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About the event

BC Bike Race is a seven-day mountain bike stage race from the trail Mecca of North Vancouver to its conclusion in Squamish, along the way taking in four beautiful BC Ferries trips.

BC Bike Race is in its 12th year as a destination adventure. As a mountain biking goal it is a lifetime achievement award, a top three on the bucket list, and what some people have said is the “best week of my life”.

British Columbia has the most mature trail networks and is rich with one of the highest densities of single track trails, purpose built and handcrafted by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

Whats involved?

  • Members must own a mountain bike

  • Members must attend at least three of the training days offered beforehand (look out for Bike Race Training)

  • Average Ride Time 3-6 hours per day

  • 50kms on an average day

  • 75% single track trails

  • Members must apply for an ETA before entering Canada

  • Members must be prepared to sleep in tented accommodation

  • Your passport must have at least six months validity during the time of travel

 

BC Bike Race

Will I need my own bike?

Yes, Members are required to bring their own adaptive bike for this event.

How many miles will the ride be per day?

The route will be between 15-30 miles of cycling per day. 

I’m worried that I will be the slowest rider, will this be a problem?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.

If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Personally Ive made some great friends this past week and I now feel a part of something again. The Blesma family, its a real band of brothers and sisters.

Troy Conner

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team.
Tel: 0208 548 7094
Email: meo@blesma.org

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