The Cypress Challenge began in 2008, organized by Glotman•Simpson Cycling Club, and a group of friendly cyclists who wanted to promote a positive image for the sport. The dedication to find a cure for pancreatic cancer began with Geoff Glotman, an avid cyclist, who was looking for a way to give back to the community. Geoff's mother-in-law had passed away of the disease, giving his family a personal connection to the cause. With so few survivors to advocate for research and funding, the Cypress Challenge was established to raise awareness and support with the hope that more funds for research will lead to improved outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. Over its eleven year history, the Cypress Challenge has raised over $2.9 million and is the largest privately funded fundraising event for pancreatic cancer in Canada, and the largest community-based event for BC Cancer Foundation. This incredible event has built strong momentum, transforming the pancreatic cancer landscape in our province, such as helping to establish Pancreas Centre BC in 2012, a dedicated research body focused on advancing care for people facing pancreatic cancer.
Commit to cycling 12km up Cypress Mountain on Sunday, August 11 raising awareness and funds that will enhance pancreatic cancer research at BC Cancer.
This year, nearly 800 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Canada. The latest statistics show slight improvement in the five-year survival rate from eight per cent to nine per cent, but 75 per cent of people with pancreatic cancer won’t survive the first year after diagnosis. Unless more effective treatment strategies are found, the number of deaths from pancreatic cancer in Canada is expected to double by 2030.
Register online or in-person at the Special Events office for the BC Cancer Foundation:
Online registration is open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10.
In-person registration is available at package pick-up on Friday, August 9 and Sunday, August 11 (times and locations below)
PARTICIPANT CHECK-IN AUGUST 9 & 11
All participants are required to check-in, in person, before starting the ride. To avoid congestion on event day, we encourage you to join us at early check-in on Friday, August 9. When checking in, participants and teams that reached the fundraising incentive goals will receive the corresponding item(s): jersey, water bottle and/or socks. If you check in on Friday and receive your chip number, you do not need to check in again on Sunday.
PARKING, ROAD CLOSURES AND START TIME
Parking at the base of Cypress Mountain is limited. If you drive, here are some parking options:
Mulgrave School: Event day registration and package pick-up; participant drop-off; limited parking.
High View Lookout: There is a lot of parking available across the street from this lookout and it’s just a short 5km ride down Cypress Bowl Road to the start line.
Hollyburn Nordic Area: Park just past the finish line at the Hollyburn Nordic Area, and warm up with a 12km coast downhill.
The highway entrance to Cypress Bowl Road will be closed from 8:45 – 9:15 am to allow participants sufficient time to set off and clear the start area. If you have family or friends driving up the mountain, please encourage them to leave plenty of time to make it through ahead of the road closure. The ride begins on Cypress Bowl Road, Gate 6, shortly after the turnoff for Mulgrave School. Start time for all participants is 9:00 am. The start will be a self-seeded, neutral roll-out. Please seed yourself appropriately for the safety of all riders; the following categories will be marked: under 45 minutes, 45-60 minutes, over 60 minutes.
RULES OF THE ROAD
While you pedal to your personal best time, please remember that this is not a race, and keep the following in mind to ensure everyone has a great day:
The ride begins with a neutral start so please stay behind the lead vehicle until the two lanes become available.
A strict yellow line rule will be in effect at all times. If a participant crosses the yellow line, an automatic disqualification will be applied and results for that participant will not be posted.
Riders have only one lane available and must keep to the right at all times. Please be courteous and provide space when passing.
AFTER THE RIDE
Celebrate your success at the finish line! We'll be giving out prizes, listening to tunes and snacking on goodies thanks to Buntain Insurance, Windset Farms, and more supporting partners! Also, be sure to make your final bids on the great auction items available!
Awards and presentations will start at approximately 10:15 am.