Singletrack Magazine: Uncharted British Columbia

Singletrack Magazine: Uncharted British Columbia

BC Bike Ride was featured in this fall’s issue of Singletrack Magazine. “A few of us are sitting together at the edge of the water at the historical Cassiar Cannery near Prince Rupert, a small island town on the north-west coast of Canada, a stone’s throw from the Alaskan border. We’re really out there… The inaugural BC Bike Ride North – a six-day, all-inclusive guided mountain bike tour through northern British Columbia – has come to an end. We’ve spent the last week riding pockets of hand-built singletrack across a vast distance of over 700 kilometres. Each town we’ve pulled into has been unassuming – mostly residential, with single-storey industrial buildings that sprawl along rivers or are centred around sawmills. But as we left each one, the uniqueness of the experience – the riding, the people, the vistas, and even the food – left imprints on us to last a lifetime. Now we’re relaxing and watching the ocean ripple through the reflection of the brightly coloured cabins that dot the shoreline as we process our memories of the last week and share our stories.”   READ...
Ask Dre: Winter Training

Ask Dre: Winter Training

It’s December and we are approaching a new year; this is a great time to set goals and begin a fresh page. But before we move forward, lets take an inventory; what did you do last summer? What have you been doing for the fall? And where are your strengths and weakness?

The 2019 BC Bike Race is Sold Out

The 2019 BC Bike Race is Sold Out

The 2019 BC Bike Race is sold out and we are looking forward to welcoming all of the racers to the start line next year – from first time participants to our 13-year returning alumni. After three years of selling out in less than 24 hours, this year’s entries rolled in a little slower. Perhaps it’s a symptom of our success over the last few years – or it may be related to the overall international racing scene, but whatever the reason, we love what we do, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to keep providing the best week of people’s lives. If you missed the chance to register for the 2019 BC Bike Race, please be sure to join the waitlist. We frequently have racers whose plans change and often have entries the come available well into the spring. Each year we listen to feedback from our racers and make small changes and updates along the way to improve the overall experience and to keep the event interesting for everyone involved. Changes to the course and our logistics for 2018 lead to a smooth and fun year for racers and crew alike. This year saw our returning champs Geoff Kabush and Katerina Nash take the wins again and EWS racer Francois Bailly-Maitre take the second step in Pro Men’s before going on to take the 11th place finish at the La Thuile EWS stop the very next weekend. We set our own personal best with an international field of 40 countries who, along with the locals, loved our new stop in the Cowichan Valley. For the first...
BC Bike Race 2018: Day 7 – Squamish

BC Bike Race 2018: Day 7 – Squamish

Stage 7 Presented by Shimano: Squamish Distance: 56km Climbing: 1681m Featured Trail: Half Nelson Results Morning temps for the burly 56 km final stage of BC Bike Race in Squamish were expected to be in the mid 20s soaring to the low 30s in the afternoon. Some of BCBR’s 90 Mexican participants might consider it a chilly spring day. On the coast we call it hot. Perennially a people’s choice favorite, the Squamish course was about to serve up a veritable smorgasbord of sumptuous singletrack. After a 5km warm up on asphalt to wake legs fatigued from six days in the saddle, tires hit dirt on Lumberjack, a swift XC beauty that traverses over to the dense Alice Lake zone. Once again overnight dew made the morning dirt super tacky. After Lumberjack, racers settled into ascending mode on the perfectly graded 50 Shades of Grey, followed by the techy, power move and rock slab playground. “I came here for two reasons, to have fun and to finish it,” said Texan James Childre, as he granny geared up 50 Shades of Grey in a line of racers as long as a coal train. Meanwhile among the leaders, a battle royale was underway. The always analytical Jeremiah Bishop was hoping once again to leverage his climbing strength to gain time on the faster descenders. But finding weaknesses in Geoff Kabush’s game is like finding fault in a saint; the defending BCBR champ and yellow jersey holder shreds as fast down as he pedals up and has the technical chops of someone who grew up riding West Coast singletrack. And Francois Bailly-Maitre...
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