One of the most ambitious mountain bike races of the season, the 50-kilometre Coal Town Classic marathon race, returns to Cumberland May 24. Race director Jeremy Grasby has just one question: “Are you up for the challenge?”
“This is an epic race that follows the same course that will be featured in the Cumberland stage of the B.C. Bike Race in June,” says Grasby, who’s also a director of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), the organization hosting the event. “We’re all about promoting mountain biking and the phenomenal riding we have here in Cumberland, so what better way to do both than to host a race that showcases 50 kilometres of our best trails?”
For those with a slightly tamer version of what constitutes an “epic race,” the Coal Town Classic is also available in a 30-kilometre “Lite” version. Both races start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24 at the Village Park in Cumberland, with sign-in beginning at 8 a.m.