January 23, 2017 (Victoria, BC) – Bear Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the launch of its new Bear Mountain Bike Festival presented by McDonalds on March 4-5, which will offer exciting cycling events for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
The highlight event of the festival will be the UCI Bear Mountain Canada Cup MTB Race powered by Powerade on March 4, featuring Canada’s finest athletes including Olympic bronze medallist, Catharine Pendrel.
Other women expected to attend include Emily Batty who was runner up to Pendrel at Bear Mountain last year. Batty finished a strong 2016 racing season which included a bronze medal at a World Championships and 4th place at the Rio Olympics. Another is defending overall Canada Cup champion, Haley Smith, who showed consistency throughout last year and solidified her title with a convincing win at the Canada Cup Finale in Whistler.
7-time National Champion and Olympian, Geoff Kabush, is looking forward to racing in the men’s event after missing out at last year’s race. “After being sidelined with injury last year I’m really looking forward to finally racing at Bear Mountain,” said Kabush. “I spent years living and training in Victoria and it was always a dream to have an International calibre race so close to home. With the National MTB Team based and training at Bear Mountain it’s a fantastic opportunity and way to start the season for all the riders.”
Other favourites for the men’s race include last year’s Bear Mountain winner and Olympian, Raphael Gagne; reigning National Champion, Derek Zanstra; and Canada Cup Overall defending champion, Andrew L’Esperance.
Bear Mountain Canada Cup Registration is now live here.
On Sunday, March 5, Bear Mountain will invite families, youth, and local enthusiasts to have their own Bear Mountain cycling experience. Youth will be invited to the Trek Tykes Bike Ride with Champions, a free event in partnership with the South Island Mountain Bike Society that offers guided rides by age group with special appearances by some of Canada’s champions. Food, beverages, and lots of cool prizes will be on hand. Mountain Bike enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test-ride the newest bicycle models from Rocky Mountain, Trek, Norco and more at the Bear Mountain Bike Expo and will have the chance to experience the Canada Cup race circuit. The Rocky Mountain Bicycles Enduro race and Corporate Relay Cycling Challenge will cap off Sunday’s events by offering something for the trail enthusiast and weekend warrior.
Saturday March 4
- Canada Cup MTB p/b Powerade (UCI C1 MTB)
- Bike Expo
- Beer Garden
- Food Concessio
Sunday March 5
- Trek Tykes Bike Ride with Champions
- Rocky Mountain Enduro
- Corporate Cycling Challenge
- Bike Expo
- Beer Garden
- Food Concession
About the trails at Bear Mountain:
The Bear Mountain Bike Park, home to the Canadian National Mountain Bike Team, consists of over 10km of west coast inspired single track and flow trails. Built over the past two years in collaboration with the Nature Trail Society, the park is open to all ages and abilities. Bear Mountain also houses the Hub Cycling Center, which is a full service bike shop that provides sales, service, and rentals to resort guests and residents.
For more information and downloads:
- Visit the Cycling Canada Website here.
- Visit the Bear Mountain Bike Festival Website here.
- Download Bear Mountain Canada Cup Technical Guide here
Registration is now live for all events.
- Bear Mountain Canada Cup p/b Powerade here.
- Trek Tykes Bike Ride (Free Entry!) here.
- Rocky Mountain Enduro here.
- Corporate Cycling Challenge here.