2019 STAGES OVERVIEW

BC Bike Race is far more than a race. While it may be the best seven days you’ve ever had on a mountain bike, that’s only part of the story. BC Bike Race is an adventure and an experience. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast - the trails,
the towns, the lifestyle. There’s something different about BC, even how we get around.

This is a permitted race course, not all trails can be ridden 365 days a year. Please respect Land Managers and Ride at Your Own Risk. BCBR endeavors to collect the most accurate GPS data for the profiles. However, there are many known discrepancies between today's GPS units and their own data collection process, compared data may vary.

 

Prologue - NORTH VANCOUVER

On the morning of Day 0, July 5th, you will arrive at Capilano Sportsplex ready to ride and check the following with us:

  • Red racer (race week) bag onto the bag transport truck
  • Bike box (if applicable) and the luggage you arrived with will go onto another truck. Please note that you will not have access to your non-race week luggage or bike box until after you race on Day 7.
    Your bike should be race ready, and you must be warmed up and in the corral 15 minutes before your allocated start time.

Please allow ample time to complete the entire Day 0 process and ensure that you have brought with you everything required to complete registration (your luggage, bike, bike box, etc.)

More information on the Prologue.

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DAY 1 - COWICHAN VALLEY

The race route will encompass local favourites on Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain with a one-timed course on each mountain separated by a transition that will allow you to spin out your legs. The route will mix it up with everything from undulating singletrack to fast and flowy berms and whoops, and some sections that will put your technical skills to the test. 

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DAY 2 - CUMBERLAND 

Welcome to an amazing tour of the best singletrack riding in the Cumberland /Comox Valley Area! You’ll start by heading through the centre of the historic Village of Cumberland before hitting the trails for an unbelievable ride.  This is truly a rider’s course. The diverse trails range from high speed, compact, mature trails to higher elevation rocky outcrops, dark and lush valley floor trails, and refined singletrack.

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DAY 3 - CUMBERLAND 

Day three in Cumberland will provide a dose of undulating cross country and climbing single track rewarded by a series of fun descents. Everything in day three is shorter and more intense. Our start format will reduce significantly the number of riders in start waves as the first climb is very short. Trails include well known classics that we couldn’t get to the day before, a tour of the best trails up on Nikkei Mountain, and finishing through the fox tail fields of the Eastern Block trails. Cumberland is the wild west and the riding is as rowdy as the townsfolk are known to be.

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DAY 4 - POWELL RIVER

Once again, we’re camping beside the Pacific Ocean!  After your race in Powell River you can relax and enjoy the beach, the ocean & the fact that you don’t have to pick up and move until the morning.    While the rest of the world has been building ever more challenging gravity-inspired trails, the Powell River course, inspired by locally grown and brewed Timewarp, will keep your tires on the ground while you flow through mossy old growth forests on a new generational network of XC trails.

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DAY 5 - EARL’S COVE TO SECHELT

Start your day with a beautiful BC Ferries ride from Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove. Today’s route is a  Point-to-Point classic that will connect the new-school singletrack with the traditional style of distance racing. Pace yourself through the first half of this day as you pass the lake/cottage country of the Sunshine Coast on your way to some amazing handcrafted, purpose-built singletrack near the Village of Sechelt.

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DAY 6 - SECHELT TO LANGDALE

Day 6 will take you from Sechelt to Langdale - a 50 km day where the hoots and hollers will come from the last 7 km… all downhill thru swoopy, loamy singletrack.

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DAY 7 - SQUAMISH

This has been the racers’ favourite course for the last 5 years. It’s also the final big day to make your GC move, so if you’ve got ambition and jam in the legs, then this will be a great day to ride your mountain bike.

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