Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another Canadian offroad stage race on tap for '09

Organizers in Kamloops, British Columbia, are close to finishing plans for a five-day endurance mountain bike stage race to be held in 2009. The Intermontane Challenge will run July 27-31 and boast 450km of riding in and around the city known as the “Tournament Capital of Canada.”

Kamloops sits in south central British Columbia, about four hours drive from Vancouver. The town is a hotspot of mountain biking, and is the home of the Kamloops Bike Ranch, a 26-hectare area of downhill and cross-country trail networks. The town is also home to Canadian stars Wade Simmons, Catherine Pendrel and Seamus McGrath.

The Intermontane Challenge will feature a cloverleaf-shaped course, with the city of Kamloops sitting at the heart of the clover. Each day riders will tackle a different loop of the clover, starting and finishing in the town. Organizers say the event will boast a prize purse of more than $60,000.

The Intermontane Challenge will be British Columbia’s third major endurance stage race, behind July’s BC Bike Race and August’s TransRockies Challenge. Unlike those events, the Intermontane Challenge will feature solo and two-person team competition.

In its first year, the race will cap registration at 300 riders. Registration begins September 1, 2008. Organizers will host a weekend preview of the course on September 6-7.

For more information, visit http://www.intermontainechallenge.com/
From the Web Page:
The Intermontane Challenge is a 5 day staged mountain bike race with the most singletrack of any mountainbike stage race on the planet!

The inaugural race will be held in Kamloops July 27- 31, 2009 and will become an annual event with a preview event hosted in September 2008. The Intermontane Challenge has been developed by serious mountain bikers for serious mountain bikers because they know firsthand what makes a great day in the saddle. Everyday will be full of famous ‘Kamloops Single Track’ and with Kamloops hospitality, you'll experience why the Intermontane Challenge is a ‘Must’ for anyone who loves to ride.

What you get:
Basic entry: $1235.00/ person, plus GST
Includes entry to race
Water and supplies at feed stations
Entry t-shirt
Finisher’s t-shirt
Map book.
Ticket to awards banquet.

Bottom Line:
Seems a bit steep when your food is not even included... However, if you love super technical riding this will be the race for you.

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