West Sechelt will be home to the 2017 Coaster. Start finish will be based out of the old mine compound at the end of Mason Road–signage will be in place to help you find the race. Go through Sechelt, turn right on Norwest Bay, turn right on Mason Road, and continue 200 m after the pavement ends.
You will be riding classics trails like DeWormMe, which will take you down and around Wormy Lake. Phareline will take you through the big burn from the summer of 2015, and is named for the local faller who gave his life fighting that fire. Frogger will give you a nice switchback climb through a clear cut with an awesome viewpoint at the top. The trails Millipede and Cabin Fever will take you in the Homesite Creek area. SCC & SCUMB members are constantly improving trails and moving blowdown for you.
VFR is the last big climb descent before you finish the Sunshine Coaster long course.
The XCM race offers you about 43 kms of Coast riding, including some logging roads, some double track, and lots of single track. There will be a feed station which you will see twice, offering the usual water, juice, fruit, and snack bars. This is 2-wheel-drive accessible for those bringing a support crew along. The 25 km option gives a good workout to those who aren’t quite ready for the full meal deal.
If you’re not up for the marathon just yet, organizers are offering a shorter 25 km course. You’ll be turned up Frogger at the first feed station and although you’ll miss a lot of logging road, the infamous Cabin Fever and Millipede, Escalator and Elevator, you will still enjoy some serious climbing and wonderful viewpoints.
The shorter course is the mandatory race for the U17s and Juniors who are vying for a spot on the BC Provincial Team.
It costs the same as the marathon and if you get to the cutoff and change your mind, just let the marshal know and organizers will fix it at the finish.