Trail - Gravel - Road

Month: June 2018

THE JOURNEY: A BC Bike Race Film

BC Bike Race is proud to release their third feature film, THE JOURNEY. Follow the international field of racers from the moment they affix their race plates to their bars…

BC Bike Race is proud to release their third feature film, THE JOURNEY. Follow the international field of racers from the moment they affix their race plates to their bars to the tears of joy and exhaustion as they cross the final finish line seven days later. Travel along the route with the racers as they cross the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island before visiting the Sunshine Coast and finally returning to the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

THE JOURNEY explores the transition that can happen between that anxiety fueled first night at basecamp before the race begins through the trials and tribulations that come with stage racing. Along the way, individual stories of the event are told through interviews with experienced – and some less experienced – participants.

Director, Max Berkowitz, and his film team dig deep to capture both the suffering and pure joy that exists in riding 300 kilometres of handcrafted singletrack in the picturesque landscape that British Columbia has to offer. Through humour – an emerging rivalry between our champion Geoff Kabush and a team of South African racers – viewers can experience just a taste of the basecamp culture that ebbs and flows each year as unique characters bring a new flavour to the event.

THE JOURNEY is the third BC Bike Race feature movie to be released following SEVEN and TEN. Each tells the story of this intricately executed and evolving event from different aspects. Whether you’ve already raced the event or hope to do it one day, these films will let you dream of rugged West Coast riding and the warm communities who have created it.

This year’s race brings racers from 40 countries – a record for BC Bike Race, and perhaps one of the biggest international fields ever assembled in mountain biking racing. With less than a month until the race begins, the BC Bike Race crew can hardly wait to welcome another 600 racers to their backyard.

The Journey: A BC Bike Race Film from BC Bike Race on Vimeo.

BC Bike Race is a seven-day mountain bike stage race that follows a route from North Vancouver to Vancouver Island, down the Sunshine Coast, and up the Sea-to-Sky corridor, finishing in Squamish. The event, now in its 12th year, welcomes over 600 racers annually from an average of 36 different countries. By sharing over 300 kilometres of legendary handmade singletrack with an international audience, BC Bike Race has become a must-do event in the mountain bike world.

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From trail building and grassroots racing

Our R&D Centre is located at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains, and we’ll be the first to tell you how proud we are to call this place home….

Our R&D Centre is located at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains, and we’ll be the first to tell you how proud we are to call this place home. The riding here is legendary, the people are awesome, and over the past several years the North Shore has developed into a thriving riding community.

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Mountain biking on the North Shore has undergone a major shift in the last 20 years. From the early days of freeride, where guys like Wade Simmons undeniably ruled the woods, to current state where we have more excited riders than ever before riding the trails. We even have climbing trails now! We’re thankful to be partnered with our local trail organization, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA), and work with them to make our riding community the best it can be.

The NSMBA have done an incredible job in building the infrastructure required to sustainably grow and support the local riding community. Programs like the Trail Adoption Program (TAP) were created to give local businesses, like us, a chance to adopt a trail and put our efforts directly back into the trails we love to ride. For the past few years, we’ve adopted a trail on Mount Seymour called “Forever After”, hosting staff and public volunteer trail building days, and watching people smile when they test their times down it at the local enduro race series.

Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, ALN, and Thomas Vanderham came out to cheer on the racers!

Last week, we sponsored and hosted one of the local NSMBA “Fiver” Enduro races on the freshly buffed trail, “Forever After”. The Fiver Series is about as good as it gets. For just $5, NSMBA members get to race some of the best trails in the world, hang out with a community of passionate riders, and end the night with locally cooked food and iced cold beer. It was a sold-out event with 200 registered racers, with an oversold afterparty at the Rocky Mountain R&D Centre just down the road from the trails!

Thank you to Bridge Brewing and Two Rivers Meats for providing food and beverages at the afterparty, and Dane Perras for the images.


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Rebecca Rusch Wins Inaugural Dirty Kanza XL

7x World Champion Completes 350-Mile Event in 28:27:02

7x World Champion Completes 350-Mile Event in 28:27:02

Rebecca, a 7x World Champion, rode away victorious at the inaugural Dirty KanzaXL bicycle race held over the weekend of June 1, 2018 in Emporia, Kansas. New for 2018, Dirty Kanza event organizers added the Dirty Kanza XL event, an invitation-only 350-mile gravel bicycle race, for riders who found the standard 200-mile Dirty Kanza race too short. Rebecca was the first female finisher with a time of 28:27:02 and finished fourth overall in the highly competitive field.

