The first ever Fernie Lucky 7’s proved to be both fun and lucky for everyone! The event was inclusive and had participants ranging in age from 2 to 70! And all participants got to roll the dice for a Lucky 7 to take home great prizing from Gearhub Sports. For the event organizers, their luck was having a fabulous sunny day with absolutely no injuries.
The Fernie Lucky 7’s is a cross-country relay and solo mountain bike event that caters to riders of all abilities looking for a fun experience. Competitive endurance and XC racers were challenged in the 7-hour solo and team category events. Families, youth and company teams loved the two and three person team options and easy course. The Ridgemont and Montane route was 7km for the U15’s and 13.5km for the solo and team participants. Many participants commented on how fun the course was.
A few participants logged as many as eight laps with a team effort, and solo men and women rode for a maximum of seven laps. See the results here. Seven was the lucky number!
On the lighter side, the Kids’ Bike Rally started at Gearhub Sports and took a bike decorating, face painting, dice rolling and watermelon route to the Lucky 7’s event station!
The volunteer efforts of local organizations was outstanding: the Fernie Mountain Bike Club kept the trails safe, the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club marked the trails, and the Fernie Nordic Society managed the timing. The 11th annual U9 Kids’ Bike Rally was managed by the Mountainside Church Youth Group. Proceeds from the event go to these organizations for their generous support.
Many thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen, they include: GearHub Sports, The City of Fernie, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Ryders Eyewear, Honey Stinger, Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Brewing Company, Tinhorn Creek Winery, The Bridge Bistro, Montane Fernie, Park Place Lodge, and Happy Cow.
An finally a thank you to the participants. You had faith in the Fernie TransRockies Society delivering a good performance and we thank you for your great performance. Your riding was excellent however your well mannered behaviour with other riders on-course, both participants and public, and not a single piece of garbage left on-course is exemplary. Thank you!
As always, a picture speaks a 100 words, here are our images from the event: