Registration Required! Mt. Baker
Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border
Please get in touch with us if you are able to help support this annual ride. Contact Edwin for details.
The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.
Pre-registration is required to attend this ride. All individuals that register will receive follow-up communications confirming ride details. If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please email Edwin.
* Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
* Parking is available on 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
* Cost: $20USD or $25CDN/person.
* Passport and US dollars.
* Insurance coverage
Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Riders should bring their own clothing, food and equipment for the ride. Support vehicles will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.
As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.
Cascades Cycling Classic Race Report
The final week of May saw the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon return to the US race calendar after a one year hiatus. This was a focus for the GS Cat 2 women’s team from the start of the season. Unfortunately Krista Matthews and Janna Gillick were unable to race as originally planned due to injury, but myself (Sonia Taylor) and guest rider Holly Henry from Broad Street Cycles lined up to represent GS in the pro women’s field. This kind of event with point-to-point races and long stages is nearly impossible to race without support, so we were very happy and grateful to have teammates Krista, Lora Genaille, and Andrew Funamoto there as our incredible support crew for the week.
The newly reformatted 5 day stage race featured some incredibly tough, technical and scenic courses with loads of elevation gain. Stages 1 and 3 both had gravel sections which tested the peloton’s legs as well as handling skills and definitely caused a bit of chaos at times. Stages 4 and 5 were fast and technical. The women’s field was relatively small with just under 40 starters, but also very strong with a number of riders from some of the top US pro teams showing up ready to do some damage on the climbs.
Holly and I were in our element as we both like to climb and have solid mountain bike and cyclocross experience that kept us safe through the gravel. The highlight for me was stage 2, a 124km road race with 5 categorized climbs totalling over 2000m of elevation gain. I surprised myself on this stage and managed to maintain contact with the lead group of climbers until 12km to go, surviving the two largest climbs of the day. Consistent riding through the week landed us 14th and 15th in the General Classification, as well as 3rd in the Best Young Rider competition for Holly. It was without a doubt the toughest stage race I’ve ever done, and I’m already looking forward to going back next year!
Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge.