The 2017 Bear Mountain Bike Festival presented by McDonald's is positioned to be the most anticipated and most exciting cycling event on Vancouver Island.
The 2017 BEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL presented by McDonald’s is positioned to be the most anticipated and most exciting cycling event on Vancouver Island. To be held March 4-5, 2017 the event is on track to draw 500+ participants and close to 5,000 spectators. The organizers are now launching a more comprehensive cycling Festival in 2017 that offers the thrills of X-Country and Enduro riding, as well as fun activities for cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities: from young kids to Olympians.
The anchor of this event’s success is the beautiful setting at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. Nestled in the Victoria BC Highlands, the venue is practically a cycling stadium that is ideally suited to showcase cycling in all its many facets. The area consists of over 10km of combined single-track/double-track trails, flow trail, pump track and a dirt jump park.
But that is where it starts. Bear Mountain Resort has wonderful amenities, restaurants, spa, recreation center, parking, and easy on-and-off access from Highway 1. The Victoria International Airport is 30 minutes away to the North. Ferry services make this event easily accessible to cycling fans coming from BC Mainland and US Washington State. Positioned in the Cycling Capital of Canada, Victoria has risen quickly to truly be declared as a world class cycling destination.
2017 Canada Cup XC
The UCI Bear Mountain Canada Cup XC is back, with a better race course, more UCI points, and more prize money. Racers from various age groups and abilities will test their strength, endurance, and technical abilities on Bear Mountain’s pristine trail system. The highlight of the event will be watching Olympic Bronze Medallist Catharine Pendrel race as defending champion. Other big names attending will include Emily Batty, Raph Gagne, Geoff Kabush, Andrew L’esperance, Haley Smith, and Evan Guthrie.
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2017 Bear Mountain Bike Expo
The Bear Mountain Bike Expo is poised to be the largest consumer bike expo on Vancouver Island! The Expo is free admission and holds a wide range of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. Other activities during the day include food court, bike demos, stunt shows, and exclusive activities for children.
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Trek Tyke Bike Ride with Champions
Itching to get your little one out on the trails? Want to rub shoulders with Canadian Champions? Bear Mountain is proud to host the “Trek Tyke Bike Ride with Champions”, in partnership with the South Island Mountain Bike Society.
Kids will participate in a guided trail ride by some of Canada’s top mountain bike racers. Rides will be grouped by experience/ability level: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
When the ride is over, kids and family will enjoy a BBQ and win great door prizes. Did we mention that participation is free?
This unique event promotes a healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, team building, and crazy fun for the local business community. Teams of four take part in a group event as each participant takes part in the Rocky Mountain Enduro. Times for each team member are combined and the team with the lowest accumulated time wins.
The corporate challenge promotes the business world with an activity that caters to employees of various fitness levels. This fosters employee interaction, teamwork, pride, and good morale. There is also a beer garden and food concession to celebrate afterwards.
Rocky Mountain Enduro
The Rocky Mountain Enduro event that invites local enthusiasts to tackle the new “Chainsaw Downhill Trail” at Bear Mountain or the “Flow Trail.” Anyone with a decent trail bike and enough stamina to ride their local singletrack for a couple of hours can have a bash at enduro. You get a lot more riding for your entrance fee than at a downhill race, where you get just one final run and a few goes in practice. This also means a mishap or mechanical won’t necessarily put you out of the running. Enduro races have a friendly atmosphere. While the top riders are definitely in it to win it, further down the field it’s more about having a go and enjoying a bit of finish line banter.