News: BC Bike Race Poised to Begin
Five hundred and fifty riders, 217 miles, 25,000 feet of climbing.... British Columbia's big race is here
The BC Bike Race is ready to roll with a stacked roster of singletrack hounds salivating at the mouth to get out and race the ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience’. The race begins on June 30th in Cumberland and finishes in Whistler on July 6. Over the course of the week, the 550 riders will cover some 217 miles, 25,000 feet of climbing and more than 75 percent of those miles will be on single track–a fact that sets the BC Bike Race apart from a good many marathon-style races.
Year seven of the race will see few changes to a course that has been tweaked to perfection over the previous six years. Each town along the course provides a large selection of ‘handmade’ trails that have for 359 days or since the last edition received some serious trail attention; buffing, shaping and carving the legendary trails into premium condition for this year’s adventure.
The Enduro is back, 13 chip timed special segments will highlight some of the best descents of each stage. Ranging in length from 1 kilometer to 2.5 kilometers, the Enduro ‘the race within the race’ will continue to reward the technically savvy over the engine-only types.
While registration takes place in North Vancouver Friday and Saturday, the 550 racers from 26 different countries will hit the dirt, flowing singletrack in Cumberland. From there the journey will unfold crossing the Pacific Ocean three times on the BC Ferries, visiting Campbell River, Powell River, Sechelt and Squamish to its conclusion in Whistler.
Last year’s champions Neal Kindree and Wendy Simms will take on challengers from all over the globe as they defend their right to wear the leaders yellow jersey on the final podium.
Top Male Competitors:
Neal Kindree – Defending his 2012 BCBR title as the fastest man over seven days of singletrack. Neal hails from the local town of Squamish and has been a member of the Canadian National Team.
Matt Hadley – Team Xpresso, The overall Canada Cup winner in 2011, Matt placed 4th at BCBR in 2012 and is back to climb higher on the podium.
Cory Wallace – Team Kona, An endurance specialist, Cory was 2nd at the 24 hours World in 2010, won a stage at BCBR in 2012 and was 2nd at the Mongolia Bike Challenge in 2011. He is poised from some imminent greatness. Will this be his year?
Guido Thaler – Team Craft Rocky Mountain Bikes, A European Marathon Specialist hailing form Austria back for his second run at the podium after last year’s eye opening experience and 7th place.
Carter Hovey – Team Orbea, He nearly won the Mongolia Bike Challenge in 2012 and is on track to be one of the fastest stage race specialists. He was 6th at BCBR in 2012 and certainly hopes to move onto the podium this time around.
Sam Whitingham – Naked Bikes. Known as the fastest man in the world, Sam currently holds the World Land Speed record in the human powered division, his mountain bikes skills are exceptional and this will be his first time at the BC Bike Race.
Joe Murray – Voodoo Cycles. A Hall of Fame inductee and industry legend. His 12 straight wins in 1985 have to this day never been repeated in the US. Here for the sheer pleasure of singletrack Joe is never to be counted out.
Top Women Competitors:
Wendy Simms – Team Kona. The defending champion, Wendy has many accolades to her name including six Canadian National Cyclo-Cross titles, but the BCBR is near and dear to her heart as are her two sons.
Anika Bergman – Team Craft Rocky Mountain Bikes, 2012 Swedish National Champion and former resident of Whistler where she was bitten by the singletrack bug. Together with her experience and her upward rising career this could be a great race.
Top Enduro Competitors:
Wade Simmons – Rocky Mountain Bikes. The Godfather of Free Ride and winner of the first Red Bull Rampage, Wade is back for the second time around having had so much fun last year.
Andreas Hestler -Team Rocky Mountain Bikes, Winner of the BC Bike Race Enduro 2012, Canadian Olympian and five-time Canadian National Champion.
Joe Schwartz – Team Kona. One of the first free riders to compete at the Red Bull Rampage. Joe is a certified ACMG ski guide and coaches bikes between global adventures in the summer. A truly all- around rider and legend in the sport.