2011 BC Cup Finals – Hemlock Resort

Aug 23, 2011
by Dunbar Cycles  
Nestled at the head of the Lower Mainland Hemlock Resort, known in the past for one of the best stops on the Cycling BC Series has been reborn. DH Racing will return to the resort for the first time in 7 years. August 27 and 28th Hemlock Valley Resort will see the BC Cup Finals, where riders from around the area will be battling it out for the top spot on the podium! Registration will be open Friday and Saturday, so if you haven't got time to pre-register you can do so at the hill!

Come to race, come to heckle or come and help out. All the information that you will need can be found here:
Hemlock BC Cup Finals
Registration for the event HERE!

Dropping it like it s core temperature was of a high nature.
Dropping it like it's core temperature was of a high nature.
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Friday August 26th, 2011
Course will be open for hiking only. (Lifts open 12 pm to 7 pm)
5 pm through 7pm – Registration (plate pick up)
5:00pm through 7:00pm – Dunbar Cycles 16” BMX race (with DJ Giles)
Saturday August 27th, 2011
9:00am through 12:00pm – Registration (plate pick up)
9:00am through 9:30am – Racer Meeting bottom of the lift
9:30am through 5:00pm – Lifts Running for practice runs
5:00pm through 7:00pm - Pro-Only (No sessioning)
5:00pm through 8:00 pm - BBQ at Molly Hogan’s Bar
8:00pm through 10:00pm – 3 Minute Gaps, Dan Barham’s Are Photo Contest Slideshow – Molly Hogan’s Bar (all ages)
Sunday August 28th, 2011
No Registration available.
8:30am through 10:30am – Lifts spinning for practice runs.
11:00am through 12:00pm - Course closed and washroom break for the marshals.
12:00pm through 4:00pm - RACE TIME!
5:00 Awards!


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Location, Location, Location!
Hemlock Resort is located at the head of the Lower Mainland, approximately 2 hour drive from Vancouver, and 2 hours from Merritt. Please be advised that the road up to Hemlock Resort is rough at best and vehicles that are lower are not recommended. Additionally long trailers also might have difficulty getting through the corners. Make sure that you take your time driving up.

Bug Spray and Sun Screen
We are not kidding when we say that there are a lot of bugs. Not only are there a lot but they are huge, some as large as flying houses! Okay not that big, but you get the point. We have found the DEET seems to work the best. Just remember not to put in on your helmet or gloves as it can melt them.

Also to note, is that the course is pretty much bathed in sun, all day, all the time. Be sure to put on adequate solar protection. Perhaps a fashionable sun visor?

Check the map out HERE for directions from Vancouver, and HERE for directions from Merritt.

For those on the Island, you will have to take BC Ferries so check the schedule here and please note that during summer time the line-ups can be longer than normal, and we don’t want you to miss the race!

Coming into the garden hot
One of the many features on track.

No event would get anywhere without the hard work put forth by volunteers. We understand that Hemlock is a bit far away from you home so we have given each volunteer a place to sleep if they want to volunteer both days. You get a room in one of the chalets, and there will be lunches provided by Dunbar Cycles Productions but breakfast is not provided.

Sleeping Arrangments
There are pretty much four options for sleeping at Hemlock this year.

You can drive back home. We don’t recommend this because if you are riding all day practicing for your winning run you are probably going to be pretty tired. The road back down the mountain is pretty twisty and you should be fully alert when driving. So onto number two.

Camping. We are providing for a nominal fee of $10.00 a place for you to pitch a tent on one of the gravel parking lots with your car. The lots will be marked out roughly into 10x10 sites, okay more as we don’t have a tape measure that large up there, but you get the point. There will be outhouses provided close by if you need to use them late at night when the washrooms in the lodge are closed. If you have registered for camping you will need to get a wristband so that the security guard doesn’t throw you out. We will provide you with one when you pick up your race plate.

Renting a cabin from the good folks through Snowflake Resorts who can be contacted through the internet at www.snowflakeresort.com.

Additionally there is a Bed and Breakfast provided by the good folks of Hemlock Hollow. They can be contact through the internet at www.hemlockhollow.ca.

Some other information regarding staying at Hemlock, the Hemlock Hollow B&B also has a small shop that carries various items like drinks, breakfast sandwiches, personal items etc. If you have forgotten your nail clippers I am sure that they have a pair you can purchase. Please come prepared as driving to the closest place is a bit of a trip.

Epic Scenery
Sun setting on Hemlock Valley

Master of Ceremonies:
This is the person who will be around race day to make sure that you know who everyone is. The Myth, the Mystery, the Legend Rocky Mountain Frow Rider , much like the tunes for the weekend, has awaken from the dead… Brett Tippie will own the mic!

