For Immediate Release – 10 October 2019
ARWS Expedition Racing is coming to Canada next year with a new Demonstration Race from June 3rd to 7th from Penticton, British Columbia. Labeled “BC Wild” Expedition Canada will be focused on the Okanagan Valley, an undiscovered adventure playground, offering everything from world class mountain climbing and rock climbing to amazing trail networks surrounded by vineyards, mountains, lake and orchards.
The Race Director is veteran AR World Series athlete Nathalie Long. “I moved to the Okanagan two and half years ago and i am still amazed everyday at the beauty and the diversity of the terrain here. From the vineyards down in the valley at 300m elevation to the summit of the alpine at 2300m within a 60km radius. Ridiculously amazing MTB and trail running trails, a wonderful lake that goes on for kms and kms for paddling. Every season is spectacular. Champagne powder on the hills that makes the trails excellent for Skiing, touring, downhill, xc skiing in Winter and hot summers with over 100 wineries, cideries etc around”
Attention to detail will be an underlying principle of the event and teams can expect a world class experience in the wilds of Canada. The race has a focus on attracting and looking after both local teams, and those flying in from around the world.
Expedition Canada is organised by the experienced adventure company Hoodoo Adventure. It has been in the planning now for 2 years and CEO Lyndie Hill said “After spending years working in adventure tourism internationally, we chose the Okanagan in 2007 to start a business that would showcases all the best the area has to offer in outdoor recreation. We were blown away by the quick and easy access to the trail networks, paddling opportunities and lifestyle and couldn’t believe that the rest of the World hadn’t caught onto this place yet.”
ARWS Director Craig Bycroft said “It is super exciting to have an ARWS race in Canada, a country that just breaths adventure and mountain air. Some of the worlds best AR athletes have hailed from Canada and the opportunity now to see them racing on their home soil will be inspiring. Also inspiring is the focus that Hoodoo Adventure have on supporting the other end of the spectrum, youth participating in outdoor adventure, and I hope we will see many of them in the race”
June is the ideal time to visit British Columbia with the average temperatures at Race HQ being from 9 – 24 degrees. Penticton was named the second best city in Canada for weather in 2018. It also won the second best beer town that year as well!.
Penticton is also famous for its mountain biking. ”There is something very special about riding the Okanagan trails. I have ridden all over the world and the Okanagan is so unique. The angle of the slopes, the way the soil drains water, the way the trees are spaced out perfectly and somehow the rocks make it more fun. Almost all the trails have amazing valley views. Not many places can claim all of that in one place and just so much of it.” Mike Hill. Marketing and co-owner of Hoodoo Adventures
Participants who sign up before December 15th receive a great early bird discount. Full entry details are available on the Expedition Canada website. https://www.expeditionracecanada.ca/fees-details
Quick Facts on Expedition Canada can be found at https://arworldseries.com/racecalendar/expedition-canada-demonstration/
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Released 10 October 2019 by Craig Bycroft, Adventure Racing World Series
Photo Expedition Canada, Visit Penticton Official Tourism