THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL RACE/RIDE/EVENT IN ANY CAPACITY - IT IS AN INFORMAL RIDE DONE ALONG THE SAME ROUTE MADE UP OF PUBLIC TRAILS AND ROADS BY A FEW OF US EVERY YEAR THAT YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AS IF YOU WERE RIDING IT ON YOUR OWN. THIS WEBSITE IT CREATED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THOSE OF US WHO RIDE THIS AND ARRANGE THE DEPART DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY IN ANY WAY FOR ANY RIDER WHO CHOOSES TO RIDE THE ROUTE AT ANY TIME. ENSURING YOUR OWN WELL BEING, MAKING SURE YOU ARE WELL PREPARED AND AWARENESS OF THE INHERENT RISKS OF THIS UNDERTAKING (INCLUDING INJURY AND DEATH) IS ENTIRELY YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.
This a offroad, unofficial, completely self-supported bikepacking group ride in the spirit the underground 'Tour divide' style and under the same rules. No registration, no support, no insurance, no prizes - those who choose to simply meet up for an informal group ride along a plotted route on public trails open to all at a suggest a time.. You show up and ride at your own risk. The BC Epic is a 1000km (1066 to be exact), 11 600m elevation traverse across South Central BC starting in Merritt and ending in Fernie (or vice versa if you choose) mostly along the Trans Canada Trail. The route is about 80% off road on mostly old decommissioned railgrades (Kettle Valley Railroad from Brookmere to Midway, Columbia Western from Midway to Castlegar and Great Northern from Salmo to Nelson), with a few sections of challenging singletrack and the rest mostly rough gravel forest service road and about 100km paved. It is spectacular ride crossing through a great diversity of terrian and ecosystems with remarkable scenery, trestles hundereds of feet high and multiple tunnels (longest almost a kilometre!) along the bed of some of the most expensive railway ever laid through the mountains. There are plenty of camping, re-supply points and services along the route. Take on the challenge and ride the Epic!
Please take note - don't let the railgrades decieve you - this is tough route! In the ingaugural run only 7 of 15 starters finished. The railgrade is often very rough with loose gravel, washouts and washboard and often hard work to ride. A crossbike is not suited for this surface. Although it had been completed with a trailer it is not recommended and the singletrack section between Castelgar and Trail is not doable with a trailer (it was bypassed by the rider who completed the route with the trailer).