Last year was the start of a new era in Squamish mountain bike racing with the end of the Test of Metal race series, and the introduction of the Sp’akw’us 50 technical XC marathon to the calendar of renowned races on Squamish’s spectacular trails.
The inaugural Sp’akw’us 50 sold out all 600 entries in it’s first year. Entries for 2018 go on sale January 15, 2018 at 6:00pm.
For 2018 we have taken the fun to a new level by announcing a 2-Day Stage Race called The Sp’akw’us Challenge. The Sp’akw’us Challenge will consist of the Sp’akw’us 50 (Saturday) and the Sp’akw’us 35 (Sunday). Both events can be ridden separately as a 1 Day Event, or combined for an even greater Challenge. The Spakwus 50 will be a similar course to last year, with the Spakwus 35 being held on different but equally enjoyable trails.
Because what’s more fun than 50km of Squamish singletrack? Even more kilometres of Squamish singletrack.
The expanded race offerings provide something for everyone. One day enough? Enjoy a race suited to your interest and ability level with the 50 km or 35 km options. Come for the one-day race, stay for the 2-day party. But for those of you who want more, test your grit in the 2-day Challenge.
Registration for all events will open on January 15, 2018 at 6 pm.
Registration for the Sp'akw'us is open to all riders, both recreational and licensed. Placings for this event will be awarded in order of finish per category regardless of whether or not that rider is a Cycling BC member. The BC Premiere XCM Series and the BC XCM Championships eligibility is outlined below.
-IMPORTANT INFORMATION- Only those indviduals with a valid Cycling BC License will have their points tallied for the BC Premiere XCM Series and the BC XCM Championships. If you feel that you want to compete in the series or for the championship title then please visit Cycling BC to get your 2018 Cycling BC Race License.
Exact course details to come, but you can expect our same amazing venue, a kid’s race, awards ceremony, dinner, and after party for racers and volunteers.
Sp’akw’us means Bald Eagle in the Squamish Nation language, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and symbolizes the majestic beauty unique to Squamish. The rich history of mountain bike racing in Squamish will continue to be a foundation of the region, as are the bald eagles that grace our skies, trees and rivers.
June 16-17, 2018
The 2 Day Challenge
There will be 300 entries available to those choosing the Sp’akw’us Challenge 2-Day Stage Race.
The 50 km
There will be 600 race entries available to those choosing to race only the Sp’akw’us 50.
The 35 km
There will be 200 entries available to those choosing to race only the Sp’akw’us 35.
This year we have also announced our plan to build a bridge across Mashiter Creek, to connect the Alice Lake and Diamond Head trail networks. This will enhance the course options, benefit many user groups, and enrich the recreation opportunities available to those who choose to visit or live in Squamish, BC. We have undertaken a unique approach to funding and building this bridge as well as several new trail improvements and additional trail plans to be rolled out over the next few months.
1. Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, June 14th, 2018
2. There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals for this event
3. An online processing fee and applicable GST will be applied to your registration at checkout
4. A $5 Trail Levy will be applied to your registration at checkout
5. All funds payable in Canadian Dollars
6. VISA, MC, Amex and Discover Card accepted
7. The charge on your credit card will appear from Race Roster or Fast North Corp for your online registration into this event
June 16 11:00 AM PDT - Sp'akw'us Challenge and Sp'akw'us 50
June 17 11:00 AM PDT - Sp'akw'us 35