Let there be sun! Island Cup XC travels to Powell River

Let there be sun! Island Cup XC travels to Powell River

One would expect something called the Island Cup Series would be held on an Island. It has been the case for over 10 years, keeping to Vancouver Island with much success. In 2011 we changed that with our first foray to Powell River. This seaside community may be situated on the mainland but is connected to Vancouver Island by one ferry whereas it requires two ferry rides to connect to Vancouver.

Using BC Ferries as our schedule, 28 racers boarded the 10:10am Queen of Burnaby at Little River bound for the aptly named Sunshine Coast and new adventures. The morning fog kept the weather cool in the Comox area but we could see bright skies on the other side. Registration was done on the ferry so racers could head straight for the start line.

The warmth of spring welcomed us as we departed from the ferry for the 4km ride to the race course. We met up with more racers at the start line bringing the racer total to just over 40 racers. Powell River Cycling Association had setup the start finish at the Open Air Farmers Market on McLeod Road. This local market opens in April so we look forward to coming back later in the spring next year to enjoy this great venue.

After about a 45 minute warmup we started at 1pm on the dot. The trails were setup in a figure 8 format with a start loop and a lap point. The trails were twisty and technical with lots of loam, moss and roots. Volunteers are a great part of any event and in this case a marshal greeted racers at every junction point with bells and noise makers to cheer them on throughout the course.

At the finish racers had a chance to sit back and soak in a few rays, while treated to fresh fruit, a chip wagon and smokie grill. Podiums and awards were presented with enough prizes for everyone. To top off the day a nice short pedal brought you back down to the harbourside pubs and then the ferry for the nice relaxing cruise on a 5:15 ferry back to Comox. We were very pleased with easy schedule for hosting an event with the ferry trip bookending the day.

It was the first trip to Powell River, but we will be back for sure. Thanks to the volunteers, the Powell River Cycling Association, Norco Performance Products, Cycles Lambert, BC Bike Race, Suncoast Cycles, Taws Cycle & Sport, Massive Graphic, the Open Air Market, the City of Powell River and Cycling BC.

Our next stop for the spring Island Cup XC Series will be Cobble Hill this Sunday, March 27th. For more information, course maps, full results, photos, videos and more check out our website http://www.islandcupseries.com

Top 3 Places

Expert Men

* David Huntley 1:28:52
* Chris Burch 1:30:02
* Craig Gillet 1:30:30

Expert Women

* Glenowyn Carlson 1:43:44
* Inge Tholen 1:55:56
* Laurie Kalf 2:05:45

Intermediate Men

* Matthew MacKinnon 1:07:58
* Joel Vanderlee 1:11:12
* Dave Morris 1:11:54

Intermediate Women

* Judy Villeneuve 1:21:26
* Pam Reid 1:22:26
* Roberta Wilson 1:22:52

Beginner Men

* Brian Chase 0:41:55
* Graham Hanson 0:54:54
* Tim Griffin 0:57:52

Beginner Women

* Jennifer Gorman 0:45:14


The 2011 Vancouver Island Cup Mountain Bike Race Series, is BC’s premiere grassroots race series spanning the length of Vancouver Island. Cross Country, Downhill, Super D and Marathon disciplines are brought together from numerous local mountain bike clubs.

If you’re a first timer, seasoned pro or just out to have some fun we would love to see you experience mountain bike racing on Vancouver Island.
Island Cup Races are sanctioned by Cycling BC.

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