So I’m primarily a triathlete and had a few halves and my first full-distance Ironman planned for this summer. I was also hoping to get more into mountain biking and maybe try some XC, XCM, or a stage race like Pisgah. Obviously, everything was canceled and now I’m trying to figure out what I want to do next year.
Currently, I have a full Ironman in May and a half in August, but that’s it. I’ll be moving/taking a 1+ month vacation in late June through July, and am trying to find something slightly stupid (i.e. lots of fun and suffering) to do during that time period. The BC Bike Race looks pretty awesome, fits perfectly in my schedule, and we love that part of the country (moved from the Seattle area last spring). I hoping (fingers crossed) to be moving to southern California around that time next year which would put me on the right coast…if things don’t go as planned, I will probably end up in Boston, Chicago, or another major city but could still make the trip.
Long story short, I can figure out my training plan and stuff like that. I’m just looking for any community input on:
- How is the race? Who has done it? I’ve watched a bunch of youtube vlogs but I’m interested in what the average joe’s experience is like.
- Is there anything else that would be worth doing (or doing instead) during that timeframe?
- If I do this, I’d probably be riding my Santa Cruz Tallboy 4. From what I’ve seen, it looks to have the right amount of travel. Can you think of any recommended/necessary modifications? I’ll certainly need to lighten it up a bit (around 30lbs right now).
- Is anyone else planning on racing this?