La Paz, Mexico Emerges As World Class Cycling Destination

La Paz, Mexico Emerges As World Class Cycling Destination

Titan Series Mountain Bike Stage Event is Latest Cycling Opportunity to Land in the Region

(La Paz, Mexico) – From November 12 – 16, 2020, mountain bikers from around the world will converge in Baja California Sur for the very first Titan Series – La Paz. Approximately 400 riders will compete over three stages spanning 300 kilometres of landscape that includes desert, cacti, white sand beaches and views of the Sea of Cortez.

Titan Series – La Paz is a sister event to the world-renowned Titan Desert race, which has been held in Morocco for the past 16 years. The new event in Mexico marks the first time that the series has offered an event outside of Morocco. Competitors will be welcomed to La Paz on November 12, with the three stages held November 13, 14 and 15, and a farewell breakfast on November 16. Between stages, participants will overnight in caravan camps along the stage routes. The Titan series is committed to respecting the environment around both the ride routes and the camps, and has launched a campaign specifically to implement these policies and raise awareness of sustainability issues among competitors.

This new event is one of several major sporting events to recently launch in the La Paz region, which sits just north of Los Cabos, towards the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Another example is La Etapa-  La Paz by Tour de France, an event that allows both professional and amateur cyclists to experience what it’s like to ride a stage of the Tour de France. The La Paz event includes four routes: 20 km and 40 km for recreational riders, and the choice of 70 km and 120 km for those who wish to race. A maximum of 1,500 riders in total are accepted each year, and along with the rides, the event includes the official Village complete with a Tour de France museum, and plenty of cycling partners exhibiting. The inaugural event was held at the end of March 2019, and 2020 dates will be announced soon.

Other opportunities for exploring the La Paz region on two wheels abound, from renting bicycles to explore the city’s waterfront Malecon, through multi-day mountain biking camps in the surrounding desert. On the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, use Todos Santos as your base to explore the Sierra de la Laguna mountain trails. Over on the Sea of Cortez side, Rancho Cacachilas offers a hub with bike rentals and access to private trails, but also hosts tours to explore the surrounding Sierra Cacachilas range, from one-day experiences, through to the 4-day Secret Sierras Singletrack getaway.

 

About La Paz, Baja California Sur
www.golapaz.com
La Paz is located in the state of Baja California Sur, a two-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas. This area, whose name translates to “The Peace”, is a tranquil getaway featuring miles of undisturbed white sand beaches and endless opportunities for active adventure tourism. The La Paz region includes the areas of Todos Santos (“All Saints”), Espíritu Santo (“Holy Spirit”) Island, and the Sea of Cortez—famously nicknamed “The Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau. This culturally and biologically diverse area is yours to explore and enjoy.

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GAES TITAN DESERT BY GARMIN 2018 – Etape 6

 

01/05/2019 – Garmin Titan Desert – Stage 4

 

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Cycling BC Announces 2020 Provincial Championships Calendar

 

Burnaby, BC, December 11, 2019 – Cycling BC is pleased to announce the 2020 calendar for the BC Provincial Championships p/b Lexus for Road, Track, Mountain Bike Cross-country XCO and downhill. The provincial championships represent high quality, competitive racing where BC’s top riders will compete for the coveted BC Provincial Champions jersey.

“We just had our Season Wrap-up Party and Awards at the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the end of November and there was lots of talk about the coming season. The excitement for 2020 is already revving up,” said Erin Waugh, Executive Director of Cycling BC. “I want to thank the community of organizers who have helped us lock down the Provincial Championship dates for 2020 and our Provincial Championships sponsor, Lexus Canada, for their ongoing support.”

The 2020 Provincial Championships race calendar kicks off in South Surrey on May 17th as the SORCE Bike Club hosts the Mountain Bike Cross-County Provincial Championships for the second consecutive year. The twisty Metro Vancouver course caters to all age categories and skill levels equally well and the festival-like atmosphere in the race village means that newly crowned champions can toast to their victory without delay. In keeping with the off-road theme, Mountain Bike Downhill Championships will return to the Whistler Bike Park for 2020.

The province’s best criterium racers have been blessed with racing in front of a dazzling cityscape backdrop for the past 2 years. 2020 will be no different as Elite, Masters, and Jr. Criterium Championships move from Vancouver to the front doorstep of our Provincial Legislature. The Victoria International Cycling Festival Society will host the championship event as part of a multi-race weekend in the Capital Regional District on June 7th.

