Sp’akw’us 50 to host 2019 BC XCM Provincial Championships | Stomp Classic Cancelled

In light of the recent cancellation of the 2019 Stomp Classic Cross-country Marathon (XCM) mountain bike race on July 14 in Kamloops, Cycling BC will be moving the 2019 XCM Provincial Championships to the Sp’akw’us 50 on June 15 in Squamish.

Event organizers of the Stomp Classic made the difficult decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the event due to personal matters but have indicated that the Stomp Classic will return in 2020.  As the Stomp Classic was supposed to be both a BC Cup race and host of the 2019 BC XCM Provincial Championships, its cancellation at this point in the season has left Cycling BC to find a new host for the provincial championships.

Fortunately, the organizers of the Sp’akw’us Challenge, a 2-day Mountain Bike Stage Race, have stepped up big time to host the 2019 XCM Provincial Championships at the Sp’akw’us 50 on Saturday, June 15 – Day 1 of the 2-day event.

For those wanting more of a challenge beyond the BC Championships race or who just can’t get enough of Squamish, BC’s world-famous trails, the second day of racing offers a shorter, less technical 35km race course. While only the longer course will count towards the BC Championships, the two events combined, Sp’akw’us 50 (Saturday) and Sp’akw’us 35 (Sunday), make up the Sp’akw’us Challenge.

Cycling BC would like to thank the organizers of Sp’akw’us for hosting the 2019 XCM Provincial Championships on short notice and encourages everybody to sign up and register for the race.

2019 BC Provincial Championship Categories include:

Junior Men (17 and 18 years old)
Junior Women (17 and 18 years old)
Elite Men(riders with Elite:Elite licenses) AKA Pro-Elite
Elite Women (riders with Elite:Elite licenses) AKA Pro-Elite
Masters 30-39 women
Masters 30-39 men
Masters 40+ women
Masters 40-49 Men
Masters 50+ Men

A friendly reminder that only those with a valid 2019 UCI or Cycling BC Race Licence will qualify for the Provincial Championship categories.

Get your licence now.

12 Hours of Glenridge

June 8th is only 4 weeks away and the 12 Hours of Glenridge is just around the corner!   Registration is brisk and over 150 racers are expected to take on the challenge!

Early Registration rates expire May 22nd at Midnight after which rates increase $25 per person in all categories.

Please spread the word and save your friends some cash if they haven’t registered yet. Registration closes Wednesday, June 5th at Midnight.

Register at  www.12hoursofglenridge.com . Relay teams are set up on CCN by registering one person, then others join the team.

A big thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support!

Clearbrook Coffee – Providing Podium Coffee and fresh brew all day long!
Life Cycles Bike Shop – Providing prizing for fastest lap times.
Born Energy – Providing racer nutrition products.
Good Drink – Serving refreshing beverages to racers and crew.
Steam Whistle / Fat Tire – Keeping the Beer Garden supplied!
Roll n Coal BBQ – Catering the pig roast, salads, burgers, and more.
Cycling BC – For their support and marketing
Cahilty Racing and Action Sports Event planning.

MONDAY NIGHT COURSE PREVIEW RIDES.  6:00 – 8:00PM every Monday evening until race day.  Open to registered racers or people considering racing. Onsite Waiver required.  Meet at Glenridge lower driveway, 7585 Lefeuvre Rd Abbotsford.

For more information, please visit https://www.12hoursofglenridge.com/

Bike Insurance Now Available for Cycling BC Members

Cycling BC is pleased to announce that it now offers its members optional bicycle insurance coverage for bicycle loss or damage.

The Performance Bike Insurance Program provided through Cycling BC’s insurance broker, Jones Brown Inc., is only available to Cycling BC members and can cover up to $15,000 in annual coverage for the physical loss or damage of a bike during a sanctioned event or registered club ride. Loss of a bike due to theft at home is also covered but does not include coverage for damage or loss of a bike during commutes.

The annual bike insurance program is optional for all current Cycling BC members and can be purchased separately through Cycling BC. Coverage expires at midnight on December 31st of the year it was purchased.

To learn more about the Cycling BC Performance Bike Insurance Program including rates and deductibles, please read the Performance Bike Insurance Program Summary (PDF)

To apply for the Cycling BC Performance Bike Insurance Program, please complete the online application form found on the Bike Insurance page.

