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New Rocky Mountain Altitude

New Rocky Mountain Altitude

Completely reimagined, from the ground up, the new Rocky Mountain Altitude is built for going fast in Fernie’s Rocky Mountains!

Rocky Mountain is stating that the all-new design makes the Altitude even faster than before. With increased stiffness and a lower centre of gravity, overall ride performance is leveled up. The new suspension designs linear rate curve provides a supportive and predictable feel with minimal unwanted movement or harshness. Mid to large-sized impacts are absorbed effectively without compromising speed or control.

Rocky Mountain Altitude

The LC2R™ suspension system is making it’s first appearance on the Altitude and promises to deliver superior climbing and descending. It was first introduced on the 2006 Slayer, and was found on later versions of the Slayer SXC and Slayer SS. The design was then adapted to the popular 2008 Flatline, and then the Flatline WC models.

Mark Hall, Gearhub Sports Manager, commented, “The Altitude has been Gearhub’s and Fernie’s most popular bike for the past decade and the new design will be more popular that ever. We have the new Altitude on the floor, drop by and see what’s in stock or order one today!”

Rémi Gauvin, Rocky Mountain Athlete, commented, “I’ve been riding iterations of the Altitude forthe last 10 years and this one is by far themost exciting yet. The evolution of the bikemakes it without a doubt the most capableit’s ever been, and I’ve never been more excited to take a bike to the races.”

Charge harder. Go faster. Ride more.

Anything Goes Event Series

Anything Goes Event Series

Anything Goes Event Series is stoked to contribute to the boomin’ early season gravel race scene in Western Canada by hosting the Cranbrook Gravel Grind this May 25th followed by the Fernie Gravel Grind on July 12th.

Cranbrook Gravel Grind is it a perfect season opener, it’s also great preparation for Canadian Gravel National Championships coming to our neck of the woods in 2024 hosted by our friends Ghost of the Gravel.

If you’re looking for the ideal Nationals tune up race, the Cranbrook Gravel Grind is prime timing to test the legs three weeks out. Sharpen your bike handling skills in the twists and turns of the Cranbrook Community Forest before really getting the legs burning on the climbing-heavy back half of the course.

Fernie Bike Events

Ever since the 2021 atmospheric river that destroyed much of the Fernie Gravel Grind’s routes, they’ve been making due with what was left. Fortunately, thanks to the help of many community members, they are able to bring new roads to this year’s Short Haul.

The 2024 Short Haul is perfect for new racers or those simply looking to have a good time, as it’s not too hot and not too cold, it really is just right. The Short Haul features a roller coaster of a ride with incredible vistas to boot throughout the Elk Valley. As always they’ll have their wild Stoke Stations locked and loaded to support riders topped up with race fuel and premium stoke.

The 2024 Long Haul, is just as beautiful as it is unrelenting and every descent is hard earned. But whether or not you’re in Fernie to be the first across the finish line or to simply take in the scenery with friends, you are guaranteed an epic day out!

Don’t let the distance deceive you! The Updated Long Haul will be sure to challenge riders featuring a wide variety of terrain featuring Forestry Service Roads, tough climbs, flowy double track, and even bits of green singletrack, after all – anything goes with gravel! They guarantee your post race beverage will be well earned. Stay tuned for course files in the coming weeks.

Following their mission, Anything Goes With Gravel, the races are open to anyone and everyone and offers multiple distances, race categories and fun activities for the whole family all weekend long.

See the details and register here.

TransRockies Gravel Royale Cancelled due to Wildfires

TransRockies Gravel Royale Cancelled due to Wildfires

The TransRockies Gravel Royale has been cancelled due to Wildfires in the region.

Aaron McConnell, TransRockies President, commented, “It’s with heavy hearts and a commitment to safety as our top priority, we regret to announce the cancellation of the highly anticipated TransRockies Gravel Royale 2023. The decision comes in response to the ongoing wildfire situation that has affected the race route and surrounding areas. Despite our dedicated efforts and consultations with BC Wildfire officials over the past week, it has become apparent that proceeding with the event would pose too great a risk to participants, staff, and the local communities.”