Elite and Masters Road racers will get their shot at provincial championship glory the following weekend as Escape Velocity hosts the BC Time Trial & Road Race Championships in the Fraser Valley. Time trial specialists should brace themselves against the fierce winds of the Sumas Prairie on June 13th, while rouleurs and climbers alike will be delighted with a return to the Hatzic Valley road race course on June 14th. With new courses and a reconfigured schedule planned, youth (race age 16 and under) and junior racers (race age 17 & 18) will be integrated into the weekend’s events. Juniors will compete for the provincial TT title alongside Elite and Master racers in the morning of Saturday, June 13th. The junior road race championships will take place at the same venue later that afternoon. Youth ability-based racing is also planned for those not ready for the championship events.

“Creating more opportunities for juniors to compete was a major goal for Cycling BC in 2020,” said Cory Ostertag, Member and Event Services Manager at Cycling BC. “We have come up with a schedule that provides ample exposure to high calibre racing in advance of national championships. Juniors will be able to compete in stage races throughout the Pacific Northwest then cap it off with provincial champs.”

Finally, the BC Track Cycling Championships will take place at the Burnaby Velodrome on August 21st through 23rd. The dates for BMX and Cyclocross Provincial Championships will be announced shortly.

“We are privileged to have a dedicated community of organizers that make bike racing first-rate in BC,” admits Ostertag. “Cycling BC supported over 400 events in the province last year and we will continue to build on this thanks, in large part, to the commitment of everyone who comes out to the races and the people who organize, officiate, and volunteer to make these events happen.”

Athletes participating in the provincial championships must have a valid Cycling BC Provincial Race licence or UCI licence and must be a resident of BC in order to qualify for a provincial championship. Provincial champions will receive their champion’s jersey at the conclusion of their championship event and will also receive a provincial championship trophy at the annual Cycling BC Season Wrap-up Party in November.

2020 Cycling BC Provincial Championships Calendar:

MTB XCO May 17 Junkyard Dog – XCO Provincial Championships Surrey
Criterium – Elite/Masters/Jr. June 7 Robert Cameron Law Corporation Cycling Series Victoria
TT -Elite/Masters/Jr. June 13 Time and Trial and Road Provincial Championships by Escape velocity Chilliwack
ROAD – Jr. June 13 Time and Trial and Road Provincial Championships by Escape velocity Chilliwack
ROAD – Elite/Masters June 14 Time and Trial and Road Provincial Championships by Escape velocity Mission
MTB DH June 21 Whistler BC DH Provincial Championships & BC Cup Whistler
TRACK Aug 21 – 23 BC Track Cycling Provincial Championships Burnaby
CYCLOCROSS TBA School of Hard Knox – BC Cyclocross Championships Kelowna
BMX TBA Action BMX Provincial Championships Surrey

Cycling BC Membership Licences for 2020 are available now via CCN with early bird rates in effect until January 5, 2020.

Get your 2020 Cycling BC membership licence now.

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Cycling BC Teams Up with Yāna Motion Lab

Cycling BC Teams Up with Yana Motion Lab

Provincial sports body looks to 3D motion capture to help riders on and off the bike.

Burnaby, BC, December 10, 2019 – It is with great pride and excitement that Cycling BC is announcing Yāna Motion Lab as a new community partner. The partnership will help serve the provincial sport organization’s members with access to leading edge technology for objective motion health measurement and injury recovery.

Yāna Motion Lab uses 3D markerless motion capture technology to track the body’s musculoskeletal movements using millions of data points which are then analyzed and summarized into an objective, visual and comprehensive report. The detailed report can be used in a great number of ways depending on who is looking at it. For example, an individual recovering from an injury could use it to aid in rehabilitation by providing their health care practitioners very precise information about the client’s range of movements. Just as a blood pressure cuff is used to measure blood pressure, Yāna Motion Lab provides an objective tool to measure your body movements.

“I took my report straight to my physiotherapist,” said Jerrick Barroso, Communications Manager at Cycling BC, after completing a Full Body Motion Assessment at Yāna Motion Lab in Vancouver. “I wanted to see what she thought of the findings and how it could help identify any areas that might be vulnerable to injury. She found the lab results to be true and accurate based on what she previously knew about me but this time she was armed with completely objective evidence from Yāna and was able to prescribe exercises to address the findings from the report.”

Man in 3-D motion capture room raising right leg to the side.
Cycling BC’s Jerrick Barroso goes through the motion assessment using Yana Motion Lab’s 3D markerless motion capture technology.

 

Cycling BC High Performance Coach and a Certified Athletic Therapist, Mischa Partridge, also had a chance to do an assessment at the Yāna Motion Lab and had this to say about his experience, “From a coach and athlete perspective, the movement screen is quick and easy to complete. With any type of performance testing, I think one of the most important aspects is that it is repeatable. As an athletic therapist, I like that the tests are objective. The information provided in the report provides a good head start on the assessment process.”

Cycling coach in a motion capture green room reaching above his head.
Cycling BC Coach, Mischa Partridge, reaching high at Yana Motion Lab.

