Registration is now open for this year’s “Trailblazer Series”
brought to you by Goodlife Fitness
. With $2800 in cash prizing
, the revival of the “Vedder Mountain Classic”
and “Sumas Smack Down”
, as well as a BC Enduro Series
stop, things are shaping up to be a pretty unreal set of events come this Spring. The races will follow a “TeXC”
format. What’s “TeXC” you ask? It’s sort of a hybrid between the two disciplines, it gives an opportunity for XC riders to compete in the same race with Enduro riders. You can choose to race the full course, or ride the full course and race the timed descents. Don’t miss out, register today!!Register Here
We also have a NOBL wheels prize set up for grabs. Register for the full race series and have a chance to a set of carbon rims from NOBL wheels.
The Trailblazer Series is brought to you by Goodlife Fitness
, in association with:JamesLissimore Photography, Vedder Mountain Bike Co, Lifecycles Bike Shop, Simpson Notaries, Tourism Chilliwack, Old Yale Brewing, OneUp Components, RaceFace, Cycles Lambert, NOBL Wheels, Specialized, Spruce Timing, The Osprey BC Enduro Series, Muddbunnies Racing, Clearbrook Coffee Company, Muscle Milk, Envision Financial, Kintec, The Bike Room, Clearbrook Iron Works Vedder Mountain Classic and BC Enduro- May 14th and 15th
The Vedder trail crews have been out almost every weekend working to build and prep the best course possible. From beautiful flowing climbs, to steep, technical, loam covered descents, to fast old favorites this course has you covered. The “TeXC” format will feature roughly a 30 km course with over 1600+ meters of climbing, and within this course there will be 2 timed descents. There are podiums for the fastest overall course completion, as well as the fastest person down the mountain. In addition we are offering a “King of the Mountain”
and “Queen of the Mountain”
prize of $50 cash
for the first guy and gal to the top, but you will have to grab your cash and hold onto it while you continue crushing the rest of the Vedder Classic course.
We are also offering a "Short Course"
which will be around 12-15 km of single track awesomeness, and one timed decent. This will be for guy or gal that is looking to get into the race scene without the full commitment.
Lunch will be provided by a local food truck known as the “Suburban Spoon”, and “Old Yale Brewing” will be out serving up some refreshments following the ride, this is included with your entry. Sit back, reminisce about the race, enjoy some awesome eats, sip back your favorite barley beverage, and take in the views of beautiful Cultus Lake, it doesn’t get any better than that.Apres the Ride- May 14thKlunker Ride
Following the big race, there will a retro “Klunker” Ride
happening up on Vedder Mountain. Riders are encouraged to dig out their old Proflex, or Bush Pilot and come up for a casual/not so casual ride up and down “Sunnyside Up”.After Party
We have secured an exclusive after party for racers following the “Vedder Mountain Classic”
, we have been given free reign at a local pub in Cultus Lake known as the “Lakeside Beach Club”
, doors to open at 7:30 pm. We will be selling entries that will get you a burger and a beer, we will have more details as things develop. This is an exclusive after party there are only 160 tickets available, we will be hosting a film festival in conjunction with this social event, it is sure to become the party of the year, so don’t miss out!BC Enduro Series
The BC Enduro Series makes its way into the Valley the Next day, there will be some completely blind stages, and even more surprises for riders come race day.
With 3 big stages (maybe more), with the final stage taking the fastest racers about 12-15 minutes to complete (20+ minutes for us mortals), this definitely going to be one heck of race. Riders will be paying for all that fun with about 1900 m of climbing.
This one will fill up fast so get over there and secure your spot!
Racers will also be treated to some awesome eats courtesy of the “Suburban Spoon”
and bevies courtesy of “Old Yale Brewing”.Register for the BC Enduro SeriesWhere to Stay:
There are lots of places to stay in Chilliwack. The closest accommodation will be camping in the Sunnyside Campground at Cultus Lake, tenting and RV sites are available. There are also cabins available for rent at the Lake. Here it the link for more information:Sunnyside CampgroundCabins at Cultus LakeCultus Lake Provincial Park Camping
There are also some local motels in downtown Vedder, that are fairly reasonably priced. The Vedder River Inn is right on the main stretch and is close to the local bike shop Vedder Mountain Bike Co.Vedder River InnSumas Smackdown- June 4-5th
Following the epic weekend at Vedder, we are headed back to Abbotsford for the “Sumas Smack Down
”. With another $1400 in prize money up for grabs
, plus tons of swag we have you covered! The course will feature some of that famous Fraser Valley Loam, technical rock and root sections, as well as some old favorites. These races are going to be awesome so don’t miss out.Demo Day, Course Pre-ride and BBQ
On June 4th, join us for a demo day, course pre-ride and BBQ. This is your chance to learn some of the secret linesRace Day
With 30 km (give or take) of premium single track trail, this race is certainly one to add to your race calendar this year. The race will follow a “TeXC” format, where riders will be challenged by demanding technical trails, big climbs, steeps, and long descents.
The race will feature an overall full course timed podium, plus several timed descents within the race. Combined, these timed descents will form a separate podium. Racers will have a chance to battle it out for positions on two podiums, for a crack at the prize money.
All action photos by [L=http://jkliss.photoshelter.com/#!/index/G0000Y1CpdO9L428/thumbs]James Lissimore[/L].What’s Included?
-A fully taped race course
- Fully stocked feed stations
- Professional First Aid
-A gourmet hot meal at the end of your race
-Highly accurate professional timing
-Amazing single track trails
-A chance to claim some of the $2800 in prize money between the 2 races
-A glimpse of a BCES course and some practice before the race
-Tons of prizing
-Anything else we can work out before race day (we will keep you informed, more stuff in the works).Prizing
Prize money is to be awarded to the PRO categories only. Prizing is to be broken down as follows: 1st Full Course Overall Time- $150, 2nd Full Course Overall Time $100, 3rd Full Course Overall Time $75 (both Men’s and Women’s podium). 1st Combined Descents $150, 2nd Combined Descents $100, 3rd Combined Descents $75 (both Men’s and Women’s Podium). First male and female to the top of the first big climb will claim the “Mountain Goat” prize at a cool $50 cash. Please note that 130 racers must enter each race for the prizing to be allocated as outlined above, prizing will be prorated if registration numbers are not sufficient.
For more information on the Race Series, check out our previous article HERERecap“Vedder Mountain Classic”- May 14th, 2016
“Vedder Mountain Klunker Ride” – May 14th, 2016
“Vedder Classic After Party” – May 14th, 2016
“BC Enduro Series- Fraser Valley”- May 15th, 2016
“Sumas Demo Day” – June 4th, 2016
“Sumas SmackDown” – June 5th, 2016
$2800 in Prizing, hot meals, and good times.BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPONSORSPeak
JamesLissimore Photography, Vedder Mountain Bike Co, Lifecycles Bike Shop, Simpson Notaries, Tourism Chilliwack, Old Yale Brewing, OneUp Components, Race Face, Cycles Lambert, NOBL Wheels, Specialized, The Osprey BC Enduro Series, Muddbunnies Racing, Clearbrook Coffee Company, Spruce TimingTreeline
Muscle Milk, Envision Financial, Kintec, The Bike Room, Clearbrook IronWorks