The BC Bike Ride is powered by the world-renowned BC Bike Race, and as such follows a similar underlying philosophy—find and ride the best trails around. While the BC Bike Race is, of course, a race, the BC Bike Ride is a rest and relaxation vacation that tours loamy singletrack goodness. For this coming season, the BC Bike Ride is adding two new destinations—the Kootenays and the Coast— alongside its original classic: Northern British Columbia.
Working with local bike clubs, guides and businesses, the BC Bike Ride takes the stresses of planning logistics out of complex trips to maximize time on the trail. Nearly everything is taken care of for the rider from the time they arrive until they depart.
Each tour has been designed to highlight the uniqueness of the region and therefore no two tours are exactly like each other. Depending on the trip, accommodations may include tenting, hotels or hostels, the riding will vary from intermediate to advanced, and the opportunities for engaging in local culture will be as bountiful as the variety of terrain.
Ride North – The New Frontier
BC Bike Ride North explores eleven unique stashes of incredible purpose- and hand-built singletrack throughout the communities of Prince George, Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert over six days. The tour also passes through the lands of numerous Nations including the Tsilhqot'in, Secwepemc, Nazco, Lheidli T'enneh, Carrier Sekani, Wet'suwet'en, Gitxsan, and Tsimshian.
The summer days are long up north, and BC Bike Ride maxes out each day with as much riding as possible, but at the end of the day riders can rest and relax around the campfire, share stories and crawl into their tents dreaming about what the next day will bring.
Ride Coast – Mountain Biking's Mecca
On the Coast tour, riders will travel by ferry, bus and bike as they dive into the lush rainforest that is home to the origins of hand-built singletrack—the motherland. Crossing the Salish Sea from the mainland to Vancouver Island, breathing the salty ocean air and keeping an eye on the water for signs of whales, riders will experience some favorite 'backyard' trails and gems that have already been incorporated into the BC Bike Race course.
The towns of North Vancouver, Cumberland, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish and Whistler are brimming with hand-built singletrack. Ripping through the brown ribbons that lace their way through the abundantly green forests will bring a smile to your face and make your heart pound. This is a perfect opportunity to pre-ride some of the race course for prospective racers—or even those who are already signed up!
Ride Kootenays – Big Mountain Culture
Riders will take in 360-degree views of the Kootenay Rockies while breathing in the fresh mountain air. This area of British Columbia is known for its endless alpine trails, flowing descents, unique towns, and colorful people. Built on a historic passion for skiing and outdoor adventure, the towns visited on the tour include Castlegar, Nelson, New Denver, Nakusp and Revelstoke. These special communities have embraced mountain biking and made it their own.
Twelve distinct trail networks offer the full range of riding available in this region—from mountaintops to valley floors, the trails range from fast and flowy to challenging and technical. From chilly mountain peaks to warm local's hangouts, Ride Kootenays is all about big mountain culture.
Registration is now open for all three tours. More information is available at www.bcbikeride.com.