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The Amazing Race meets RAAM?
By Chris Graetz
Date: 1/26/2010
The Amazing Race meets RAAM?

The world's longest ultra-endurance race is set to debut on August 1st, 2010. The promising race will take in some brilliant scenery across Canada. This is a 'must do' for any cycling fan.

Vancouver, BC is proud to introduce the world’s longest ultra-endurance bicycle race; the BC 5000 which is set to debut August 1st, 2010 in Whistler, British Columbia.

BC 5000
Photo © 2010 Perry Stone

UltraVelo’s marquee event, the BC 5000 Watson Lake Circuit travels approximately 5,000 kilometers (3,106mi) from the coastal mountains of Whistler, BC through the breathtaking scenery of the province’s southern border region into Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks. Here riders of the approximately 2,659 kilometer (1,652mi) long Prince George Circuit turn towards Mt Robson and Prince George on their journey back to Whistler, BC. The Watson Lake Circuit continues north to Dawson Creek, BC where it hooks up with the Alaska Highway and travels nearly 1,000 kilometers (621mi) to Watson Lake in the Yukon Territories. From there, racers head south for nearly 2,000 kilometers (1,242mi) through Smithers, BC and Prince George, BC back to the finish line in Whistler, BC.

Both circuits of the BC 5000 are open to any and all racers who are sufficiently physically conditioned to tackle the challenges. Riders may race as soloists or as part of 2, 4 or 8 rider relay teams.

Ultra-endurance cycling is an extreme sport that is contested “non-stop.” This means that team riders cycle 24 hours a day switching off their riders in relay fashion while a highly competitive soloist would ride over 20 hours a day and sleep in a support vehicle, campground or a motel room when available.

Anticipated finishing times for the different divisions contesting the Watson Lake circuit range from 7-12 days for the most competitive, but riders will have 30 days to complete the course in 2010.

In addition to the ultra-endurance bicycle racing, UltraVelo has added an additional optional element to the BC 5000 called the Something Different Photo Safari (Safari). The Safari celebrates the visual splendor of the the two circuits by engaging the rider’s support crews to photograph a list of images provided to them. These images will include landscapes, weather conditions, various native animals, birds and and birds as well as images that capture the spirit of the challenge and towns and people encountered all over British Columbia. All images submitted will be judged by the general public and a small board of experts and the best of images will be published in a digital format for all racers to share.

For further information on participating, volunteering, employment, sponsorship or registering please visit our website at or contact Perry Stone at

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