The TransRockies Gravel Royale has been a testament to the spirit of adventure, camaraderie, and endurance since its inception. Aaron continued to say that he understands the disappointment that this cancellation brings, but the TransRockies responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved is paramount.

Several key factors contributed to this difficult decision:

1. Wildfire Proximity:
The Horsethief Creek Complex, comprised of the Horsethief, Yearling, and Mia Creek fires, poses a significant threat along the route. All three fires have been classified as “Out of Control,” creating an unpredictable and potentially hazardous environment.

2. Evacuation Concerns and Emergency Respose:
Although the evacuation order for Nipika has been lifted, the area remains under an “evacuation alert”. In the event of further closures or emergencies, the options for transporting a large group of riders out of Nipika are limited, raising safety concerns in case of unforeseen circumstances.

3. Course Disruption:
A section of the race course near Nipika, particularly Cochran Creek, remains closed due to wildfire activity. This closure necessitates a reroute, which could impact the overall race experience.

4. Uncontained Mia Creek Fire:
The Mia Creek fire continues to spread, with limited containment progress. BC Wildfire authorities have expressed apprehension about potential fire spread, especially if wind conditions change. The inaccessibility of the area further complicates firefighting efforts. Portions of the planned route are within the current Area Restriction and closure.

5. Air Quality and Smoke Concerns:
While smoke has not been a significant issue at present, the situation is unpredictable and could rapidly worsen. Given the nature of the race as a point-to-point event, it is challenging to adjust stages to account for poor air quality.

7. Permit Uncertainty:
Ongoing evacuation alerts in the Nipika area could lead to officials withholding of necessary permits, creating additional obstacles for organizing a safe and successful event.

The TransRockies administration have communicated with registered participants regarding deferral options and also express their commitment to exploring future opportunities to bring the spirit of TransRockies Gravel Royale back stronger than ever once the wildfire situation stabilizes and conditions permit. Next year’s event is scheduled for August 23-26, 2024.

The Entire TransRockies Team We would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all participants, sponsors, volunteers, and local communities who have supported the TransRockies Gravel Royale. While this cancellation is undoubtedly disappointing, the health and safety of everyone involved remains our utmost priority.

Stay safe, stay informed, and let us work together to support the firefighting efforts and recovery of the affected communities.

The TransRockies would like to thank all the Fernie supporters including GearHub Sports, the City of Fernie,, Tourism Fernie, Park Place Lodge, Red Tree Lodge, Raging Elk Adventure Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Fernie RV Resort, Stanford Resort, Snow Valley Lodging and the Fernie Fox. Fernie was ready for an epic finish…

TransRockies 20th Anniversary Fernie Celebrations

TransRockies 20th Anniversary Fernie Celebrations

The TransRockies Singletrack 6 Returns to Fernie on July 12 to 14th for a Spectacular 20th Anniversary Mountain Biking Adventure.

In 2002 the TransRockies began in Fernie with the TransRockies Challenge, the 7 day point to point stage race, and now the Singletrack 6. Fernie has been the perfect place to start, finish and host some of the TransRockies biggest and most important races for 20 years.

The TransRockies Singletrack 6 has become a highlight on the mountain biking calendar, attracting riders from around the globe to challenge themselves and immerse themselves in the thrill of world-class singletrack. In 2023, participants can expect an exceptional race that combines technical descents, lung-busting climbs, and awe-inspiring scenery, all while fostering a sense of camaraderie and adventure. “We are thrilled to bring back the TransRockies Singletrack 6 for the 20th anniversary of this incredible mountain bike race,” said Aaron McConnell, TransRockies President. “This event offers riders the opportunity to explore some of the most iconic trails in Western Canada and create lifelong memories along the way.”

