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Cow Trail Classic


Jun. 10, 2017

Event Information

Returning on Saturday June 10, 2017 in the gorgeous Nicola Valley. This year there is a race for everyone!

  • 39 km Long Course: The Long Course has been extended to 39km of fast and flowing single track by incorporating a new trail, FloJo.
  • 16km Short Course: this course remains the same fan favourite show casing our best terrain.
  • 10.5km Intro to Race: new for this year, we’ve added our new trail FloJo, forming the shortest race loop that will appeal to all riding levels. Beginner racers, this will be the perfect entry to the world of mountain bike racing.

Kids Event

The Merritt Mountain Bike Association has partnered with Ozmosis Training PMBI Certified Coaches to offer a bike skill building Youth Camp focused on fun and safety. Camp discounts are provided to registrants with family members participating in the Cow Trail Classic.


Camping: YES you may camp at the race site. It’s crown land and organizers ask that you keep the area clean and take your garbage out with you.

Hotels: the new Comfort Inn in Merritt as well as the Ramada Hotel will be offering participants discounted room rates.


In Merritt, at the junction Voght St. and Nicola Ave. (use the 7-eleven as a landmark), go south on Voght St , cross the bridge over Coldwater River. Turn left onto Mid Day Valley Road, which will turn into gravel at some point. You’ll pass two cattle guards, and about 300m after the second one, you’ll come to the meadows, where you park and see the race setup.

You are there.


Registration fees include insurance, timing by Raceday Timing Services, pulled pork lunch by Cheffry 911, feed stations, EMT support, over $1000 in prize money and giveaways. All net proceeds go to the Merritt Mountain Bike Association to support local trail building and maintenance activities as well as trail advocacy work. The Merritt Mountain Bike Association is a registered not for profit organization.

For more information please visit cowtrailclassic.com or contact bikemerritt@gmail.com

Race Weekend Bike Clinics

The Merritt Mountain Bike Association has partnered up with Ozmosis Training for an amazing weekend of skill building that will kick start your season and get you stoked on your bike. The highly professional coaches of Ozmosis Training will be here for one weekend only and they plan on helping you make the most of it.  They are a premier mountain biking and guiding company from North Vancouver who is responsible for such fun events as the Silverstar Ladies weekend

Friday June 9th – Pre Race Tune Up

​Get that last minute edge for race day! You will spend the evening working on the more technical aspects of the course to ensure your race day can be the most successful it can be.

Cost: $ 75 – 2 hours

Saturday June 10th – Youth Camp

​The Youth camp is an excellent way for your child to improve their skills, gain confidence on their bike & trails and have a lot of fun while you are racing the Cow Classic.  With a focus on safety, teamwork and good attitudes, the PMBI Certified coaches will have your child loving every minute of Bike Camp!

Cost: $ 85 Full Day (Discount $35 if parents are racing – email bikemerritt@gmail.com)

Sunday June 11th – Ladies Camp

Ladies come out and learn new skills in a friendly group atmosphere from some of the best coaches BC has to offer! One full day of instruction with a group of your peers and other like-minded women. From Beginner to Advanced, this course will take you riding to the next level.

Cost: $ 175 Full Day + Apres

This means:

  • You get qualified mountain bike instruction!

  • Focused on developing skills

  • You will actually be riding trails while learning!

  • Small class size

  • Swag and prizes from the event’s awesome sponsors