Lillooet sits in a high valley on the far side of the Duffy Lake Road, a serpentine pass that winds north & east of Pemberton. Once you cross the Duffy, the coastal mountain climate gives way to an arid one, populating glacial-cut valleys with scrub, sage, and cedar trees.
The predictably dry weather, and undulating, challenging roads has made this the site of a series of training camps hosted by Vancouver's Mighty Riders/ Pirates cycling team. Pioneered by Pirates patriarch, and hulking powerhouse Shane Savage, these retreats to the high mountains have been used for years to tune pre-season race fitness, to forge team affinity, and explore the backroads of BC.
In the search for fresh blood, a few wildcard invites to the camps are extended. This winter, the Stuckylife and Funeral Cycling crews were foolish enough to accept.
A paced, guided group ride through Greater Victoria with a King of the Mountain competition thrown in. TWENTY CLIMBS.Race up them all. Some you have ridden dozens of times, some you may have never heard of.
Start at Broad Street Cycles at 10 am on SUNDAY February 15.
"Is this the A or the B race start?" she asked. A 15 year old girl about to race the Island's most technical and beer infused cx race! "I'm sorry, there's only one race." I said, "everyone starts at the same time."
But the thought remained...either we are getting soft, or we're raising a hell of a good crop of Crossers. I think it's the latter and the fact that a bunch of Teenagers came out to race the Blubber Burn Classic says something about our community. Great to have you out there, but...please don't crash
-Technical off-road time trial, best served cold with a CX bicycle.
For our second installment of the 2015 Stuckylife Semiprestige, we have a crafted a 2.5 km point-to-point course in the wilds of Vancouver Island.
Expect a largely singletrack route, featuring techy rock sections, lung-searing double track, a mud bog, and power-sapping pea gravel.
We will be leading a no-drop ride to the top-secret race course, leaving from Broad Street Cycles at 12 noon. Show up a few minutes early for coffee and bullshit.
Pack a bag with warm clothes and trail-side hydration (Rum & eggnog anyone?) as it may get chilly waiting for your start time. Lights for the ride home are probably a good idea, too.
We will register and seed riders at the trail head. The time trial will be run in two segments. Each rider will complete the segment in a consecutive order. A two minute gap will separate runs. After all racers have finished their first run, we will reverse the direction of the course and send you all back along the same course for run #2. The winner will be the rider who finishes both segments in the lowest combined time.
We hope to provide enough time between the group-ride to the trail-head and your race start for a few practice laps. In the meantime, get out this weekend and get that shit dialed!
Expect each lap to take about 10-15 min. depending on ability level. We will likely be rolling back into downtown by 4-4:30pm.
Want some insight into what went down last year? Check out Geoff Robson's imagery HERE.
If you can't make the 12noon group ride out to the race, meet us here: