The Legend Lives! Burnt Bridge Gravel Fondo

Its been over 20 years since the name “Burnt Bridge Classic” has circulated among the cycling circles in BC.  Now it’s back…THE LEGEND LIVES!….this time as an epic Gravel Fondo.

As the Victoria International Cycling Festival Society, we have been working hard to make this happen and are grateful for the support we have had from the CVRD, Camp Pringle, and Mosaic Forest Management.  We are also pleased to announce Liquor Plus as our presenting sponsor and wish to thank Sean Large for supporting this event.

In our inaugural event, we are offering only 250 entries so we can ensure a safe and high-quality event for everyone.  Ride as a solo rider, a team of two, or team of 4.   Registration includes a Banquet Dinner and Drinks for our after-event party at Camp Pringle.

We will be offering cash prizes to the top 5 Men and Women, special prizes for the Vintage Bike Category, team categories, and have some awesome merchandise raffle prizes for everyone.

We also don’t want to you leave right away and are offering some crazy cheap rates for overnight lodging at Camp Pringle.  Bikebacking, Tenting, and RV options are also available on request.


SEPTEMBER 26, 2019


BC’s Pendrel and Sherlock Podium at MTB World Cup #7



Lenzerheide, Switzerland (August 12, 2019) – After a two-year absence, Catharine Pendrel has returned to the World Cup podium, finishing fifth on Sunday at Round 7 of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Pendrel rode her way up to the leaders on the first lap before crashing and losing contact, eventually working her way back into the top five on the last lap. Pendrel’s fifth-place also moved her into the top-10 in the overall standings.

Photo Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist (All Rights Reserved)


“It felt good to smell the champagne on the podium!” admitted Pendrel. “I felt good, and I’ve been starting to put together some complete races. I knew I had it in me, but it’s still about believing that I belong up there, and that when I get up there to actually be racing for the front of the race. I was super happy to be up there, and it’s perfect timing going into Mont-Ste-Anne.”

Canadian Junior rider Seth Sherlock also scored a podium, becoming the first Canadian since Finn Iles in 2017 to win a Downhill World Cup, with his victory on Saturday.

Photo Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist (All Rights Reserved)


“It was tough,” said Sherlock. “From training we were used to the dry track and then it got quite slippery for racing. It was hard to judge how fast we were going because the course changed, but it was actually grippier for the final. I was hoping to win one either this year or next year, but I never expected to do it at this race. I came into the year expecting top-15 and to qualify [for the final], so this is insane.”

Source: Cycling Canada
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Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. With the vision of becoming a leading competitive cycling nation, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country.

BC Riders Sweep National Downhill & Enduro Championships


Panorama, BC (July 29, 2019) – Panorama played host to a weekend of national championship Gravity titles, with the first ever Enduro national championships held on Saturday, followed by the Downhill championships on Sunday. British Columbia riders swept all the titles.

In the Enduro, Jennifer McHugh of Fernie, BC, won the Elite women’s title, 2.67 seconds ahead of former Downhill world champion Miranda Miller. The men’s title went to Remi Gauvin out of Squamish, BC, 45.75 seconds ahead of Rhys Verner.

Vaea Verbeeck from Coldstream, BC, successfully defended her Elite women’s title, 5.21 seconds in front of Georgia Astle, with Miller in third. The men’s Elite title went to former Junior world champion Finn Iles of Whistler, BC, in a very tight race with Kirk McDowall and defending champion Magnus Manson, who both finished less than a second behind Iles. The Junior titles went to Seth Sherlock in the men and Madison Skrypnek in the women.

“We are thrilled to be hosted by beautiful Panorama Resort for our first ever combined Enduro and DH Gravity Championships weekend,” said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada. “This is the first time that we crowned official Canadian Champions in the Enduro discipline, and there were fierce battles in both the Elite Men and Women’s categories for the titles. This was the third consecutive year that the DH Championships have been hosted at Panorama, and the organizers spiced it up with some course tweaks to keep riders on their toes. We saw fast racing for the coveted maple leaf sleeve across all categories.”

View Full Results of the 2019 Canadian Downhill and Enduro Championships.

Source: Cycling Canada

Ben Katerberg off to Tour De L’Avenir with Cycling Canada

Cycling Canada is excited to announce that it will be sending a team to the Tour de l’Avenir for the first time in eight years. The Tour de l’Avenir is one of the most prestigious UCI Nations’ Cup for U23 men and one of seven races in the Nations’ Cup series that determines valuable start quota allocations for countries at the World Championships.

“We currently have a very exciting wave of U23 men who have had great performances this season,” said Kevin Field, Head of Performance Strategy at Cycling Canada. “The goal of this project is to create program continuity, opportunity and development for these U23 athletes. Pier-André Côté (Rally UCH Cycling) has already graduated up from Continental to Professional Continental, and I’m pretty confident we’ll see others take the step to the next level.”

The Tour de l’Avenir is known to be a mini Tour de France for the next generation of athletes who, ultimately, will one day showcase themselves at the biggest road races in the world. This year’s race will feature ten stages crossing southern France from Marmande to Saint-Colomban-des-Villards in the French Alps. The race starts August 15 and finishes August 25.

“Canada’s ability to return to this race in 2019 is thanks to collaboration and support from the Hamilton Foundation, as well as private donors. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with them to provide a unique experience for our riders.”

Team Canada

  • Nickolas Zukowsky – Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC
  • Pier-André Côté – Lévis, QC
  • Adam Roberge – Prévost, QC
  • Ben Katerberg –  Comox, BC
  • Laurent Gervais –  Montréal, QC
  • Charles-Etienne Chrétien –  Amos, QC


Source: Cycling Canada 
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. With the vision of becoming a leading competitive cycling nation, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country.

2019 BC Cup Road Series Final at the Seymour Challenge


The Seymour Challenge hill climb is back for its 39th running of the event in support of DEVO youth cycling, Vancouver’s longest-running and most successful youth development program. The 2019 Seymour Challenge is also the final race in the BC Cup Road Series presented by Cobotix. It has been an action-packed series going back to the series opener in the spring and culminating this summer atop Mt.Seymour.

The event will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019, starting with registration and package pick-up at the Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver, ride up to the top of the hill starting at 10 AM, and a BBQ lunch in the Celebration Zone to finish the event.

Cyclists at the top enjoying BBQ food
Photo by TLBVelo Photography


The Seymour Challenge gives riders the option to register for the various registration types, some of which include a charitable tax receipt and some souvenir Seymour Challenge cycling clothing.



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