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.