Tour of British Columbia - An Ultra-Cycling Race.
Searching for something different to challenge you
and your two wheels? Do you want to go as far and fast as you possibly
can? Over mountains and mountains and mountains, through rain-forests,
past glaciers and grizzly-bears? Would
you like to race in wilderness so remote that you will actually see a
road sign that says, “South to Alaska”; where bears, bison and mountain
goat outnumber the human population? Do you want to ride on rollers so
steep you cannot see the over the peak until you are heading back down? Do you
want to accomplish something so amazing it will inspire you for the rest
of your life?
If you do and are willing to do what it takes
Canada and ultra-cycling impresario Perry Stone offers the
Tour of British Columbia
(tourdebc.com), the longest
ultra-endurance bicycle race on earth.
Beginning August 3rd, 2014 racers will
start off in White Rock, British Columbia on a journey of over
5,100 kilometers or 3,170 miles. They will climb over 150,000 feet
(preliminary route estimate) on their way through some of the most
spectacular wilderness Canada has to offer.
The race is open to anyone over the age of 21,
riding any bicycle or human-powered vehicle desired and you can ride
as a soloist (time limit 16 days) or part of a two person relay team,
four person relay team or an eight person relay team (11 day time
limit). The rules are simple: each rider or team of riders must supply
their own escort crew and may ride 24 hours a day. Soloists may ride as
many hours a day as they are capable, but to officially finish they will
need to cover a minimum of 200 miles (320kilometers) per day.
If you have heard about the Race Across America but
couldn’t afford their entry fees, the Tour of
British Columbia offers a pratical alternative with an early bird registration rate of just $1,000
for solo riders and $5,500 for eight person teams.
The Tour of British Columbia is actually the
flagship race in the world’s first trilogy of simultaneously held
ultra-cycling events, the “Rider’s Race Series”, which also includes the
BC Explorer (2,800 k or 1,750 m) and
the 1,600 kilometer/1,000 mile
So if you aren't ready for the world's longest, the Rider's Race Series
has got you covered.
We asked Perry Stone what his motivation was for
creating these events and how he has approached their
Ultra-cycling gave me
the opportunity to explore the world, to learn so much about myself and
to meet so many amazing people in the sport that I wanted to give others the
same opportunity to experience what I did.
I have spent three years of my
life developing these races and have built up a team of 12 highly
qualified and experienced people to help me present them.
We focused foremost on the total rider experience. First we
considered safety and developed race routes as remote as we could find
that are still accessible to our racers. If
you consider the population of Canada has a denisty of 9 people per square mile
compared to the
USA which has a density of 84 people per square mile you begin to
understand the bicycle friendliness of our routes.
We wanted to make the routes as appealling as
possible and came up with a
route for the Tour of British Columbia that includes Banff and Jasper
National Parks , the Columbia Icefields Parkway, the Rocky Mountains and a long stretch of the
Alaska Highway and far too many amazing areas to describe right now.
(Readers may visit
http://tourdebc.com/tour-of-british-columbia/ for a full course
The racing is difficult enough, its not only nice to ride in such
an environment it is also inspirational.
We also kept in mind the cost of participation and
selected White Rock, BC as our start/finish line because it is only a
few miles from the Canada/USA border and within 40 miles of both American
and Canadian International Airports.
Racers renting vehicles can return them to the point of rental
and arrange air travel in and out of the same airport. We also made
registration fees, by far, the lowest available.
We selected August 3sup>rd as our start date
to allow North American based riders more of the “outdoor” riding season
to prepare. And finally we created three levels of recognition for
racers performance; so if a rider faces unexpected setbacks they still
have the opportunity to adapt, recovery and continue on. We did this to
protect the integrity of the elite rider’s participation while
still recognizing the commitment people put into preparing for such a
challenge. We would much rather people accomplish something then go home
For more information please visit us at
tourdebc.com or on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/TourdeBC Any questions or comments should
be sent to