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...