BC Bike race adds North Shore to its route

The BC Bike Race announced a new route for 2009. It will kick off with a ride over the Lions Gate Bridge - from downtown Vancouver to the legendary trails of the North Shore. Built in 1938, the landmark Lions Gate Bridge connects the city of Vancouver to the North Shore Mountains and communities and is the gateway to BC's famous singletrack.

"To be the best mountain bike race in the world we must include the North Shore," said Dean Payne, who originally brainstormed the BC Bike Race. Payne had always envisioned a stage on the trails of the North Shore but navigating the hoops and hurdles of big city bylaws without a track record was prohibitive in years one and two. With two successful years done, the North Shore trails will make their race debut.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.