Andrew L’Esperance and Laurie Arseneault throw down and win, Day 1 of the BCBR

Andrew L’Esperance and Laurie Arseneault throw down and win, Day 1 of the BCBR

Location: Penticton, South OkanaganTrail Network: Three Blind MiceDistance Total: 36km (24Km on the clock)Vertical: 988 metersPresented By: Pearl IzumiStage One ResultsPhoto Credit: Dave Silver Up and Running! It has been 26 months since the last edition of the BC Bike Race and the energy was palpable. The heralded return of the BC Bike Race began on a beautiful sunny day in the city of Penticton, South Okanagan. Riders from as far as Dubai, Florida, and the UK have converged on this new venue to see what is in store for them. Racers were chomping at the bit to get out and stretch their legs. What have the ingenious masterminds of BCBR laid out?  If day one is any indicator, this week will be a full-blown mountain bike extravaganza, something along the lines of, “The Ultimate Singletrack Experience.”  Go figure eh!! They Found What They Came For. With some heavy hitters taking the line and a nice aperitif of trails and venues on the menu, here are the results of Day 1. With five more days to go. This show-down promises to be a doozy from start to finish. And for those simply out for a ride there are plenty of rip-snorting good times ahead. Nobody will leave this year’s edition disappointed. Open Womens ResultsLaurie Arseneault                               - 1:35:24Haley Smith                                         - 1:38:44Katelyn Button                                    - 1:43:03 Open Mens ResultsAndrew L’Esperance                           - 1:17:34Felix Burke                                          - 1:19:50Carter Nieuwesteeg                            - 1:20:07 Team of 2 Mixed ResultsEmily Batty, Adam Morka                   - 1:48:47Julie Pheonix, Rob Phoenix                 - 2:15:53Kathy Beresford, Andy Smallman       - 2:25:53 40+ WomenKimberley Quinlan                              - 1:55:20Bryna Blanchard                                 - 1:56:47Lyndsay Wrightson                             - 2:01:5 40+ MenEric Tourville                                      ...
The 2021 BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll!

The 2021 BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll!

Back after an un-planned two-year hiatus, (Thanks Covid), the 15th edition of the BC Bike Race is ready to roll, in an all-new location, Penticton and the South Okanagan region, British Columbia, Oct 2- 8th, 2021. What a long, strange trip it’s been, as I’m sure you’re all aware this hasn’t been an easy road to navigate – like a black diamond trail, never before ridden, throwing features at you left, right and center, stay on your toes and keep pivoting, dance monkey dance. Well, here we are ready for a fall classic to unfold. Four mens champions, former and current are all taking the start line; Felix Burke, Geoff Kabush, Corey Wallace and Kris Sneddon with unknown commodities like Karsten Madsen coming in to spice up the mix, who will have the jam to win. With all new venues on hand, never before seen trails, trail configurations, and premium fall conditions to keep the engines cool and revving, this year’s edition is looking to be a battle royal of epic proportions. On the women’s side we have an all-star lineup of Canadian talent many coming straight off the World Cup Circuit and some even from the Tokyo Olympic Games; Emily Batty, Laurie Arsenault, Haley Smith, and Sandra Walter, plus returning runner up from the 2019 BC Bike Race Courtenay McFadden (USA). With no Katarina Nash to contend with, who will triumph and be the fastest woman at the ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience” Racing is getting underway and it’s going to be exciting, nail-biting, and only mellowed by the Merlot and Chardonnay toasted at the finish lines in the beautiful wine country of British Columbia. From burly, gnarly, rock-strewn singletrack to fast undulating berms, slabs and...
BIKE CHECK FROM CORY WALLACE

BIKE CHECK FROM CORY WALLACE

Cory Wallace - past winner of the BC Bike Race - is joining us for a fall double header racing both gravel and race! He is currently in the Okanagan exploring the terrain and you can follow his stories on Instagram at @wallacesworld. We asked him about his bike setup: For BC Bike Race I’ll be running the Kona Hei Hei with a 12 speed XTR Drivetrain, with a 36 T on the front, 10-51 in the rear. The wheels will be Astral Cycling Carbon Serpentines with Maxxis EXO tires on the mountain bike. Likely an Ardent race 2.25 on the front and an Aspen 2.25 on the rear. No dropper at the moment but I will be testing one out next week while pre riding. My bike will have a WTB Silverado Saddle. I use Squirt tire sealant with bead locks and Squirt Long Lasting Dry chain lube. If you’re curious about his gravel bike setup you can find it on our blog at...
THE BC BIKE RACE IS ON

THE BC BIKE RACE IS ON

THE BC BIKE RACE IS ON We know that everyone wants to get out and race and we are happy to say that we are still on for this fall. BCBR continues to work within Provincial Health Authority (PHA) Guidelines and in consultation with our host communities to deliver a great bike race and to give you the “Ultimate Singletrack Experience” this fall - with the highest ratio of singletrack of any BC Bike Race in our 14-year history! Implementing the systems and tools that we have learned over the past 18 months positions us well to execute a “Flow Through Event” that meets the current health guidelines of both the Province and the Interior Health Authority. Our plans have evolved through each stage of pandemic restrictions and for 2021, they have centred around the elimination of congregation and gatherings to keep our racers, crew and public safe. Bike races are outdoors and we saw the success of the ski industry last winter. A race is naturally spaced, and can be adjusted in many ways to increase safety. From small waves, to appointment-based start times (think golf tee-off times), paired with all racers required to be fully vaccinated to participate, we can manage and execute within the current context of PHA guidelines. As disappointed as we are to lose the communal experience we’ve enjoyed in the beer gardens and our finish line celebrations, we are doing what it takes to put on an amazing race course. Keep training and we look forward to seeing you in 5 1/2...
VIDEO: The SHOWCASE – Episode 5

VIDEO: The SHOWCASE – Episode 5

This is The SHOWCASE Episode 5 of a five(5) part mini-series. We hope you enjoy the visuals, the dialogue and the small feeling of human interactions as much as we did. Even though the future still remains a bit grey we believe there is so much positivity and optimism in even the smallest of gestures. We hope this series keeps you inspired and motivated.