The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size, they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day, 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.
With his decades of competitive mountain bike racing experience, Andreas Hestler has certainly picked up a few tips and tricks to make the race experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. From Base Camp necessities to extra racing gear and team dynamics, Dre shares a few pointers for you to ponder while pulling together your gear and packing your bags for BC Bike Race.
Yes, it is structured for a professional, but all things are relative. We have had generalization so far and remember it’s the training for the training that we do, and some would even say the training should be harder than the racing. If you can make this commitment and stick to the principles, then you will be able to enjoy the BC Bike Race.
You should arrive at the event fit or very fit and rested, let the event bring you to another level. Don’t expect to be at your fastest at the beginning – and with this philosophy, you will blow yourself away by finishing fitter and stronger than you ever thought possible.
March is here and it’s time to begin phasing biking into our program, it should be making 70-80% of your regime by now unless you are completely snowed in. If that’s the case, then you will adjust your program accordingly (more XC ski and indoor cycle training to compliment).
Miles are still high we are building miles and base, building mitochondria (energy cells in muscles) and capillaries (very small blood vessels that feed muscles). All of these are what make racing at your best possible. It’s the long slow miles that develop the miles and miles of small road-like capillaries that service our hard-working muscles.
So, it’s January and you’re ready to get going, but how do you lay down a systematic approach to those goals that you’ve set? Again, I will refer to the ‘looking backward’ philosophy. If BC Bike Race is the goal, then let’s look backward from race day. You will want to include one travel and one recovery day before, from January 1, you should have roughly six months of workable time.
Leaving Burns Lake behind and heading further north to Smithers and Terrace, we were grateful to camp and ride on the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en and the Tsimshian Nations.
Our caravan arrived at the exhibition grounds along the Bulkley River in Smithers on Wednesday in time for a full day of exploring. The community of Smithers celebrated its centennial in 2013. Originally founded at the turn of the century as a divisional point on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the town has become a thriving mecca for outdoor recreation, mountain culture, and community life.