Twenty-Eight Competitive Cycling Events Scheduled in Nova Scotia for 2016

Bicycle Nova Scotia released its 2016 race calendar, with 28 competitive events across the province including road racing, cross country mountain bike races and gravity (downhill) events.

“We have seen an increasing interest over the past few years, in cycling competition – as well as in the type of competitive events that people want to participate in” says Lisa McInnis, Events Coordinator for the provincial cycling organization. “It is a testament to the growth of cycling in Nova Scotia generally.”

Cycling races will be held throughout the province, with the first on April 24th and the last held on December 11th.

“We’ve seen a real investment in trail infrastructure and that has greatly increased the interest in competitive mountain biking,” notes Ryan Lindh, BNS board member and owner of TrailFlow, a Wolfville based trail building and event hosting business.

Competitive events races generally have between 50-150 people. Youth are encouraged to take part in local events as well, with weekly short track rides organized by Cyclesmith in the Halifax area, and in the Kentville gorge.  Sackville based Sportwheels holds weekly BMX events as well.

“Provincial races are extremely important in helping our local athletes develop and gain experience to compete nationally and internationally,”says lola doucet, co-president of Bicycle Nova Scotia. “This year we are really hoping to increase the number of women participating in competitive events/”

Competition in Nova Scotia has lead to building national and international level athletes – last year 18 year old Mackenzie Myatt represented Canada at the Mountain Bike World Championships,  Norco Factory rider Andrew L’Esperance is currently riding for the National team at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series. On the road racing side, Ed Walsh has ridden for the National Team for the last two years. And Kaarin Tae was the National Marathon Mountain Bike champion in 2013.

The Town of Kentville and TrailFlow have jointly applied to host a Canada Cup event in 2017, the first in Nova Scotia in over 15 years – with the last equivalent race held at Martock in 2002. “We are very excited at the prospect of having a national level race return to Nova Scotia,” notes lola doucet.

The Bicycle Nova Scotia Race Calendar can be down loaded here:

http://bicycle.ns.ca/2016-bns-race-calendar/

For more information, please contact:

lola doucet, BNS Co-President, Competition: 902-222-2343

Ryan Lindh Trailflow, BNS VP Mountain Bike Competition 902-300-9449

Lisa McInnis, BNS Events Coordinator: lisa.mcinnis@bicycle.ns.ca