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Kicking Off The 2018 BC Bike Race

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – July 5, 2018: The 12th edition of BC Bike Race kicks off tomorrow when 600 racers from – a record – 40 different countries arrive in North…

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – July 5, 2018: The 12th edition of BC Bike Race kicks off tomorrow when 600 racers from – a record – 40 different countries arrive in North Vancouver. We are as excited as ever to welcome new and returning faces to our backyard. This year, for the first time, the race will begin in the scenic Cowichan Valley and will end in Squamish – a favorite stage for our racers.

Geoff Kabush is our defending champion and will be battling it out against a strong Open Men’s field. Pan American Games Gold Medalist, Jeremiah Bishop from the US and 5-time Cape Epic winner, Karl Platt from Germany are both new to the event and we can’t wait to see what the bring to the table! ͞All my mates did the race and said I have to do it,͟ says Karl. ͞They were really impressed with the relaxed atmosphere and how people enjoyed it. They were also impressed with the trails and everything around. I am not new to BC but it was always my wish to experience it a bit more, so I think the BCBR is a great opportunity!͟

Cory Wallace won the race in 2016 but was unable to defend his title last year when he was forced to withdraw during stage 7 due to an illness. Quinn Moberg, the local hero, will get too race his home trails for stage 7 this year, which could lead to a nail-biting finish. Also returning this year are Tim Johnson and Sam Schultz. Both racers encountered challenges last year – Sam withdrew from the race in Squamish, after a podium finish a couple of days earlier, due to sickness. And Tim received a crash course in suspension set-up during the week after developing serious blisters due to a combination of. too much tire and suspension pressure and skinny grips. ͞I was trying to go fast and trying to keep up with the lead group and I just. shredded my hands,͟ says Tim of his experience. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do out there this time with a year of BCBR under his belt!

I’m stoked to come to check out BC Bike Race for my first time. It’s like single track Christmas! I don’t know what’s coming, but I know it’s good! The field is stacked with an all star lineup perhaps the toughest yet! This should make for a dynamic race with possible lead changes, though out the week. I am gunning for a stage win and a top three overall, but my final goal is to see what the local beer is all about!
~ Jeremiah Bishop

Katerina Nash is our defending champion in the Women’s Open category, “as a racer I always want to do my best at any race I compete at. Therefore, defending my BCBR title is a goal. However, it is the race itself, the trails and the welcoming communities that I think about and get excited about when returning to BCBR.͟ Also, back this year and vying for the win is Helke Elferink who took the third step overall last year. Hannah Finchamp, who new to the race this year, will also be pushing for the top step. This current Collegiate national mountain bike champion also took the amateur wold XTERRA champion titles at ages 16 and 17.

Hannah Barnes, a world-traveling adventure athlete, will be getting a taste of what coastal British Columbia has to offer and Canadian freestyle skier and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in ski cross,  Brady Leman, will also be experiencing our race for the first time!

BC Bike Race wouldn’t be the event it is without the mountain bike community as a whole. We are looking forward to having some of our local community legends join us this year. Noel Buckley, the owner of Knolly Bikes, will be racing, as will Trail Builder, Penny Deck. On our North Vancouver stage, all the racers will get to enjoy Penny’s hard work! Grant Lamont has been a Course Director with BC Bike Race for the last eleven years, this year he is riding the event for the first time! And of course, we. are delighted to be welcoming back Graeme Fitch. Graeme is the only racer who has finished all 11 years of BC Bike Race – that’s 77 stages in total!

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the communities we visit – Cowichan Valley, Cumberland, Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, and Squamish for hosting us and sharing their incredible trails with our international field of racers. We are also honored and grateful to be riding and sleeping on the land of the Quw’utsun, K’omoks, Tla’amin, Shishalh, Tsleil-Waututh, and Skwxwu7mesh First Nations. And of course, without all of the dedicated trail builders and volunteers, British Columbia would not be the mecca for mountain biking that it has become.

This year it will be easier than ever to follow the race! With live action updates on Twitter, Facebook Live feeds of starts and finishes, Instagram stories and posts, up-to-the-minute online timing results, and daily race reports, photo albums, and videos – you will feel like you’re right in the middle of the action! Head over to our homepage to find all the latest race info all in one place!

About BC Bike Race:

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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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.

For more information please check out www.bcbikerace.com

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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 rebeccasprivateidaho.com.

Photos courtesy of Linda Guerrette Photography

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Endura Launch Film “All Tribes, All Woman”

Not only does 2018 mark 25 years of Endura #AllTribesOneClan, it is also the centenary of women in UK and Germany winning the right to vote.  Endura pride themselves on…

Not only does 2018 mark 25 years of Endura #AllTribesOneClan, it is also the centenary of women in UK and Germany winning the right to vote.  Endura pride themselves on their track record and commitment to gender equality and work with an unrivalled host of world class female athletes across all of cycling’s various tribes: road, MTB, track and triathlon and they’re proud to call them part of the Endura clan. The Scottish company’s inspirational roster includes World, European and National Champions as well as race winners at the very highest levels of our sport

In this era of the ubiquitous pouting selfie representing female youth culture, Endura are advocates of supporting alternative paths and are passionate about inspiring the next generation with the help of their female athletes. Hear from Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Rachel Atherton, Denise Schindler and Lucy Charles, as these hardcore heroines pass on advice to their 12 year old self and what helped them become the role models that they are today.

Girl power.

