Last year was the start of a new era in Squamish mountain bike racing with the end of the Test of Metal race series, and the introduction of the Sp’akw’us 50 technical XC marathon to the calendar of renowned races on Squamish’s spectacular trails.
We have taken the fun to a new level by announcing a 2-Day Stage Race called The Sp’akw’us Challenge. The Sp’akw’us Challenge will consist of the Sp’akw’us 50 (Saturday) and the Sp’akw’us 35 (Sunday). Both events can be ridden separately as a 1 Day Event, or combined for an even greater Challenge. The Spakwus 50 will be a similar course to last year, with the Spakwus 35 being held on different but equally enjoyable trails.
Because what’s more fun than 50km of Squamish singletrack? Even more kilometres of Squamish singletrack.
The expanded race offerings provide something for everyone. One day enough? Enjoy a race suited to your interest and ability level with the 50 km or 35 km options. Come for the one-day race, stay for the 2-day party. But for those of you who want more, test your grit in the 2-day Challenge. Professionally marked courses, professional timing, aid stations, awesome courses, t-shirts, awards and racer meals/beverages are all part of the experience.
The 2 Day
There will be 300 entries available to those choosing the Sp’akw’us Challenge 2-Day Stage Race.
The 2-day MTB Stage Race is a format popular for those riders who want an extra challenge that is over and above what the 50km already is. Riders will find this event to be a valuable tune-up event for those summer multi-stage MTB events around the world.
The 50 km
There will be 600 race entries available to those choosing to race only the Sp’akw’us 50.
This event is one that will have people coming back for more. Riders can expect a challenging day on the trails through some of Squamish’s best singletrack trails.
The 35 km
There will be 200 entries available to those choosing to race only the Sp’akw’us 35.
Whether this is your first mountain bike race or if you are not able to get the time required to train for the 50km event, you will find a lot on offer within this 35km event that will focus on fun flowy trails.
This year we have also announced our plan to build a bridge across Mashiter Creek, to connect the Alice Lake and Diamond Head trail networks. This will enhance the course options, benefit many user groups, and enrich the recreation opportunities available to those who choose to visit or live in Squamish, BC. We have undertaken a unique approach to funding and building this bridge as well as several new trail improvements and additional trail plans to be rolled out over the next few months. Completion of this project is not likely to happen until 2019 event.
There are already several small trail projects currently underway to enhance the Squamish Trail Network under this Capital Projects Initiative.
Registration for all events will open on January 15, 2019 at 6 pm.
Exact course details to come, but you can expect our same amazing venue, awards ceremony, dinner, and after party for racers and volunteers.
Sp’akw’us means Bald Eagle in the Squamish Nation language, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and symbolizes the majestic beauty unique to Squamish. The rich history of mountain bike racing in Squamish will continue to be a foundation of the region, as are the bald eagles that grace our skies, trees and rivers.