BC Bike Ride Announces Expanded Tour Packages in British Columbia

Jan 8, 2019 at 14:10
by BC Bike Race  


BC Bike Ride - powered by the world-renowned BC Bike Race - is expanding its operations and event style tours to include new adventures and new regions. The Ride will now include the Kootenays, the Coast, and - returning for year three - Northern British Columbia.

bigquotesThe wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.Reinhold Messner

Race and Ride both fall under the brand BCBR and with 12 years of experience executing a mobile stage race with 600 racers and over 200 staff, the BC Bike Race has become internationally recognized as 'the best week on a bike.' BCBR is now focusing that same level of service and attention to detail on event style tours. Groups of 12-24 can enjoy the same high-quality trails and entertainment that have become synonymous with BC Bike Race in more locations.

Working in harmony with local bike clubs, guides, and businesses BC Bike Ride offers world-class mobile mountain bike vacations while providing culturally immersive experiences with as much singletrack as possible. These packages are developed to alleviate the stress of planning logistically complex trips for folks with already busy schedules. Nearly everything is taken care of for the rider from the time they arrive until they depart.

Each tour has been designed to highlight the uniqueness of the region and therefore no one is exactly like the other. Depending on the trip, accommodations may include tenting, hotels, or hostels, the riding will vary from intermediate to advanced, and the opportunities for engaging in local culture will be as bountiful as the variety of terrain.

Ride North - The New Frontier
BC Bike Ride North explores 11 unique stashes of incredible purpose and hand-built singletrack throughout the communities of Prince George, Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace, and Prince Rupert over six days. The tour also passes through the lands of numerous Nations including the Tsilhqot'in, Secwepemc, Nazco, Lheidli T'enneh, Carrier Sekani, Wet'suwet'en, Gitxsan, and Tsimshian.

The summer days are long up north, and BC Bike Ride maxes out each day with as much riding as possible, but at the end of the day riders can rest and relax around the campfire, share stories, and crawl into their tents dreaming about what the next day will bring.

Ride Coast - Mountain Biking's Mecca
On the Coast tour, riders will travel by ferry, bus, and bike as they dive into the lush rainforest that is home to the origins of hand-built singletrack - the motherland. Crossing the Salish Sea from the mainland to Vancouver Island, breathing the salty ocean air and keeping an eye on the water for signs of whales, riders will experience some favourite 'backyard' trails and gems that have already been incorporated into the BC Bike Race course.

The towns of North Vancouver, Cumberland, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish, and Whistler are brimming with the kind of hand-built singletrack that dreams are made of. Ripping through the brown ribbons that lace their way through the abundantly green forests will bring a smile to your face and make your heart pound. This is a perfect opportunity to pre-ride some of the race course for prospective racers - or even those who are already signed up!

Ride Kootenays - Big Mountain Culture
Riders will take in 360-degree views of the Kootenay Rockies while breathing in the fresh mountain air. This area of British Columbia is known for its endless alpine trails, flowing descents, unique towns, and colourful people. Built on a historic passion for skiing and outdoor adventure, the towns visited on the tour include Castlegar, Nelson, New Denver, Nakusp, and Revelstoke. These special communities have embraced mountain biking and made it their own.

12 distinct trail networks offer the full range of riding available in this region - from mountaintops to valley floors, the trails range from fast and flowy to challenging and technical. From chilly mountain peaks to warm local's hangouts - Ride Kootenays is all about big mountain culture.

No matter what participants are looking for on their mountain bike vacation, BCBR has an itinerary for everyone full of hand-built singletrack, gourmet meals, and event style basecamps with plenty of entertainment. Each tour is designed to offers the best riding and culture the region has. The professional staff, incredible riding, and the unique mobile-event-style basecamps create the ultimate road trip experience.

"The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have," wrote Reinhold Messner. In a time when the abundance of material objects has detracted from their meaning, experiencing travel with new and old friends is what hold the most value. Memories from trips like these ones will last a lifetime.

Registration is now open for all three tours. More information is available at www.bcbikeride.com.

Photos by Dave Silver and Margus Riga.



  • + 41
 Or just ride these areas using Trail Forks and save your money....
  • + 16
 Trailforks is the greatest innovation in mountain biking of the last 5 years. Change my mind.
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flag a-m-c (Jan 8, 2019 at 19:20) (Below Threshold)
 @kookseverywhere: Killing trails faster than ever.
  • + 5
I respect Trailforks because they generally black-out / leave off trails and trail sections that cross / include native reserve and private lands in bc - is hiring this guide just giving you access?

