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The BC Bike Race Adds an eMTB Event, the Mega Volt

Aug 10, 2021
by BC Bike Race  
Mega Volt E-Bike event

Press Release: BC Bike Race


BC Bike Race in cooperation with the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society would like to announce an all new event, the MEGA VOLT, a Fully Charged E-MTB Experience, four(4) stages over three(3) days October 22- 24th, 2021 in the pristine and beautiful Cowichan Valley.

The world has been waiting for the MEGA VOLT. Well, it’s arrived and it’s Mega Awesome! Get charged, get amped and let's rally the E-Mountain Bike Nation. This is North America’s first ever multi-day E-Mountain bike challenge.


The MEGA VOLT is a weekend of different course styles, aimed to be both challenging but ultimately extremely fun! To explore the full potential of the E-Mountain bike we have devised a number of unorthodox formats and routes to both showcase this legendary region, the capabilities of the E-MTB and the abilities of the E-Riders. Fasten your seatbelts and hang on for this first gathering of the E-Mountain bike Nation, we’re changing the script and everyone will be a winner in this weekend of amazing single-track, challenging routes and hi-fives.


bigquotesI gotta say I was super excited to see that BCBR is adding an Ebike event to it’s offering! I have been lucky to have participated in 2 previous BCBR’s, and am now stoked to try my hand at this event. Ever since Rocky’s first Powerplay model, I realized the potential and inclusiveness of these bikes! Long live mountain biking and the BCBR!Wade Simmons – The Godfather

We will be exploring the beautiful Cowichan Valley and its legendary trails, Cowichan takes its name from Quw’utsun’, an Indigenous word that means warm land. Cowichan is on the southern part of Vancouver Island, bordered by the Nanaimo and the Alberni-Clayoquot and located in Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone, it is home to the warmest year-round temperatures in the country, perfect for an E-MTB bike race in October


The Cowichan Valley has hosted Island Cups, Enduros and Stages of the BC Bike Race, now with the assistance of the Cowichan Trail Stewardship and BC Bike Race a new chapter is about to be written.

Stage 1 – Consistency Enduro – Friday afternoon
Inspired by the moto world comes this unique format. This warm up stage will pit rider and bike against none other than themselves and the route – find you groove as you pick your tempo and try to match each lap as closely as possible – consistency is the name of the game and a true understanding of yourself is required to come out on top of this stage! 

Stage 2 – Tech Gnar Rally – Saturday morning
Let the games begin as we ramble all over the mountain tackling everything up and down that can be challenging, gnarly and fun. This is pure heaven as far as a mountain biker goes; roots, rocks, old growth cedars, arbutus’, slabs and loamy chutes. We think the contest will be decided by the best technical eMTB climbers. 

Stage 3 – Flow Master 3000 – Saturday afternoon
To juxtapose the morning's excitement we’ll take time to siesta and recharge our batteries for a curated afternoon of maximum fun, flowing singletrack, every which way that can be found to heighten the adventure. The spoils of this war will go to the Flow Masters!

Stage 4 – Poker Challenge
Today's course is all about wicked fun trails, what an e-bike can do and how to have a Rip Snortin Good time doing it. Instead of creating a race, how about a poker challenge to get out and ride the trails at your preferred speed, it is day three. This might be the day to manage your battery and your body as we want to put the icing on the cake for the first ever weekend of E-mountain biking – lets celebrate the E-Bike Nation. No bluffing, this is for real and the best hand wins! 


bigquotesBCBR knows its stuff when it comes to designing spectacular courses for racing and the ebike challenge will be no exception. I didn't have a lot of riding experience on the island and was asked to join a photoshoot there this past month. It was fast, flowy with steep tech sections and beautiful views all day long I’ll definitely be a regular there and am looking forward to the event this fall. Sign me up, I'm in!Keith Yip – Former World Cup Mechanic

Registration opens August 10th at 12pm PT.
There will be only 75 spots available for this first ever gathering of the E-Bike Nation.
Get more information at theMegaVolt.com
Photo Credit: Dave Silver



BC Bike Race and the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society would like to respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded and traditional territory of the Coast Salish Hulquminum Speaking peoples, and the traditional territories of Cowichan Tribes

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  • 61 15
 My new e-spin bike is AMAZING! Just spent two hours on it and didn't feel a thing! Heading to the gym to lift e-weights....
  • 31 5
 Inclusive is an understatement. I was smacked with a bone cancer diagnosis earlier this year and had to store away the bikes for the time being. Part of my knee and tibia gone, most of the calf on the right leg, and some femur removed also.

