After a one year break the TransRockies Race Series is returning to Fernie this summer with two events!
The first event will be the TransRockies brand new premiere gravel bike race – the TransRockies Gravel Royale, which will take place from August 23 to 26. Traversing from Panorama Mountain Resort, to Nipika Mountain Resort, to Canal Flats and ending in Fernie, the four-day gravel stage race will cover 375 km (233 miles) and around 7,000 m (23,000 ft) of climbing.
The gravel riders will roll into Fernie on Hartley Lake Road and finish at Annex Park on Thursday, August 26th.
Fernie will also be the race start for the TransRockies flagship 6-day mountain bike race the Singletrack 6 (ST6) happening from September 7th to 12th.
Riders will have the opportunity to test themselves on brand new routes in the host communities of Fernie, Kimberley and Rossland—also known as Singletrack 6’s “South Kootenay” route.
“We couldn’t ask for a more fitting host community to be returning to after this break,” says Aaron McConnell, TransRockies President, “Fernie is home to spectacular riding and has been a staple of our mountain biking events since our first TransRockies Challenge in 2002. Dan Savage has been organizing our Fernie bike events for 20 years and we appreciate his and Fernie’s ongoing support.”
The ST6 riders will overnight in local accommodations and the routes are composed, almost completely, of singletrack. Most riders will arrive days before the event to begin to prepare for the race.
The Fernie ST6 schedule:
Registration: Park Place Lodge, Monday, September 6
ST6 Stage 1: Fernie Aquatic Centre, Tuesday, September 7
ST6 Stage 2: Fernie Alpine Resort, Wednesday September 8
Gearhub Sports is the local stage sponsor for both events. Mark Hall, Gearhub owner and manager, commented, “There are so many epic mountain bike trails in Fernie and the TransRockies has such a history of riding these trails, it’s great to have them return. Gravel is something new, something fresh, and is growing in popularity. We’re excited at Gearhub to be part of the TransRockies events!”
The TransRockies is also being supported by a number of Fernie accommodators including: Park Place Lodge, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Fernie Central Accommodations, Red Tree Lodge, Snow Valley Accommodations, the Raging Elk Adventure Lodge and the Fernie RV Resort.
Fernie trail use is sanctioned by the Fernie Trails Alliance, Fernie Alpine Resort, and the Coal Creek Heritage Society. The City of Fernie accommodates the use of the Fernie Aquatic Centre and Annex Park and Fernie Alpine Resort is the host of the ST6 Stage 2.
Volunteers and local management is coordinated by the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club.
The community works together to make these great events happen, thank you to all the partners and community for being such awesome hosts!