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...
BC Bike Race 2018: Day 6 – North Vancouver

BC Bike Race 2018: Day 6 – North Vancouver

Stage 6 Presented by Lululemon: North Vancouver Distance: 19km Climbing: 962m Featured Trail: John Deere A male rider racing in the top 30 and flying a foreign flag stops midway down Dale’s to adjust his seat height with an allan key. Wrong! You’re obviously not from around here boy. It’s day 6. Welcome to the North Store. Time to bust out the baggy shorts and activate the dropper post. During the mostly road ascent to the top of the first descent, any delusions about this 18km stage being a smooth and easy day were shattered the second rubber touched dirt and granite on Corkscrew. Minutes later, Pingu closed the deal. Sunlight filtered through the rainforest; a thread of North Shore gnar weaved among the coastal giants. Morning dew left a glaze of grease on the rocks and boulders. The dirt was as tacky as 60 grit sandpaper. Conditions - perfect. That is, for those who cut their teeth on steep, rooty, singletrack. For those who have only heard tales of the North Shore, it might be the ultimate singletrack test. They say mountain biking was born in Marin County; that may be so, but it came of age on the North Shore. Ya, I know, it’s been said before. Who cares? It’s true. Todays stage included a timed section, RedBull Downtime - a chance for all the participants to show their DH skills against the clock. Forever After is a classic Mt. Seymour favorite that allow riders to pump and flow at speed, not without some pedaling it represents a true taste of North Shore gnar. “This is our...
BC Bike Race 2018: Day 5 – Sechelt to Langdale

BC Bike Race 2018: Day 5 – Sechelt to Langdale

Stage 5 Presented by Shimano: Sechelt to Langdale Distance: 49km Climbing: 1403m Featured Trail: Rio Grande Specialized’s Hannah Barnes has ridden in stage races from the Andes to southern France. Some are simply a series of soul crushing climbs followed by equally soul crushing gravel road descents. Lumps of coal when you were expecting diamonds. Not the BC Bike Race. Yes the climbs are tough, but at the top of each ascent lies a diamond - a tasty ribbon of singletrack to sink the knobby tires into. “The days are shorter at BCBR but they’re way more fun,” said the Fort William, Scotland based Lululemon athlete and first time BCBR participant. The takeaway? Longer isn’t necessarily better. The BCBR team works closely with the host mountain biking communities to ensure that racers sample the best trail in each stage. At the same time, local mountain biking advocates are keen to the show the world the best of BC singletrack. That is the essence of BCBR - the Ultimate Singletrack Experience, and it’s the reason the event pumps money back into trail work and maintenance in the towns they visit every year. It’s day 5, the Sechelt to Gibson stage. If this point-to-point was a rainbow, then Route 102 would be the pot of gold at the end. This uninterrupted 9km winding, bermed singletrack slice of deliciousness drops from the final grueling road climb after Aid Station 2 and spits riders into Gibson’s Landing and the BC Ferries Langdale terminal. But there was work do first. The morning broke bluebird clear - heat was going to be a factor. Yesterday...
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