Third Annual Cherry Tops Challenge Returns to B.C.’s Baldface Lodge

(Source: Baldface Lodge) Last year 67 amazing riders braved heat, altitude, physical, mechanical,  and mental breakdowns  in a poker ride like no other! One lucky lad came up with the best poker hand (full house Aces high) to win a sweet New Years powder skiing trip at Baldface Lodge.  The other 66 lucky souls were treated to fantastic swag bags, prizes, a delicious BBQ and a heck of a fun day.  The event is a fundraiser for the Nelson Cycling Club, and with all the trails around Nelson and the amount of work they do, they need all the help they can get!

The race starts in Nelson at The Sacred Ride, climbs up to the top of Pulmonary then plunges down to Highway 3. All you cowpokes will then head up Marsden Road and keep pedaling 23 kms until you get up to Baldface Lodge, elevation 6,750 feet. It doesn't end there, cause it's a final grueling push up to Cherry Tops, elevation 7,200 feet. After a breath-catching and breath-taking moment it's time to switch 'er over to downhill mode. Competitors will start their flight down "the meadow trail", Lower Swamp Donkey, and pedal up 4 kms to Shannon Pass. Then it's down to Kootenay Lake via the Shannon Pass trail and to the lake along highway 3. Whew!

Yes, you read that right … we're talking about 6,000 vertical feet and almost 60 km!
It's not about crossing the linefirst, it's about enjoying the bejeezus out of a big ride with fun people. You'll be getting poker cards along the way and the best hand wins a powder skiing trip of a lifetime. There will be tons of prizes so like we said, it's not about winning. Riders should bring plenty of water and some snacks, but some trail-side refreshments and a finish-line barbecue are included. So come one and come all to see "what in the wild, wild world of sports is goin' on here"!  We are also looking for volunteers. For more information, call 250-352-0006, or click here.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Cherry Top Challenge – a 60-km, 6,000 vertical-foot, poker-run-style mountain bike race

WHERE: Nelson, B.C.

WHO: Women and Men, all ages

WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 2009

RACE START: 8 a.m.

RACE FINISH: Approximately 5 p.m.

PRE-REGISTRATION: The Sacred Ride, open Monday through Saturday

REGISTRATION: 7 a.m. The Sacred Ride

COST: $50

PRIZES: More than you can shake a stick at

SPONSORS: The Sacred Ride, Baldface Lodge,  NRG Enterprises, Nelson Cycling Club, Nelson Brewing Company, Dakine, Trek, Sombrio and more!