“Finishing on Saturday with enough time to relax on the beach before a great salmon barbecue was outstanding. I would recommend this ride to anyone.”

– Catherine E.,
Vancouver, BC

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Particulars

Event Dates:

August 9+10, 2014

Limit:

200 participants

Start/Finish:

Halfmoon Bay/
Langdale

(Shuttles available to ride start from Langdale)

Accommodations:

Camping under stars

Activity Level:

If the trail was signed as ski runs are, it would be 30% green, 70% blue; for most riders, this will likely be the longest (and best) ride of your summer

Cost:

By May 1: $159 CAD

By Aug 1: $169 CAD

By Aug 10: $179 CAD

Bus/bike transfers to ride start available at $20

See reg form for further details

Join us August 9+10, 2014 for the 14th annual Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Trail Challenge. In 2012, we had a record number of registrations including folks from all around BC, including locals from Sechelt, and visitors from Whistler, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Victoria, Vernon and lots from the lower mainland; we were thrilled to see participants come from further afield also including some Calgary riders and some from Seattle who make the ride annually! Based on the feedback, the event  is likely to fill up early in 2013. This ride has been hailed as the best point to point ride in BC! Here is a short video clip from the 2012 ride: Film

 

Itinerary

 

 

ROUTE - see map below The sunshine coast is a short (and scenic!) ferry ride from Vancouver. Our first day’s ride will begin from Halfmoon Bay, only 45 minutes north of the Langdale ferry terminal; utilizing a combination of existing trail systems, deactivated forestry roads and single track trail, our route will take us (50 km-elevation gain of 700m) to Porpoise Bay. There will be festivities and overnight stay at Porpoise Bay Park (camping facilities only). Sunday, the ride will continue south out of Porpoise Bay (50 km -elevation gain is 1300 m) over Mt. Elphinstone, to Langdale and a finish-line celebration.


FESTIVITIES Invite your friends and family to a salmon barbeque with live entertainment Saturday evening in Sechelt at the Porpoise Bay Park; local music sensation Steve Wright is scheduled to perform between 6:00-9:00 pm.
There will also be massage services, slack-line walking, and a slide video/ show in a forest amphitheatre called 'Great Bike Journeys of the World'.


SUPPORT Your registration fee includes well-stocked rest stops with food and refreshments, breakfast & lunch Saturday and Sunday, transportation of your overnight pack (sleeping bag, tent, change of clothes etc.), overnight Friday at Halfmoon Bay, mechanical support, ‘sag’ service, a commemorative Ride T-shirt, and all festivities en route. Maps will be provided in the rider kits at the start of the Ride. Please Note: Porpoise Bay Park requires participants to pay directly with park contractor for camping in the cyclists group camp site.

TRANSPORT You will want to leave your cars in Vancouver, near the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay (there are new parking facilities at the terminal this year). Ferries depart Friday evening at 6:35 pm and 8:40 p.m. with buses waiting in the ferry terminal parking lot on the Langdale side (trucks will transport your bikes). If you prefer to transfer on Saturday morning, you will need to be on the ferry that departs at 7:25 a.m. Again, buses will be on the Langdale side for transfers. You must pre-book to be guaranteed seats (standby seats may be available). After your departure on bike Saturday morning, your overnight pack will be transported to Porpoise Bay Park where it will be waiting for your arrival. Sunday morning it will be transported to the Langdale ferry terminal and the finish line. Ferries return throughout the afternoon to Vancouver.

TRAINING You and your bike should be in good condition; have your bike checked and serviced by your local bike shop prior to the ride.


CLINICS Improve your skill and fitness level. Sign up for one of our clinics that will have you riding confidently. Similar trail conditions. Offered in Vancouver, BC on the following dates: Wednesdays- July 25 (UBC), Aug 1 (SFU), Aug 8 (North Shore). Each clinic will have an instructor/ rider ratio of 1:4. They will start at 6:30 and last 2 hours- cost is $40 pp. Call 604-730-1247 for further information.

