The Revelstoke Cycling Association would like to express it’s gratitude to Mike Gravelle and Brent Strand for their efforts in organizing Bike Fest Revelstoke 2012! We extend this further to the many volunteers, the city and the business community for their support, and of course the participants who took part in the poker runs, Frisby and Keystone group rides, kid’s events and downtown criterium races. A Great well organized event celebrating cycling in Revelstoke!
It’s no secret that the cycling scene has been exploding in Revelstoke the last couple of years. With the construction of the instantly classic Frisby Ridge Trail, the exceptional Flowdown Trail, expanded parking areas, the re-birth of the Boulder down-hill trail system, the local cross country toonie races and brand new down-hill race series, 2 other long standing local races, and enormous volunteer participation in all these things as well as many smaller trail work and maintenance programs. Statistics are hard to come by, but the increasing visitation by out of town riders is undeniable, as is the great press Revelstoke has been getting as they publish articles and photos about the area.
The RCA has had truly exceptional support and partnership from far too many sponsors to name (but check our website for the full list), the city, regional district, BC Site and Trails, Forestry fire crews, local and regional funding agencies, the nordic club, local trail building contractors, our local bike shops, and local businesses making in-kind donations totalling tens of thousands of dollars. And that’s just the last 3 years! not to mention a 15 year history of trail building and hosting cycling events. In fact that history stretches closer to 115 years, when there was a downtown bicycle track in Revelstoke in the late 1800’s!
Bike Fest 2012 was in a sense a symbolic culmination of these many efforts and initiatives. At the heart of cycling in Revelstoke (and beyond) is a community of bike riders, and it was really great to see them come together in a celebration of the growth of cycling in Revelstoke and out on the trails. Thanks again for all the energy that went in to this and here is looking forward to an even bigger and better Bike Fest Revelstoke 2013!