Start your day with a BC Ferries ride from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove (50min crossing time). The fjords that you'll sail through this morning have some of the deepest waters anywhere; in fact, deep-water subs are sometimes tested here, to depths of approximately 2000ft.
Today's ride will start on arrival at the BC Ferries' Earls Cove Terminal, where you'll walk off the ferry and onto your bike, then travel along purpose-built singletrack and end in the beautiful seaside Village of Sechelt.
Distance ~ 59km | Elevation
Gain ~ 1375m
Feed Zone 1 ~ 22km | Feed Zone 2 ~ 42km
Start - Secret Cove | Finish - Sechelt
The day will start climbing out of the Earl's Cove Ferry terminal on pavement, a couple of km's, then hit a dirt road that will take you fairly steeply up to Klein lake. A short distance after that you will go into singletrack with some stunning views over Ruby lake. The course will then lead you onto the Sunshine Coaster trail that is like a double track but don't let that fool you, there are many short punchy climbs that will test your legs. Just before the First Aid station you start getting into some tight singletracks and long bridges. Hwy to Hell has some amazing views of Pender Harbour; you will be in and out of singletrack and power lines from there until just before the second aid. You will climb Cabin Fever only half way to Deliverance past an old homestead and then you will drop back down to aid 2. A nice flat logging road to let you digest your snacks and then into Rock-a-Billy By-Pass, back out onto the fire road for a short break and now you stay in tight singletrack. Then onto Beaver Pond trail, Rodeo, Kai's, Par-Back; some will say the wrong way but it can all be climbed! Next, into VFR where at the top you will be able to show your DH skills in the Enduro. At the bottom of that you will be 6-7 km from the finish. With a bit of road and trail, once you hit the powerlines it's all down to the finish.
We made it as easy as the Sechelt Peninsulas will allow but you will ride some of the best trails this area has to offer!
At the end of today's ride you will be staying in the seaside village of Sechelt with Base Camp set up just metres from the beach at Sechelt Elementary School and Rockwood Pavilion.
The outdoor pavilion will host this night's dinner and award show. The Base Camp will be just a few blocks away from the heart of Sechelt, where you will find many shops, restaurants and the beachfront walkway.