DAY 5 EARLS COVE TO SECHELT - JULY 10, 2019
Race Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sleep Sechelt
Start your day with a BC Ferries ride from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove (50min crossing time). The fjords that you’ll sail through this morning have some of the deepest waters anywhere; in fact, deep-water subs are sometimes tested here, to depths of approximately 2000ft.
Today’s ride will start on arrival at the BC Ferries’ Earls Cove Terminal, where you’ll walk off the ferry and onto your bike, then travel along purpose-built singletrack and end in the beautiful seaside Village of Sechelt.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The day will start climbing out of the Earl’s Cove Ferry terminal on pavement, a couple of km’s, then hit a dirt road that will take you fairly steeply up to Klein lake, followed by some steep downs and ups. A short distance after that you will find your way onto singletrack with some stunning views over Ruby lake. The course will then lead you onto the Sunshine Coaster trail that is like a double track but don’t let that fool you, there are many short punchy climbs that will test your legs. Just before the First Aid station you start getting into some tight singletracks and long bridges. Hwy to Hell has some amazing views of Pender Harbour; you will be in and out of singletrack and power lines from there until just before the second aid. You will climb Cabin Fever only half way to Deliverance past an old homestead and then you will drop back down to aid 2. A nice flat logging road to let you digest your snacks and then onto the new climbing trail Frogger (this trail was built in cooperation with the local Mountain Bike Club and the Sunshine Coast Community Forest) a bit more gravel road then it’s back into the singletrack, winding and flowing towards you final climb and the now legendary descent VFR. This will take you mostly all the way home to your base camp in Sechelt.
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.
Base Camp Highlights
At the end of today’s ride you will be staying at the sports fields in the beautiful Kinnikinnick Park. This is the largest park within the town of Sechelt and boasts not only sports fields and a playground, but also several kilometers of excellent hiking and biking trails.