PRESS RELEASE: Squamish Enduro
After a 2 year hiatus, the OneUp Squamish Enduro presented by Tantalus Bike Shop is back between the tape to showcase the legendary trails surrounding Squamish, BC.
For 2022, two course options have been strategically designed to test riders, from the up-and-coming challenger, to the worlds most elite EWS athletes. The Short Course, released April 1st takes riders on a 35km loop with 1,300m of climbing and nearly 800m of in-stage descending on a mix of intermediate and expert trail. The Full Course, western Canada's lone EWS Qualifier is the supersized version - circumnavigating 50km with 2,000m of climbing and nearly 1,500m of in-stage descending that includes some of Squamish's most difficult and demanding trails.
Trail conditions are excellent right now, but with weather looming for later in the week, riders need to anticipate a very challenging course on Saturday, May 7th. Understandably, the organizers have strategically designed the course to be as bulletproof as possible when it comes to wet weather. Leading up to the event, the Squamish Enduro has spent over 100 paid maintenance hours on the course, and contributes to the SORCA trail crew with the goal that the trails can be returned to a state better than they were before the event.
In BC's Sea to Sky Corridor, you can always expect some heavy hitters to show up, whether its the open or pro field. This years event will see the likes of Rémi Gauvin, Jesse Melamed, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, Kasper Woolley, Rhys Verner, Lucy Schick, and McKay Vezina line up along side some of the fastest day-jobbers on the planet. To boot, eighty five U-21 riders will be competing in the event, with twenty three of those being women, the most in event history!
We Are One sponsors "The Race to Mid-Pack", where the rider who finishes exactly mid-pack on the infamous blind stage takes home a pair of Union 29 rims - a set for the mid-pack male and female on both the short and the full course. Riders also have to look forward to the on course speed zones, sponsored by OneUp Components and Dialed In Cycling, where the fastest male and female take home one can of beer (or pop for those under 19) for each km/h they clock on the radar gun. Nesters Market provides one of the most deluxe on-course feed zones you can imagine, a welcome oasis for riders mid-way through a crusher-of-a-day. After the race, riders head to Norman Rudy's Pub for a well deserved meal and a pint courtesy of Gibbons Apres Lager.
The Squamish Enduro respectfully acknowledges that we ride within the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw