2013 Trailblazer Race Series (Fraser Valley, BC)

Mar 6, 2013
by Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Assoc  
Fraser Valley Trailblazer Race Series: Local Grassroots Racing for Summer 2013

It’s like a regular ride you’d do with your buddies on a Saturday: casual, un-timed climbs followed by pinned descents. Relaxed atmosphere, dialed single track courses, and local riders. No need to bust out the spandex and razor, or the full face helmet and chest protector. The aim is to have fun riding your bike with your friends in the forest.

The Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association (FVMBA) is very excited about their version of the hottest racing trend in mountain biking, the Enduro. It’s going to be fast, flowy and loamy.

While the series kicks off with the classic and ever popular XC race at Heritage park, the rest of the series is all Enduro style races. Who will become the King of the Fraser Valley Mountains? Get out your sharpies and iPhones and mark your calendars:

April 20 Heritage Park, Mission (XC)

June 2 Vedder Mountain, Chilliwack (Enduro)

June 22 Bear Mountain, Mission (Enduro)

July 14 Sumas Mountain, Abbotsford (Enduro)

Courses aim to cater to a wide variety of rider strengths. Some will lean more towards fitness; others will be heavier on the gravity side. This ain’t no Megavalanche, but arm pump is guaranteed.

The Heritage Park race is a short XC course (under 1hr for most riders) featuring challenging climbs and exciting descents. Vedder Mountain is a long, single-stage Enduro full of DH flow and a couple of punchy climbs. Bear Mountain is a multi-stage Enduro featuring tech descents mixed with sweet single track climbs. Lastly, Sumas Mountain is another multi-stage Enduro highlighting some awesome trails that will appeal to both the DH and XC rider in everyone.

Sleep in your own bed, and then roll out to the race for the day. Most venues are within an hour’s driving distance from Vancouver. Categories will be divided into competitive (for those who like to win at exercise) and recreational (for those who like the couch too) for men, women and youth.

Prizes and shwag for every race thanks to our great sponsors. Après race BBQs will feature a variety of grilled meats and cold beverages. After the event, head down to the Mission Springs Brew Pub to sample the delicious Trailblazer Series beer: “This crisp and refreshing Pilsner beer is an ode to the rugged trail builders who have blazed mountain bike trails into the hillsides all over BC. We brewed this beer to quench your thirst after a tough day in the saddle.”

You don’t need to have a race license, but you will need to have a current FVMBA membership ($20). Stay tuned to www.fvmba.com for registration info and follow up trail days, to give a little love back to the trails you shralped in your race run.

Not interested in racing, but want to help? We need you! Contact us at ride@fvmba.com

Registration is OPEN. $10 per race or $30 for entire 4 Race Series.

bigquotesI'm seriously stoked to see a series that has the DH and the XC guys and girls battling it out on trails that need both skills to do well. As well as showcasing how good the trails are out in here in the valley. It's gonna be spot on, Can't wait! - Bob Jones

The All Mountain Trailblazer Series poster


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 I look forward to this year's race! I like the fact that the emphasis is on FUN!
If you're a "would be racer" or are still over the fence, give a couple of race a try and you'll be hook. I did a couple of them last year on a 37 lbs. bike and I survived. I really enjoyed the camaraderie and atmosphere.

Here's the action from last year's Bear race captured by a part-time racer and a "non-pro" part-time videographer.

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I'm new to canada and havent had a chance to get out and ride these trails. What kinda bike would i need for mission and vedder?

I'm not much of a downhiller and i've got a trek fuel. Thanks!
  • 3 0
 That would be perfect
  • 1 0
 Sweet! full face helmet?
  • 1 0
 You should really try Vedder it's pretty easy to get up to and find trails and they are in great shape and really fun
  • 4 0
 Signed up and ready to rock!
  • 3 0
 Sounds pretty fun actually.
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flag mfbeast12 (Mar 6, 2013 at 17:40) (Below Threshold)
 No shit.
  • 2 1
 Here is my run down Vedder during last years race.
I am looking forward to this years events.tup

  • 1 1
 that looked cold
  • 1 0
 wasnt that bad I remember that race 1st downhill race for me then i hit up shuttles for the rest of the day.
  • 1 0
 choosing between enduro or race the ranch... really? I understand that organizing events is hard but nobody wants to choose between vedder or race the ranch.
  • 1 0
 The original dates for race the ranch were in may, so unfortunately we didn't know about the conflict until we were well into planning. Either event will be rad I'm sure Smile
  • 1 0
 @finn - a lot of racers that are chasing BC Cup points aren't typically the same riders coming out to the FVMBA events. There won't be a lot of conflict at the end of the day.
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 I guess but race the ranch seems to be the intro to dh racing... idk it does suck that the date got changed on you guys, I was expecting late april for 2013 surprised its that late
  • 1 0
 that's ok...these aren't DH races.
  • 2 0
 Vedder, Vedder, Vedder, now there's a course
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 Cheap thrills. The courses could suck but 30 for 4 races is a great deal. Bring this kind of series over here!
  • 8 0
 Good news is that the courses are rad and that's why we love it here.
  • 1 0
 He speaks the Truth.
  • 2 0
 The trails in the Fraser Valley are fantastic. I don't know why this series doesn't attract more people!
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 I'm sure they're great! Just pointing out how cheap that is...first race of the eastern states cup dh (best series in my area) has an 85$ entry fee with a 25$/day lift ticket charge and no campsite. Add on food and (cheap) hotel and the weekend is gonna be over 200$. The enduro charges are like 65$/race and it's not even real enduro.
  • 7 0
 Best trails in the lower mainland imo. better than anything in North Van or even Squamish. Really that good
  • 3 0
 Thanks leelau! (but really, vedder sucks and you should tell all your friends that...)
  • 1 0
 What trail did you ride????? @ajakelly
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 The Vedder race is on the same weekend as Race The Ranch this year Frown
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 This looks awesome, and great pricing, I am jealousy!
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 BBQ? BEER?????!!!! and a 30 buck[including membership} price? wiked!

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