Not to be confused with the BC Bike Race, which is touted as ‘the ultimate singletrack experience,’ the BC Bike Ride claims to be the ‘ultimate road trip experience.’ After a huge success in its first year, the BC Bike Ride is back for a second time in 2018. The ride will take place from August 4th to August 12th and registration is open now.
For the BC Bike Ride, the team behind the BC Bike Race will organize and orchestrate a road trip for riders along Route 16 in northern British Columbia. Larger in area than California, northern British Columbia has a bigger population of bears than people. The local mountain bikers spend hours building and shaping trails and are happy to share their esoteric countryside with newcomers. Details for the ride are prearranged so bikers have nothing else to do but enjoy singletrack in each town. From pickup to drop off, everything is taken care of—food, entertainment, mechanical assistance and more.
The BC Bike Ride has a scant 50 seats available and costs $3,700, so get in while you can. After flying into the Prince George airport, riders travel 700 kilometers and sample the best riding in Prince George, Burns Lake, Smithers and Terrace. The trip is fully guided and connects 11 different networks of purpose-built trail catering to intermediate and advanced riders. Each night, riders will be treated to the local culture with campfires, entertainment and craft beer. After six days of riding, the final day of the trip is spent in Cassiar Cannery near Price Rupert on the coast. As a rest day, riders can choose to go canoeing, deep sea fishing, jet boating or tour the local town.
The BC Bike Ride team works to create experiences that are respectful of the First Nations groups, and the road trip will pass through numerous First Nation lands. Participants will have an opportunity to experience and learn about the indigenous culture and heritage while getting to ride ripping singletrack.