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The 3rd Annual 2019 BEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL presented by the City of Langford and Tourism Victoria, is Vancouver Island's premier off-road bicycle event .  To be held March 30-31, 2019 the event is on track to draw 500+ participants and close to 5,000 spectators.  The  cycling Festival offers the challenge of X-Country Racing, the thrill of MTB Enduro, as well as fun activities for cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities:  from young kids to Olympians.

The venue is located at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, which serves as National Training Center for the Canadian National Mountainbike Team.  Nestled in the Victoria BC Highlands, the venue is a cycling stadium that is ideally suited to showcase cycling in all its many facets.  The area consists of over 10km of combined single-track/double-track trails, flow trail, pump track and a dirt jump park.

Bear Mountain Resort has wonderful amenities, restaurants, spa, recreation center, parking, and easy on-and-off access from Highway 1. The Victoria International  Airport is 30 minutes away to the North. Ferry services make this event easily accessible to cycling fans coming from BC Mainland and US Washington State. Positioned in the Cycling Capital of Canada, Victoria has risen quickly to truly be declared as a world class cycling destination.

Disera and Smith win Elite Canada Cup Series Opener at Bear Mountain

April 4, 2019

Communique #2 - Short Track Race Schedule Changed, Kids Bike Event moved to 10:00 am.

March 28, 2019

Communique - Enduro Course update, New Trails open for Pre-ride

March 22, 2019

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March 30 - 2019 Canada Cup XCO Long Course

The UCI Bear Mountain Canada Cup XC kicks off the season with its notoriously challenging race course.  Racers from various age groups and abilities will test their strength, endurance, and technical abilities on Bear Mountain’s pristine trail system.   The highlight of the event will be watching Olympic Bronze Medallist Catharine Pendrel race as defending champion.  Other big names attending will include Emily Batty, Raph Gagne,  Andrew L’esperance, and Haley Smith.


March 31 - Russ Hay's XC Short Track

SHORT TRACK is a short, dynamic race for about 30 minutes. This discipline was also introduced with a great success in Europe and USA.  The race is held on a shorter and simpler circuit (approx. 2km) with fewer amount of terrain obstacles, which naturally pushes the riders to ride in a group. Point scoring bonuses or prize money during each passage of the finish area provide a hard fight on the finish line of each circuit and also a great show for spectators. 

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March 31 - Rocky Mountain Enduro p/b Marty's Mountain Cycle

The event will serve as the kick-off event for the Island Cup Enduro Mountain Bike Series and feature the pristine trails of the Bear Mountain Bike Park with up to FIVE timed technical descents. Riders will be timed individually with the completion of each section. The riders with the lowest accumulated time for the sections will be called the winners. With  sections totaling up to 5km in total distance and 600m of combined descending elevation, the Rocky Mountain Enduro will offer a fun and fast Enduro experience for riders of all abilities. The route will feature epic Bear Mountain sections: Skirt Mountain Trail, Flow Trail,  the Chainsaw Trail, and the NEW BEARBACK TRAIL.

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March 31 - Oak Bay Bikes Westshore Kids Bike Day

Itching to get your little one out on the trails? Want to rub shoulders with Canadian Champions?  Bear Mountain is proud to host the “Take a Kid MTB Day”, in partnership with Oak Bay Bikes Westshore and the Cycling Co.  Kids will participate in a guided trail ride by some of Canada’s top mountain bike racers.  Rides will be grouped by experience/ability level: beginner, intermediate and advanced.  When the ride is over, kids and family will enjoy complimentary food.  Did we mention that participation is free?

The Bear Mountain Bike Expo is poised to be the largest consumer bike expo on Vancouver Island! The Expo is free admission and holds a wide range of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. Other activities during the day include food court, bike demos, stunt shows, and exclusive activities for children.  For EXPO inquiries, email info@victoriabikerace.com