“DKXL is Dirty Kanza, taken back to the very basics of gravel. It’s the DK that (we) first set out to create in 2006. It’s long. It’s hard. It’s Extra-Large. It’s totally rider-self-supported,” said Jim Cummins, the executive director of Dirty Kanza Promotions.

“I’d previously competed in and won five variations of Dirty Kanza, and I was excited to try my hand a sixth time and take on the challenge of DK XL after an invitation was extended to me.” said 7x World Champion Rebecca Rusch. “This win is huge! The feeling of coming back to screaming crowds of friends and hugs after more than 28 hours alone on the bike…this is the feeling of personal accomplishment and connection with community that is what this event is about for every rider out there.”

Rebecca first competed in the (standard) 200-mile Dirty Kanza six years ago and it ignited a passion in her for gravel riding and racing events. The participatory and communal approach to Dirty Kanza served as inspiration for her to create her ownRebecca’s Private Idaho event held annually in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho. For 2018, Rebecca’s Private Idaho will be take place over Labor Day weekend (August 31st – September 2nd) and will include The Queen’s Stage Race (3-day Stage Race), The Big Potato (94-mile ride), and The Small Fry (56-mile ride) along with a host of family friendly participatory events. More information regardingRebecca’s Private Idaho can be found at

Photos courtesy of Linda Guerrette Photography

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Yakima Dr. Tray – Long Term Review

One of the least thought about accessories for your bicycles is a good rack for transport. So many times these beautiful bikes hang over the tailgate, are strapped lazily to…

One of the least thought about accessories for your bicycles is a good rack for transport. So many times these beautiful bikes hang over the tailgate, are strapped lazily to a rear hatch rack or broken apart and shoved inside your vehicle. With the challenges of suspension hardware, smaller frame sizes for many women and a mixed selection of bikes, a good rack will give your vehicle much improved carrying power to transport your bikes in style.

Nice low and aerodynamic placement of bikes.

Tray racks provide a great option for any vehicle with a receiver hitch on board. As spring approached we received the Yakima Dr. Tray in 1.25 size to test out. Right out of the box, the rack was looking sharp and took about 15 minutes to setup for use. Tool free mounting and adjustments were a pleasant suprise compared to our previous Holdup 2. The Dr. Tray is the evolution of the Hold-Up Series of tray racks, with an all aluminum tray for lighter overall build. Depending on the model the weight is between 10 and 16 pounds lighter than the Holdup series. The 2″ version is actually 6 pounds lighter than the 1.25.

Easily carries many size of wheel and bike.


  • Low lift height for bikes. No more fighting to lift and slide your bike onto a prong style rack. easy height and nice large tire loops make for easy and quick loading.
  • Easy tool free adjustment. Each bike mount will slide left or right, front or back, to make room for seat posts / handlebar overlap.
  • Tilt lever at back of rack. Our previous racks required reaching down near the tilt pivot to move from flat to upright position. The handle is nice and wide for two hand grip when you’ve
  • Built in locks. Going for a quick burrito or ice cream after your ride, these quick access cables will keep those quick grab hands from taking your friendly steed.
  • Integrated bottle opener. For those times you can’t find another opener near by.


  • Lower and slightly longer placement of lock knob could be a challenge on some low sedan’s and sport wagons.
  • Dirt and grit can make the tilt locking mechanism stiff to release.
  • Wider trays for wheels may extend past sides of car.

Long-Term Results

The Dr. Tray has been a wonderful rack through this spring and summer. Through many miles of driving it has easily been up to the task of securely holding the bikes. The tilt down mechanism has had many miles of use with loading dogs into the back of the car. The rack continues to stay tight and stable without any adjustment. A few low curbs have meant grounding out the rack, but the little wing that hangs down has done it’s part to protect the tool free mounting knob.


We’ve really enjoyed this rack which makes for easy testing of the various different bikes which come to our location. If you’re looking for a solid rack to carry behind your sedan, suv, wagon or otherwise, this would be a great choice.


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