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BC Bike Race sells out in record time

BC Bike Race organizers announced Tuesday that the 2013 edition of the Canadian mountain bike stage race had sold out its 550 registration slots in record time.

The seventh edition of the race, which organizers bill as the “ultimate singletrack experience,” sold out a full five months sooner than the 2012 edition.

Race entrants will convene in North Vancouver on Saturday June 29, with the seven-day race kicking off the following day in Cumberland, British Columbia, and finishing the following Saturday in Whistler.

The course boasts a make-up of 75-percent singletrack — past editions have featured up to 100-percent — and stages ranging from 26km to 65km, with between 860 meters and 2,100m of elevation gain.

The race also features a competition between the seven course directors, who compete for the honor of hosting the racers’ favorite stage. Stage 7, this year the shortest stage at 26km with 860m of elevation gain, won the 2012 award.

“Our courses are handcrafted to cater to the pure enjoyment of the trail rider; not the longest or the hardest but simply the most fun,” organizers said in a statement.

Despite the race selling out earlier than anticipated, organizers encourage prospective entrants to register on the waitlist, stating that spots tend to open up as the start date approaches.

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