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Vista 1271 vegades, descarregada 28 vegades

a prop de Cumberland, British Columbia (Canada)

Day two of the BC Bike Race sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bicycles returned to it's annual stop in the village of Cumberland for a new 48km course never used in the BCBR. Taking up most of the small main street, 600 racers launched out of town going the opposite direction from the town's traditional mining economy. The BCBR's support of the communities that host stages allows them to build more trail and grow their appeal as a cycling destination. That symbiotic relationship is positively pushing forward the future of Cumberland and the BC Bike Race.

Once called Dodge City in the tumultuous wake of it's mining industry's departure, the modern economy of Cumberland has established mountain biking as its new natural resource. The BCBR and Cumberland's mountain biking have co-evolved over the last 8 years and it can be argued that the innovative thinking of this mountain biking mecca lead to the evolution of today's modern mountain bike stage race driving the BCBR to be one of the most progressive races in the world.

Three years into the BC Bike Race, Riding Fool Hostel owner, mountain bike advocate and course designer Jeremy Grasby suggested to race co-founders Dean Payne and Andreas Hestler that they stop doing a point to point style race and try using just the trails in the forests surrounding the town. Concentrating on singletrack and cutting out the road transfers was an epiphany for everyone involved. "When Jeremy asked about doing a single loop, my original response was that it wasn't done that way. Obviously it was an idea that was based on tradition and there was no reason not to change the format." Grasby's simple suggestion shifted the definition of what a mountain bike stage race had to be and turned the BCBR into a hunt for the best singletrack available.

The course in Cumberland was designed by Grasby after a vision in a dream about how to connect two pieces of singletrack that had never been in the BCBR. Grasby felt that the trails Blue Collar and Further Burger were too good to not be put into the race but it took a magic eye squint from a dream state to let the route emerge. Balanced by two major climbs, each plunge from the top delivered riders deep into the dark forests before winding through old clearcuts that are blooming into alpine meadows full of purple flowers. Front tires pushing through loamy corners while old tree stumps acting as gratuitous launching pads highlighted the stage. There are trails that feel like work, but the trails that keep you on your toes and make the bike dance below you are the ones that Cumberland excels at, the ones where riders grab the bars like a partners waist and get their best swing on.

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