We will have up to two Aid Stations set up per day to feed and water you along the way. And, if distance or hot weather conditions dictate, we may add more stations during a stage.
Drinks : Water, Nuun Electrolyte Drink, Red Bull Energy
Food: Fruit, Cookies, Chips, Protein treats, Clif bars, Clif shots bloks and Clif gels. (Items may vary)
Aid Stations will also function as check points for Course Control purposes.
Note: We will not be able to stage personal food/water supplies for racers at any of the Aid Stations. You must be self-sufficient when it comes to bringing specific personal nutritional supplies.
Shimano Tech Service
Shimano has been a great partner for BC Bike Race, but when they asked if they could be on course to help out - we really knew that their hearts and minds were in the right place. Shimano has been offering neutral service for many years, they populate and fully stock 2 complete Tech Zones that are located out on course and alongside the Feed Zones - “getting each and every racer through to the finish line is our daily goal.” said Shimano representative Ben Pye. And this is what you can look forward to – two tech zones on Day 1-7 ( except on day 6, North Vancouver where there is only one) - Thanks Shimano
The BC Bike Race evaluates our course design and rider experience with regularity. From time to time, we adjust the elements offered on-course in order to achieve our goal of being the best mountain bike stage race in the world. Feature trails are signature trails in each community, some are new highlights, some are old favourites and some are climbing trails. They will be signed in each community to make sure racers know that what lies ahead is the ‘best of the best‘. As always, we encourage racers to shralp the trails as hard as they wish while maintaining a positive vibe!
Course Marking at BCBR is achieved with a consistent style from Day 1-7. There are many kinds of ribbon in the BC forests from years of logging and route finding by prospectors. In keeping with that heritage BCBR uses a 3 inch wide bright pink ribbon, its size and Bear on Bike (BCBR) branding make it very distinct from any other bush litter. It is put up with enough regularity to make riders feel attached to the course without disturbing the natural beauty of our forests wherever possible. As riders approach turns ribbons become more densely placed. At the turn riders will see three ribbons dangling on the side of the trail or road that the turn must be made. Once a rider makes the turn a confirmation ribbon will be in a sightline. Never pass a trail junction or road junction without taking note of ribbons, and you will never get lost. Have fun!
Jeff Stromgren - BC Bike Race
Director, Course Management