Secondary School, in North Vancouver. The local community is encouraged to come out with their families and friends and to take part in the excitement of the BC Bike Race. Locals can rub shoulders with skilled athletes from around the globe. When you go, be sure to make our visitors feel welcome!
On Sunday, the gruelling race begins on the world-renowned North Shore trails, complete with ladder bridges, roots and rocks and an all new flavour riders call “pump flow”. Starting in Lynn Valley, the racers will be tested with undulating and looping trails that climb up and down and across the “mountain side of Vancouver”.
Day Two involves racers taking a BC Ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and riding the forested trails in Cumberland. Powell River will be the location for Day Three, where weary riders will camp for the night by a beach. Next up, on Day Four there’s another ferry trip from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove on the mainland and a ride to Sechelt. Day Five includes a ride from Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast to Langdale, where BC Ferries will transport everyone to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The night will be spent at a base camp in Squamish. On Day Six participants will enjoy two legendary Squamish race courses, Taste of Metal and Game Jammer. Day Seven will be the final stage at Whistler, a Mecca for mountain bikers.The Race will end at the Whistler Olympic Plaza finishing line where participants will receive their Finisher Medals and Awards.
Undoubtedly, visitors experiencing the ride of their life will appreciate how truly amazing the BC Bike Race is, with its range of terrain, incredible variety of trails, not to mention the scenery.
The BC Bike Race is made possible be a truly dedicated team of organizers. Led by Dean Payne, President of the BC Bike Race, everyone on this exclusive team of mountain bike enthusiasts deserves recognition for their passion, work and dedication. As a resident of the North Shore and a British Columbian, one can truly appreciate the enthusiasm Dean expressed when he said, ” I love mountain biking, and I love our backyard trails here on the coast of BC. All I have ever wanted to do is share it with the rest of the world.”
On behalf of the organizers, we encourage everyone to get out and experience the excitement of the BC Bike Race along with the hundreds of international visitors it brings to BC.
While this writer wishes she had the stamina and skill to take part in this truly amazing BC-based race, I know that I will be enjoying it anyway… from the sidelines. If you aren’t in the BC Bike Race 2014, I hope to see you there!