In the spring BC Bike Ride
ran a contest to win a seat on our ultimate road trip experience! The prize pack - valued at $10,000 - included a BC Bike Ride entry; 7-days of full supported mountain biking through Northern British Columbia, and a brand new Instinct 950 MSL from Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
We caught up with the winner, Ian Burbridge, to hear all about his trip and how the new bike is working out on his home terrain in Utah!
How did you feel when you found out that you won the contest?
It was unreal, I didn't think it was real at first. I thought my girlfriend was playing a trick on me when she sent me the screen shot off Pinkbike. Then once I had a chance to see for myself it sunk in that I was going to fulfill a longtime dream of riding in British Columbia.
What was your overall impression of riding in British Columbia?
It was totally different than anything I have ever ridden before. I had a few days before the ride to go and explore the North Shore scene a bit and get a feel for the steep technical type riding that the area is famous for. And then throughout the trip there was such a range of riding that was all amazing. Overall I love steep technical terrain and pushing my comfort zone - British Columbia exceeded all of my expectations.
What was the highlight of the trip for you?
I mean the entire trip was amazing, I would say the days in Prince George and Burns Lake were by far my favorite. Both the riding and the times around camp with the live music and lakes made these spots stick out to me.
Did you have a favorite ride that you did on the trip? What was it and why did you like it so much?
Prince George - it offered such amazing riding and challenging features that I hadn't seen before. Our awesome guide, Ben Yeager, gave us a great feel for the area. Then In Burns Lake we camped at the base of trail head that offered two days of whatever you wanted, whether that be flowy jump trails or steep techy rock rolls. I felt like I had a massive smile the entire time.
How did you enjoy your final days in Prince Rupert?
I took the time in Prince Rupert to enjoy some down time from the past week of riding which consisted of napping, walking around downtown Prince Rupert, and enjoying the views from the Cassiar Cannery.
Overall it was a great end to the trip, It gave all the riders plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and share stories from the past week of riding while getting some much needed rest.
Where is home for you and what is the riding like there?
Home is Northern Utah and the riding up here is awesome with lots of aspen forests and rocky terrain. Depending where you go you can find mellow flow or steep rough gnarly stuff, there is quite a range. And it doesn't hurt having Moab and Zion a few hours down the road.
How are you enjoying your new Rocky Mountain Instinct?
It has been amazing, I couldn't of asked for anything better to suit the riding on the trip. The bike overall was confidence inspiring and really playful, it was an absolute blast to trow around on the trails.
How has it adjusted to your home terrain?
It has done very well, I was weary at first going from a 26" all the way up to wagon wheels but really It has been a blast and I have zero complaints.
After experiencing northern BC riding, do you plan to return to British Columbia to explore some more?
Of course, I just got a little taste. I will have to come back for a big ol' slice of BC pie.
Anything else you would like to add?
Yes, I would like to extend a massive thank you to every on involved, All of our amazing guides - the crew at Endless Biking;
Darren Butler and Kelli Sherbinin, the mechanics on the trip; Fraser Newton and Tyler LeLacheur for keeping us all running and just being awesome, Rocky Mountain,
everyone that came on the trip, and the whole staff at BC Bike Ride.
You all provided me a life changing experience that I couldn't be more grateful for!
Registration for the 2018 edition of BC Bike Ride will open on Monday, November 27 - don't miss out!
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