The Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association (FVMBA) is partnering with Cycling BC and the BC Enduro Series to bring the annual Vedder Mountain Bike Festival to Cultus Lake this weekend, May 6-7.
For years, the FVMBA has been hosting mountain bike races in the Fraser Valley, and participant numbers have been steadily growing. Last year’s Vedder Mountain Bike Festival attracted hundreds of race participants, including racers from as far as Switzerland. This event has garnered so much attention, that it is now well known not just throughout the Fraser Valley, but throughout most of the Lower Mainland, and even into Washington State.
Saturday, May 6 will feature the “Vedder Mountain Classic”, an XCM Premier race sanctioned by Cycling BC. The Vedder Mountain Classic first started in 1982 and it was once the longest running mountain bike race in North America. The Vedder Mountain Classic is a tribute to the history of mountain biking and racing in BC. Professional athletes, like four-time national champion Ricky Federau, discovered their love for mountain biking while racing in the Vedder Mountain Classic. “It’s the first race I have ever watched, it’s what got me hooked on mountain biking, and to have it back here is really special,” says Federau. The race will be a testament to the evolution of the sport, the riders, and the trails that have turned Vedder Mountain into one of the most popular riding destinations in the Fraser Valley.
The Vedder Mountain Classic has a short and long course option. The race has attracted competitors from all over North America, ranging in skill level from Novice, to Professional, including the Olympic medalist Catharine Pendrel.
Footage from last year’s Vedder Mountain Classic can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/189377801.
A kid’s race (for kids ages 5-12) will also take place on Saturday, May 6.
Sunday, May 7 will feature the Fraser Valley section of the MEC BC Enduro Series. This race is part of the Canadian National Enduro Championship, North American Enduro Tour, and Enduro World Series Qualifier. Chilliwack’s own Max Leyen will be racing, and no doubt looking to make a statement on his home trails, after taking 3rd in Pro Men’s last year.
The festival will also include group rides, bike demos, prize giveaways, beverage gardens, local food vendor, after party, and countless other entertaining events for families, casual bike riders, and outdoor enthusiasts. The public is invited to come out to the bike festival and celebrate some of best trails in BC.
For more information about the festival, or to register for the races, go to fvmba.com.