May 16, 2017
Earlier this month, the local Subaru BPMR (Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race) sold out their Suntrail Course option for the first time.
The organizers (PASA) have seen a noticeable increase in demand for the race since it was featured on the US television series Boundless. Filmed on 2015’s 100km Buff Long Course, the episode aired in the US in May of 2016 and in Canada in the fall, after the 2016 race. This year’s Buff Long Course has been sold out since March.
One category that’s still open to racers is the “self-supported” relay.
Here’s what would-be relay racers need to know:
-the relay option is only in the long course, not available in the Suntrail Course or either duathlon. It’s raced concurrent with the solo & tandem long course on the same course.
-it’s open to relay teams of 2, 3, 4 or even 5. This is an incredible value because every teammate gets a race gift, post-race massage, meal, plus a ballot at the Devinci mountain bike door prize provided by Bikeface.
-the course breakup will again be 5 stages: paddle-bike-run-bike-run.
-racers can pick & choose which leg they want, and how to divide up the course.
-the approximate length will be close to 100km but may vary: the goal is to deliver interesting terrain & scenery moreso than a specific distance.
-“self-supported” means that the racer(s) who aren’t on course are in charge of moving all the gear to the next transition area (TA) before the teammate gets there. The relay team is given an area map to find the TA’s.
-The starting racer will take the bus to the start line, in order to manage logistics.
The objectives in changing the course this year include new terrain, less poison ivy along the way, and quieter roads than 2016, if not less biking on the road altogether.
Another thing that is likely to change is the last running leg. In the past it’s essentially been a 5k run from the village of Colpoy’s Bay to Bluewater Park in Wiarton. Expect this stage to be longer, while other stages are shorter. Translation: there is no longer a breezy 5k leg for one of the relay racers.
The Buff Long Course relay is both an incredible achievement and a great value option. All race proceeds will again support outdoor sport on the Bruce. The race is also looking for volunteers to assist with some of the diverse roles available. Those interested in racing (or volunteering) can sign up at www.brucepeninsulamultisportrace.ca but as of the time of writing there are only 6 relay registrations remaining.