I find it difficult to describe the BC Bike Race to people who have never experienced it before. From the epic singletrack to the people cheering you on along the way, it’s hard to fathom that this is a 7-day race. People jokingly call it the summer camp for adults, and by the end of the week, most would agree.
The thing that sets the BC Bike Race apart from other races is the overall vibe. You can literally feel it when you’re out on course. Some of the vibe is planned — like some of the cheering sections you come across — while most of the it is very organic. Trying to put the experience into words just doesn’t do the week justice so we went on course to capture some of the moments in photos. There are some things you really need to see to believe…
Yoga on the beach followed by epic sunsets. Powell River is the most scenic of the basecamps, it’s no wonder racers get to spend two nights here.
Powell River takes the cake when it comes to sunset views.
The crew at Obsession Bikes are known for working through the night to make sure the racers’ bikes are ready for them in the morning.
The sunsets in July are often quite beautiful.
Dave Howells, this year’s race MC, gets the crowd pumped on Day 6 in Squamish.
Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Bicycles Living Room! This was a planned cheer sections at the top of Expresso, one of the featured trails in North Vancouver. Located at the top of Fromme, it was a welcome oasis for racers before making the descent to basecamp.
Rocky sponsored athlete Andreanne Lanthier was all smiles as she crossed over the area rug.
Jenn Thiel getting cooled down
Wade Simmons, the Godfather of Freeride and the host of the Rocky Mountain Bicycles Living Room, and Brett Tippie were both onhand to cheer the racers on.
No one was safe from the super soaker! Roanne English gets doused before heading down Expresso. After a hot climb, the racers enjoyed the brief cool down.
One of the organic cheer sections was on Day 7 in Whistler, which was organized by one of the BC Bike Race’s massage therapists, Andre Weaver. With costumes, tunes, and most of the massage therapists in attendance, it set the tone for the racers’ big finish.
One of the mythical creatures seen in the woods. He only made a brief appearance before disappearing down the trail.
“Would you like fries with that?” Andre Weaver, dressed as a side of fries, has racers Jenn Thiel and Miranda Devisser laughing as they make their way through the cheer zone.
Bike Patrol finishing up a long week on the bike.
After finishing the race, Team Tall Racing got into the spirit by changing into speedos and joining in on the fun.