In 2022 Fernie rider Carter Nieuwesteeg won the Singletrack 6 and he’s back this year. Carter will be riding the BC Bike Race coming into the Singletrack 6, 13 days of staging racing in 17 days. Carter commented, “It’s a quick turn around to defend my ST6 title that once again starts on home trails right here in Fernie. Taking on two of the most iconic week long stage races where anything can happen and I can’t wait to see where this thing goes!” Carter is the organizer of the Fernie Gravel Grind, a weekend long festival for 500 riders that’s raised over $20,000 for the local community.

Gearhub Sports is the Stage 1 title sponsor and support shop for this year’s ST6 and has two team riders participating. Steve Kelly and Dylan Bailey will be representing Gearhub and both will be riding Rocky Mountain Element’s.

The TransRockies crew is a dedicated group and the friendships continue to this day. Dan Savage, Fernie organizer, commented, “I’m stoked that Fernie continues to host this World Class event. The Transrockies was the seed that helped define Fernie as a mountain bike destination. It’s great in 2023 to have permission to include the Elk Valley Trail and finish in Sparwood!”

The 2023 TransRockies Singletrack 6 will span six stages, each with its own unique challenges and stunning surroundings. The schedule and stage locations for the Fernie are as follows:

Stage 1: Fernie, BC – July 13th (36km distance / 1150m elevation)
• Fernie will again provide a thrilling start to the week of racing, with riders embarking on a demanding course that showcases the area’s natural beauty.
• Spectators are encouraged to gather at the Fernie Aquatic Centre to witness the excitement as riders cross both the start and finish line here, celebrating their first stage accomplishment.
• Race start time is 8AM, with the first riders projected to cross the finish line at approximately 9:30AM.
• The Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Awards Ceremony and Course Briefing will take place at 2PM from the Fernie Aquatic Centre.

See the Stage 1 route here.

Stage 2: Fernie, BC to Sparwood, BC – July 14th (45km distance / 1100m elevation)
• The Fernie Aquatic Centre will once again set the stage for an exhilarating day of riding, as participants tackle technical terrain and embrace the rugged wilderness.
• Spectators are encouraged to gather at the Sparwood’s Titan truck to witness the fast-paced finishes and cheer on the riders as they complete another challenging stage.
• Race start time is 8AM, with the first riders projected to cross the finish line at approximately 9:30AM.
• The Beer Garden, BBQ, Awards Ceremony and Course Briefing will take place at 2PM from the Sparwood Visitor Centre.

See the Stage 2 route here.

Following Fernie the ST6 will move to the Crowsnest Pass for two exciting stages before heading to Canmore for the final two stages.

TransRockies would like to thank all of our local Fernie and Sparwood supporters including the City of Fernie,, Tourism Fernie, Fernie Trails Alliance, Park Place Lodge, GearHub Sports, Red Tree Lodge, Raging Elk Adventure Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Fernie RV Resort, Stanford Resort, Snow Valley Lodging, Coal Creek Heritage Society, the District of Sparwood, Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, the Sparwood Trails Alliance and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Best wishes to all the riders and organizers on the 20th Anniversary Mountain Biking Adventure!

2023 Fernie Gravel Grind Registration Opens

2023 Fernie Gravel Grind Registration Opens

Registration for the third annual Fernie Gravel Grind (FGG) by Anything Goes Event Series (AGES) is launching on December 2nd, 2022. The FGR is a weekend long gravel cycling experience located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, home to some of the best gravel riding that Canada has to offer. Over the course of the weekend, riders will race up picturesque mountain roads, experience historical downtown Fernie and connect with a growing community of gravel cyclists. Following our mission, Anything Goes With Gravel, the race itself is open to any and all riders and offers multiple distances, race categories and fun activities for the whole family all weekend long.

Carter Nieuwesteeg, Founder and Organizer, commented, “We start it all over again, this time for the third annual #FernieGravelGrind. What a journey it’s been to be here, bringing to life an event for its third year let alone a series coming to a back road near you. Spaces are limited and based on the vibes from 2022, we don’t expect them to be up for grabs for very long. See you in June, if not earlier.”

