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Month: February 2018

2018 BC Bike Race Course Announced

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction…

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.

Cumberland start line

Yoga by the sea is just one of the perks of the BCBR.Participants will now start their race in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, traditionally called Quw’utsun’ by the local First Nations. Racers will tackle two of the areas favourite trail networks Mt. Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain in a 1A and 1B format, each route approx. 15 kilometres of pure singletrack heaven, joined by a neutral 8km rural tour. The participants arrive the evening before Day 1 to basecamp staged amidst a landscape of farmlands, vineyards, rivers, and handcrafted singletrack. “We are honoured to be invited by the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society to experience the incredible trails they have to offer,” shares BC Bike Race President, Dean Payne. Due to the warmer than average temperature in the valley, builders here are able to work year-round on perfecting their hand-crafted trails. “We found that each location offers something unique to our racer week, just as each of the communities we visit offer something different. It’s this diversity that paints the real picture of the true West Coast for our racers.”

Hielke Elferink racing through emerald forests

“It is important for us to always be looking for ways to enrich the event experience for our racers; we are always looking to evolve our event,” adds BCBR Marketing Director, Andreas Hestler. “BC Bike Race is dynamic. There are so many incredible communities and quality built singletrack in British Columbia, that we feel lucky to be able to continue to share them with the world.”

The race route will encompass local favorites on Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain with one timed course on each mountain separated by a transition that will allow you to spin out your legs. Mount Tzouhalem will offer racers trails like the Grand Traverse; this uphill flow trail will leave riders smiling ear to ear, Field of Dreams; a classic piece of undulating singletrack, Rocky Mountain Ridge and Chicken Run; trails that will put your technical skills to the test, and Double D; fast and flowy berms and whoops that will have riders hooting and hollering the whole way down!

After a short segment through private farmland where racers will enjoy the view of Maple Bay and their next summit, they will pass under a totem pole arch onto Story Trail which was built by local Coast Salish First Nations youth. Xylem trail will take riders through the Arbutus and Garry Oak forest to the summit before dropping into Maple Syrup trail; a classic technical trail which will introduce riders to the rocky, rooty terrain that British Columbia is known for. This trail makes full use of the topography and will test everyone’s ascending and descending skills. “Maple Syrup Trail is one of my favorite climb trails in British Columbia,” says Dean. “I’ve ridden some incredible trails in our province, but this is definitely high on my list.” Solar Coaster and Loggers Lane will deliver riders to the end of the first day.

The course in Cumberland remains the same through the first half, but the back-nine has become a singletrack extravaganza. “I’m pretty excited about the changes we’ve made to the latter half of the course for this year, we’ve eliminated a challenging road climb and replaced it with a rolling singletrack climb interspersed with sections of fun descents,” says Cumberland Course Designer, Jeremy Grasby. “The first portion of the course remains the same showcasing Cumberland’s premier downhill singletrack!”All extraneous gravel roads have been removed to beat the summer heat. We are excited to introduce a new inventory of trails including, Monday’s Child, Thursday’s Child, Rapture, Two Shoes, Tunnel Canary, Crazy Ivan, Top Hat, and Iron Curtain. Racers will especially enjoy the sweet downhill to the finish! “

Not to worry, Powell River still offers the same incredible beachfront campsite and the same beautiful sunsets, however the road and gravel sections of the course have been reduced with the addition of new singletrack. The overall course length has shortened but with the addition of more technical riding, the finish times are expected to be the same.

Powell River beachside base camp

 

Sunshine Coast course designer, Rod Camposano, after eleven years with BCBR has passed the torch to Sue Duxbury and Warren Hansen. Rod’s contributions and advocacy on behalf of the BC Bike Race have been an incredible contribution towards the race’s success. The two stages, Earls Cove to Sechelt and Sechelt to Langdale, have had a significant reduction of road riding that has been replaced by singletrack.

North Vancouver, the legendary land of Gnar, was voted last year’s second favorite stage by racers. It will remain the same, but a little advice – don’t let the distance fool you, this is a tough day on the bike, rise over run is steep and finding flow through the roots and rocks will require some skill, hopefully with it being Day 6 this year, the participants will be well warmed up for it.

