The BC Bike Race circuit will make a stop in Campbell River on July 4 to take advantage of the area’s mountain biking terrain.

Campbell River will be a big wheel in mountain bike circuit

Five hundred mountain bike riders from all over the world are about to descend on Campbell River

Five hundred mountain bike riders from all over the world are about to descend on Campbell River.

These riders are competing in a seven-stage mountain bike race, with Campbell River hosting stage two.

With a mass start at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4 at Robert Ostler Park, the peloton (group of riders) will travel along the Island Highway toward Highway 28 and into the Snowden Demonstration Forest. The return trip to the finish line in front of the Tidemark Theatre will be along 16th Ave.

The first rider is expected to cross the finish line at 11:30 a.m. The last of the 500 riders is expected to arrive at approximately 4:30 p.m. To add to the festive atmosphere at the finish, the City has arranged for face painting, entertainment and food at Spirit Square – something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

“The square will be rockin’ and rollin’, so make a day of it,” says Spirit Square manager, Jim Creighton. “Take in the race, have dinner and enjoy a free concert.”

Restaurants in the area are offering BC Bike Race specials, and Campbell River’s own Reunion will give a free concert at Spirit Square from 7-º9 p.m.

For more information about the full day of BC Bike Race excitement, call 250-286-1161 and check out the Spirit Square website at

www.spiritsquare.ca.