Cyclist participation in the Tour of British Columbia ultra-endurance race is open to solo riders or in relay team consisting of 2, 4 or 8 riders. Most forms of 2 & 3 wheel bicycles, wheelchairs and human powered vehicles are also welcome. The Tour of British Columbia is open to all cyclists 19 years of age and older who are physically fit enough to maintain daily minimum pace set by race director. SOLO riders who are new to ultra-cycling should contact us to learn more.
Ultra-endurance cycling is a discipline of cycling that is practiced around the world. In the simplest terms; ultra-cycling races are not divided by stages and for the most part, there is no drafting, no pelotons and no scheduled breaks. It is non-stop racing from start-to-finish. The time spent cycling and resting are determined by each individual rider and his or her teammates and support crew.
Whether competing as a soloist or as part of a relay team all cyclists are supported by an escort crew which manages the cyclists efforts and provides a vehicle escorting their rider at all times. Crew size is determined by number of riders, personal preferences and number of available participants. There are minimum requirements that must be maintained at all times to aid safety of all participants.
Solo riders are supported by escort teams that vary in size from five to a dozen people who ordinarily travel in mini-vans, SUVs and motor homes. TWO, FOUR or EIGHT person relay teams will have larger more sophisticated support crews.
At first glance the Tour of British Columbia may seem to be out-of-reach for weekend warriors and moderately trained cyclists, but those that take a closer look will discover there are many ways to compete. The opportunity exists for a wide range of cyclists to officially complete the Tour of British Columbia, but it is a serious and demanding challenge that should only be contested by those cyclists that have trained, planned and organized a safe, realistic race plan.
Competition is open to soloists and relay teams of 2, 4 or 8 riders who are over the age of 19 and who possess the physical ability, desire and means to compete. This is an amateur event open to all riders; however, we do provide free consultation for those who are unsure. The main consideration is safety and our race management team retains the right to deny anyone’s participation on the basis of safety or any other issue considered detrimental to the participants, event volunteers, staff or spectators. Riders must possess strong bike handling skills as descending the mountain roads requires confidence, ability and experience. Soloists should be extremely well conditioned cyclists. If you cannot comfortably ride 300 kilometers a day then the solo division is not for you. If you wish to finish in a competitive time you will need to be able to ride around 450 km a day. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your abilities or join a relay team. Riding on a team is the best experience you can have to prepare you for future solo competition.
Among the ranks of the world’s elite ultra-endurance cyclists there are numerous soloists that could complete the Tour of BC in under10 days and there are many teams with the potential to complete in less than 8 days, but to insure that both riders and crew members have ample opportunity to rest as required the Tour of BC course will have an official time limit of 17 days for soloists, 16 days for TWO (2 person relay teams), fifteen days for FOUR (4person relay teams) and 14 days for EIGHT person teams. The Tour of British Columbia is not for the ill-equipped, un-prepared or faint of heart!
The Tour of British Columbia offers amazing opportunities and a multitude of challenges that permit each contestant to tailor their challenge to a personal level. For the hardcore survivalist type or adventurer the Tour of British Columbia offers all you can handle. Other entrants may pace themselves accordingly.
Answer the call of the wild, surrender to your basic instincts and find out how far you can go.