What better way to prepare yourself for the climb ahead, then to train with a selection of specific workouts to improve your fitness with the direction from a coach. Specific training opportunities with our partners are listed below.


TaGCycling Indoor Cycling Workouts (July 1 - August 11, 2016)

TaGCycling will be hosting workouts designed with with hill climbing in mind to improve your climbing capability. All scheduled classes from July 1 to August 11 will be part of the TaGCycling Watts for Cancer Fundraiser. Contests and prizes for the largest watts contributions are up for grabs. 

Every rider participating in classes will be contributing to the Cypress Challenge Fundraising effort. Riders are welcome to drop in for a session and make a 1-time watts contribution or participate for as much of the 6-week hill training program.

Register for a class:

  • Go to
  • Click RIDER LOGIN/NorthVan (top right navigation bar on page)
  • First time users will be required to "Sign up" and create an account
  • Once you have created an account, you will be able to book classes on the schedule

Participating Locations:


Cyklus Cypress Climb Spin fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer:  Friday, August 5

Join us for a spinning hill climb class that maps the grades of Cypress exactly!

Date: Friday August 5th, 2016
Location: Cyklus Vancouver (889 Expo Blvd, Vancouver)
Time: 6 - 9 pm (Class 6:30 - 7:30 pm followed by a celebration)

Cost: $25 donation includes: Registration for class, door prizes, drink(s), swag


Cadence Vancouver spin fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer: Saturday, August 6

A spinning class by Natasha Lowe - We will be doing a Cypress Challenge prep class. Be prepared for lots of climbing!

Date: Saturday August 6th, 2016
LocationCadence Cycling Studio (#106 - 1529 West 6th Ave. - located behind Farmer's Apprentice) 
Time: 11 am - 12 pm 

Cost: $23.75 + tax to register or any valid Cadence membership. Includes: Registration, door prizes, VEGA goodies. Anyone who presents proof of registration for the ride in studio will receive 15% off any of our 5, 10, 20 & 30 ride packages.


Training Partner Community Program - Opportunities to lend your support

  • Offer drop-in classes by donation to Cypress Challenge registrants and cycling and fitness enthusiasts. Funds raised will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation.
  • Offer promotion with proceeds or partial proceeds to be donated to the Cypress Challenge. 
  • Organize a Cypress Challenge fundraising event. We have lots of great ideas and can help you decorate with supplies.
  • Spread the word to your clientele and encourage everyone to register and give the challenge a try with posters and pamphlets available for display.
  • See the flyer for complete details, and don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested or would like more information.

hill climbing clinic: july 27

Available to all registered participants and teams, hone your hill climbing prowess with a skills session, led by a Glotman•Simpson Cycling coach.  Clinic availability is based on first come first served basis, with one registration per rider. 

Date: July 27
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Mulgrave School (corner of Cypress Bowl Rd. & Cypress Bowl Lane)
Capacity: 16
Cost: FREE!

Suggested requirements:

  • Heart rate monitor and/or power meter
  • Appropriate clothing for weather, and visible lights for safe travel home during evening hours
  • Motivation to climb like a champion!

TRAINING TIPS: how to tackle a mountain

The full Cypress Challenge route is a steady climb of approximately 2400 feet, so you'll want to make sure you are prepared! Here are a few tips on hill climbing:

Don’t waste energy with a death grip on the bars. As you climb in a seated position, remember to keep your hands on the top of the bars, close to the stem, allowing for maximum diaphragm movement, maximizing your ability to breathe deeply. And when it comes time to stand, it's best to position the hands on the hoods for maximum stability.

Keep forward momentum!
Once you enter a hill, it's critical to keep the momentum going! If you become over-geared or 'bogged down' in a particular gear mid-hill, accelerating back to your climbing speed is both difficult and taxing - bringing you further in to the dreaded red zone. Instead, stay on top of your gear, aiming for a cadence on either side of 80rpm. If you find your cadence slowing, shift into an easier gear immediately, and try to recapture the lost momentum with a quick out of the saddle burst.

As you progress and gain fitness, introduce accelerations to your hill repeats. On longer hills that are reasonably steep, accelerate hard from a moderate pace, holding the accelerated pace for a defined period - 30s, 45s or up to 120s. From the accelerate speed, sit back down and resume your normal climbing pace for three or four minutes, then jump again! The key to this workout is hard, maximal efforts, followed by moderate load, repeated. Ouch.

Stay Motivated
The best motivation to start your hill training is finding a meaningful challenge to work towards. Register today to tackle Cypress on Sunday, August 16th and let your climb fuel pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.



Think of the people who you know will donate to your fundraising efforts— your partner, family, friends, co-worker, boss, etc.

Personalize your fundraising page with a photo, and take advantage of the draft letters and other email tools in the Participant Centre.

Who inspired you to take on the Cypress Challenge? Your donors will be more inclined to give if they know why you are doing this.

Think wider than family and friends - local businesses, work, sporting clubs, etc. Remember to include the link to your personal fundraising page in any email you send out.

90% of donations now come in online. Share your story and a link to your personal page over your social networks. We suggest Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

When you get within $100 of your goal, increase your total!

event day information

Read complete details about the ride, including when to pick up your rider package, event start time, road closures and award ceremonies.

See About The Ride.


See previous rider results, and take a glance at our photo galleries from previous Cypress Challenge events.

See The History of Cypress Challenge events.