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...

Jason Lewis Joins Team.

Jason Lewis Joins Team.

Jul 29, 2013

July 26th, 2014 (White Rock, BC) Perry Stone, founder and Race Director, Tour of British Columbia, is greatly honored to announce that Jason Lewis, the first and only person to circumnavigate the earth without using motors or sails has joined the board of advisors and special consultants for the Tour of British Columbia. By walking, cycling, inline skating, kayaking, swimming, rowing and pedaling a boat Jason travelled 74, 840 kilometers over a span of 13 years. Along the way he set three additional records: the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (February 1995, Lewis and Smith); first crossing of North America on inline skates (September 1996, Lewis); and first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (August 2000, Lewis). He has been nominated The Times in Gear Man of the Year (2007), the Land Rover Toughest Sportsperson of the Year, and featured as one of Sport Magazine’s Athletes of the Year. A Fellow of London University, the Royal Geographical Society, and The Explorers Club, he has appeared on numerous television and talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), Good Morning America (ABC), and CBS This Morning.  His book Dark Waters was selected as grand prize winner for the 2012 Southern California Book Festival Awards. The Daily Mail proclaimed him to be, “Arguably, the most remarkable adventurer in the world today.” “I have had the great pleasure of knowing Jason for a very long time and had the opportunity to meet with Jason on two different continents during his epic around the world journey. He has taught me the spirit of adventure and the value it bestows in the human spirit. I know of no man who has endured more obstacles but found a way to keep going than Jason Lewis. He has the ability to make any activity an epic experience. I remember a time in Cairns, Australia when he recounted how when he was pedaling towards Australia in his beloved boat “Moksha“ when his desalinator seized up causing him to become extremely dehydrated. He still made it to the shores of the Solomon Islands where customs officials were not amused by his unexpected arrival and forced him...

Photos added to FB

Photos added to FB

Jul 25, 2013

For those of you that would like to see more of our route images please visit the following links to our photo albums on our page.   Thompson Okanagan Northern BC Prince George Region Sea-to-Sky Comments, likes and shares encouraged and welcomed. Thank...

A Race of Firsts

A Race of Firsts

Jul 23, 2013

It is a race of FIRSTS – let’s make some history! Compete in the Tour of British Columbia and become one of the first ever riders to complete the challenge. Do you have what it takes to be the first ever person to cross the line in the world’s longest ultra-endurance bicycle race? The first soloist, the first team, the first man, the first woman, the first senior, the first single-speed rider, the first tandem, the first in history. We promise you this: it won’t be easy, but for the most part it will be pretty. The Tour of British Columbia is an amateur ultra-endurance cycling approximately 5,145 kilometers long with 64,000 meters of climbing (about 8 times up Mt. Everest). We proudly have tagged our event as the Rider’s Race and it is more than just a random name it was selected because the event was designed with the racer’s experience as the first priority. Consider the following benefits of participation:   Superior route traveling through the natural beauty & wildlife of Canada’s western provinces. Extended sections of extremely isolated roads. August start date to allow more pre-race training in summer conditions. Three levels of accomplishment to allow more riders to compete and complete while still protecting the integrity of elite riders accomplishments. Start and finish lines are in the same location which helps with the logistics of organizing your team and reduces the cost of participation. Extremely low registration fees when compared to similar events (see chart) Register today! What are you afraid of a little...

Start Finish Line Host Announced

Start Finish Line Host Announced

Jul 12, 2013

(White Rock, BC) Perry Stone, Race Director, Tour of British Columbia, BC Explorer and BC Contender is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre to host the inaugural start and finish lines of the 2014 races. The 150 room resort which features an atrium, free-form indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, the Cocoloba Health Club and the Manyana’s Restaurant will also provide accommodations for racers, their support crew and event staff.    The resort often referred to by locals as the “Pink Palace” also provides huge parking lots for motor homes and staging pre-race inspections, sponsor s displays and racer pit crews. The location of the Pacific Inn also allows for easy access to the Fraser Valley so that racers can avoid congested traffic areas. Pre-race meetings and post-race celebrations may all be hosted in one single location. Please visit the Pacific Inn website at www.pacificinn.com For further Information please contact Perry Stone via email at contact@tourdebc.com...

PowerCranks

PowerCranks

Mar 26, 2013

PowerCranks have been proving to the world for over a decade how smart their training system is by winning an almost undefinable number of world and Olympic championships and helping athletes set new personal bests. but now they got even smarter as they have formed an association with the Tour of British Columbia to sponsor and sell their PowerCranks to our riders and let them participate in another world first. Details coming soon. Please visit www.powercranks.ca to learn how you can become faster, stronger, smoother. Oh yeah baby! Oh yeah!...