Consistently voted the crowd favourite over the last decade, Squamish will be the final stage for 2018! Also new for this year, racers will have one more night at basecamp with the celebratory banquet just steps from their tents.

Daily yoga to loosen those stiff muscles

Any racers who are planning to spend some extra time here post event will have the option to upgrade to a Day 8 experience in Whistler. It is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day whether it’s a spa treatment or a day in the famous Whistler Bike Park, participants are sure to enjoy this beautiful area.

Thank you to all the trail builders, bike clubs, volunteers, and community support that make the BC Bike Race experience possible.

For course maps and other race details, please visit our website: www.bcbikerace.com.

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Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team

Photos by Paris Gore Video by Connor Macleod We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with…

Photos by Paris Gore
Video by Connor Macleod

We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with Race Face Performance Products. We’re incredibly proud to form the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, and to tackle a full season of racing with passion, drive, and dedication.

Our two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later Race Face is making some of the best components in the world, and we’re honored to be officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.

Team Riders

Jesse Melamed

· 12th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 1st EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe. I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong!” – Jesse Melamed

Remi Gauvin

· 8th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 5th EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself. I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, ALN, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manager! This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.” – Remi Gauvin

ALN

· 11th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 3rd EWS Wicklow, Ireland – 2017

“I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018. With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.” -ALN

We would also like to extend a huge Thank you to the team sponsors, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components.

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World Ride Launches to Help Grow Women’s Mountain Biking in Nepal

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic…

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic trails in Nepal, and all proceeds from these trips go to the Ladies Mountain League, an organization that helps to empower Nepali women through the outdoors.

World Ride developed out of a project started by Julie Cornelius, a mountain bike guide and nutrition coach out of Moab, UT to aid Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes. In March of 2017, Cornelius traveled with a team of ladies including Shonny Vanlandingham, Francesca Weikert and Lindsey Richter (Ladies Allride) to Nepal to film the documentary Moksha, produced by AndShesDopeToo. The ladies worked with a team of Nepali ladies to tell their story through the film. They also taught a skills clinic to Nepali women, many of whom had never mountain biked before. In May of 2017, two of the Nepali ladies, Usha Khanal and Roja KC, became the first female Nepali AMGA certified mountain bike guides. These two ladie are now employed by World Ride partner Himalayan Singletrack and working guiding mountain bike tours throughout Nepal.

World Ride supports the growth of mountain biking in Nepal through three avenues- recreation, careers, and racing. The Ladies Mountain League hosts weekly rides for ladies and has a small fleet of bikes the women can use for free. World Ride will help to purchase more bikes to expand the weekly recreational rides. Proceeds will also go to continue training for women guides in Nepal. Mountain bike tourism is growing in the country, and mountain bike guiding is a sustainable career path for these ladies. Some women choose to race in cross country, downhill and enduro disciplines. World Ride will help to support these ladies, with the future goal of sending a Nepali woman to the Olympic games.

World Ride trips are fully supported, guided trips through some of the highest mountains in the world. Currently, World Ride has two trips offerings- Annapurna Circuit and Jomsom Muktinath Enduro, and both trips have dates for ladies only trips and for coed trips. The Annapurna Circuit ride tests a riders stamina and srength over the course of 14 days while riding over the imposing Thorong La Pass (5416m, 17,769 ft). The Jomsom Muktinath Enduro is a less strenuous trip that takes riders through the Mustang region of Nepal. Both rides combine rugged jeep roads and truly amazing singletrack for a trip-of-a-lifetime!

Along with organizing mountain bike adventures, World Ride is collecting donations of gear and financial contributions for the Ladies Mountain League. Mountain biking is financially restrictive for women in Nepal, so the Ladies Mountain League and World Ride are working to make it possible for all women to join. New and gently used items are currently being accepted and all World Ride adventure participants are encouraged to bring over items to Nepal to donate.

Visit www.world-ride.com to find out more, book a trip, and to make a donation!

“It is difficult to summarize a Nepal experience… The warmth of the people, the amazing Himalayas- a perfect landscape- and the culture of the place. They all make traveling to Nepal an out of this world experience. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity”- Carmina, 2017 World Ride adventurer

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