Kamloops Bike Ranch to attract elite events
The Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre (KPCC) has big plans for the Kamloops Bike Ranch (KBR).
“The idea, and what we’re working toward and we’re really close to being there, is that we have national-level courses for every off-road cycling discipline,” KPCC president Henry Pejril said.
Those disciplines: BMX, downhill, cross country, cylocross, dual slalom and dirt jumping.
Canada Cup cross-country events have already been held at the ranch and the new BMX track will be fit for high-level competition as soon as it’s completed.
“We’re gearing up to run provincial- and national-level races and, hopefully, training in the future for Olympians,” said Brian Holly, who’s been working on the track in concert with Surfwood Supply and Cobra Contracting.
“We’ve already been offered bigger events.
“All we have to do is finish the track and that’s what we’re working hard at.”
The track is scheduled to be complete in time for the first Big Pine BMX Race Series event, which is scheduled for May 4.
This is the third year the KPCC has been spearheading the creation of new biking facilities at the ranch.
“Up until now, it’s been a free-ride park, but we’re turning it into a sports facility,” Pejril said.
“We’re doing maintenance on the trails and building the competition venues.”