Parking Notifications:
There is loads of parking in lot 1, but you must be registered for camping to enter lot 2 and park your car/truck there.

Shuttles… Shuttles!!!!! Heck no we got a lift!!! Hemlock will be staffing and manning the Sasquatch Chair for the race course. PLEASE NOTE: See the big letters outlined in black… this lift is older than the quad detachable chair machines that Whistler Blackcomb provides. Please allow approximately 20 minute lift time.

Registration will take place at the Lodge area at the base of the race course. Make sure you are super nice to the lovely ladies there, or they may just cancel your registration. This year there will be no paper copies of the racer kits, we will be forwarding you all the information that you need when you register. Too many trees get cut down so we are attempting to reduce the impact on the environment by sending you all the information that you need to your email. Payment Options: On day off registration we will be providing Credit Card, Debt and cold hard cash as options for payment.

Hemlock resort will be providing ample BBQ services and pub services throughout the weekend!!!! The pub will not be open till 11am due to “laws”. Remember you basically are in the middle of no-where so bring ample food and water to maintain you athletic physic.

Other Items of Interest
There is secure bike storage provided by Hemlock Guest Services. Contact them via the internet at www.snowflakeresort.com. They will provide a safe place for your bike to kept while you sleep.

Additionally bring some bug spray… there are a trillion bugs there and no one likes being a feast for the mosquitoes. Nets make a terrible fashion statement, and ditch the cologne and perfume for the DEET smell. We hear it is going to be huge in 2012.

Saturday Night Movie Night
For the small fee of $5.00 you get to see “3 Minute Gaps” the next wicked DH movie by Clay Porter and John Lawlor. Additionally you will get a visual feast of photographic goodness from Dan Barham from his winning entry into the Scandinavian Photo Challenge at the Are Bike Park in Sweden.

Camp of Champions-Air Bag
The good guys at Camp of Champions will be there to provide you riders, free of charge a chance to have your go at the Air Bag. That is right, all weekend you will be able to try your best back flip, front flip, belly flop onto the world’s largest air bag. (Don’t quote me on the world’s largest bit)

Wide open and up close
A ton of work has gone into the track, so come on out and put down your best time!

Cycle Component Network SPEED TRAP!
There is a relatively straight section of trail coming into the new hip jump at the lower 1/4 of the course. There you will find the CCN SPEED TRAP! That is right, an honest to goodness Police certified radar gun complete with digital display. You will be able to see first hand just how fast, or slow you were going. Don't worry though; Rocky Mountain Fro-Rider Brett Tippie will be in the "living room" to heckle you if you didn't get to see it.

DUNBAR Cycles 16" BMX
Back again for 2011 is the Dunbar Cycles 16" BMX Challenge. A new track will be constructed to challenge even the best. Try your luck from 7pm - 9pm Saturday August 27th, 2010. Helmets are mandatory for this event. Knee/shin pads are recommended.

See information for each here:
Dan Barham


  • 1 0
 cant believe i get to race at one of my favourite places to ski! Hemlock is growing fast and thier are plans to devolop into a bike park in a few years and as well expand its winter park by replacing and adding chair lifts
  • 1 0
 "so come on out and put down your best time!" If only it was that simple for me living in the UK.......
  • 1 0
 Shame we cant register race day.... I would have come up but dont want to camp or foot the extra cash for a room... Please let us register and practice on sunday next year for those of us who dont live in Van...
  • 2 0
 I think if Hemlock can do a race they should put a little bike park together. Thatd be sick!
  • 1 0
 how come I've never heard of this place? seems pretty sweet! does the lift work, only open durring events?
  • 1 0
 They had a small selection of trails over 7 years ago. They are allowing the race organizers to build and hold an event and will look at riding as an option in the future again we are told.
  • 1 0
 Its a pretty fast track, we painted all the sharp rocks orange to save all the poor little rims out there.
  • 1 0
 Anyone can come out and purchase a one day race licence and race Citizen class. Come one, come all
  • 1 0
 looks like a great track. cant wait to get out there!
  • 3 2
 please dont mind me asking but why are some of the rocks painted orange?
  • 3 0
 since its a steep rock tech line, they mark it to show you were all the jutting out rocks are, just as a precaution
  • 1 0
 where can you stay if you have a trailer?
  • 1 0
 Lots of parking and I believe they have designated stalls for the trailers.
  • 1 0
 The video is awesome! Getting stoked to go check this place out now.
  • 1 0
 Do you have to qualify since its a final, or can anyone ride?

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