“Due to the amount of snow on the Monster Mile, our traditional downhill course, we had to make some quick decisions to change the location of our BC Cup downhill,” explains Mike Manara, Bike Park Manager at the Resort. “Our new course is on the west side of the mountain and will feature more flow and produce faster race times than we would normally see on the Mile.”
Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Cycling BC partner to bring the BC Cup provincial race series annually to Vancouver Island. The race series incorporates both downhill and cross-country disciplines of mountain biking and is held at various locations throughout the province.
Mount Washington's event begins Saturday, August 13th with the endurance-testing cross-country and ends on Sunday, August 14th with the speed and thrills of the downhill. To bring all of the riders home, the call for this weekend's races will be performed by freeride luminary and Director of Good Times, Brett Tippie.
Even though some of BC's best XC and DH riders will be in attendance, you don't need to be a pro to experience the BC Cup at the mountain this weekend.
“We have a strong history of introducing grass roots and local racers to the provincial and national races here at Mount Washington,” adds Manara. “With the support of our local riding community and bike shops across the Island, we've managed to produce the largest Citizen category turnouts province-wide.”
Categories for the BC Cup are wide-ranging, where competitors race from as early as 10 years of age in the U15 category to over 50 years of age in the venerable Masters category.
For all race information including course maps, racing fees, schedules, and everything you need to know for a weekend of BC Cupping, surf to Mount Washington’s BC Cup website via a front-page link at mountwashington.ca
Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s Bike Park is open daily from 11am to 7:30pm. The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including live mountain cams.
Title and story images by Dave Mackie