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BC Bike Race Offering 'Lite' Option

While riders in the BC Bike race have traditionally tackled an average of 60km a day on the seven-day journey from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whistler, BC, the 2010 edition will feature an option of 30km a day.

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Alison Sydor ripping the singletrack in a past BC Bike Race. The 2010 race will feature an option of about 19 miles a day over seven days. Photo by Dave Silver
Alison Sydor ripping the singletrack in a past BC Bike Race. The 2010 race will feature an option of about 19 miles a day over seven days. Photo by Dave Silver

If the nearly 40 miles a day of the seven-day BC Bike Race is a little too epic, organizers have thrown in a “lite” option.

While riders in the BC Bike race have traditionally tackled an average of 60km a day on the seven-day journey from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whistler, BC, the 2010 edition will feature a “Challenge” option of 30km a day, or about 19 miles a day.

The Challenge is the same seven days, visits the same towns, stays at the same base camps, enjoys all the same amenities, but covers half the distance as the Epic version, according to a BC Bike Race release.

“We wanted to open up BC Bike Race to as many people as possible, while maintaining the same experience that we’ve delivered over the last few years,” said BCBR Operations Manager Tom Skinner, on the evolution of the Challenge. “After much discussion, we felt that a new short-course seven day event was the way to do this. They’ll still feature awesome singletrack, the same great base camps, and seven days of riding, but will hopefully open up BCBR to people who don’t feel like riding for as long a distance each day.”

The BC Bike Race is going into its fourth year, with the Challenge option a natural progression, said Andreas Hestler, BCBR marketing director.

“Everyone should be able to reach their goals and achieve something great every year,” said Hestler. “Epic or Challenge, 60k or 30k per day, BCBR is still seven days of sweet mountain bike singletrack.”

Registration is currently open for both versions of the 2010 BC Bike Race event. There are different categories available for each version of the BCBR, though both share the core options: Solo and Teams of 2, 3 and 4. Check www.bcbikerace.com for more details.