Starting at Mulgrave School and finishing at Hollyburn Nordic Area, the Capilano Volkswagen Cypress Challenge presented by Glotman•Simpson is a 12km ride up Cypress Mountain in support of pancreatic cancer research at BC Cancer. Over 500 riders make the climb each year to help change the cancer story for patients across B.C.
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, July 28th. Please note:
Date: Friday, July 28th
Time: Noon - 7 p.m.
Location: Glotman•Simpson Group of Companies (1661 W 5th Ave, Vancouver)
Date: Sunday, July 30th
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Mulgrave School (2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver)
The climb up Cypress Mountain is one of the most popular bike climbs in Vancouver. The route on event day is a total distance of 12km uphill with a 723m elevation gain and an average grade of 5.9%. The start line begins on Cypress Bowl Road, Gate 6 — shortly after the turnoff for Mulgrave School and finishes at the Hollyburn Nordic Area. You can view the Cypress Challenge segment on Strava.
Parking at the base of Cypress Mountain is limited so if you drive, here are some options:
Bag check will be available, with items shuttled to the finish line area for pick-up during the finish line celebration reception.
The highway entrance to Cypress Bowl Road will be closed from 8:50 - 9:10 a.m. 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 a.m. The start will be a self-seeded, neutral roll-out. Please seed yourself appropriately for the safety of all riders. The categories will be clearly marked by the time in which you expect to complete the ride: under 45 minutes, 45-60 minutes, over 60 minutes.
Join us at the finish line for music, snacks and goodies thanks to our incredible supporting partners. We’ll be joined by representatives from the community for presentations and fundraising totals that will start at around 10:15 am.
Whether you’re a cyclist or a driver, we all have a role to play in sharing the road responsibly. Learn more by visiting GoByBike BC.
Join the Capilano Volkswagen Cypress Challenge Club on Strava to share your cycling activity as you train for the big day, and to see what others are up to!
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