The Legend Lives!
BURNT BRIDGE as part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, is the host region for one of the most anticipated mass participation cycling events in BC. On September 26, hundreds of participants will take to the exclusive gravel roads of the Cowichan Valley in the 2nd Annual BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO. Launching from fabled BURNT BRIDGE, cycling enthusiasts of various age groups and abilities will tackle 76km of remote challenging terrain consisting of long steep climbs, twisty descents, and breathtaking views.
The event will consist of ride ambassadors and feed zone which will be indicated on
the course map. Ride Ambassadors will be joining participants
to provide ride service, mechanical support, and also assist in
IMPORTANT CHANGES DUE TO COVID - 19 PANDEMIC
In compliance with BC Health Authority/Viasport guidelines for COVID-19, the Burnt Bridge Classic has been modified as an individual timed event (instead of mass start) where riders will be starting solo at 1 minute intervals from each other. Each participant will be assigned a specific start time with fastest riders starting first. Participants will self-seed their ability level as either beginner, intermediate, or expert. In this format, drafting behind other riders will not be permitted. When passing, riders should allow of approx 2 meters distance. The event start/finish will be located at Burnt Bridge, which is at Koksilah River Provincial Park. Once participants have finished, they will be required to return to their vehicle or depart from the venue in order to avoid cluster groups. Awards presentations and prizes will be announced via livestream. We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone yet we have made every effort to keep the event alive for 2020. The entry fee has been reduced significantly as a result. Participants who paid the original registration fee will have the option of obtaining a full refund or donating to the Jordie Lunn Bike Park project in Langford, BC.
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 (individual timed event for 2020) 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.
Koksilah River Provincial Park
“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”
START / FINISH - BURNT BRIDGE, KOKSILAH RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK
DISTANCE - 76 KM
ELEVATION GAIN - 1225 M
Individual rider start from Burnt Bridge - TIMING STARTS
Ride West on Renfrew Road
km2.5 - Stay right onto Kapoor Main
km5.5 - Steep Climb - Veloguide KOM Start
km13 - Steep Climb - Veloguide KOM Finish
km23 - Follow K-Line North, turn right (East) onto M-Line
km30 - CAUTION STEEP DESCENT AND SHARP RIGHT at Crescent Main. SLOW DOWN Follow marked route South.
km34 - Medix First Aid Station - Clif Bar / Nuun Aid Station - Cycle Therapy
km37 - Trail Narrows. Follow marked route East.
km40 - CAUTION STEEP DESCENT AND SHARP LEFT. SLOW DOWN Follow marked route North to Holt Main.
km61 - Turn Right to access Cowichan Valley Trail
km69 - Turn Right on Mountain Road
km73 - CAUTION STEEP DESCENT and TWISTY TRAIL
km69 - FINISH at BURNT BRIDGE. Obey traffic controllers and watch for traffic.