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The 2010 BC Bike Race course isn’t devitating much from last year, but organizers have made some final “tweaks” to the route to include as much singletrack as possible.
In its fourth year, the seven-day stage race starts on June 27 and ends July 3 and will once again take riders from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whistler, BC. Taking feedback from participants, BC Bike Race course designers have not only added more loamy singletrack, but have also simplified travel logistics, said Andreas Hestler, the race’s marketing director, in a release.
Day 3 will no longer involve a 5 a.m. wake up and will include Powell River, a little-known singletrack area with a beach front venue, as the day’s destination. Organizers have also created a cruise concept, with four BC Ferries making the crossing to allow enough travel time to socialize, relax and see the coast, Hestler said.
Last year’s event started with a full stage on Vancouver’s North Shore and the legendary locale delivered a fierce opening round. This year’s start will include a short 2-3 km North Shore prologue, “with just enough up, down and twisty trail to give all participants a taste, while only whetting the appetite for the next seven days,” Hestler said.
“While many riders want to see, feel and taste the North Shore riding, a full stage may not be the best way for the uninitiated,” said Hestler.
Race organizers have taped video of each day’s singletrack, which is edited and posted on the race’s web site.
“Just a few little teasers to keep you all pumped on what’s around the corner,” said Dean Payne, BC Bike Race president.
Most other days will see only a few changes as, over the last few years, course designers have spent countless hours sweeping and buffing trails to create the “Ultimate Singletrack Experience,” Hestler said.
BC Bike Race homepage photo: Alison Sydor shreds Day 1 on Vancouver’s North Shore. By Dave Silver.