I know off lots of trails on native land that bands are ok with for locals - small amount and good stuards- but could be closed off if guides profit without consent that would close access for all -
Dont test these trails - or the indigenous people - the locals and local shops are ones who loose
  • + 6
 For $5 I'll guide you all around my local trails. We might even spot a semi-celebrity or semi-pro on the ride. And for an extra $1 I'd throw in the MEDIA Package which includes action shots taken with my cell phone with GPS location turned on.
  • + 26
 I wasn't going to say anything, but damn. $5k CAD for 7 days on the Coast trip, on some of the most well-developed, easiest to navigate trail networks in BC. No sir, I don't think so.
  • + 8
 your better off going to a few of these places, asking local shops and finding your own way
  • + 14
 lots of dentists ride bikes
  • + 10
 I believe you get to keep the silverware at the end of the trip.
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  • + 6
 If I were going to spend $5K on a mountain bike trip, I'd use it to get someplace remote.

In BC alone, I think you could better spend your money on one of Tayx's multi-day backcountry float-plane accessed trips ($1,700 for 4-days including float plane transport, backcountry lodging and food), 3-days of backcountry shuttles and a heli drop at Retallack (full service, 3-days from $2,071) or just a few days at Sol Mountain ($220/night with food and lodging.)

I'm all for people spending their money on whatever they want, I just don't see what would make one of these rides better than the other options that are out there. I mean, if you had $5K to spend and wanted to ride these trails specifically, just do it then check yourself into a suite at the Four Seasons every night where I'm sure your butler will be happy to polish your bike while you sleep.
  • + 11
 Here's a plan that I would recommend anyone thinking of this trip:

