Winter Mountain Bike Race Series

2018 Winter Mountain Bike Race Series

Welcome to the winter mountain bike race series. Nanaimo’s newest mountain bike races.
Before you go any further please read this list of warnings as these are winter races:

  • It will be cold.
  • It will be snowy.
  • It will be slippery.
  • It will be muddy.
  • It will be icy.
  • It will be raining.
  • It may be snowing.
  • You might fall.
  • You might have to push your bike up hill, through the snow.
  • It will be fun!

Now with all that being said it is going to be a blast! These courses are fun, challenging, fast, techinical, a little bit of everything. That’s what makes them so awesome.

The Winter Mountain Bike Series wouldn’t happen without the financial support of Applecross Veterinary Hospital. A strong supporter of endurance events on central Vancouver Island. If you like to run with your dog be sure to check out the Applecross Vet Trail Dog Race Series.
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Locations are subject to change.

Date Location* Distance Map
January 13 Linley Valley ~5.2km Coming Mid December
February 10 Lantzville Forest ~6.5km Race #2
March 10 Westwood Lake* ~8.0km Coming Mid January

*Locations are subject to change. All Distances are approximate.
+Surface and Elevation keys courtesy of Ultrarunning Magazine

Race Format and Start Times

These are loop courses of 5-8km in length. There are three categories: beginner, intermediate, and advanced (1, 2 or 3 laps respectively). The advance race starts at 12:00, intermediate at 12:05 and beginner at 12:10.

There will be a short pre-race briefing 5 minutes before the advanced start time. This is to give you an update on course conditions, and a quick rundown of the race rules.

Safety Gear

Helmets are mandatory.
Remember it’s winter, so it will be cold. Dress for the weather.

The following safety gear is recommended (but not required) to be carried by all participants.

  • Whistle
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Water
  • Cell Phone
  • Knife
  • Matches or Lighter


Register Here

3 races = $57.00
2 races = $38.00
1 race = $20.00
Race Day = $20.00


Linley Valley Races

Parking is available on Rock City Road or Burma Road.

Lantsville Forest

Parking is on the street near Sywash Ridge and Normarel Dr.

Westwood Lake

Parking is available in the Westwood Lake parking lots.

Series Points

Place Points Bonus Points
1st 10 Points Complete 2 races +5 points
2nd 9 Points Complete 3 races +5 points
3rd 8 Points
4-10th 7-1 Points


I am always looking for volunteers to help with timing and safety; for those of you who would like to volunteer you will get 5 race points and my deepest gratitude. Please contact me if you can help.

Aid Station

There will be a simple aid station at the Start/Finish. If there are enough volunteers I will put out a water station half way through the long run course.


There will be a small awards ceremony after the last race!

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