Sunday April 24 2022

 Powell River has been on the Island Cup Circuit over 15 years ago…… 
“The Duck Lake XC – Rise of the Butter Snake”
We would like to acknowledge that we are holding this event on the
traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation. We are extremely excited to
bring Island Cup racing to our amazing trails. Like other communities,
we have seen growth in our mountain bike community. This race, and
these trails are the result of an amazing community of volunteers.
Some are cyclists, some are not, but they are all hard-working people
who give hours upon hours of time to maintain these trails. Thank you
to everyone who has helped to get this event off the ground. To those
of you who have come from out of town, we all know the effort that it
takes to come to our community. The ferries are a huge hurdle for all of
us. Thank you for making the effort to come to our race.
The route is fun, very fun! A tricky climb will reward you with a ton of
fast rolling singletrack!


Saturday April 23rd
The course will be marked. Feel free to go pre ride. Note that our trails are multi use trails. We have done everything to notify trail users in our community that there is a race on April 24th.  If you’re out riding and come across trail users, stop and say ‘hi’!
Package pick up – 17:00 – 19:00 @ Townsite Brewing
Race numbers can also be picked up morning of at the race.
Our friends at Townsite Brewing have offered their beer garden for race package pickup. Come get your race number, have a pint and socialize!
Sunday April 24th

BC Ferries Shuttle – 08:15-08:30
If you are planning on doing a day trip, you’re welcome to walk on the ferry and be shuttled to
the race start. We’ll also shuttle you back after! Please contact us to arrange your shuttle –
Race Sign In – 08:00
If you didn’t get your package at Townsite on Saturday, Race Sign in will be open at 08:00.
Race Start – 10:00
We decided to get at it a bit earlier than the rest of the events so that people could catch the
ferry back at a reasonable hour. Racing starts at 10:00 for experts, 10:02 for intermediate,
10:04 for beginner.
Race Finish – 13:00
We expect all riders to be finished on the course around 1pm
Awards and prizes to begin after all racers finish.
Back to Powell River – 14:00
Shuttle back to downtown Powell River. Bike parking available at TAWS Bike Garage. Monks on
Marine is booked for us to refuel the engines!
Ferry to Comox – 17:15
Ferry departs back to Comox.



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Trailforks Link has been updated. 

We will have 1 lap for beginners, 2 laps for intermediate and 3 laps for experts. 

A 2 km haul-road start will spread out racers before they hit their laps on the mostly single trails.  A few spots for passing are available in the route.
The race route is mostly very flowy and fast but there are a couple sections that are rooty, tight, twisty and fun riding.  It is a route that has a bit of everything in it: bridges, flow, tight corners, super short bursts on haul roads and beautiful scenery.
The nice feature of this route is that racers go by the start/finish twice per route “Burma Junction” Parking lot where we will also have a food truck and outhouse facilities on site.
This race route is on the same trails as the part of BC Bike Race including the feature “Aloha” climb where racers go under and then over the bridge in a spiral climb.
The short climb is a challenge 😉 but after the climb, the rest of the route is entirely fast, flowy and fun.  
Mostly a very fast XC route that I would expect experts and some top intermediates to do around 35-45 minute laps.
Some riders will be challenged by old fashioned XC skills of handling roots in all shapes and sizes aka “Butter Snakes”!

Getting to Powell River:
If you are coming from Vancouver Island, just for race day, we have scheduled the race so that
people can catch the 17:15 return ferry and be home at a reasonable hour on Sunday. This will
require those who are coming for the day to catch the first ferry out of Comox – 6:15am.
Coming for the weekend will make your trip much more enjoyable!
Getting to Duck Lake & Parking
Marshalls will be on hand to get people dropped off and parked, we will need to keep the road open and
clear to allow thru traffic.