PowerCranks, an ultra-cycling race!

PowerCranks Contender ultra endurance bicycle race

The PowerCranks Contender’s 1,617 kilometers ultra-cycling route winds its way over 27,200 meters of mountains. It is contested in three of British Columbia’s major tourist regions; the Vancouver & Coast Mountains, the Thompson Okanagan and the Caribou Chilcotin cyclists will experience an abundance of spectacular scenery.

The PowerCranks Contender begins and ends near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the small border town of White Rock, British Columbia. But for the riders, the barriers are not the ones separating Canada and the U.S.A., they are the 4 category 1 climbs they must ascend on their first day of racing.

Riders, and their escort crews, travel through Manning Provincial Park and its rich diversity of landscapes, mammals and birds (269 different species in all). Many which are endangered, including the Spotted Owl and there are efforts underway to repopulate the grizzly bear population. All creatures all are protected, (including cyclists) within the Park’s boundaries.

As cyclists leave the park behind, but not the abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, they head up over Copper Mountain to the rugged terrain surrounding Princeton, BC, and into the endless orchards and vineyards of Peachland, BC. Then south on the shores of the 135 kilometer long Okanagan Lake (said by some to be home to a giant serpent-like creature named Ogopogo) past Summerland and into the vacation mecca of Penticton, BC.

Heading south, riders now pedal their way to Oliver and Osoyoos, then east for a short stint before heading almost directly north for 129km along Highway 33, the Rock Creek Highway to Kelowna. From Kelowna it is further north along the shores of Kalamalka Lake to the hotspot of Vernon. Now following Highway 97 riders get into a rhythm that will take them about 180 kilometers to Merritt, BC.

Now about 1,000 kilometers into their journey riders continue north and then north east through Logan Lake, Ashcroft, Marble Canyon Provincial Park and onto Duffey Lake Road before the route finally turns south.

Passing through Lillooet, the PowerCranks Contender travels to Pemberton via extremely windy and steep roads on route to the home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Alpine events; the ski-resort town of Whistler, BC.  Then finally; a quick 5 hour ride down Highway 99, into Squamish and Vancouver and suddenly riders are a couple of bridges and 70 kilometers from where it all started in White Rock, BC.

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PC150bAre you ready for the PowerCranks Contender?

The PowerCranks Contender is an amateur event open to all cyclists 19 years and older who are physically able and possess the required bike handling skills. While the opportunity exists for a wide range of cyclists to officially complete the PowerCranks Contender it is a demanding challenge that requires the proper preparation and planning. To learn more please read Participation, Time Limits and Ultra Rules. The PowerCranks  Contender is an ultra-endurance cycling race designed to challenge you and your team. 

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