Canada’s Raphael Gagne Wins PanAm MTB Title, Pendrel Tops Canadian Women

Canada’s Raphael Gagne won the Elite men’s title at the Continental Mountain Bike Championships on Saturday, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, after previously winning the silver medal in 2013 and bronze medal in 2014. Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, BC was the top Canadian in the Elite women’s race, finishing fourth.

Held at 2000 metres altitude, the Pan American championships offered important UCI ranking points towards Olympic qualifications, and all six Canadians competing finished in the top-10 in their respective races.

“Definitely over the moon with this win,” said Gagne. “I came second, nine seconds from winning, in 2013 and one minute from winning in 2014 with bronze. Today I finally got it. I’d like to thank the Canadian national team for supporting me here and at some of the key races this season when I need it the most. It’s a tough situation now with no team, and the Québec team is there to help me at some races too.  I am really happy I could make it happen for myself, but I am more thankful to those that are helping me right now.”

Leandre Bouchard finished seventh in Elite men, while Quinton Disera was sixth in the Under-23 men’s race.

The Elite women’s race was led from start to finish by world champion Kate Courtney (USA). Pendrel, the Olympic bronze medalist in 2016, was part of the four rider group that dropped the rest of the field and challenged for third in the final laps. Canadian champion Emily Batty finished sixth and Sandra Walter (Coquitlam, BC) was ninth.

Jeff Ain, Canadian Team Manager, said, “The course is a tough one with the desert heat and altitude, but we came in with a well-laid out plan and everyone executed really well. Raph showed some exceptional tactical skills to pull off the win in the elite men, and Catharine was in a tight last lap battle for bronze.  Everyone was in the top-10 with some very deep fields.”

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. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau, lululemon, 4iiii, Argon18 and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

One Weekend, Two BC Cup Races at Bear Mountain

The 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix XCO Series is off to a great start after two races this past weekend at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, BC. In its third year and hosted in partnership with the City of Langford and Tourism Victoria, the 2019 Bear Mountain Bike Festival has become the traditional kick-off to the mountain bike race season. With blue skies and temperatures reaching up to the mid-teens by midday on both Saturday and Sunday, it was a perfect weather weekend for bike racing.

The first race of the weekend, Saturday, March 30, was not only the first BC Cup XCO race of the year but also the first Canada Cup XCO, which attracted some of the country’s top riders including BC’s Catharine Pendrel, Sandra Walker, Carter Woods, and Emilly Johnston.

The Norco Factory Team came out strong to start the season with first-place finishes for Peter Disera in the Elite Men’s category and Haley Smith in the Elite Women’s group. Cumberland, BC’s Carter Woods (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) topped the Junior Expert Men’s category; Emilly Johnston (Pendrel Racing) of Comox, BC won the Junior Expert Women’s category, while fellow Comox rider, Erik Ashton (Trail Bicycles Cycling Team), won the U17 Expert Men’s. Nicole Bradbury (NCCH Elite p/b MGCC) came in first in U17 Expert Women’s. View Full Results of the Canada Cup XCO.

The following day’s races included the Rocky Mountain Enduro p/b Marty’s Mountain Cycle, the kick-off for the Island Cup Enduro Mountain Bike Series, as well as the Russ Hay’s XC Short Track which would count as the second race in the BC Cup XCO race series p/b Cobotix. Marc-Andre Fortier took first place in the Short Track race on Sunday and the overall lead in the BC Cup series standings in combination with his results from the Canada Cup race on Saturday. Marianne Theberge leads all Elite Women in the BC Cup series after posting a win on the Short Track course and a top ten in the Canada Cup long course. View Full Results of the Russ Hay’s XC Short Track.

With two races completed in the 2019 BC Cup XCO series and three more to go, it will be exciting to track the series standings throughout the course of the season. The next BC Cup XCO race takes place at the Coaster 50 (Short Course) on May 4 in Sechelt on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

The 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix consists of a series of races in which riders can accumulate points based on their results from each race. The riders are then ranked in the series standings and the highest placed rider at the conclusion of the final race will be named the overall series winner and awarded the BC Cup series winner’s jersey.

2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix XCO Series Schedule & Current Standings