Wednesday, July 06, 2011

BC Bike Race Comes to Powell River

The BC Bike Race came to Powell River yesterday. Approximately 500 participants arrived on the Queen of Burnaby Monday night and started the third leg of "The Ultimate Singletrack Experience" about noon on Tuesday, July 5.

The race began at Willingdon Beach where everyone camped out for the night. The start followed Marine Avenue (right in front of our condo) then up to Edgehill School to enter the singletrack forest trails.

We all went out on the condo porch to see the riders pass. MLA Nicholas Simon handed out free cowbells so racers had quite a welcome as they wound through the streets of Powell River. Here are a few of the bicyclists in action.



This is a great race. It is hard to watch because the majority is in the bush. It was nice this year to see them start in town. -- Margy

4 comments:

  1. Wow, Margy. I'm sure the cyclists were glad of the four ferry portions of the route, especially from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay, because it sure is all uphill from Squamish to Whistler. Egad!
    The cowbells must have been great fun for spectators, however.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  2. The pack sure thinned out in the short distance to your condo. I was at Willingdon, a site to see all those bikes in a group.

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  3. Hey Paul - Do you know how many actually rode? It sure didn't seem like 500 passing our place. - Margy

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  4. I heard it was 450, but I thought that count seemed high also. Check my blog for a pic of the bikes by themselves at the staging area, it does look like a lot more bikes there than actually passed me by. Hard to accurately judge I guess.

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