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


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.

BC Cup DH at Kicking Horse Readies Riders for Nationals at Pano

Race number four of the 2019 BC Cup Downhill Series presented by Cobotix took place at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC on Sunday, July 21, 2019. As part of the Dunbar Summer Series and Canada Cup, the Kicking Horse Western Open welcomed competitors from both near and far for a fantastic weekend of downhill racing. As a Canada Cup and with Kicking Horse’s close proximity to neighbouring Alberta, there were definitely a lot of riders from wild rose country in attendance but there were also riders present from Ontario, Quebec, and the Yukon.

Samuel Thibault [CNCB-Bolt] flies down the course for the fastest time of the day at the Kicking Horse Western Open BC/Canada Cup. Photo courtesy of SE Racing.

Samuel Thibault [CNCB-Bolt] of Chambly, Quebec placed 1st in the Elite Men’s division, besting the second-place time of Sechelt, BC’s Magnus Manson [Canyon Factory Racing] by over 9 seconds. Philippe Ricard [Cycles Devinci/OGC/Giro] of Quebec occupied the final spot of the Elite Men’s podium with a 3rd place finish. Rachel Pageau of Chicoutimi, Quebec was the winner among Elite Women, followed in second place by Vanessa Michaud Bouffard from Whistler. View the full results from the 2019 Kicking Horse Western Open (PDF)


Race announcer Brett Tippie and Elite Women's Winner Rachel Pageau
Race announcer Brett Tippie and Elite Women’s Winner Rachel Pageau. Photo courtesy of SE Racing


The Kicking Horse Western Open is the last BC Cup Race before the 2019 Canadian Downhill MTB Championships which are taking place on July 27th-28th at Panorama Mountain Resort, one of North America’s Top 10 mountains with the most vertical.

Register for the 2019 Canadian Downhill MTB Championships

After nationals, the BC Cup DH Series will continue and conclude at the Steve Smith Memorial Downhill Race at Mt. Washington Resort on September 15th. As the BC Cup DH Series finale, the series winners will be determined after the race and presented with the 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix winner’s jersey.

BC’s Juniors Win National MTB XCO Championships

The 2019 Canadian MTB XCO Championships took place at Hardwood Ski & Bike in Oro-Medonte, Ontario this past weekend and welcomed over 700 athletes from all over the country.

BC’s Catharine Pendrel [Clif Pro/Sierra Nevada] and Sandra Walter [Liv Cycling] both podiumed in the Elite Women’s race finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively while reigning national champion, Emily Batty [Trek Factory Racing], won her fourth consecutive national title. There was also a repeat national champion in the Elite Men’s division as Peter Disera [Norco Factory] continued his dominance after winning his third consecutive national championship. Peter’s younger brother, Quinton Disera [Norco Factory], took the win in the men’s Under-23 category while BC’s Holden Jones [Pendrel Racing] finished 4th, Sean Fincham 7th, and Carter Nieuwesteeg in 14th.

BC’s young riders took the top podium spots in the Junior divisions with Emilly Johnston [Pendrel Racing] winning the Junior Women’s Canadian National Championship and Carter Woods [Rocky Mountain Factory] winning in the Junior Men’s.

Other riders on the Cycling BC project, Hamish Graham [Comox Bike Co] finished with a bronze in the Junior Men’s race and Marin Lowe took silver in the U-17 women’s race. Eva Leikermoser finished 16th in U17 women, Lief Rodgers 12th in U17 men, Erik Ashton 19th in U17 men, Kieran Nilsen 15th and Cody Scott was 9th in Junior Men. Jakob Yells  who was riding for the Cannondale team was 18th.

Congratulations to all the riders and coaches who represented BC at the 2019 MTB XCO National Championships and a huge thank you Cycling BC’s supporters and donors who make opportunities like these possible for BC’s athletes.

For a list of Full Race Results, please go to

Photos by Rob Jones/

BC Day Provincial Race Licence Promotion – Get 10% OFF

Cycling BC is celebrating BC Day with a limited-time membership promotion and will be offering a 10% discount on Provincial RACE licences purchased through CCN between August 1 – 16, 2019.


This limited-time promotion is also applicable to those wishing to upgrade from a Provincial RIDE to a Provincial RACE licence and will pay only the difference based on the discounted price. Provincial RACE licences allow for participation in provincial championship events, categorized racing, and qualify for category upgrade points.

There is still plenty of bike racing this year including the upcoming Cyclocross season, the Cyclocross Provincial Championships at Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna, the BC Cup Downhill Finals, Track Cycling Provincial Championships, and other regional events happening throughout the province.


Your Cycling BC Provincial Race licence includes,

  • General liability insurance during registered events
  • 24/7 worldwide Ride Accident insurance covering medical expenses resulting from injuries sustained while cycling, anywhere in the world.
  • *** New for 2019 *** Access to optional Bike Insurance covering the physical loss or damage to a bike while participating in a registered event or during a training ride. The theft or loss of a bike from a home or hotel may also be covered depending on the circumstances.

Cycling BC has also expanded its member benefits to include discounted rates on,

  • sports nutrition,
  • car-sharing,
  • bike-sharing services,
  • yoga, indoor cycling,
  • fitness & health testing,
  • accommodations,
  • and more.

Your membership with Cycling BC also helps the cycling community as a whole by having larger representation when advocating for cycling-related issues with policymakers and external stakeholders such as government at the local, provincial, and national levels.

Helps us celebrate cycling in BC! Sign up for your Provincial Race licence during our BC Day promotion between August 1 -16, 2019 and get 10% off the regular price.