A True Story – Riding on Canvas

A True Story – Riding on Canvas

Sep 19, 2013

About ten years ago I found myself in Australia on my third circumnavigation of that great continent. This story tells why I love ultra-cycling and why I am working to share the sport with the world. As Lance Armstrong so infamously stated way back then, “It’s not about the bike” and well one of the beautiful things about ultra-cycling is it is not about shortcuts or even finishing first, it is about the ride, the journey, the adventure, the self-discovery.  I think only soldiers get more in touch with themselves than an ultra-cyclist who fears he may have bitten off more than he or she can ride. “Riding on Canvas” was my slowest trek around Australia and by far the hardest as I towed a trailer and left the escort crew at home. I broke my bike frame near the absolute middle of no-where but another one was dispatched immediately and the local bike shop did a masterful job of switching everything over. While I lost 4 or 5 days I decided there was no option but to continue. It was quite possibly the greatest ride of my life. Riding on Canvas On a desolate aged and weather beaten road spanning the obscure habitats of infinity a cyclist is drawn by the magical lure of faraway places. His heart and muscles weave a tapestry of effort and desire so intricate that the distinction between reality and illusion becomes blurred; each overlapping the other. Like a champion race horse breaking free from the starter’s gate he explodes with determination, consuming and devouring the challenge; each pedal stroke serving like a fork delivering more fuel to his fire and motion. Innately he is compelled to strive for more and more in every action he takes until in a single suspended moment that defies the logical order of our universe rider and bike fuse together becoming a missile hell-bent on speed and the obliteration of distance.   Continue reading...

Selecting your Race?

Selecting your Race?

Aug 26, 2013

We put together a brief page, with a comparison chart outlining the differences between our three ultra-cycling races. Just remember that they all start August 3rd, 2014 in White Rock, British Columbia. If you need help choosing an event or just have some questions just email us and we will get back to right away. Selecting your challenge can be tricky because you want to challenge yourself but you don’t want to take on something that you are not ready for. Fortunately, with 3 races of varying distances with 3 separate levels of accomplishment and the option of racing as a soloist or part of a relay team, there is truly a challenge for everyone. Please take a look at our comparison page and view the whole site. http://tourdebc.com/quick-race-comparisons/...

Latest Updates

Latest Updates

Aug 20, 2013

August 20th, 2013 Internally we have had a lot of developments within the Rider’s Race Series and now have 11 people on board assisting us with various logistical race matters and the business side of running our ultra-cycling races. We are very proud of this amazing group of individuals that have committed to make our races the best they can be. To read about our team members please visit http://tourdebc.com/our-team/ You can never have enough great people though and if you have a skill set that would benefit our racers we would like to hear from you. One of those people, Ron Penner has been busy re-mapping our race routes and improving them where possible by using alternate roads that he has knowledge of. One of the interesting results is that our climbing stats have risen dramatically. The mapping software that Ron uses is RidewithGPS which allows him to create the entire routes on a single map when previously we used another service which forced us to use many segments to create the routs. As a result the Tour of BC now has an estimated 64,285 meters of climbing or approximately 210,000 feet of ultra cycling. As a fun comparison that is almost exactly 7 times the height that Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from in the Red Bull Stratos space diving project on 14 October 2012. As a result of this new data the time limits for each level of accomplishment has been adjusted and the new limits may be viewed here The BC Contender now has an estimated 27,200 meters or almost 90,000 feet of climbing and the BC Explorer is still being reworked but we anticipate total climbing to be around 36,000 meters or 120,000 feet. We have started a YouTube channel which contains a collection of video links to film footage of the actual race course. To date we have about 20 videos posted which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVnH18lM5Mnq4LHqgezBwnQ Other updates on our website include the rider information downloadable pdfs which can be found at: Tour of British Columbia: http://tourdebc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Rider-Info-2014-Tour-of-BC-LQ.pdf BC Explorer: http://tourdebc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/BC-Explorer-Rider-Info-2014.pdf BC Contender: http://tourdebc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/BC-Contender-Rider-Information-20142.pdf And finally each race now have their own promotional poster which can be viewed by clicking on each image below to enlarge....

