Community & Events

Events & Group Rides

Duck Lake XC - Island Cup 

When: May 19th 2024

Where: Duck Lake, Powell River




Welcome to the qathet Regional District!


We would like to acknowledge that we are holding this event on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. We are extremely excited to bring Island Cup racing to our amazing trails. Like other communities, we have seen growth in our mountain bike community. This race, and these trails are the result of an amazing community of volunteers. Some are cyclists, some are not, but they are all hard-working people who give hours upon hours of time to maintain these trails. Thank you to everyone who has helped to get this event off the ground. To those of you who have come from out of town, we all know the effort that it takes to come to our community. The ferries are a huge hurdle for all of us. Thank you for making the effort to come to our race.


The route is fun, very fun! A tricky climb will reward you with a ton of fast rolling singletrack!


The rest of this document will give you info on race package pick up, the race course, maps and ferry logistics. If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact us.


Thanks again for coming to the Duck Lake XC!


Justin Bailey



Schedule of Events


Saturday April 29th


The course will be marked. Feel free to go pre ride. Note that our trails are multi use trails. We have done everything to notify trail users in our community that there is a race on April 29th, If you're out riding and come across trail users, stop and say 'hi'!


Package pick up - 17:00 - 19:00 @ TAWS Bike Garage/Monks on Marine


Race numbers can also be picked up morning of at the race.


Swing by the bike shop and Monks on Marine to pick up your race package the evening before!


Sunday April 30th


BC Ferries/ Downtown Powell River Shuttle - 08:15-08:30


If you are planning on doing a day trip, or you've walked on the ferry, we can shuttle you to the race. We'll also shuttle you back after! Please contact us to arrange your shuttle -


Race Sign In - 08:00


If you didn't get your package at on Saturday at TAWS Bike Garage, Race Sign in will be open at 08:00.


Race Start - 10:00


We decided to get at it a bit earlier than the rest of the events so that people could catch the ferry back at a reasonable hour. Racing starts at 10:00 for experts, 10:02 for intermediate,

10:04 for beginner.


Race Finish - 13:00


We expect all riders to be finished on the course around 1pm

Awards and prizes to begin after all racers finish.


Back to Powell River - 14:00


Shuttle back to downtown Powell River. Bike parking available at TAWS Bike Garage. Monks on

Marine is booked for us to refuel the engines!


Ferry to Comox - 17:15


Ferry departs back to Comox.


Getting to Powell River


If you are coming from Vancouver Island, just for race day, we have scheduled the race so that people can catch the 17:15 return ferry and be home at a reasonable hour on Sunday. This will require those who are coming for the day to catch the first ferry out of Comox - 6:15am.

Coming for the weekend will make your trip much more enjoyable!




Getting to Duck Lake & Parking


Marshalls will be on hand to get people dropped off and parked, we will need to keep the road open and clear to allow thru traffic.


Race Course


We will have a quick road start, and then send you straight into singletrack. Get to the front of the line, if you want to be first up the trail. After the climb, the course is fast, real fast. We expect to see the fastest riders complete a lap in under 30 minutes.


We’ll send you up Sweetwater, down Death Rattle, W8 & 4it, Cable, Papa Bear, Curmudgeon, Across Taylor way and back up a short section of road to the lap checkpoint.

Group Rides

The Qathet Regional Cycling Association has group mountain bike rides on Monday and Thursday nights, as well as trail maintenance days throughout the year. Check out Qathet Regional Cycling Association Facebook.

Be sure to become a member before you attend a ride or event!


Powell River on

Powell River has a very extensive network of trails, download the TrailForks app to check it all out. Want some advice? Pop in the shop and we'll help you out with some awesome routes.