Join us for the 20th Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Trail Challenge!

The sunshine coast is a short (and scenic!) ferry ride from Vancouver. Our first day’s ride will begin from Halfmoon Bay, only 45 minutes north of the Langdale ferry terminal;utilizing a combination of existing trail systems, deactivated forestry roads and single track trail, our route will take us (35 km-elevation gain of 700m) to Porpoise Bay. There will be festivities and overnight stay at Porpoise Bay Park (camping facilities only). Sunday, the ride will continue south out of Porpoise Bay (45 km -elevation gain is 1300 m) across Mt. Elphinstone, to Langdale and a finish-line celebration.

Previous participants have come from all around BC, including locals from the Sunshine Coast, and lower mainland, but also from across Canada even Europe! Ages ranged from 8 years (congrats Ben!) to a 79 year old who had 3 generations riding. Amazing! This ride has been hailed as the best point to point ride in BC!

Location

Halfmoon Bay

Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada

Starting Location

Porpoise Bay (Camping on Saturday night)

Porpoise Bay Campground, Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt, BC, Canada

Langdale

Langdale, BC, Canada

End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

2 nights camping (Halfmoon Bay & Porpoise Bay Park)
Breakfasts & lunches (Saturday and Sunday)
Salmon BBQ on Saturday night (w/ live music!)
Well-stocked rest stops with food and refreshments
Transportation of your overnight pack (sleeping bag, tent, change of clothes)
Commemorative T-shirt
Festivities en-route
Mechanical support
Sag service

Not Included

Mountain bike (please bring your own)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2020

August 8 & 9

TRIP SIZE

200 participants max

TOTAL DAYS

2 days / 2 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Halfmoon Bay / Langdale

ACTIVITY LEVEL

For most riders, this will likely be the longest (and best) ride of your summer!

TERRAIN

If the trail was signed as ski runs are, it would be 30% green, 70% blue.

COST

Register Early & Save!

Register by
Aug 18, 2019: $199 (for those who did it in 2019 and their friends!)
May 1, 2020: $239
Aug 1, 2020: $259
Aug 7, 2020: $279

Shuttle from Langdale to ride start (Halfmoon Bay) at CAD $20 pp:
– Friday 7:45 p.m. (Horseshoe Bay ferry departs at 7:05 pm)*
– Saturday 8:05 a.m. (Horseshoe Bay ferry departs at 7:25 am)*
*Time subject to changes (BC Ferries)

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

The sunshine coast is a short (and scenic!) ferry ride from Vancouver. Our first day’s ride will begin from Halfmoon Bay, only 45 minutes north of the Langdale ferry terminal; utilizing a combination of existing trail systems, deactivated forestry roads and single track trail, our route will take us (35 km-elevation gain of 700m) to Porpoise Bay. There will be festivities and overnight stay at Porpoise Bay Park (camping facilities only). Sunday, the ride will continue south out of Porpoise Bay (45 km -elevation gain is 1300 m) over Mt. Elphinstone, to Langdale and a finish-line celebration.


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ROUTE

The sunshine coast is a short (and scenic!) ferry ride from Vancouver. Our first day’s ride will begin from Halfmoon Bay, only 45 minutes north of the Langdale ferry terminal;utilizing a combination of existing trail systems, deactivated forestry roads and single track trail, our route will take us (35 km-elevation gain of 700m) to Porpoise Bay. There will be festivities and overnight stay at Porpoise Bay Park (camping facilities only). Sunday, the ride will continue south out of Porpoise Bay (45 km -elevation gain is 1300 m) across Mt. Elphinstone, to Langdale and a finish-line celebration.

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FESTIVITIES

Invite your friends and family to a salmon barbeque with live entertainment Saturday evening in Sechelt at the Porpoise Bay Park; local music sensation Patrick Spencer (Coldwater Road) is scheduled to perform between 6:00-9:00 pm. There will also be massage services, and a slide video/ show in a forest amphitheatre called ‘Great Bike Journeys of the World’.

