June 22, 2024

Marathon XC mountain bike racing returns to Squamish!

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Registration Open

Early Bird Pricing in Effect until May 4th.

Space limited to 200 riders.

*Early Bird Registration Fee: $150.00

Plus Cycling BC single day license fee, which you must purchase separately. Excludes racers with a Provincial or UCI license.

Registration fee includes SORCA donation.

SORCA Membership is NOT required but certainly recommended.

Price goes up to $170 May 4th and up to $190 June 18th.

Updated: Mar 31/2024

Call for Volunteers

Don't want to race but still want to get involved?

We would love to hear from you. There are a variety of positions available and times are flexible. You will be rewarded in many ways!

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The 2024 Haulback Course Route *

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Updated: Feb 23/2024

~ 34 km, ~ 1,385 m

* Route is subject to change at discretion of race organizers.

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2024 Course Overview

The Haulback will be a point to point mass-start race, with a timed descent down Ditch Pig.

The course will be incredibly well marked, it will challenge your fitness and put a smile on your face when you're going downhill.

We will be using chip timing provided by Zone4, so you can be sure results will be accurate and available in real time.

Full Course Description

Start - Dowad to Jack's to 50 Shades

Race begins at the North end of Tantalus road in the cul-de-sac (bottom of Brackentrail area), then goes left onto Dowad Drive - a nice steep climb to quickly sort out the bunch, and onto the gravel connector trail (yes we anticipate a bottleneck but what can you do this is Squamish).

After leaving the pavement you'll go left onto Jack's Trail. From Jack's you'll make your way up to 50 Shades of Green (lower and upper), across Of Mice and Men to the first descent of the race - Rupert.

Rupert to Man Boobs

Descend Rupert then turn left on Mashiter and head all the way up to Man Boobs. Descend Man Boobs, then turn left on Bob Macintosh, then left again onto Alice Lake Access Rd, and climb all the way up to Lower Lumbar.

Lower Lumbar/All About Yew and across Northside Connector

After catching your breath, from the long gravel road climb, turn right and descend Lower Lumbar, and continue onto All About Yew, then turn left on North Side Connector. Take North Side Connector all the way across to the bridge, cross the bridge and continue climbing up the gravel road to the second exit and all the way across to the top of Ditch Pig.

Ditch Pig - Timed Descent, Sponsored by OneUp

Begin the OneUp timed descent all the way down Ditch Pig, careful not to miss the first right hander then quick left hander onto and off of the climb trail back onto Ditch Pig (this will be clearly marked and marshalled on race day). The timed descent ends where Ditch Pig meets the gravel road.

Pro Tip: If someone catches you, please move out of the way. They are faster than you (otherwise they woud not have caught you); you need to let them pass (as soon as you can safely do so). This ensures everyone can race their race, be safe, and have fun!

Ode to JABR and the TOM: panning for the man and plunging for gold

After Ditch Pig, at the gravel road, turn left and proceed to and descend Another Man's Gold, then climb the ring creek rip to the Power House Plunge. Descend The Plung all the way to the first gravel road crossing, then turn right and climb to Somewhere Over There.

Somewhere Over There... is a finish line!

Make sure you're well fueled and still have your wits about you, as this climb and descent will surely tease out the cramps and demand your focus. Climb SOT and then head down the final descent of the race, at the gravel road turn right and follow Poop Alley, cross that final bridge over Ring Creek, then sprint (or crawl) up that one last short but loose climb, and cross the finish line!

Please note, course is subject to change at the discretion of race organizers.

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Updated: Feb 23/2024

The Haulback