BC Explorer

BC Explorer ultra endurance bicycle racing

The BC Explorer is a 2,807 kilometers long single-stage ultra-endurance road race that tests riders with a  monumental 29,950 meters (nearly 100,000 ft.) of climbing as it winds its way through the most stunning snow-capped mountains, rich green rainforests, World Heritage sites, national parks and wildlife protected areas that Canada has to offer. A spectacular journey that never stops challenging and enticing riders, the BC Explorer allows each cyclist to discover just exactly how far they can go.

The BC Explorer starts and finishes near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in picturesque White Rock, British Columbia. But for the riders, the picture abruptly changes with 4 category 1 climbs to conquer the first day. Riders and their escort crews travel through Manning Provincial Park, up over Copper Mountain to Princeton, BC, onward to Peachland, BC and then south on the shores of the 135 kilometer long Okanagan Lake (said by some to be home to a giant serpent-like creature named Ogopogo) past Summerland and into Penticton, BC.

While the glistening waters of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding orchards and vineyards might have produced a calming effect on rider’s outlook, leaving Penticton will assist them in dialing their focus back in on the task at hand. Because next up is a daunting collection of 8 category 1 climbs and 8,600 meters of total climbing over the next 515 km of riding on their way to Elko, BC. An area of the course that is guaranteed to thin out the field; most riders will need to rethink their race plan at this point as they gear up for more mountains.

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