Purchased an e-bike, used that as soon as I could bend my leg round enough to spin the pedals. It allowed me to jump right back in, and after a couple months of that I hopped onto a normal bike for a quick spin, this was two days ago. I realised the e-bike allowed me to build/maintain strength. So here’s the facts in my experience.

They don’t give you a free and effortless ride, they amplify and assist whatever you can put in, but you do work hard.
They are simply fantastic when used for the right reasons. Not to make it easier to do the same rides you would on a standard bike, but to go further and do more than your body may normally allow.
In my case, an e-bike saved me from the depths of depressions.

All of you who judge anyone you see on an Ebike, without considering you don’t know that person or their story, crawl back into your hole.
  • 16 4
 You’re hardly the majority. In fact I’m sure you’re of the tiny minority of whom nobody would have objection to you riding an eBike.
  • 5 1
 Ok…crawling back…
  • 9 0
 @jclnv: very true, it’s an extreme example. But how many have knee problems, old injuries, dodgy backs?… Or the biggest and most common reason - full time work and/or family commitments. It’s a benefit for many who can’t normally find the time or strength to go far
  • 3 0
 I’m in the same boat and I got myself aTrek rail. It has been a salvation. Right on Jord.
  • 9 5
 @JordMTB97: I think the injury reason is valid but the work/family commitments reason is total BS. Oh no, you’re going to not be able to ride as far/fast on a real bike as actual fast riders. How damaging that must be for your fragile ego to accept.
  • 3 0
 @jclnv: oh no, actual fast riders are going to have e-bike riders keep up with them. How damaging that must be for their fragile ego's to accept...
  • 1 0
 @theolderigetthefasteriwas: I think fast guys are used to riding with motorized bikes like the lead Moto etc so it shouldn’t bother them but a large number of them will likely get in the way.
  • 19 0
 Sponsored by BC Hydro
  • 3 0
 You must ride at night and charge your bike during the day with solar panels you need to carry with you.
  • 17 4
 The BC Bike Race is such a fun, super dialed singletrack event. They get it and the crew kills it. Cool to see the team expand to a Gravel bike event and Ebike event too. I know they will provide good times to all types of bikers ready to ride some BC awesomeness!
  • 10 1
 As someone who loves and regularly rides e-bikes this seems somewhat pointless.

E-bikes are great if you have limited time of want to self-shuttle but there is zero sense of accomplishment knocking off a big ride (or stage race).
Racing them in enduro races makes some sense because you're timing the downs and are above the speed cutoff on any track worth it salt.
  • 3 0
 Not sure about the e-bike specific events, but I thought enduro races do have some uphill parts in the timed sections (which are indeed primarily downhill).

Either way, enduro racing is a race format. Whereas the BCBR is a race (even though probably not everyone actually views it as such and some just want to ride it out and enjoy it), from what I understand this Mega Volt thing isn't really a race. Or well, they say "everyone is a winner" which implies there is not much more to achieve beyond that other than to just enjoy the ride.
  • 4 0
 Huh? I raced a GNCC eMTB race and it was fun as f*ck. Heart rate pegged for an hour (same as I would see in an XC or 'cross race) and an insane average speed, plus some great battles for position in the tech stuff. Would definitely do it again.
  • 8 2
 $500 for 2 & ½ days of ‘racing?’ No thanks.
Canadian E-Bike Champs -$185 + lift tickets. No thanks.
Don’t they know that e-bikers have spent all their money on the bike?
  • 4 2
 That’s $500 + ferries + accommodation. These guys are out to lunch.
  • 1 0
 @dude-brah: BC bike race this October cost me $2500 entrance fee two years ago. $1790 to stay at their hotel in Penticton. And how much for restaurant food for the week and then driving myself around to the trailheads? (Maybe I can cook in my room? No kitchenettes though). I’m really wishing I hadn’t signed up as my cost has doubled.
  • 6 1
 I was going to post something snarky, but it actually does kind of make sense to create a whole separate ebike event like this. Presumably the trails they chose allow ebike access and the people having fun won't have to deal with a bunch of snarky comments from real bikers like they would if it was part of a real bike event.
  • 3 0
 So much better than when they mix both types of bike in the same event. That is mega frustrating
  • 7 0
 Seems like a good idea. It allows some to compete who have the finances but not necessarily the physical endurance to compete sans electric motor.
  • 6 2
 2nd April fools post of the day. First kashima bike racks, now Ebike bc bike race. Next up SuperWheel sponsor new bike team and put out call for SuperWheel Academy to pick the team.
  • 6 3
 I love it! Hit up the bike park on my ebike for the first time last week, and man it was a rip. Kind of like wrestling a bear on A-line, but I was shocked as to how capable it is.
  • 2 0
 Real curiosity here - does Whistler BP allow ebikes on the lifts and trails?
  • 2 0
 @Jcmonty: Yes, they now allow them on the lift. I usually ride my DH bike there, but a friend from Vancouver came up with his Devinci AC, so I figured "Why not?".

