The Legend Lives!
Shawnigan Lake, 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 28, hundreds of participants will take to the exclusive gravel roads of Mosaic Forest Management in the 1st Annual BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO. Launching from Camp Pringle, cycling enthusiasts of various age groups and abilities will tackle over 82km of remote challenging terrain consisting of long steep climbs and twisty descents. Participants will be provided with exceptional service and support and experience breathtaking views. With the addition of lodging options and a complimentary banquet dinner, the event provides exceptional value and satisfaction.
Register as an individual, Team of 2, or Team of 4.
Includes special "Vintage Bike" category.
Team Category classification will be based on combined times of
team riders. All Team members must finish in order to post a time.
Vintage Bike Category:
Bike must be minimum 25 years old
The event will consist of three feed-zones which will be indicated on
the course map. Ride Ambassadors will be joining participants
to provide ride service, mechanical support, and also assist in
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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.
2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd,
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3
“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 - CAMP PRINGLE, SHAWNIGAN LAKE
DISTANCE - 81.68 KM
ELEVATION GAIN - 1147 M
Neutral Start Heading West from Clearhue road
Turn Right (North) on Shawnigan Lake Road - Neutral Start with RCMP Escort
Turn Left (West) on Oland Road and immediately Turn Right (North) on the Cowichan Valley Regional Trail - Neutral Start
Heading North on CV Trail and Turn West Renfrew Road - Neutral Start with RCMP Escort
km4 - Turn Left (Southwest) onto Kapoor Main - TIMING STARTS
km11 - Steep Climb - Veloguide KOM Start
km16 - Steep Climb - Veloguide KOM Finish
km20 - Clif Bar / Nuun Aid Station #1, Turn right onto K-Line or Koksilah Main
km36 - Follow K-Line North, turn right (East) onto M-Line
km40 - CAUTION STEEP DESCENT AND SHARP RIGHT onto Crescent Main. SLOW DOWN Follow marked route South.
km45 - CAUTION NARROW SECTION FROM EROSION. SLOW DOWN AND STAY LEFT
km50 - CAUTION STEEP DESCENT AND SHARP LEFT. SLOW DOWN
km53 - Follow road North and Stay Left to merge on Wild Deer Lake Road
km58 - Stay right onto Holt Main Road.
km67 - Clif Bar / Nuun Aid Station #2 - Cycle Therapy
km68 - Turn Right to access Cowichan Valley Trail
km77 - Finish North of Kinsol Trestle - TIMING FINISH
km79 to km84 - Neutral Ride back to Camp Pringle. Finished riders will gradually make their way back to Camp Pringle for awards and dinner reception. Watch for walkers on Kinsol Trestle. Obey stop signs and watch for traffic.
NOTE THAT A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE ROUTE IS ON FORESTRY PRIVATE LAND AND THAT PARTICIPANTS ARE DISCOURAGED FROM PRE-RIDING THE ROUTE WITHOUT LAND OWNER PERMISSION AND DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.
The Burnt Bridge Classic Gravel Fondo offers affordable on-site rustic lodging for those who wish to stay Friday night prior to the event and/or linger on through Sunday to further explore the area, visit the local eateries, do some shopping, or just to simply lounge at the beach.
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