Uncharted Territory • October 20, 2019
4th annual. 40+ km of backcountry trails in Victoria BC. The Highlands. Private Property. Hartland Mtn Bike Park. Mud. Sweat. Big grins.
Have fun. Support youth. Get dirty.
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 9am
Victoria’s ONLY mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections to keep it legit.
Featuring: The Highlands. Hartland Mountain Bike Park. Vancouver Island Tech Park. Francis King & Thetis Lake Regional Parks. Private property that owners are opening up for this one day. Short (approx 20 KM) and long course (approx 40 KM) options.
Worried about how much energy you’ll expend? We’ll keep you fuelled along the route! And when you’re done, you can relax with food and a bevvie as you recharge sitting at tables with classy white tablecloths and flower arrangements and exchange stories with your muddy teammates!
This event is a fundraiser for the Tripleshot Cycling Club youth racing team and will support the development of year-round training for 11-18 year olds who train hard and love to compete in cross, road, track and mountain bike at local, provincial, national and international levels. Since 2016, thanks to the generous donations of the participants, we have been able to donate $4100 of the funds raised to support the South Vancouver Island Nature Trail Society and the South Island Mountain Bike Society, two hard-working not-for-profits that work to connect and build trail systems for all to enjoy.
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Fort Street Cycle – Horne Coupar LLP – Jakroo Custom Cycling Apparel – RDH Building Science Inc. – Totangi Properties Ltd. – Vital Health Pharmacy – Whole Foods Market BC – Kal Tire
Clif Bar – Graphic FX Signworks – Titanium Tents – Finest at Sea – Absolute Therapy – BB Physio – Eleven Speed Coffee
Broad Street Cycles – Cakes Etc. – Cultured Kombucha – Dobosala Cantina and Ride Thru – DU/ER and Dish – Endur Apparel – Epicure – Eurosa Farms – Fairfield Bicycle Shop – Fort Street Cycle – Giant Bicycles Victoria – Goldstream Bicycles – Hoyne Brewing Company – Island Farm Fresh Poultry – Long & McQuade – Mavic – MEC – Monk Office Supply – North Park Bike Shop – nuun – Oak Bay Bikes – Oak Bay Bikes Westshore – Outdoor Gear Canada – Russ Hay’s the Bicycle Shop – Pedersen’s Party Rentals & Sales – Sheringham Distillery – Simply Pure Ice & Water – Straight Up Cycles – Terra Breads – The Stick – Trek Bikes/Pro City Racing – U-Haul – VeloFix – Wayne and Pam’s Performance Bicycles – WesternOne
Special thanks to the University of Victoria’s Vancouver Island Technology Park for hosting our event.
What kind of bike should I use, a mountain, a cross bike or a hybrid?
This course has a little bit of everything! It was conceived to be ridden on cross bikes, so there is nothing too extreme, but there are rocky sections that will push smaller cross tires to their limits. Pinch flats are a definite possibility! If you are riding a cross bike, we recommend a minimum width of 35 mm and a higher tire pressure than you would ride in a typical cross race. Mountain bikes shouldn’t have any problems, but may want to consider a slightly higher tire pressure.
Will the event go rain or shine?
Yes! Considering in 2016 we had typhoon warnings the day before, we didn’t cancel but yelled “Bring it On!” at the weather Gods and Goddesses! And it was a great (and safe) day! 2017 served up a 180, with blue skies, endless sunshine and crazy warm temps!
What happens if I have a flat/mechanical or medical issues on the course?
On course we will have mechanical support from local bike shops, as well as first aid, and two food stations. But we can’t blanket all 45+ km of trails. So bring a spare tube and pump at a minimum. A multi tool and emergency energy bar would be a good idea, too. And don’t forget enough water for a two- to four-hour ride.
Is there a time cut off for the long course?
Closer to the event we will publish the cut off times. If a rider doesn’t make the cut off times, they can still continue on the ride, but there may not be traffic control. If a rider needs to drop out for any reason, you must advise one of the volunteers. If a rider doesn’t cross the finish line we will have to look for that rider, possibly even calling in search and rescue. If we send out a search party and you are not lost, you will be charged for all search costs.
Is the map published in advance so I can test the course?
Nope, there isn’t one! That’s what we mean by “uncharted”! While many of the trails you will be riding are on public land, the western part of Greater Victoria is a hodge-podge and there is no way we could string together an enjoyable course without crossing private land. Private land owners have been very gracious in allowing us access to their properties so that we can minimize the amount of road riding you will have to do. Thank you for respecting our land owners’ generosity by not riding on their private land before or after the event. Furthermore, at least one trail we have been given permission to ride in Thetis Lake Park is not normally open to bikes. When riding in Thetis (or the adjoining trails in Francis/King Park) please only ride on trails approved for bike access. Doing so could jeopardize our ability to run this event again and trail access for bikes in general. Rest assured the 2018 route will cover some of the previous years’ trails with some added surprises!