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SUPPORT

Your registration fee includes well-stocked rest stops with food and refreshments, breakfast & lunch Saturday and Sunday, salmon BBQ on Saturday night, transportation of your overnight pack (sleeping bag, tent, change of clothes etc.), overnight Friday at Halfmoon Bay and Saturday at Porpoise Bay Park, mechanical support, ‘sag’ service, a commemorative Ride T-shirt, and all festivities en route. Maps will be provided in the rider kits at the start of the Ride.

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TRANSPORT

You will want to leave your cars in Vancouver, near the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay (there are new parking facilities at the terminal this year). Ferry departs Friday evening at 7:05 pm with buses waiting in the ferry terminal parking lot on the Langdale side (trucks will transport your bikes). If you prefer to transfer on Saturday morning, you will need to be on the ferry that departs at 7:25 a.m. Again, buses will be on the Langdale side for transfers. You must pre-book to be guaranteed seats (standby seats may be available). After your departure on bike Saturday morning, your overnight pack will be transported to Porpoise Bay Park where it will be waiting for your arrival. Sunday morning it will be transported to the Langdale ferry terminal and the finish line. Ferries return throughout the afternoon to Vancouver.

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TRAINING

You and your bike should be in good condition; have your bike checked and serviced by your local bike shop prior to the ride. On behalf of the riders, REM Event Management Inc. has donated over $5,000 cash for trail development and trail maintenance on the Sunshine Coast.

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STATS FROM THE PREVIOUS RIDE

Youngest Rider(s): 8 year-olds Shane Patterson and Ben Cormack, BC; 10 year-old Zoe Todd from Vancouver, BC.
Most Experienced Rider (by age): 79 year-old Bill Caswell from Kelowna, BC; 62 year-old Vancouver woman know as ‘Irene, the Incredible’.
Ratio of male to female: 60%/40%.
% of Survey respondents that said the they would be back: 95%.
Register Early. Ride Lots. Expect to be Challenged!

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VOLUNTEERS

Join us as a volunteer for the Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Challenge and enjoy a front-row seat to one of British Colmbia’s premier cycling event. The Voli-crew plays key roles in creating an unforgettable experience for participants.

Volunteer roles include registration, set-up, sag support, marshaling and more. We welcome anyone with enthusiasm and energy who wishes to help out!

Please send us an email at info@great-explorations.com

Camping

Overnight Friday at Halfmoon Bay and Saturday at Porpoise Bay Park



			

Trip Reviews

August 15, 2010

“Finishing on Saturday with enough time to relax on the beach before a great salmon barbecue was outstanding. I would recommend this ride to anyone.”

January 11, 2019

“I would recommend this ride for anyone of beginner/intermediate (and above) riding ability that is looking for a fantastic challenge with beautiful scenery, wonderful food and great people. I will definitely do this again next year.”

January 11, 2019

“This was my first time on the Sunshine Coast Trail Challenge and it was pretty amazing. The scenery is beautiful, the trails are fun and challenging enough for an energetic novice like myself, and I met a ton of great people. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

January 11, 2019

“I would recommend this ride for anyone looking for a fun, safe and challenging weekend of mountain biking. It is a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where you can choose to push your limits or take it easy. My only wish is that these rides were available every month during the summer. What an absolute blast!”

January 11, 2019

“Thanks for a great weekend. I have done LaRuta, BC Bike Race and TransRockies so I was expecting this weekend to be quite tame. However, I am very happy to say that I was wrong. Your trail selection was very good. I know the trails on the SC quite well and you incorporated most of the trails I have chosen for my own rides in the past. As for day 2, what can I say… It’s always and excellent day when Hwy 103 & 102 are on the menu. I even discovered some really nice trails I had not known before (and that I will return to). In terms of a challenge, it was just perfect for what it’s intended to be.”

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