On behalf of the riders, REM Event Management Inc. has donated over $4,000 cash for trail development and trail maintenance on the Sunshine Coast.

Stats from the previous Ride: Youngest Rider(s): 8 year old Shane Patterson from North Vancouver, BC; 10 year-old Zoe Todd from Vancouver, BC. Most Experienced Rider (by age): 74 year old Bill Caswell from Kelowna, BC; 62 year old Vancouver woman know as 'Irene, the Incredible' Ratio of male to female: 60%/40% % of Survey respondents that said the they would be back in 2010: 95% Register Early. Ride Lots. Expect to be Challenged.

Testimonials from past rides:

Thanks for a great weekend.  I have done LaRuta, BC Bike Race and TransRockies so I was expecting this weekend to be quite tame.  However, I am very happy to say that I was wrong.  Your trail selection was very good.  I know the trails on the SC quite well and you incorporated most of the trails I have chosen for my own rides in the past.  As for day 2, what can I say…  It’s always and excellent day when Hwy 103 & 102 are on the menu.  I even discovered some really nice trails I had not known before (and that I will return to).  In terms of a challenge, it was just perfect for what it’s intended to be. Stefan M. Vancouver, BC (advanced)

The Sunshine Coast Trail Challenge was the perfect way to explore the amazing trails on the Sunshine Coast. The staff and volunteers were supportive and friendly, the course was well marked and provided a great mixture of great climbs, awesome scenery and flowy descents. A perfect mountain bike experience in some of the world’s most deserving trails! I’ll be back!” Amelia U.(intermediate)

We had a great time on the Sunshine Coast ride. We enjoyed well marked cross country trails with like minded individuals and had a blast. It was well organized and was a great way to experience riding on the Sunshine Coast for the first time. I would recommend this ride for reasonably fit XC riders. I’ll be back again next year. Jeff M. Burnaby, BC (advanced)

Amazing food, supportive crew and gorgeous biking, thank you and see you again next year!  Jodi M., Whistler (intermediate)

We loved the ride and the weeked, the place is so beautiful and the people was great. I will recomend the ride to my friends. Lina S (energetic novice)

This was such an enjoyable ride – it had enough options to either make it a well paced leisurely ride along some beautiful trails or the challenge was there if you wanted to turn it up a notch and chew it up!!!  I couldn’t believe the range of folks we met and the loyalty and commitment towards Great-Explorations from some of these riders is phenomenal.  I hope I’m still riding when I’m 72!!!

Allison S. Whistler, BC (intermediate)

I thought this event was very very well organized and run by positive helpful people/volunteers.  There was an excellent choice of food, great food, and lots of it.  The signage on this 90+km of trail was incredible.   The choice of trails was great too: I had no idea there were so many or so much variety on the Sunshine Coast.  It looks like an awful lot of work was put into a lot of those.  I would recommend this event to all my really active friends. Theresa G., Vancouver (energetic novice)

I absolutely loved this ride.  I have ridden my great trails and this ride ranks right up there with the best.  Every thing went smoothly and the food was great.  It is hard to think of how you can improve, this was are really fun two days. Havey P, Vancouver (advanced)

I would recommend this ride for anyone of beginner/intermediate (and above) riding ability that is looking for a fantastic challenge with beautiful scenery, wonderful food and great people.  I will definitely do this again next year. Kim H. (intermediate)

This was my first time on the Sunshine Coast Trail Challenge and it was pretty amazing.  The scenery is beautiful, the trails are fun and challenging enough for an energetic novice like myself, and I met a ton of great people.  I'm already looking forward to next year! Jaclyn K., (energetic novice)

I would recommend this ride for anyone looking for a fun, safe and challenging weekend of mountain biking. It is a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where you can choose to push your limits or take it easy.  My only wish is that these rides were available every month during the summer. What an absolute blast! Amir S. (advanced)

