The BCBR Experience: Powell River and Earls Cove to Sechelt - Video

Jun 20, 2017
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This week we are releasing two instalments of our BCBR Experience both on the Sunshine Coast; Day 2 in Powell River and Day 3 from Earls Cove to Sechelt. These edits will again delve into our profiles for each stage of the race as well as highlight the identities of the communities that we are welcomed into.

Day 2 race start on the shores of the Georgia Strait
Racers start Day 2 on the beach in Powell River.

Day 2 – Powell River

In Powell River, we have a basecamp like no other with camping right on the ocean and singletrack that winds through emerald green forests and over uniquely handcrafted wooden features. We celebrate the depth of history here through the culture and history of the Coast Salish People and watch how this small town adapted to recreational based tourism after the decline of the pulp and paper mill industry. Not only is it home to incredible mountain bike trails, but the Upper Sunshine Coast also boasts the longest hut-to-hut multi-use trail in Canada.

Year after year, the people of Powell River have come out in droves to welcome our racers and we cannot wait to be back sharing their special home once again this year.

The new bridge on the Aloha trail will always have volunteer hula dancers.
Chin tickling ferns if you get too close.

BC Bike Race 2016 Day 2 Powell River

Water s edge camping makes Powell river unique and the reason the race stays there two nights this year.
Our basecamp in Powell River never ceases to thrill racers and crew alike.

Day 3 – Earls Cove to Sechelt

When racers arrive by ferry to Earls Cove on the morning of Day 3 they are embarking on the longest—at 57.1 kilometres—and most physical stage of the race. This point-to-point route will take them from the ferry terminal all the way into the town of Sechelt.

The Lower Sunshine Coast is home to the internationally recognized Sprockids Program and the Coast Gravity Park, evidence of the ever-growing mountain bike scene here. It is within this community, that five-time BC Bike Race Winner (three times as a team and twice solo), Kris Sneddon talks to us about the relationship between the generations of loggers and recreational trail users. A prime example of this is the two-kilometre stretch of trail that the racers will climb called 'Frogger.' Once a much shorter trail, it was briefly decommissioned when the forest block was logged, but following the completion of work, the forestry company had it remade as a longer—and improved—trail. Sechelt is a town that continues to adapt and adjust with its changing population and tourism.

Start of the stage goes up because you can t get lower than sea level.

Bridges and water belong together.
Tree harvesting on the coast.

I usually think of a staircase going up.

Our fastest Man and Woman receive magnums of Micheal David Wine - for the record those are the most amazing bottles ever
Kris Sneddon (Fastest Man) and Lea Davison (Fastest Woman) show off their awards at BC Bike Race in 2014

Up next will be Day 4 and the racers' journey from Sechelt to Langdale before hitting the trifecta of North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. The countdown is on, stay tuned!

Highspeed tree tunnels were a highlight of the finishing trails.



  • 9 0
 I'm just here for the Sechelt night life.
  • 5 0
 Ppffffft. I now have coffee in my keyboard. Thx for that Big Grin
  • 3 0
 McDonald's parking lot?
  • 3 0
 Only thing that impresses me more than Sechelt nightlife is probably Oakridge nightlife. Man now that's a party town.
  • 1 0
 The Oakridge Union Local 180 gets cranking every night. How else are you going to get ahold of Randy to confirm your shuttle? Definitely felt a bit dusty the morning after a few times.
  • 4 0
 On the plane in 13 days to B.C... spent the last 6 months preparing for this thing. Hope it's a good as it looks.
  • 2 0
 It is! I did it in 2015 and I CANT WAIT to go back. It's tough. But every stage is unreal. Good luck!
  • 3 0
 After the race you could also publish an article with interesting bikes ridden by the 2017 BCBR participants.
  • 2 0
 That Parbac/VFR climb late in the day is going to hurt like taking a slap shot square on the cup.

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