Douglas Hoffman.

Douglas Hoffman.

Aug 2, 2013

August 1st, 2013  (White Rock, BC) Perry Stone, founder and Race Director, the Rider’s Race Series, the Tour of British Columbia, BC Explorer and BC Contender welcomes Douglas Hoffman to our board of advisors and special consultants. Mr. Hoffman will provide his expertise in the areas of race development and racer participation. Douglas Hoffman is a leadership trainer and coach working throughout the world with business and organizations committed to producing extraordinary results.  He has authored and delivered trainings on subjects ranging from leadership development, sales/sales management, sustainability, team building, strategic planning, and key employee retention.  According to Douglas, “Generating results beyond the ordinary demands clarity of vision and a willingness to take on what appears impossible. In our work, we distinguish both the intended outcomes and the barriers that appear to interfere with achieving these outcomes. This work produces results that are profound, visible and unprecedented.” He has long been involved with charitable organizations.  In the past few years this work has included developing and delivering programs for MDI, Fiver Children’s Foundation and PENCIL. SEED Infotech and others His work with the US Green Building Council in 2005-2007  was part of the process of clarifying the distinction “Green Building.” For 20 years Douglas Hoffman has served on the executive board of numerous companies and non-profit organizations. Currently an executive director and the President of the largest ultra-cycling organization in the world today, the Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA). As a principal of ALS Consulting  Douglas Hoffman is a professional leadership development trainer and coach who works with clients internationally. Perry Stone and Douglas Hoffman both agree that by offering more racing opportunities in more locations, at reasonable costs, more riders will join the ranks of ultra-cycling and the sport will benefit from the growth in its popularity and participation. Mr. Hoffman states: “I see Ultracycling as a sport in its infancy. Though we do have a long history, in my opinion the world hasn’t really been ready for this until now. The evolution of social media, the new ways that sporting events are recorded and communicated globally and the International fascination with extreme sports make this an ideal time for this sport to take its place on the...

George Thomas Joins Tour of BC

George Thomas Joins Tour of BC

Jul 30, 2013

July 30th, 2013 (White Rock, BC) Perry Stone, founder and Race Director, the Rider’s Race Series, the Tour of British Columbia, BC Explorer and BC Contender  is greatly honored to announce that George Thomas has joined the board of advisors and special consultants for the Tour of British Columbia. George Thomas’ name is synonymous with ultra-cycling as a competitor, race operator, race director, master of ceremonies and reporter. Mr. Thomas will provide his expertise in race management as a special consultant to the Race Director. George is another person who never let difficult circumstances control his destiny and has always found a way to garner strength through adapting to obstacles He developed his passion for ultra-cycling as a result of his own life ‘s challenges. After suffering dramatic injuries in an accident George turned his attention to indoor cycling as a method to rehab his legs. While passing the time he first read an article about the Great American Bicycle Race (now called RAAM) and began to train around the clock to prepare to enter the event. Unfortunately, further complications stemming from his injuries manifested in what he describes as a “full-on seizure disorder” which crippled his aspirations for 3 years before an experimental drug treatment helped him to regain normal function; and he has never looked back. On the bike George rode as part of a 4 person team in RAAM in 1993 and was “blown away” that his team won. Now fully empowered and free of his past physical difficulties he then entered the Furnace Creek 508 and finished in a remarkable third place time of just less than 32 hours. Not one to shy from challenge he then raced RAAM in 2000 and 2002 as part of a tandem team which he did because he thought it would be “incredibly hard” and then married his tandem partner, Terri Gooch. Not to let marriage slow them down Terri and George returned to RAAM in 2004 and became the first mixed two-person relay team to finish RAAM. His love and appreciation of the sport led to the creation of the Race Across Oregon (RAO), the RAO Training Camp, the Deschutes River Valley Time...