We both have well built AC's and spend a lot of time in the westside/sproatt area. But the bike park was a new experience. I did apologize to every liftie for hauling my 54 lb steed off the rack though, lol. I'll stick with my Demo8 in the future, but it was cool to experience the park on the bike that gets most of my seat time.
  • 4 2
 Everyone complaining about the foolishness of e-bike racing probably didn't read the even description. Yes ordinary racing with ebikes doesn't make any sense, but they've tried to come up with a new way of doing it and it may just work. The consistency challenge is pretty nifty, and if done right the climbing challenges will be cool. The price is a bit steep but BCBR does employ a squadron of support so I guess it makes sense.
  • 9 4
 Let The Strongest BATTERY win!
  • 7 1
 Strongest battery and most modified motor.
  • 4 1
 In the eMTB races I've done it was 95% rider, 5% bike in terms of determine who finishes first.
  • 1 0
 The BCBR Crew always arranges/hosts awesome events and I’m sure this will be another great experience, for those who attend!

It has been a hard couple of years for events, just happy to see them giving it a shot! Not all events have/will survive the pandemic!

  • 6 3
 Does this mean power stations will be built in outlying areas so easy bikers can recharge?
  • 2 0
 No rolling blackouts here headshot. We just charge up at Tesla chargers ;-)
  • 4 1
 if they are racing then there must be a podium, but how can there be when they are all losers?
  • 7 5
 It’s times like these I wish there was a better way to spell a fart sound
  • 3 1
 What are the odds its gonna be pissing rain during this E-vent? lol The results could be shocking.
  • 9 7
  • 2 2
 Ban trailforks and go find stuff yourself.
  • 5 3
 this belongs on PINKéBIKE along with all other related ëbike propoganda
  • 1 0
 E-bikes- A progressives imaginary dream that they are now helping the earth as they plug their bike in for a charge
  • 1 0
 So E bikes get their own class but transgender men still want to race as women.
  • 10 10
 This must be a joke? So now all the genuinely fast guys have to race a load of prongs on boomer scooters?
  • 7 5
  • 1 0
 Can you fly with an e-bike battery? I thought not?
  • 1 0
 You can but it has to be a certain size limit. Most e-bikes have batteries over the limit.
  • 1 0
 You can ship them via UPS or FedEx but it's a pain. Best to keep the original packaging that the battery came in as your shipping box.
  • 2 3
 Sweet..I would much rather spend my time riding with like minded and wealthy riders rather than peasant bikers on their retro steeds.
  • 1 1
 Genius idea...have an e-bike race in one the rainest times of the year. I'm sure that will have no impact on the trails.
  • 3 2
 If you drop the word 'e-bike' your comment would make sense. Negligible difference on trail impact with a class 1 eMTB. They aren't dirt bikes. 250 watts vs 35000 watts.
  • 5 5
 Wade Simmons was probably paid a TON to say that.
  • 11 3
 More like he's riding them and having a blast. Just like everyone else that has one.
  • 4 4
 Pathetic and embarrassing.
  • 14 17
 Stoked for this! We’re hosting the Canadian E-Bike Enduro Championship on September 25-26th at Sun Peaks Resort for those who are keen on getting even more electric action!
  • 1 1
 shhh, we aren't allowed to talk about it for 45 more minutes.
  • 6 1
 Yeah no.
  • 5 1
 We're really not.
  • 1 2
 Bring on the eRevenue.
  • 8 10
 Hope those defective batteries don't burn down all those dried out forests up there.

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