Part of the new Vancouver Island Gravel Series
Aug 29, 2021
Sept 11, 2021
Sept 25, 2021
The Legend Lives!
KILLER CLIMBS - FAST DESCENTS - EPIC SCENERY - LASTING MEMORIES
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is the host region for one of the most anticipated mass participation cycling events in BC. In celebration of the return to mass-start sports, hundreds of participants will take to the exclusive gravel roads of the Cowichan Valley in the 3rd Annual BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO.
Launching from a new and expansive venue in Deerholme (Duncan) BC on Mosaic Forest Management land, 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 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
The Burnt Bridge Classic Gravel Fondo will be in compliance with BC Health Authority/Viasport guidelines for COVID-19 at all times. Unless government health orders remove all restrictions for outdoor social gatherings & events, we are assessing the requirement to have all participants be vaccinated if they wish to participate in a mass start format. We also reserve the right to limit spectator attendance and require the use of masks should government guidelines require it. Participants who are not vaccinated by the time of the event may be given the option to ride the course solo with a separate start time, or form a group consisting of others in their social/family bubble.
Should group gathering restrictions remain in place the Burnt Bridge Classic will be modified as an individual timed event (instead of mass start) where riders will be starting solo at 1 minute intervals from each other. In this format, 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.
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.
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 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.
“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 - MOSAIC FOREST MANAGEMENT LOG SORT, DEERHOLME BC.
(South West of Duncan BC)
DISTANCE - 76 KM
ELEVATION GAIN - 1225 M
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
11.2 km R onto Wild Deer Main
20.8 km Slight L onto Crescent Main
26.7 km Turn L at Intersection of Crescent Main and Holt Main
31.2 km Turn L onto M Mainline
37.7 km Slight L to Koksilah Main
46.2 km Turn L onto Kapoor Main
57.6 km Slight L onto Renfrew Rd
60.1 km Turn L onto Burnt Bridge at Koksilah River Prov. Park
60.2 km Turn R after Crossing Burnt Bridge
63.4 km Continue onto Mountain Rd
67.3 km L onto Hawthorne Rd
69.5 km Continue onto Cowichan Valley Trail
75.4 km L at Shawnigan Rd
75.5 km Continue onto Shawnigan Rd
76.2 km FINISH
Distance Elevation Gain Ave. Gradient
10.4 km 387 m 3.3%
3.8 km 204 m 5.0%
1 km 44 m 4.1%
1.4 km 56 m 4.3%
1.7 km 79 m 4.5%
2.9 km 188 m 6.3%