MS Bike Tours Takes the Best of British Columbia
MS bike is showcasing its fundraising cycling series at four locations in British Columbia this summer. Each two-day event will combine different distance options with the ability to take in the best of each region’s attractions.
The four stops offer you different opportunities to end your day: by a lake, facing the mountain view or in a relaxing park. You will have the chance to enjoy one of the many local wineries, breweries, cider houses and restaurants along the route and past the finish line.
For 2019, the MS Bike BC Tour will feature treks in the West Kootenay, Fraser Valley, Okanagan Valley, and Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Each of these four family events will help raise much-needed funds for MS research and services for those affected by the disease.
MS Bike – West Kootenay offers a memorable backcountry experience for cyclists of all skill levels. Over two days, the route covers 130 km through the southern Rockies surrounding Nelson, British Columbia Known as the “Queen City” of the interior of British Columbia, Nelson’s many surviving heritage sites allow for cyclists to travel through history through the forests and mountain views surrounding the mountain town. .
A short drive from the city of Vancouver, MS Bike – Fraser Valley transports cyclists to the vineyards and quiet roads outside of the city of Langley. Riders will have several route options departing from Thunderbird Show Park on both days of the tour. These scenic routes stretch for a length of 30 km to 105 km, stopping at local favorite spots for food, wine and craft beer.
Visit Krause Berry Farm for a fresh fruit pie baked daily. Sip premium wine from Chaberton Estate Winery and Bistro. You can also grab a pint at Raven’s Brewing. Runners can sample food or drink at these venues and have their purchases delivered for free at Thunderbird Show Park to be picked up at the end of the day. The Fraser Valley weekend includes a themed dinner to celebrate the end of the first day of riding and to prepare riders for the next day’s adventure.
From mainland British Columbia to Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley event takes place on the shores of Shawnigan Lake. Both day routes depart from Shawnigan Lake School and span a distance of 30 to 100 km, including a trip through the historic Kinsol Trestle.
In addition to admiring the landscapes of southern Vancouver Island, cyclists will have the opportunity to stop at vineyards, cider houses and small farms. Sample local produce and spirits at Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard, Cherry Point Estate Wines, and the island’s favorite Merridale Cider House and Distillery, then shop on your return to Shawnigan Lake School at the end of the day.
The latest MS Bike tour is in Kelowna, BC’s most famous wine country. Cycle through the Okanagan Hills with stops at your choice from the long list of award-winning wineries along the way. Besides the vineyards, the Okanagan roads offer a range of places to stop for halfway meals while taking in the views of the lake below and the hills above. Runners will come together for a celebratory dinner, complete with a silent auction, entertainment and more.
For those who wish, Summer Hill Winery, Tantalus Vineyards, Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, Rollingdale Winery, The View Winery, Vibrant Vines, St Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery and Kitsch Wines all fall along the MS Bike – Okanagan and will be open to cyclists to try out free samples. As with other events, all purchases will be delivered free of charge until the end of the day’s race.
MS Bike is a fundraising cycling series bringing together cyclists of all levels of fitness and ability to help end MS. Twenty MS Bike family events take place across Canada. Each stage is open to riders from 10 years old.
For more information or to register for MS Bike, visit msbike.ca