Day 5 North Vancouver - July 11th
Race North Vancouver - Sleep in Squamish
The BC Bike Race is happy to announce that North Vancouver, home of the infamous North Shore trails, will host the stage 5. The Legendary North Shore is back, with it’s regular ladder bridges, roots and rocks but now with an all new flavor “pump flow”.
BCBR 2017 Day 5
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.
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A TIME TRIAL – Day 5, The legendary North Shore will be executed in a Time Trial format; Riders will be released in small timed intervals. Though short in length, the burly nature of the North Shore makes these kilometers technical.
A classic steep climb up the groomed OLD BUCK will take riders upwards quickly to the first descent PINGU, after which the climbing carries on, double track to the power lines, a brief hike a bike and you are poised for a very long amazing descent. The first two trails are the North Shore’s only machine built works of art, Mushroom Trail to Upper Dales, then a tight 180 turn up a small technical hill brings you to a fast DH gravel rip onto the power-lines and into the classic BCBR descent: Upper Severed D, Baden Powell, across After Taste and into Forever After and finally High School, the total on this descent is nearly 4km’s long.
From here you will wind your way upwards through some residential neighborhoods, an easy way to gain some elevation and rest your body. Once we plunge back into the forest the fun begins again – as you cross the first bridge the techgnar is on; Bridal Path across to the Academy Trail starts your second climb, R and T Connector, then Pussy Foot all taking you to the amazing climb of the amazing Good Sir Martin Trail. Revel in the beauty of the forest around you – this is how hand made trails should be. When the climb flattens out, you turn right onto the new revamped Jon Deere trail (thanks Martin and Penny for all the amazing work) pump, flow and enjoy this is heaven. Once you hit the bottom you will turn left onto the rough Bridal Path, then right down a fast and scary Empress Bypass – all the way home for another great celebration.
Base Camp Highlights
In North Vancouver, the trail deposits you back at the finish line where you’ll find post-race refreshments, bike wash, bike transport, and showers.
After a bus ride, you’ll be in Squamish sitting under the shadow of the Stawamus Chief, which towers over 700 m (2,297 ft) above the waters of nearby Howe Sound. It is often claimed to be the “second largest granite monolith in the world! There’s also a Community Centre with access to a pool and hot tub to ease those tired legs.