Drive to the Loops, stay in one of the hundreds of well priced hotels there, then ride some sick trails. May as well start the trip off in the birthplace of Freeride. Drive north to Valemont, stay in one of the cheap but super cool cabins at Tete Jaune campground then ride more sick trails. Drive west to PG, again, lot's of hotels, more wicked trails. See where this is going........further west there's Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace. Maybe head south and hit the Puddle. All the places I mentioned have cool little brew pubs, decent hotels or camping options and lots of friendly locals that will point you in the right direction. Not to mention great shops that can recommend a trail and help you out with a repair if needed.
  • + 13
 Just got to say - BC === "Bring Cash"
  • + 12
 I’m all for supporting the industry, especially locals, but paying nearly $4k for 7 days is outrageous.
  • + 23
 I entirely agree. My qualm with this model of tourism, as a resident of Northern BC, is watching folks come and use our trails and be whisked away to the next "destination". For each of these small communities there is a hard working group of volunteers who are there to take down the flags that are hung and tend to the trails. Purchase a membership, or perhaps use the most under-rated TrailForks feature of all, the donation button. Every bit counts in a small community, and though we do receive a donation for which we are thankful, new trails and maintenance cost money. Support your local shop, club and community. Lead by example, donate! It will help those trails be there for your next visit!
  • + 4
 FWIW, From NYC to BC and back with a bike (flying bike not shipping) and with $100/day for each food, guide, lodging, and travel expenses (ferries, car rental, fuel) came to about $3600, of which the flight would cost ~$800, and that’s assuming you split the whole trip with one other person. Multiple people would reduce it further. Can’t imagine spending $3700 w/o a flight to ride in a group of 12-24 people.
  • + 8
 @stonant: and if someone is super slow in the group, it's not going to be a good time.
  • + 2
 @gnarcoreJeffxc: spot on dude.
  • + 6
 @drevisuals: it a depends where you go, I did a week in northern BC for about $500, 6 days, that's food, gas and a little of paid camping. Just google maps or earth the area, find a flat spot or open are to park your car(sleep in side of/use a tent) cook your own food, find a nice lake to clean your self, I've even done this in squamish many times. You just have to think out of the box and like a 1940's out doors man, excited you have a car and a Mtn bike of course.
  • + 8
 expensive, but better than spending that dough on (part of) a superbike that hardly gets ridden. if u got the money, spend it on fun stuff.
  • + 1
 Agreed. Better to do this trip on a 2 year old bike, than ride the same local trails on a brand new scratch free ride.
  • + 4
 The BC Bike Race would probably be too intense for me. The BC Bike Ride sounds great except for the expense and one other thing. I've never understood the desire to ride in large groups (12 to 24!). There a PITA to be in, and a PITA to pass. I liver near Monarch Crest and it should be avoided on summer weekends due to the large groups accordion-ing along the trail. In my opinion, two is the optimum number on a ride, and five is the max. I often ride alone, so maybe this is just my personality trait.
  • + 1
 Typically rider groups are split into 3-8 people depending on experience, fitness, goals, etc and can range from pure shuttles to half-day XC marathons.
  • + 3
 So many of you saying not worth the money are also showing a Canadian flag next to your name. What you don't take into account, is the international traveler who has no idea where Rossland is compared to Pemberton, or Whistler to Sun Peaks if you just wanted to do lift access. Making a trip like this isn't a simple road trip with your buddies to people that have never been here, they've just read about it, and dreamed about it. There's a huge value in being shown where to go, but having been a local guide for the previous visits to Burns Lake by the BC Bike Ride crew and guests, they don't just show them the trails, they provide 100% of the logistics. Accommodations, food and catering, shuttles and guiding, they take care of absolutely everything and they take really great care of their guests. And after its all said and done, they donate a portion of their income generated back into the local trail associations to help keep the trails in prime condition. When was the last time you donated through Trailforks Karma? Take a look at Sacred Rides or Big Mountain Adventures and their trips around the world, to us from Canada those are trips of a lifetime to Switzerland, Morocco, Peru and they're at similar costs. To guests from Mexico, UK, Spain, USA, Switzerland and others that I've ridden with these are trips of a lifetime, stuff of bucket lists. They're all smiles and some have returned 2 years in a row. Trail forks doesn't bring a mechanic with you, doesn't find a local first nations caterer to bring truly local cuisine like moose stew and bannock, doesn't organize a music concert at your campsite, doesn't provide several ride options for the day because they've already ridden all the trails and know whats best, doesn't bring Endless Biking to guide along with local certified guides, doesn't give you the inside scoop on the latest and greatest trail route. Think about it, its worth every penny to the right person. And if you're ready, by all means make your own way up north and ride these towns along highway 16 or the other regions, its worth the trip, whether you're paying someone or going it on your own, everyone is welcome!
  • + 3
 Yeah I have to agree with what most people are saying here. I love the idea, and for years I said if they offered a more chill non-race version of the bc bike race, I'd be down. When bc bike ride was announced I was stoked. Until I saw the price tag. Just insane. I'm sure it's a ton of fun, but I just can't justify it.
  • + 2
 All the people that shell out the 5k have a once in a lifetime experience shared with like minded folk. I'm not the slightest bit interested in this event but the people that I have met that have participated said it was awesome! So if you can afford it go for it.
  • + 2
 Thanks for referencing the First Nations' territory that you will be cruising through. I didn't like getting kicked out of the camp site by these guys last year, but I respect your efforts to announce who's land you are really on, so I don't mind anymore. More culture in biking! Onwards!
  • + 3
 Would be sick to go on one of these trips or even sacred rides but the prices are insane! Just like 3 days at retallack for $2000. There needs to be a dirtbag version of these trips that doesn't have the fancy stuff.
  • + 7
 Oh there is dirtbag versions! You get to be your own guide. You get what you put into it!
  • + 4
 You don't even have to dirtbag it. Sechelt, Squamish, Cumberland all have nice hotels and/or Air BnB for ~$150/night, often less. Whistler is the only place with more expensive lodging, but if you book early enough ahead it's not bad. Me and the missus do similar trips every year and 7 days can be had for under $3k for the pair of us very easily.
  • + 3
 @pinkrobe: even $50 a night is alot for a dirtbag. Ill just camp for free with the crew all summer and put that money towards something epic.
  • + 3
 @drevisuals: Yeah, that's a good point. I'm a bad camper, and tend to prioritize hot showers and AC!
  • + 6
 @drevisuals there is a dirtbag version and it's a good one. For a long time I mulled writing something about this but killed the idea

1. Dirtbags should be motivated to do their own homework. Dirtbags have time so it should be DIY
2. Ideas and locations for dirtbagging are necessarily secret. Too much publicity kills the locations. Dirtbags should learn that
3. Why encourage laziness? True dirtbagging should be kind of hard work
4. Dirtbagging ideas change all the time.

These trips are geared towards those with more money than time. And the market for this is pretty big. And I would submit; its not for a lot of people - and that's fine
  • + 2
 @leelau: Hear Hear! Being a dirtbag means being crafty and figuring out how to Ride more Work less, I'll admit My Whistler dirtbag days are well behind me, but I'm still well below the threshold that would consider paying for a guided MTN bike trip (at this price point), but then again I'm privileged enough to live and ride in BC.

This is no different than a well off person dropping $10K going on a backcountry ski trip vs the legions of folks that sleep in their vans at the base of their favorite backcountry ski route.
  • + 5
 Realestate is cheaper in BC then this race.....lol
  • + 6
 Oh come on now!
  • + 1
 Oh I forgot I was just days behind the BC bike ride crew, I was told of there big setups and lots of setup and teardown time ahead and after them.
  • + 3
 Way to Pricey. Talk about a money grab. Trail forks it is!
  • + 1
 Do you see how the trail changes- pulverizes after the race/ride like this? I do
  • + 1
 Prognarcore trip for sure. Prognarcore on the wallet
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