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.

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.

Race the Ridge – Town Core Criterium Featured at Car Free Day

On June 16, Race the Ridge Town Core Criterium will be the opening act of the City of Maple Ridge’s Car Free Day.

This annual cycling event has raced the streets of Maple Ridge for close to 20 years and has been part of the Race the Ridge Stage Race, traditionally held the last weekend in April. It is also known as one of the best criterium courses in BC. Moving this feature race away from its traditional date has been in the works for the past few years.

“I have been working on creating an opportunity to bring this high speed, entertaining race to the masses. With the City of Maple Ridge strongly supporting cycling events such as this one and to be able to offer my race at their first ever Car Free Day is exactly the partnership I have been looking for,” comments race director Barry Lyster.

Bike racing will start off the day’s festivities at 8:30 am with an open youth race progressing through the categories to the Pro Women’s and Men’s races starting at 11 am. There will even be a kid’s fun lap to be held at high noon.

Car Free Day will be packed with services and activities for the whole family. There will be the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival, Craft Beer Garden, live music, Repair Café, Electric Car display, The Maple Ridge Downtown BIA market, plus much, much more. There is even a Father’s Day pancake breakfast happening during the races!

Race the Ridge Criterium strategically falls at the end of a week of crit races including Victoria’s Russ Hay’s Grand Prix on June 9th, and the Awesome Grand Prix on June 15th in Vancouver which is also the BC Criterium Championship. This will give out of town riders more racing bang for their travel buck!

We are looking for volunteers; if you are interested please email localrideracing@gmail.com.

If you would like to come on board as a sponsor for this year’s event, please email localrideracing@gmail.com.

For Bike Race Information and Registration, go to: www.localride.ca

Source: Local Ride Racing

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Cycling BC Members Save 10% at MEC Vancouver on May 16

Cycling BC members are invited to join us at MEC Vancouver on Thursday, May 16, 2019, for an exclusive members event. Cycling BC members will receive 10% off all in-store purchases – including bikes

Who

All current Cycling BC members.
Not a member yet?
Register here.

What

10% off in-store purchases.

When

May 16, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where

MEC Vancouver
130 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

How

RSVP below to let us know how many people to expect.

Please bring your Cycling BC ID to verify your membership.

All items must be in stock and purchased through MEC tills that evening in order to be eligible for the discount.  MEC cannot offer the discount on items that are purchased online, or on out of stock items at the Vancouver location. The discount also does not extend to items that are on clearance, part of a packaged discount, or any Blundstone, Birkenstock, or Glerups products.

Members can put items on hold up to 48 hours before the event and can be picked up at the Member Services Desk during the club night.  Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate (no exceptions).

All participants must be members of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase.  If you are not yet a member of Mountain Equipment C0-op, you are welcome to sign up and purchase a membership ($5.00) at the store that evening.

Cycling BC is proud to partner with MEC to offer opportunities like this to our members.