PowerCranks Contender

PowerCranks Contender

Feb 22, 2014

At a distance of 1,617 kilometers and 27,200 meters of climbing the PowerCranks Contender is a multiday, mid-range ultra-endurance cycling event that is sure to challenge even the world’s toughest and seasoned riders. Contested in three of British Columbia’s major tourist regions; the Vancouver & Coast Mountains, the Thompson Okanagan and the Caribou Chilcotin cyclists will experience an exceptional, ever-evolving landscape for their journey of personal discovery. The PowerCranks Contender begins and ends near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the small border town of White Rock, British Columbia. But, for the riders, the barriers are not the ones separating Canada and the U.S.A.; they are the 4 category 1 climbs they will encounter on their first day of riding. Riders, and their escort crews, travel through Manning Provincial Park and its rich diversity of landscapes, mammals and birds (269 different species in all). As cyclists leave the park behind, (but not the abundance of natural beauty and wildlife), they head up over Copper Mountain to the rugged terrain surrounding Princeton, BC, and into the endless orchards and vineyards of Peachland, BC. From there riders travel south on the shores of the 135 kilometer long Okanagan Lake past Summerland and into the vacation mecca of Penticton, BC. Still heading south, riders now pedal their way to Oliver and Osoyoos, then east for a short stint before heading almost directly north for 129km along Highway 33, the Rock Creek Highway to Kelowna. From Kelowna it is further north along the shores of Kalamalka Lake to the hotspot of Vernon. Now following Highway 97 riders get into a rhythm that will take them about 180 kilometers to Merritt, BC. Now about 1,000 kilometers into their journey riders continue north and then north east through Logan Lake, Ashcroft, Marble Canyon Provincial Park and onto Duffey Lake Road before the route finally turns south. To learn more please click on the image below ( link will open in new...

BC Explorer

BC Explorer

Feb 22, 2014

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. To visit the BC Explorrer website please click on the link below (site opens in new...

TourdeBC

TourdeBC

Jan 29, 2014

The Tour of British Columbia or TourdeBC is contested on one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful and challenging courses ever created. Please visit it’s home by clicking on the image below to discover a true cycling odyssey.  The simple numbers show that the TourdeBC is a challenge of truly epic proportion, but our numbers just tell part of our story. With approximately 5,145 kilometers (k) in length and over 64,000 meters of climbing (3,197 miles/210,000 feet) with a time limit of 16 days it is evident that the Tour of British Columbia is not an ordinary ultra-endurance bicycle race. But mere numbers don’t tell our whole story……… The Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta provide a race course that is every bit as spectacular as it is challenging. Ride through rain-forests over seemingly endless mountains past ancient glaciers, along pristine lakes and rapid running rivers which are all home to wildlife of the wildest kind. Visit small towns and rural communities in out of the way faraway places while facing a test of mettle that is guaranteed to separate fact from fiction. If you have ever dreamed of climbing to the top of Mount Everest but didn’t know a Sherpa or wanted to sail across an ocean but were afraid that you might end up swimming with sharks, the TourdeBC offers a world class challenge with one distinguishing aspect: with preparation and planning it can be accomplished by a wide range of people. Maybe even you!  ...