BC Bike Race 2018: Day 2 – Cumberland

BC Bike Race 2018: Day 2 – Cumberland

Stage 2 Presented by Maxxis Tires: Cumberland Distance: 40km Climbing: 1191m Featured Trail: Vanilla Geoff Kabush felt right at home in Cumberland, riding to a comfortable first place finish on Day 2 of the 2018 BC Bike Race, while riders from 40 countries got up close and personal with the roots and rocks of this Vancouver Island town’s techy trails “Are there many roots on these trails? We don’t have many roots in Ecuador,” said Isidro Ponce, one half of the Ecuadorian Open Men’s team, Chivo y Gugu, as he enjoyed breakfast at the Cumberland Recreation Hall. You bet there are roots! There’s also a bit of loose rock, some grippy basalt slab, loamy sweetness, bermed flow and pretty much every feature that makes Cumberland’s brand of West Coast singletrack legendary. That’s what makes the BC Bike Race so unique; riders from across the globe congregate to experience legendary handmade BC singletrack. Each participant brings a unique perspective, their skills and expectations honed on the familiar trails of home. Some get schooled, others do the schooling. Ponce was about to get baptized in the trails of Cumberland - one of the coolest mountain biking communities in BC. After licking their wounds from yesterday’s punishing Maple Syrup descent, racers were ready for Stage 2 in Cumberland. Overhead there was blue sky and soon under the tires there would be a 40km tour de Cumberland singletrack, highlighted by the day’s feature trail Vanilla, a ripping, smooth descent of bermed chicanes that is one of the region’s most popular trails. But first there was work do. After spinning down Cumberland’s historic main...
BC Bike Race 2018: Day 1 – Cowichan Valley

BC Bike Race 2018: Day 1 – Cowichan Valley

Expectations were high as racers from a record 40 different nations gathered in North Vancouver on a hot summer day for the launch of the 12th edition of the BC Bike Race. From seasoned pros to first time racers, road warriors to single track aficionados, the legend and global appeal of this seven-day stage mountain bike race continues to grow. More than 600 riders were on hand to register, each with a unique story, many from diverse cultures, but all sharing a love of mountain biking and sweet single track, knowing that BC Bike Race delivers. Felipe Kanacri was among 25 Chileans in the house, representing 4 per cent of total registrants. “We came to ride with our heads and hearts,” Kanacri said. After the mandatory pre-race meeting the racers filled buses bound for Horseshoe Bay full of anticipation. From there they boarded a BC Ferries vessel where the Vancouver Island mountains beckoned from across the Salish Sea. It was the beginning of a seven-day journey, along 300 km of hand-built singletrack and a huge helping of BC’s soulful mountain biking culture, the communities that make it happen and the characters who keep the mountain biking stoke strong. Luis Herbruger belongs to a group of seven Guatemalans who made the trek from their Central American home, four of whom raced in the 2016 BCBR “They told me it was awesome, so that’s why I’m here,” Herbrurger said, who is racing in a team of two. Storm clouds gathered over Maple Bay on Friday as racers from 40 different countries noshed on a mountain of roast beef and mash potatoes...