The BCBR Experience: Day One - Cumberland - Video

Jun 12, 2017 at 18:55
by BC Bike Race  
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The BCBR Experience

With the countdown to the BC Bike Race on, it’s time for us to release the first of our seven-part video series showcasing the communities we visit. Through these edits we will share the unique culture and history of each, as well as, the 2017 course maps for our daily stages! These short stories will touch on the evolution of mountain biking here in BC and what has catapulted our province to a top destination for mountain biking globally.


The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland

The front line of the 2015 BC Bike Race.
Day 1 race start in Cumberland.


This project was made possible with a grant through British Columbia’s new Marketing Co-Op program. With the province’s support, we are thrilled to have the platform with which to share these communities, which have been such a big part of our success as an event, with the world.


The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Just a few highlights of our course in Cumberland.


In each segment, we will talk to some of the colourful characters who have had a role in the continuing development of mountain biking in their towns. From our Cumberland course designer and owner of the Riding Fool Hostel, Jeremy Grasby, to Dream Wizards and legendary trail builder, Ted Tempany, and even the Godfather of Freeride himself, Wade Simmons, we have a wide array of stories to share about what makes mountain biking happen in our backyard.





BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll

In just 22 days, racers from 33 countries will arrive in North Vancouver for the BC Bike Race! The action will kick off on July 7 with the first stage in Cumberland before continuing to Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler!



The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Cory Wallace celebrating his win at BC Bike Race last year.


Last year’s winner and the new 24-hour World Champion, Cory Wallace, is back to defend his title! After going home with third last year, Stephen Ettinger is also returning with his sights set on the top step. The field gets even stronger with competition and includes; Olympian and Canadian legend, Geoff Kabush; mountain bike and cyclocross racer Troy Wells; cyclocross racer, Tim Johnson; American Olympian, Sam Shultz; and returning 2016 French Marathon Champion Frederic Gombert. Also, throwing their hats in the ring are enduro racers, Jesse Melamed and Chris Johnson. Will Jesse’s cross-country background and home field advantage in Whistler give him an edge?


Katarina Nash celebrates a well earned victory.
Katerina Nash crosses the finish line and celebrates a well-earned victory in 2015.


We also have Olympian and past BC Bike Race winner, Katerina Nash, back! And while we would have loved to see her and our 2016 winner, Kelli Emmet, battle it out, we will instead have to keep an eye on the local talent, Cary Mark, and new school racers like Olympian Kristen Sweetland and Dutch Marathon Champion Hielke Elferinke.

This year we are also thrilled to be hosting local trail builders Rob Pheonix, Penny Deck, and Martin Newman for the race—for all that you do, we salute you!

So follow along for the next few weeks as we share our communities and course with you. And then stay tuned to watch the story unfold and virtually cheer on our racers as we share live updates, daily photos, and race reports throughout our seven days on the road!


The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Tune in and follow along!



MENTIONS: @BCBR



25 Comments

  • + 26
 Can't wait for BCBR!! One of the all time best events I've ever had the chance to be a part of!! Nearly all singletrack on some of the best trails ever!!! So well organized and a great vibe.
  • + 3
 Hey Brett, what kind of bike do you recommend? XC or AM/Enduro?
  • + 1
 I'll let you know in a few weeks.. planning to ride my nomad all 7 days. Should be interesting... @cwatt:
  • + 0
 @cwatt: AM or Enduro for sure
  • + 2
 @danstratplr: I'm there with you on a big bike. Look for me on an orange Transition Covert!
  • + 1
 Yeeeew! Sounds good. I'm on a green/yellow Nomie. I'll be suffering the whole time so say HI! @muddylaces:
  • + 2
 @danstratplr: I love that comment. Most of us gladly suffer as part of the "yeeeew!"
  • + 4
 Great Video BCBR! Can't wait to see the rest as they are released. Cumberland is an awesome place to ride! I'll be volunteering with BCBR this year and registering for 2018 SO EXCITED!
  • + 2
 @stackaroo thank you for volunteering!
  • + 5
 one day before I'm dead. This race is an amazing part of mountain bike history and now has a life of its own. MASSIVE respect to everyone involved.
  • + 3
 That first climb (gut check) last year in the torrential rain was brutal but well worth it. First day definitely let you know how your training went and how well you ride roots in the rain. Amazing People, Town and Trails!
  • + 1
 yeah it was...holy shit. that entire day was tough for me, trails were decimated by the time i got to them haha.
  • + 3
 Someday I will do this race!
  • + 3
 Who wants my ticket? Can't take part due to an injury.
  • + 2
 here!
  • + 1
 I see this year it's later in the season so it should be dry. Some trails hold up well in the wet, and some really don't.
  • + 1
 It's same time as always. First week of July.
  • + 1
 @harmar:

Confused with another race.
  • + 1
 Rode Cumberland last year. Am itching to go back.
  • + 1
 This race looks ideal. Love BC.
  • - 1
 You forgot to mention torrential rain....
  • + 5
 It wouldn't be the full BC experience without a few days of rain.
  • + 3
 If you can't mountain bike in the rain, you're missing half the experience. Get muddy, bruh
  • - 3
 Way too much lycra

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