REPORTING · 12th June 2011
At 10 am this morning, Sunday June 12, 2011, 20 cyclists began a test of endurance through the hills of Jackpine and Highway 37. This race is one of eight races TORCA (Terrace Off Road Cycling Association) puts on through the year. The Tour de Nass, a 68 kilometre race, didn’t take place this year
Nine were competing in this, a triple loop of the 32 kilometre course, and 11 were classed as recreational riders. The start, and finish, is at the Thornhill Neighbourhood Pub on Old Lakelse Lake Road. The route takes the riders south through Jackpine Flats (hence the name) to the Highway junction between Terrace and Kitimat south of the Northwest Regional Airport. They then turn north and ride up the gruelling hill past the airport and then downhill to Krumm Road where they turn east and race back to where they began, at the Pub.
Race organizer Michael Bruce told us there was a rider from Kitimat today but not from Smithers or other locations which had representation in previous years.
Flaggers were out at the narrow Bridge crossing of Williams Creek to protect the racers.
A second tight pack of racers
Michael Bruce (left) discusses list of race participants