This ride is a great introduction for enthusiast bikers who want to travel x-mountain, test themselves, explore and have their mind expanded on some of the best long distance mountain bike rides on the Sunshine Coast.   Lori K, (intermediate)

I would recommend this ride for a real challenge. You need to be pretty fit but because it is not a race there is tons of support for whatever pace you go....very friendly and great fun.....get this one on your bucket list. Then do it! Charles B. (intermediate)

My 16 year old son and I enojyed ourselves immensely. We ride road bikes and mountain bikes quite a bit , so we were in great shape for the challenge. Overall, I was very impressed with the organization of the event and your staff did a marvelous job of ensuring that things ran smoothly. The Saturday dinner, the lunches and food stops along the way were fantastic. There was a good mix of ages present and I was pleased to see a strong showing of female riders. Tony B., Langley (advanced)

I would recommend this ride for adventurous souls. For those who are looking for a physical and mental challenge, for those who don't mind working for the reward of fantastic descents, tasty food, and great camaraderie. Saskia A., (advanced)

Thanks to your staff and all your volunteers, they were a great bunch and very helpful.  The dinner at Porpoise Bay was excellent and all the food and rest stops were also very good.  As far as rating the trails, for a 74 year old, many of them were double black diamonds for me.  I completed both days in one piece, a little stiff today, put feeling very pleased with myself.  I will recommend this ride for many of the younger "Gallagher Old Farts" and for my sons, who are very good mountain bikers.... Bill C, Kelowna BC (aged 74)

VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are needed during the event to help with registration, sag support and marshaling. Please call (604) 730-1247 or toll-free at 1-800-242-1825 to leave your name and telephone #.
Further Questions? Please email us at info@great-explorations.com or call (in Vancouver) 730-1247 or toll-free 1-800-242-1825.

Registration forms also available at the following locations:

Burnaby: Bike Doctor, Edmonds Cycle, Sharpey's cycles, Jubilee Cycle.

Coquitlam: Secret Cycles,

Gibsons: Spin Cycle

New Westminster: Cap's Bicycle Shop,

Pemberton: The Bike Co.

Port Coquitlam: Cap's Westwood Cycle,

Roberts Creek/ Sechelt: Up the Creek B&B; Off the Edge Adventure Sports

Squamish: Corsa Cycles; Tantalus Bike Shop

Vancouver: A-1 Cycle, Ace Cycle Shop, Atomic Bike Shop, Bayshore Bicycles LTD., Bicycle Sports Pacific, Bike Doctor, The Bike Gallery Vancouver, Bikes N'Blades, Bikes on the Drive, Cambie Cycles, Dan's Bike Shop, Denman Bike Shop, Different Bikes, Dizzy Cycles, Dream Cycle, Dunbar Cycles, Jett Grrl Bike Studio, JV Bike, MEC, Mighty Riders, Our Community Bikes, Rain City bikes, Ride On Bike Shop, Reckless Bike Stores, Simon's Bike Shop, SnowCovers, Speed Theory, Spokes Bycicle Rentals, Sports Junkies, Stanley Park Cycle, Super Champion, Westside Sporting Goods Company, West Point Cycles.

North Vancouver: Bicycle Sports Pacific, Cove Bikes, Deakan Outdoors, Different Bikes, John Henry Bikes, MEC, North Shore Bike Shop, Obsession Bikes, On Top Bike Shop, Steed Cycles,

West Vancouver: Different Bikes,

Whistler: Meadow Park; The Bike Co.

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Your registration fee includes well-stocked rest stops with food and refreshments, breakfast and lunch Staurday and Sunday, transportation of your overnight pack (sleeping bag, tent, change of clothes etc.), overnight Friday at Halfmoon Bay, mechanical support, sag service, a commemorative T-shirt, and all festivities en-route.

 

 

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