From the very first year,
Samurai of Singletrack organizers Tony Horn and Ru Mehta have vowed to make the
ride harder and harder every September, incorporating some of the toughest
singletrack rides in all of Whistler. Each year they have succeeded, according
to riders, which is why there’s always a lot of speculation as to what the
exact route will be.
Usually the Samurai course
isn’t announced until the Loonie Race two days before, but given that this
year’s race is two days long — Sept. 16-17 — and involves camping,
gondola rides and numerous other logistics, Horn and Mehta are releasing the
trail details one week earlier.
It’s going to be a tough
“We tried to make it the
best, or worst depending how you look at it, of all the other years,” said
“Most of the trails have been
in the race before, but only once or twice. We considered Ride Don’t Slide and
Mac Daddy Pass this year, but with the logistics and camping it was just too
much to put in there. The other big dilemma for us was Comfortably Numb or no
Comfortably Numb, and in the end we didn’t put it in because that left out the
West Side trails.”
The total distance is 108 km,
with 56 km on day one and 52 km on day two. Originally Horn was hoping to
divide the course 60-40 with a shorter second day, but the fact that the
gondola doesn’t upload until 9:15 a.m. meant a later start on the first day.
One — 56 km
Day one starts with a gondola
ride to the Roundhouse, at which point riders will bike up and around Harmony
Bowl and over the peak of Whistler Mountain to the Highway 86 descent. From
there riders will hook up with Khyber Pass and Babylon By Bike, two routes that
haven’t been on the Samurai since the second year.
Riders will then descend
Tunnel Vision to Kadenwood Road, and head back up to Love Canal and B.C.’s
Trail or Boyd’s Trail for another technical descent to Creekside. From there
riders will cross the highway and head to Function Junction via the Millar
After that it’s another long
climb up the Mid-Flank trail to Cheap Thrills, 99er, and the south section of
Danimal before climbing back up the Lower Sproatt trail. The route crosses
itself in the Stonebridge subdivision before following the north section of
Danimal to Whip Me Snip Me and Bob’s Rebob.