BC Bike Race 2014, Ready to Roll

Jun 26, 2014 at 15:22
by BC Bike Race  
BC Bike Race - The “Ultimate Singletrack Experience” has captured the imagination of the world – For many this seven-day adventure represents the ‘bucket list’ journey of a lifetime, for others it is a heated battle on the most amazing terrain possible.

What if you rode through the wood with the hands at the hub like Tron

The top contenders this year will vie for a title that begins on the legendary trails of the North Shore and finishes in the mountains surrounding Whistler.

There are no official teams of three but you might end up making it one if you jive right.

The battle heats up as the top three contenders from last years Open Men’s category return to begin where they left off: defending Champion Kris Sneddon (CAN), runner up Spencer Paxson (USA), and 3rd place finisher, Eric “the Viking’ Knudson (DEN). The international battle to be crowned the “King of Singletrack” will also see challenges from other stage race winners: Oliver Zurbrugg (SWISS), Carlos Lizalde (MEX), Barry Wicks (USA) and Jason Sager (USA).

Hair sandwich at Campbell River.
The bearded Viking having fun with Tippie, but show him the trail and he will attack

Sonke and Hovey on the rocks.

The Open Women’s team looks fairly unbeatable with former World Champion and Olympian, Catharine Pendrel(CAN) teaming up with Maghalie Rochette (CAN). While the Open Women’s Solo field oozes talent with Wendy Simms (CAN) set to defend her title against Olympian Leah Davison(USA) and endurance specialist Sonya Looney(USA).

It s not a runway. Wendy Simms Kona holds the Solo and Enduro overall. Jaclyn Shapel Liv Giant Austrailia is closing in after today at 1 27 back.
Wendy on the Sunshine Coast, also crushing the Enduro.

Of note: Peter Reid the 3 x World Ironman Champion has been training hard and will certainly keep the other top racers honest in their singletrack efforts.

From North Vancouver via Cumberland on Vancouver Island, to Powell River and Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, over to Squamish and the final day in Whistler this 2014 BC Bike Race will connect some the of best trail networks in the world into one amazing week of mountain biking. The riders will travel 310 kilometers, climb and descend nearly the height of Mount Everest, 8733m before they finish this journey.

The Enduro special segments are a highlight to each day - 13 in total over the week give riders a different set of bragging rights. photo Dave Silver

Changes for the 2014 Event -

This years BC Bike Race includes a brand new opening stage on the hallowed North Shore of Vancouver, a place where the global history of mountain biking has taken many of its cues. As well a completely new Cumberland course for stage 2. The North Shore’s trail selections and Cumberland’s reflect the new-school trail building style that is synonymous with the words ‘pump’ and ‘flow’. With the trails being developed so well and so fast in all the communities along the route, the opportunities to showcase and highlight the work and efforts of the trail builders couldn’t be missed.

Powell river and it s beach are a highlight of the race.

As the week long stage race progresses the changes become less obvious but nonetheless important for overall rider satisfaction. The route stays on course for stage 3, Powell River with more singletrack handcrafted for BC Bike Race. Two nights will be spent on the gorgeous Willingdon Beach, while some minor changes to the Sunshine Coast point-to-point stages were made to remove unrewarded climbs and add some reprieve to weary legs mid-week. Squamish has a new feature climbing trail called ‘50 Shades of Green’ that leads to a new descent called “Ruperts”. Stage 7 in Whistler will also see some adjustments to the Whistler Bike Park segment: Crank it up has been replaced by Ninja Cougar, Karate Monkey, Ho Chi Min Trail and the always favorite Heart of Darkness.

BCBR 2014

Registered Racer List: Here

We hope you get stoked for a summer of riding, follow the Story and Results here: www.bcbikerace.com

Registration for 2015, begins July 7th at 12 pm noon.


17 Comments

  • 4 0
 Did this last year, it truly is the best week on a bike ever! Hopefully it is not quite as hot for them this year, 35 degrees is a bit much. Haha. Have a great week to all the racers!
  • 6 0
 One day, one day....
  • 1 0
 Just what I was thinking but you're already in Canada. England is a long way away
  • 3 0
 That is true... The 2nd day this year rides right on my home trails.
  • 2 0
 Riders come from OZ, NZ, RSA (22 hr flight), Japan... in comparison, the UK is closer than you think. Smile
  • 1 0
 Fair point...
  • 1 0
 Planning this for 2016. I've got a LONG way to go fitness wise before then though...and some money to scrape together!
  • 2 0
 That trail looks fun as hell.
  • 1 0
 600 riders go by my house in the morning! My dog is gonna go nuts!!
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