What is the Samurai of Singletrack?

For seven years the Samurai of Singletrack threw down the gauntlet to Whistler’s toughest trail warriors. Riders faced a 50km course that criss-crossed the famous valley, with climbs that led into the clouds and descents that took in Whistler’s most technical trails. Big legs and big balls had equal weighting, and while many riders would struggle to survive the descents with eight-inches of travel, the big climbs left most competitors reaching for their trail bikes.

Completing the race was a feat in itself, and while the fastest warriors slayed the course in just under six-hours, some competitors were out there for nearly 14.

The last Samurai of singletrack was held in 2007, well before the current trend for enduro racing began, but its legend lives on and it remains, perhaps, the toughest ever all-mountain challenge.


This is not actually part of the course, but it sure looks nice!

This is not actually part of the course, but it sure looks nice!

Compete against the pros

Sign up to Strava – the ‘social fitness’ site – and see if you can match the time set by Ben Cathro. Just ride the Ae Forest Downhill track and record your run using a GPS unit or the Strava App on your iPhone or Android device. Upload the ride to your athlete profile and your run time and ranking will automatically be calculated. We’ve also created an MBR club (strava.com/clubs/mountain-bike-rider) so you can compare yourself against our team of writers and photographers.

How fast?

The descent we used for our Samurai challenge is the original Ae Forest Downhill track. It begins at the summit signpost and ends just before the wooden gate after the last berm. It’s called ‘Ae Forest Downhill’. Stats on the track are 0.7miles in length with a height loss of 670ft.

Rain before and during the day made the Ae track pretty greasy, but thankfully it was still pretty hard-packed and a long way from being a quagmire.

Check outthe headcam of Ben’s Ae Forest run:

Singletrack Samurai from SickSkillsMTB on Vimeo.