Despite the closure of its bike park, Mount Washington and Cycling BC decided to go ahead with the BC Cup DH anyway. Located about halfway up Vancouver Island, Mount Washington is difficult place to access resulting in a lower-than usual turn out of racers. Those who made it out were rewarded with empty trails and small lift lines, keeping in mind the lift and trail was open to registered racers only.
The race course, AKA Monster Mile, starts at the top of the Eagle express chair. The first part of the course follows a ski run covered in loose rocks and shale. This leads into a steep rocky forested section that quickly pops back out on to a open section under the chairlift. The course remains mostly forested until the finals sprint with the exception of short traverses across ski runs. The end of the course is a 45 second sprint down a fire road into two final jumps and a 180º loose gravel corner the shoots you into the finish line.
Loose shale right out of the gate.
The entire course was covered in rocks and roots.
The course cuts across tons of wide open ski runs like this one.
This wasn't a course of huge drops and gnarly airtime, this being about the highest anyone got off the ground.
The sprint to the finish was long and flat with a few jumps scattered along it.
The final turn before the finish line.
The weather for the weekend was generally cloudy and rather chilly, but the area did see some sun poke through as well as a few showers here and there. Despite the rain the course was very dusty and got thrashed pretty well after two days of racers riding it.
The peak, and starting area for the race, poking through some clouds.
The village area wasn't nearly as busy as it should have been with only a few team tents sighted and an almost empty parking lot.
The top section of the course wasn't friendly on the tires and flats were a common sight all around the mountain. The absense of an on-mountain bike shop meant a lack of tubes and some riders had to resort to stuffing 29er tubes into their 26" wheels. Results
1st - Remi Gauvin
2nd - Dean Tennant
3rd - Adriano DigiacintoElite Women
1st - Tara Mowat
2nd - Berny Jaques
3rd - Lindsay Trimble
Thanks to all the Mt Washington staff, volunteers and sponsors for making this event possible.