The 11th annual running of the 12 Hours of Cumberland takes place June 21, and mountain bikers from near and far are gearing up for one of the Comox Valley’s most anticipated bike races.
In the 12 Hours of Cumberland, riders of all ages and abilities compete to see who can complete the most circuits of the race course over a 12-hour period. Riders can compete in the solo category for the prestigious Twelve Hour Cup, or they can vie for a selection of equally coveted Beardsley Pottery mugs as a team (female, male or mixed) of two or four.
“This is always a great event with a really fun atmosphere,” says United Riders Of Cumberland vice-president Martin Ready. “Our famous 12-Hour Barbecue is going to be in full effect, and there are lots of great prizes to be won. And because you can’t ride for 12 hours without properly fuelling your body, we’ll have some hearty, healthy snacks from Seeds Grocery available all day.”
Pre-registration is available online by clicking the 12 Hours of Cumberland link at www.unitedridersofcumberland.com. The cost is $40 per rider before June 19 and $50 per rider after June 19. Kids under 12 race for free and ages 13 to 17 race for half price. All participants must be registered by June 20.
This year’s race follows the same user-friendly course as last year, with each loop starting and finishing at Cumberland’s No. 6 Mine Park. The course covers some of Cumberland’s most iconic singletrack trails, including Entrails, Rugburn, Crafty Butcher, Black Hole and Space Nugget.
The race starts at 8 a.m. on June 21 at the No. 6 Mine Park and runs until 8 p.m. For more details, visit www.unitedridersofcumberland.com or follow the United Riders of Cumberland on Facebook.
– United Riders of Cumberland