BC Bike Race Announces the 2022 Route

Mar 3, 2022
by BC Bike Race  


bigquotesI had a great day. It’s not just about today, it’s about the journey and working hard. It’s awesome here, one of the highlights of my life!.Bill Juhasz – 2021 Racer

We are proud to announce our new 2022 Route, from the North Okanagan to the South Okanagan: Starting in Kelowna through Salmon Arm, Vernon, Silver Star and onto Apex Mountain, with a grand finale on the Naramata Bench of Penticton. This 2022 route includes an incredible variety of new locations and amazing trails. This year’s ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience’ will continue the diverse exploration of all the amazing communities and trail networks British Columbia is renowned for.

See Routes and Details, on an our all NEW website

Event Dates: Sept 16- 22, 2022.


The BC Bike Race has operated both Race and Ride (the Tour division) in 39 different communities across BC over its 15-year history. BCBR has been exploring the many, diverse regions of British Columbia, sleuthing out every thrilling opportunity to yip and holler down all the hidden single-track gems that abound. Always, with the unifying goal - to bring you the ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience’- in every region we visit!


bigquotesJust finished the British Columbia Bike Race, this has been one of the best weeks I’ve ever had!.Scott Ramsay –UK, 2021 Racer



Day 1, Sept 16 - Kelowna (Registration and Prologue) – TBD (approx. 7-10Km)

Day 2, Sept 17 – Kelowna, 37km, 1100m

Day 3, Sept 18 – Salmon Arm, 50km, 1900m

Day 4, Sept 19 – Silver Star, 41km, 1800m

Day 5, Sept 20 – Vernon, 38km, 1630m

Day 6, Sept 21 – Apex Mountain and Nickle Plate Nordic Center, 30km, 1250m

Day 7, Sept 22 – Naramata and Penticton, 47km, 1600m

Total Distance, 253km, Total Vertical, 9530m

- All proposed courses subject to change & pending final approvals -


Working with the local clubs and regional expertise, the BC Bike Race is excited to continue its evolution and journey, sharing all that makes BC one of the greatest mountain bike destinations in the world. All of us are truly fortunate to live in a time where the bikes are at the pinnacle of our short history and the trail inventory beyond our wildest expectations. Mountain Biking and singletrack development has been a growing piece of community pride within each town in British Columbia, and it would be nearly impossible in one current lifetime to actually ride every trail, but we are certainly going to try.


Join us this year, in 2022 as we explore the incredibly beautiful and scenic Okanagan, from the North to the South, and all stops in between. Sept 16- 22, 2022.



The Okanagan Valley is in south-central British Columbia, extending about 200 km north from the American border. Originally home to the Okanagan First Nations, cities in the region now include Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. The area is one of the largest producers of fruit and wine in Canada.

The region stretches northwards via the Spallumcheen Valley to connect to Sicamous in the Shuswap Country, and reaches south of the Canada-United States border, where it continues as Okanogan County. The Okanagan as a region is sometimes described as including the Boundary, Similkameen and Shuswap regions, though this is because of proximity and historic and commercial ties with those areas.

Start Line Summerland Day 2


Trailforks Link to the North Okanagan
Trailforks Link to the Central Okanagan
Trailforks Link to the South Okanagan


Johnny Rock fiddling with his strings for the crowd.

The BCBR Team
Photo Credit: Dave Silver

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  • 11 0
 Have the stages always been this long and brutal? I live in this area and can hardly imagine doing the one of these routes let alone 6 consecutively. Good googly moogly.
  • 3 1
 I agree, I've ridden all the areas mentioned here and this looks insanely difficult. I guess that's what this race is about though.
  • 1 1
 @hhhanson: I just don't remember previous years being so long and so much vertical.
  • 2 1
 @loamfiend: It's interesting that this year is actually about the same amount of vertical as 2018 and 2019 but has about 38-43 fewer miles of trail. That's equivalent to an entire day/stage from previous years.

2018: ~195 miles and ~32.5k vertical
2019: ~200 miles and ~30k vertical
2022: ~157 miles and ~31.2k vertical (proposed stages)
  • 2 1
 There's a lot of FSR in these areas... so it'll be just on par with other BCBRs...
  • 1 2
 @bigmike9699: I hope they don’t add 40 miles of forest service road…
  • 2 1
 BCBR started out as a quasi ultra distance race with a focus on legit trials. (compared to the trans-Rockies or Ruta etc) So the first few years the distances were really high. From memory the first two days of 2008 were over 100k and the rest were about 60k. The 100+ days were heavy on FSR but it still hurt.
The focus for the last Bunch of years has been on 'better' trails vs distance but I'm sure if you're racing it its just as hard either way. Just different
  • 3 5
 Long and brutal - compared to what? The Swiss and Cape Epics make this look like a walk in the park.
  • 1 0
 while i am sure its an epic race I would not call 253km a long distance. and certainly not ultra distance. the amount of verticals on the distance seem brutal though :-)
  • 1 0
 @brinkerhoff150: reduced FSR, increased singletrack.
  • 1 0
 @bigmike9699: we’ve evolved.
  • 2 0
 Also have a cut price entry for sale here: www.pinkbike.com/buysell/3242027

Originally entered the summer 2019 edition but after two transfers these September dates don't work for me with family so reluctantly selling if anyone wants to save some money.
  • 4 2
 $2k for a race!!!! Take that money and instead go on a 4 month road trip somewhere rad! Central Asia, the Caucases, SE Asia, South America.... c'mon that an easy decision. Crazy money for a race.
  • 3 1
 I have entries for sale if anyone is interested. After deferring for two years this year will not work because of my wedding. You'll save some money!
  • 5 2
 and so it begins
  • 3 1
 Whats the ideal bike for this? XC? Down Country?
  • 1 1
 depends if youre in it to win it or if youre looking to have some fun.
  • 8 0
  • 1 0
 Rocky Mountain Element, beefed up tire choice. Or an Instinct. I’ve seen people on Altitudes but I’d day that’s overkill.
  • 3 1
 one day, maybe
  • 2 0
 Do it!
  • 2 1
 How much training is required for a marathon race?
  • 10 1
 Somewhere between 100 and 1200 hours a year
  • 17 1
 'bout three fiddy
  • 1 0
 220-221 whatever it takes
  • 1 0
 maybe not a good idea later in the year during fire season for this area.
  • 2 0
 July and August are better when it's 40C everyday?
  • 1 0
 @barnz0rz: June. A race like this in the smoke might seriously damage lungs if the fires are like anything the last 4/6 years
  • 1 0
 @barnz0rz: or maybe its just a bad spot to have a race this long
  • 1 0
 @Dlakusta: we did our research and climate studies. We’re in the best time to avoid natural calamity.
  • 1 0
 Keegan Swenson would ride this in one day!
  • 1 0
 Bring him with you!
  • 1 0
 Hopefully forest fires aren't too bad this year
  • 2 4
 No Kamloops? Hopefully next time?
  • 2 2
 Kamloops is in the Thompson/Cariboo health region, these trail networks are all specifically located in Okanagan Health.
  • 3 5
 @gnarnaimo: I too know regional district boundaries. That wasn't my point.
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