Uncharted British Columbia: From Singletrack Issue 120

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A week of riding timeless, un-timed singletrack through unknown British Columbia with the BC Bike Race crew.

Words Danielle Baker Photography Dave Silver

A few of us are sitting together at the edge of the water at the historical Cassiar Cannery near Prince Rupert, a small island town on the north-west coast of Canada, a stone’s throw from the Alaskan border. We’re really out there…

The inaugural BC Bike Ride North – a six-day, all-inclusive guided mountain bike tour through northern British Columbia – has come to an end. We’ve spent the last week riding pockets of hand-built singletrack across a vast distance of over 700 kilometres. Each town we’ve pulled into has been unassuming – mostly residential, with single-storey industrial buildings that sprawl along rivers or are centred around sawmills. But as we left each one, the uniqueness of the experience – the riding, the people, the vistas, and even the food – left imprints on us to last a lifetime. Now we’re relaxing and watching the ocean ripple through the reflection of the brightly coloured cabins that dot the shoreline as we process our memories of the last week and share our stories.

Adam Craig takes the trouble-makers back seat

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