BC Bike Life
We know your legs get a ton of exercise when riding your bike, but we can overlook the load our upper bodies take. Here are 5 great stretches from our Director of Wellness to do post-ride or race to keep you in the game!
In 2017 I ran a Maxxis Minion DHR II (2.3″) TR (tubeless ready ) with an EXO casing (thicker, some insurance against flats) and 3C rubber (little stickier for better traction) that was all in one tire in the front and a Maxxis IKON in the rear – 2.2″ TR, EXO, 3C.
BC Bike Race is proud to release their third feature film, THE JOURNEY. Follow the international field of racers from the moment they affix their race plates to their bars to the tears of joy and exhaustion as they cross the final finish line seven days later.
Summer temperatures mean a lot of things: Rides to watering holes and streams become a lot more fun, we have to focus on staying hydrated, we get to enjoy more hours in the sun before it’s dark, and all that extra sweat can lead to some … less than comfortable moments, specifically for your nether regions.
Pre-pro-rider-career, when I was dreaming of being a ski-bum, I read ‘Inner Skiing’ by Tim Gallwey. I started mountain biking soon after that time, and this body-mind awareness approach shaped my learning progression from xc riding to professional mountain bike trials rider.
Ever wondered what to do when you get off your bike? Here’s a little stretch routine for your lower body, to do after your training rides or a race-week stage.read more
The access agreement requires BCBR to provide TimberWest with their trail maps and event details in advance of publishing and marketing tickets to the yearly race, providing time for discussion or amendments to the trial maps depending on the operation of the working forest.
Two days ago [Sechelt to Langdale] was probably my favorite, because I still had some hands to hold on to the bars. I remember turning onto a section of trail where it looked like it had just been cut, I was in fifth so there were was the track from the dirt bike, and four other people, and then me and it was moss on either side and in my mind I was like, ‘this is exactly the photo I’ve seen a million times of riding in BC and I’m doing it right now.’
It was a bit of a surprise to be up there [in the standings], more than I expected. It was really fun, I’ve raced with those guys – Stephen and Kabush, a lot in the past. So it’s pretty fun to get back in the mix just a little bit with them before they decided to actually go fast on the climbs!
Day 1 is really hard because it’s just such a shock to the system. I haven’t raced a full Marathon XC in probably five years and it took about a day or two to remember what it was like and how to pace yourself. It’s so much different than enduro. The first day I just went as hard as I could, and I definitely put myself at the red line and didn’t recover from that. Day 2 was better and every day I feel like I’ve just been getting better. I know when the front guys start sprinting, I know ‘okay, just let them go’ and I’ll just try to catch them on the descents. I’m happy with where I’ve been finishing – the first day I really wanted to prove that I could finish well, so after that, and I kind of did, I was like, ‘okay, I can just have fun and enjoy it more.’
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.read more
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.read more
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.
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).
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.read more