Lots of international and regional flavour represented at the BCBR
Now in its 7th year, the BC Bikerace
draws an international crowd. It's always fun to see the racers wander around town and check out local trails before they embark on 7 days of taint-chafing, but surprisingly North Vancouver has missed out on having a local stage in the past few years. Apparently, in the first year of the BCBR, racers in rigid single-speed 29ers that were used to glorified gravel paths did not appreciate walking down "BC XC" trails with their bikes in two pieces thus leading race organizers to find venues where the mix of challenging to beginner trails was somewhat better than 90 to 10%.
Teammates navigate lawndart corner
Why do they call it lawndart corner one might ask?
Dave Silver works hard while Brad sails through
Times have changed. Trails in North Van have evolved and more beginner/intermediate trails suitable for racing have crept into the system. 2014 sees the return of the BCBR to North Van. Lots of my friends run or are involved in the event. I view the BCBR as one of those things that build community and which have positive economic impacts; they run trail days before and after events, they give dollars back for local trail work, and generally speaking are outstanding corporate citizens.
Also harking back to my lycra roots, I was pretty excited to see how 600 people would enjoy the ride so we volunteered to marshal at the junction of Severed Dick and the Baden Powell or what I fondly call "lawndart corner
". It was a dark, slightly greasy North Van ride day and was a great time. Tip of the hat to Penny and Martin for such fantastic work on this piece of trail featured in these shots.
This racer from New Zealand flew halfway across the world to ride BC trails and to show us that the Kiwi is not a flightless bird after all
Game face 1
Game face 2
The rider photo album is here (300 images)
. It isn't indexed or watermarked, but they are taken while I was wildly gesticulating to riders to go right, so excuse the lack of perfect composition.
-Lee and Sharon
From exotic Chilliwack, Pinkbike's own Mike Levy savagely executes a pass
Margus Riga also out documenting
Team Darren Butler and Martin Ready on the BCBR bike patrol provide neutral support