Cumberland host to the BC Bike Race – June 30th

Cumberland host to the BC Bike Race – June 30th

10402689_10154341438090451_1090277815773128543_nMonday June 30th, over 500 racers from 28 countries will roll down Dunsmuir Ave, working up through almost 50km’s of the Cumberland Trail network.

  • Race start is 8:30am
  • Shuttles to the cheer zone at the start of Teapot at 9/10/11am
  • Kids race Registration 10am, race at 11am Village Park

 

BC Bike Race – The “Ultimate Singletrack Experience” has captured the imagination of the world – For many this seven-day adventure represents the ‘bucket list’ journey of a lifetime, for others it is a heated battle on the most amazing terrain possible.

What if you rode through the wood with the hands at the hub like Tron

The top contenders this year will vie for a title that begins on the legendary trails of the North Shore and finishes in the mountains surrounding Whistler.

There are no official teams of three but you might end up making it one if you jive right.

The battle heats up as the top three contenders from last years Open Men’s category return to begin where they left off: defending Champion Kris Sneddon (CAN), runner up Spencer Paxson (USA), and 3rd place finisher, Eric “the Viking’ Knudson (DEN). The international battle to be crowned the “King of Singletrack” will also see challenges from other stage race winners: Oliver Zurbrugg (SWISS), Carlos Lizalde (MEX), Barry Wicks (USA) and Jason Sager (USA).

Hair sandwich at Campbell River.

The bearded Viking having fun with Tippie, but show him the trail and he will attack

Sonke and Hovey on the rocks.

The Open Women’s team looks fairly unbeatable with former World Champion and Olympian, Catharine Pendrel(CAN) teaming up with Maghalie Rochette (CAN). While the Open Women’s Solo field oozes talent with Wendy Simms (CAN) set to defend her title against Olympian Leah Davison(USA) and endurance specialist Sonya Looney(USA).

It s not a runway. Wendy Simms Kona holds the Solo and Enduro overall. Jaclyn Shapel Liv Giant Austrailia is closing in after today at 1 27 back.

Wendy on the Sunshine Coast, also crushing the Enduro.

Of note: Peter Reid the 3 x World Ironman Champion has been training hard and will certainly keep the other top racers honest in their singletrack efforts.

From North Vancouver via Cumberland on Vancouver Island, to Powell River and Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, over to Squamish and the final day in Whistler this 2014 BC Bike Race will connect some the of best trail networks in the world into one amazing week of mountain biking. The riders will travel 310 kilometers, climb and descend nearly the height of Mount Everest, 8733m before they finish this journey.

The Enduro special segments are a highlight to each day - 13 in total over the week give riders a different set of bragging rights. photo Dave Silver

Changes for the 2014 Event –

This years BC Bike Race includes a brand new opening stage on the hallowed North Shore of Vancouver, a place where the global history of mountain biking has taken many of its cues. As well a completely new Cumberland course for stage 2. The North Shore’s trail selections and Cumberland’s reflect the new-school trail building style that is synonymous with the words ‘pump’ and ‘flow’. With the trails being developed so well and so fast in all the communities along the route, the opportunities to showcase and highlight the work and efforts of the trail builders couldn’t be missed.

Powell river and it s beach are a highlight of the race.

As the week long stage race progresses the changes become less obvious but nonetheless important for overall rider satisfaction. The route stays on course for stage 3, Powell River with more singletrack handcrafted for BC Bike Race. Two nights will be spent on the gorgeous Willingdon Beach, while some minor changes to the Sunshine Coast point-to-point stages were made to remove unrewarded climbs and add some reprieve to weary legs mid-week. Squamish has a new feature climbing trail called ‘50 Shades of Green’ that leads to a new descent called “Ruperts”. Stage 7 in Whistler will also see some adjustments to the Whistler Bike Park segment: Crank it up has been replaced by Ninja Cougar, Karate Monkey, Ho Chi Min Trail and the always favorite Heart of Darkness.

BCBR 2014

Registered Racer List: Here

We hope you get stoked for a summer of riding, follow the Story and Results here: www.bcbikerace.com

Registration for 2015, begins July 7th at 12 pm noon.

 

 

Want to see more about the 2013 Race? Check the following Video

Seven: The BC Bike Race Movie from BC Bike Race on Vimeo.

 

SEVEN a documentary by Aaron Larocque about the BC Bike Race has been released to the public. The movie is now available on Pinkbike after a successful screening at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver with over 400 attendees.

The release of SEVEN just days before BC Bike Race gets set to roll, will kick off the 8th eighth edition, July 29th in North Vancouver.

This documentary will showcase the deeper connection between the participants and the journey that is called the ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience’. This odyssey through the host communities and along this, now famous, circle route through ancient Rainforests, is all set against the rugged scenery of coastal British Columbia.

“BC Bike Race is an event about people from different backgrounds coming together to share and experience some of the best mountain biking in the world. I think ‘Seven’ really reflects that experience. The people and personalities that shape the event each year are what inspired this film. I’d like to thank the many people that helped make this film possible, but most of all I want to thank the riders whose experience we were allowed to capture”. Said director Aaron Larocque

“While each year only 600 riders are able to do the event, making a documentary to share the experience seemed like a great way to include the whole world. Our aim was to make people laugh, cry, to not be too serious and at the end of the day inspire people to get out there and ride their bikes. This journey that is the BC Bike Race is amazing and it’s so difficult to translate cross country riding into a story, but we think in 39 minutes we have more than achieved an amazing, inspirational story”. Said BCBR president and executive producer Dean Payne.

Pull up a chair, grab a beer, relax and enjoy SEVEN available exclusively on Pinkbike to watch for the next 24 hours.

We hope you get stoked for a summer of riding, follow the Race and 2014 story as it all unfolds, June 29-July 5th here:www.bcbikerace.com

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