For 10 years, the BC Bike has attracted full fields of mountain bike stage racers from around the world who are looking to tackle some of North America’s most fun to ride and sought after singletrack. The 2017 edition is already full for the races 11th year and in order to make the experience of tackling British Columbia’s amazing network of singletrack more accessible, the BC Bike Race has announced the BC Bike Ride North a mountain bike event style holiday.
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From August 5 to 13, 2017 participants will get the opportunity to ride singletrack in the northern part of the province while visiting communities to experience their culture and get immersed in their history. The road trip starts in North Vancouver and finishes seven days later in the Great Bear Rainforest. Along the way participants will visit North Vancouver and the six northern communities of Williams Lake, Prince George, Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert. Registration opens on February 7 at 9 am local time and there is space for 100 participants in the trips inaugural edition.
The trip is for intermediate and advanced riders who want to explore the beautiful trails without the pressure of the race on 14 singletrack trail networks. Off the bike, travelers will move around by plane, train and luxury bus to the various locations. Also planned are gourmet meals and opportunities to enjoy local craft beer around campfires and other entertainment.
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Race environments are fun and competitive but sometimes the urge to explore is greater than that to compete. Each day of the BC Bike Ride North riders get to choose from the recommended routes and then with the help of local guides and detailed maps get the opportunity to go out and ride. With all mountain riding options accessible participants can choose from downhill trails, cross country, freeride or dirt jumping to experience the provinces trails as they see fitting.