THANK YOU !
See you next year on September 24, 2022
KILLER CLIMBS - FAST DESCENTS - EPIC SCENERY - LASTING MEMORIES
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is the host region for one of the most challenging gravel cycling events in BC. Hundreds of participants will take to the exclusive gravel roads of the Cowichan Valley in the 4th Annual BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO.
Launching from the new and expansive venue in Deerholme (Duncan) BC on Mosaic Forest Management land, cycling enthusiasts of various age groups and abilities will tackle 3 distances (43km, 76km, or 120km) of remote challenging terrain consisting of long steep climbs, twisty descents, and breathtaking views. The event will be supported by a feed zone and ride ambassadors who will provide assistance and support to ensure a fun and safe ride. We will also have an exclusive Gravel mini-course for kids!
*Overnight stay options will be made available as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. Stay tuned for updates.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS DUE TO COVID - 19 PANDEMIC
As recommended by BC Health Authority/Viasport guidelines for COVID-19, the Burnt Bridge Classic is advising participants to perform a health check prior to the event and not attend if they are feeling unwell and experiencing the associated symptoms of Covid-19. We are asking participants to be fully vaccinated in order to mitigate the risks of exposure while travelling / gathering in large groups and the consequent potential for serious illness. If you are not vaccinated and have medical reasons, (i.e. immune suppression), we would strongly advise that you not take the risk of getting sick by travelling and participating in our mass start cycling event.
We ask all participants to fill out and email a copy of a signed Covid-19 declaration, confirm proof of vaccination, wear masks during package pickup (which is indoors), and require riders to have a mask with them during the ride in case they need to offer assistance to other riders for mechanical issues or a medical emergency.
WHAT IS A GRAVEL FONDO?
“Imagine pedaling over jagged marbles, sand, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards. Think of the worst piece of asphalt you've ever ridden.”
Gravel Fondo’s are mass participation cycling adventure rides that take place usually on exclusive gravel roads away from city roads and busy highways. It allows people to ride at their own pace, enjoy nature, and share their experiences with family and friends.
Although Gravel Fondo's offer some support, They emphasize self reliance and feature few amenities. Riders need to be technically savvy and bring any gear they might need to replace or fix tires, chains, or any other possible pitfalls.
For 2022 Event, Stay Tuned
Mosaic Forest Management Log Sort
Deerholme BC (Near Duncan)
The 2021 Burnt Bridge Classic Gravel Fondo anticipates the return of mass start cycling and has selected the perfect venue that allows for an amazing start/finish area, plenty of vehicle parking, vendor space, food concession, bike expo, and a kids gravel course. Located at Deerholme, BC south west of Duncan, the Mosaic Forest Management Glenora log sort on Holt Main offers a wide expanse of venue space while also keeping close to Duncan where participants can book accommodation and enjoy the great hospitality from local brewpubs and restaurants.
ARRIVING TO DUNCAN FROM NORTH DIRECTION ARRIVING TO DUNCAN FROM SOUTH DIRECTION
Start / Finish Area
“Gravel roads offer escape from the increasingly busy paved roads around the world. Cyclists are discovering that riding on dirt lanes and gravel roads is the calmest form of cycling, a way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Gravel cycling offers even more joys, a long-form escape into a world you may not have seen before, and you will discover a joyous time in nature – self-supported, self-reliant, and richly fulfilling.”
Nick Legan, Author of “Gravel Cycling –
The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking”
*42KM AND 120KM ROUTES TO BE PUBLISHED SOON*
START / FINISH - MOSAIC FOREST MANAGEMENT LOG SORT, DEERHOLME BC.
(South West of Duncan BC)
DISTANCE - 76 KM with 1109 M Elevation Gain
0 Start of route
3.5 km Continue West onto Holt Rd (Stay on Ride Side of Road)
9.6 km Slight L onto Lois Rd
14.2 km R onto Wild Deer Main
20.8 km Slight L onto Crescent Main
22.0 Caution! Slow down due to Washout on blind corner
26.7 km Turn L at Intersection of Crescent Main and Holt Main
26.7 Caution! Slow down and watch for oncoming traffic
31.2 km Aid Station - Feed Zone
37.8 km Stay L onto Koksilah Main
46.3 km Turn L onto Kapoor Main
54 km Caution! Slow down! Red Gate - Dismount and walk through
57.6 km Turn L onto Renfrew Road
60.0 km Turn L onto Burnt Bridge at Koksilah River Prov. Park
60.0 km Aid Station - Feed Zone
60.2 km Turn R after Crossing Burnt Bridge
64.6 km Sharp R
65.6 km Yellow Gate, Continue Straight onto Mountain Rd
67.0 km L onto Cowichan Valley Regional Trail
75.3 km L at Shawnigan Rd
76 km FINISH