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Naked Challenger Racer Information

At a distance of 1,617 kilometers and 27,200 meters of climbing the Naked Challenger is a multi-day, mid-range ultra-endurance cycling event that is sure to challenge even the world’s toughest and seasoned riders. Contested in three of British Columbia’s major tourist regions; the Vancouver & Coast Mountains, the Thompson Okanagan and the Caribou Chilcotin cyclists will experience an exceptional, ever-evolving landscape for their journey of personal discovery.

The Naked Challenger begins and ends near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the small border town of White Rock, British Columbia. But, for the riders, the barriers are not the ones separating Canada and the U.S.A.; they are the 4 category 1 climbs they will encounter on their first day of riding. Riders, and their escort crews, travel through Manning Provincial Park and its rich diversity of landscapes, mammals and birds (269 different species in all).

As cyclists leave the park behind, (but not the abundance of natural beauty and wildlife), they head up over Copper Mountain to the rugged terrain surrounding Princeton, BC, and into the endless orchards and vineyards of Peachland, BC. From there riders travel south on the shores of the 135 kilometer long Okanagan Lake past Summerland and into the vacation mecca of Penticton, BC.britishcolumbialoverbw

PC150bStill heading south, riders now pedal their way to Oliver and Osoyoos, then east for a short stint before heading almost directly north for 129km along Highway 33, the Rock Creek Highway to Kelowna. From Kelowna it is further north along the shores of Kalamalka Lake to the hot spot of Vernon. Now following Highway 97 riders get into a rhythm that will take them about 180 kilometers to Merritt, BC.

Now about 1,000 kilometers into their journey riders continue north and then north east through Logan Lake, Ashcroft, Marble Canyon Provincial Park and onto Duffey Lake Road before the route finally turns south.

Passing through Lillooet, the Naked  Challenger travels to Pemberton via extremely windy and steep roads on route to the home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Alpine events; the ski-resort of Whistler. The finish line is now so close you can began to imagine yourself crossing it and raising your arms in triumph. A quick 5 hour ride down Highway 99, into Squamish and Vancouver and suddenly riders are a couple of bridges and 70 kilometers from where it all started in White Rock, BC.