Canada Cup prides itself in being the largest downhill race in the country and continues to do that with another mega meet at the Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia in July 2018. The meet which states provision of growth opportunities for upcoming downhill cyclists as its key aim will, as always, have categories for Cross Country and Downhill competitions.

Two days of extreme action see entrants into the two categories subdivided into elite, junior, U 17 and teams (for XCO). The DHI race is for elites only. All subcategories (except teams) are further subdivided into men and women races.

Cycling Canada, the country’s cycling association, is the key organiser of the Canada Cup. It partners with the local committee in BC and a provincial sport organization that helps graduate riders from regional to international competition status.

The event attracts some of the largest number of entrants of all bike races across the country as each is fighting for a place in the national team. While it is not an actual national team selection, a positive performance at the Canada Cup is always a great badge in a cyclists list of honours. Marie-Hélène Prémont, an Olympic medalist, and national team riders Evan McNeely, Sandra Walter, Mikael Kofman, Haley Smith, Derk Zandstra and Raphael Gagne are some of the cyclists who made their names with wins at the event.

Elite athletes need to part with $70 to enter the competition, while all non-elites pay $50 for registration. The event also sees a good turnout of spectators who view as a great place for an outdoor family time.

Biking is a pretty popular sport in Canada, always attracting competitors of all levels of experience. Young riders with ambition for pro riding will often be seen dotting the riding paths just to catch a glimpse of the riders they look up to.