New course for Race the Ridge

A five-minute ferry ride will take cyclists to this “idyllic rural island".

Organizers of the upcoming Race the Ridge cycle race say Barnston Island will offer a scenic and unique new course.

Race the Ridge has a new home for its April 29 time trial course  on Barnston Island.

The new venue adds more local flavour to a race that already includes the town core of Maple Ridge, say organizers.

A five-minute ferry ride will take cyclists to this “idyllic rural island, which lies in the middle of the Fraser River and offers a nine-kilometre flat, paved road which circumnavigates its perimeter,” said  Barry Lyster.

The island is home to a handful of large farms, a Metro Vancouver Park and the Katzie First Nations.

The ferry landing is only minutes from Highway 1 and South Fraser Perimeter Road.

“As an organizer, I am always looking for new and unique places to host bike races.  When you include this race alongside the Hatzic Valley Road Race and the Maple Ridge Town Core Criterium, I believe it is the strongest line-up of courses offered in the 15-year history of Race the Ridge,” said Lyster.

Race the Ridge will be run as an omnium, or as individual races, with the majority of prizing going to the omnium. A full tech guide is now available for the races.

Registration is still open, and closes at 6 p.m. on April 27.

• For course maps, race details and to register, please go to www.localride.ca.

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