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Share this video to encourage girls to be active, grow in confidence and help them realise their potential as individuals.

Rachel Atherton, Trek Factory Racing DH
The youngest sibling of the first family of downhill mountain biking, Rachel Atherton has as at times proven to be unstoppable – Four World Championships, Five World Cup titles, over 30 UCI World Cup race wins and an unprecedented perfect Wold Cup season in 2016 – meaning that the 30 year old’s place in MTB history is secure with more still to come.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling
South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has been a professional rider since 2010 and is one of the most respected voices in the peloton – a true leader on and off the bike. Her erudite stance on the future of women’s cycling is matched by her talents on the bike and Ashleigh boasts an impressive palmares which includes sweeps of the general, points and mountains classifications at Emakumeen Bira and the Giro Toscana last season. A superb 2018 Spring Classics season saw Ashleigh claim a remarkable string of top 10 finishes at Strade Bianche, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Ronde van Vlaanderen, La Fléche WalloneWallon and Liége-Bastogne-Liége.
Denise Schindler, World Champion
German para-cyclist Denise Schindler is a multiple road and track world champion and a medallist at both the London and Rio Paralympic Games. Denise was a late convert to cycling, but since then she has followed her mantra of “never stop spinning” and will be looking to build on her haul of medals in Tokyo in two years time. As well as her achievements at the in para-cycling, Denise conquered the formidable Tour TransAlp last as part of the first amputee team ever to finish the gruelling stage race.
Lucy Charles, Ironman Champion
Recognised as one of the brightest talents in long-distance triathlon over recent years, Lucy Charles broke through in style in 2017 with a host of impressive wins in IRONMAN and Challenge Family branded events. It was in the sport’s spiritual homeland of Kona that the Londoner truly marked her arrival on the world stage with a superb full debut at the IRONMAN World Championships. Her formidable swimming power saw her lead for much of the race before finishing in second place. Lucy has picked up where she left off, opening her 2018 season with a sub-9 hour PB at the IRONMAN African Championships in early April.

Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

#AllTribesAllWoman features just four of Endura’s clan from the downhill, road racing, para-cycling and triathlon tribes, you can find out more of awesome athletes on our Stories site with a host of in-depth profiles and articles available.

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CANADA BRINGS 8 RIDERS TO MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUPS

Albstadt, Germany, May 15, 2018 – Canada will bring eight riders to Europe for a national mountain bike project at Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike…

Albstadt, Germany, May 15, 2018 – Canada will bring eight riders to Europe for a national mountain bike project at Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany and the Czech Republic.

While a number of top Canadian pros will compete with their trade teams in Albstadt, Germany, on May 18-20, and Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, on May 25-27, a selection of riders will also participate in Team Canada colours.

Dan Proulx, National Mountain Bike Coach, explains, “These World Cups are incredibly challenging and will test the riders’ climbing and technical skills. At this point in the season, most riders are in good form and we expect the races to be very fast. We’re bringing a good team of riders with a nice mix of developing athletes and experienced racers.”

“Emily Batty, Catharine Pendrel and Haley Smith will be competing with their pro teams at this event. They’ll be in the new Short Track event on Friday that will be used to establish start position for the XC race on Sunday. This is an exciting development for our sport and we’re looking forward to perfecting this event at the World Cup level. It’s going to be new for everyone in the field, so there will be a learning curve. Traditionally, when they add these sorts of events to endurance sport, Canadians end up doing very well.”

In the Elite ranks, Team Canada riders will be Andrew L’Esperance for the men, and Sandra Walter and Catherine Fleury for the women. The Under-23 squad is comprised of Mackenzie Myatt and Anne-Julie Tremblay for the women, and Gunnar Holmgren, Brody Sanderson and Sean Fincham for the men.

  • Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, Nova Scotia [Elite Men]
  • Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC [Elite Women]
  • Catherine Fleury – Saint-Gedeon, Quebec [Elite Women]
  • Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia [U23 Women]
  • Anne-Julie Tremblay – Chicoutimi, Quebec [U23 Women]
  • Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, Ontario [U23 Men]
  • Brody Sanderson – Oro Medonte, Ontario [U23 Men]
  • Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC [U23 Men]

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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How to view your subscription

With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access. We have split our…

With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access.

We have split our website into two parts;

  • Cybelemag.com – our main website with news, reviews, etc.
  • Issues.cybelemag.com – our subscription site for magazine articles.

If you have a current print subscription, you can access your web subscription by going here to reset your password and gain access to the digital archives.

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We look forward to bringing forward new content in the coming weeks and months.

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New Name, New Website, New Look!

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women….

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women. Along the way we discovered that our niche was adventures by bike and personal stories from other women who ride. And we discovered that there were so many more stories that weren’t being told by women who rode gravel or paved roads. To embrace the other forms of cycling we needed a name that was all-encompassing.

Starting with the first issue of 2018 the magazine will be called Cybele, named after the Phrygian Mother of the Gods who was also the goddess of mountains, nature, and wild animals. We feel that the name is a much better fit for us since she is the original Queen of the Mountain, and it embraces all forms of cycling.

We had already started to include articles on road and gravel so we’re definitely not shifting away from mountain biking. It’s business as usual, but under a banner that allows us to grow and expand beyond the mountain bike realm.

With all of the changes, we needed to delay the first publication of 2018 when we realized that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do it all! We are now starting to put together the first issue now and it’ll be on newsstands late May/early June 2018.

We welcome you to cybelemag.com!

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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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