 

The partnership between Cycling BC and Yāna Motion Lab will provide all Cycling BC members with a 50% discount on the full Athlete Assessment Package. It consists of the full baseline FBMA (Full Body Motion Assessment) PLUS the AMS (Athlete Motion Screen). The AMS analyzes specific movements to identify body zones that should be addressed. The discount also applies to the Season Assessment Package, which analyzes motion health and performance at pre-season, mid-season and end-of-season, and Progress Reporting.

Yāna Motion Lab’s CEO Pat Hamilton believes the collaboration with Cycling BC “sets the template for how aspiring athletes, whether recreational or professional, can measure and better understand their motion health and pursue new personal standards of achievement. We are really proud of the opportunity to work with Cycling BC, its targeted athletes and the entire membership to have a healthy and successful 2020 cycling season.”

Woman doing a side lunge in a 3D motion capture room
Willa Kriebel from the WOWride Cycling Club gets her movement assessed at Yana Motion Lab.

 

Cycling BC is excited to have Yāna Motion Lab as a community partner and grateful that they are so generously providing Cycling BC members with the opportunity to have full Athlete assessments done at such significant discounts.

For more information on Yāna Motion Lab, please visit yanamotion.com.

 

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Trek Red Truck Racing to become Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes

Red Truck Racing team racing in a criterium race
Photo by TLBVelo Photography

 

The team has secured a deal with Cannondale for the 2020 season, which brings to a close Trek’s 25-year sponsorship of the BC-based team. The deal was brought about through La Bicicletta Vancouver.

Team Director, Steve Engh, expresses his gratitude for Trek’s many years of support that helped turn the team into one of the preeminent, longest-running and most successful amateur cycling teams in Canada.

Engh added: “we will see some changes with Cannondale as a new bike sponsor and talented new riders on the team, but the structure will be more or less the same. We will continue to support our young athletes on the road and with their educational pursuits.”

The men’s roster will consist of five returning riders (Clarke Lind, Al Murison, Kyle Buckosky, Alexander Fraser Maraun and Chris MacLeod) and four new riders (Jake Cullen, Cole Glover, Pat Riddell and Baili Guidi).

Lind, who placed 1st in the Penticton Granfondo and 3rd at the Canadian National Triathlon Championships in 2019, will serve as team mentor. Murison, who has achieved a number of top 10 finishes in BC Superweek over the past couple of seasons and was 2nd in the 2019 Whistler Granfondo, will act as team captain. Buckosky won the overall at EV Stage Race in 2019; Fraser Maraun recently won all three local hill climbs (Cypress, Seymour and Baker); and MacLeod has strong results locally. As for the new men’s signings, Cullen won Race the Ridge Road Race in 2019; and Riddell, and Glover and Guidi have all achieved a number of top 10 results in local Cat 1/2 races.

The women’s roster includes three returning riders (Holly Simonson, Brenna Pauly and Sarah Van Dam) and three new riders (Zoe Saccio, Holly Henry and Jenna Nestman).

Simonson won the Under 23 Women’s BC Road Championships in 2019; Pauly won the Senior category of the same event in 2019, and Van Dam placed 2nd at the 2019 National Criterium Championships. Saccio has a strong record on both the road and track; Henry finished 10th overall at the Whistler Granfondo; and Nestman has achieved podium results at the Canadian National Track Championships.

The team thanks its many longtime sponsors for their continued support of the team. The team’s new website, which will be up shortly, is redtruckracing.ca.

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The Cycling Lawyer Becomes Official Partner of Cycling BC

Cycling BC, the governing body for the sport of cycling in British Columbia, is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Cycling Lawyer, a British Columbia web-based personal injury service that links injured cyclists with a qualified cycling lawyer.

With the partnership commencing in January 2020, Cycling BC will be able to leverage the legal expertise of The Cycling Lawyer and share this information with the Cycling BC community. “We’re excited to partner with The Cycling Lawyer and help connect our members to an invaluable resource,” says Erin Waugh, Executive Director of Cycling BC. “A lot of people don’t know what to do if they are involved in an accident while riding their bikes, or even what their rights are. We’re glad we have someone on our side that can help with that aspect of cycling.”

Joel Zanatta, The Founder of the Cycling Lawyer, is an avid cyclist and a lawyer with 20 years of experience in personal injury law. As the Principal of The Cycling Lawyer, he’s determined to share his wisdom and help other cyclists navigate through the murky process of litigation. A member of Cycling BC himself, Zanatta is looking forward to working with the association to develop resources and communications that will help his fellow Cycling BC members.

“I am passionate about cycling and the law. I created The Cycling Lawyer so that the cycling community has convenient access to top legal talent. I believe that cyclists are important and their legal rights need protection.”

For more information on The Cycling Lawyer, please visit thecyclinglawyer.com

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