Canada’s Greatest Gravel Party Itinerary
Friday Night, June 23th – Industry Night 5:00-10:00pm
Start the weekend off right by picking up your race package and hanging out at our Industry Night located at the Historical Station Square, Downtown Fernie. Here you will enjoy two nights of live music from up and coming Canadian artists, vendors from across the industry, local food trucks and Canadian Award Winning Beer by Fisher Peak Brewing. Don’t forget! Both days of festivities at Station Square are open to all participants AND the public, so bring your friends and family!

Saturday, June 24th – The Gravel Grind 10:00am-4:30pm
With three of the most scenic gravel routes to choose from, riders will spend the better part of Saturday morning and afternoon racing (or riding!) these iconic routes throughout the Elk Valley. The Mini, Short, Medium and Long Haul routes will be carefully marked featuring the classic FGG Stoke Stations, fully loaded with the best ride food, XACT Nutrition, and enthusiastic volunteers to make sure every rider finishes with a smile.

Saturday, June 24th – Post Race Celebrations 12:00pm-10:00pm
After a great day of riding bikes, we urge you not to make any evening plans as we invite everyone to dance the night away at Station Square with performances by electronic funk & jazz specialist, Alex Maher, before welcoming the Fernie Gravel Grind’s Weekend Headliner and Canadian hit band, TEN02. In similar fashion to the Friday Industry Night, we invite riders and the community to enjoy our amazing outdoor venue located in the heart of Downtown Fernie. Award and Initiative presentations will be held before welcoming our bands on stage to rock the house. Grab a drink, and come hang for the night.

Sunday, June 25th – Sunday Social Group Rides
The Sunday Social is the creme de la creme, the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of the FGG weekend! Here, we treat the Full Weekend Riders to a relaxed day out on the town starting with a Coffee & Gelato Social, No-Drop Group Rides showcasing Fernie’s local gravel hits lead by special guests, and Post Race Beverages with more Live Music. Not only do Full Weekend Riders get a Bucket List Sunday, they also get their very own custom FGG X 7MESH Jerseys in addition to more swag from sponsors such as Shimano & Lazer. The Sunday Social is only offered to registered Full Weekend Riders. If you are registered for the Single Day Experience, you have access to all Friday and Saturday Festivities, as for Sunday we’ll leave that up to you!

If you came to race, perfect, thats what Saturday’s Gravel Grind is for! The Sunday Social Group Rides will be laid back, fully intended for socializing and exploring our lovely little town on those tired legs of yours. The Sunday Social is only open to Full Weekend riders which is capped at 30 females and 30 males. Further details about the Sunday Group Rides and Full Weekend Experience will be released to registered participants closer to the event.

The Experiences
Single Day Experience

Adult Single Day – $149.99 + tax and registration fees (Junior Single Day – $89.99 + tax and registration fees)
The Single Day Experience is a great starter pack to the Fernie Gravel Grind, featuring everything from the Friday’s Industry Night to Saturday’s Gravel Grind and Post-Race Festivities Downtown Fernie. As for Sunday, we’ll leave that up to you!

The Single Day Experience includes:
Friday’s Industry Night at Station Square featuring venders from across the industry, local food trucks, a large beer garden and fantastic live music including with two live performances by kickass Canadian artists.

Saturday’s Gravel Grind starting from Historical Downtown Fernie that embarks on epic gravel roads with the highest quality Stoke Stations, course marking and first aid. All distances are para and hand-cyclist friendly.

Saturday’s Post-Race Festivities & Concert back at Station Square with more music, beer gardens and awards with prizes for everyone!

Single Day Rider Package includes a Fisher Peak Brewing Co. beer ticket and plenty of event goodies and epic swag from our sponsors.

Sunday activities are not included in the Single Day Experience. To join the Sunday fun, check out the Full Weekend Experience.

Full Weekend Experience
Adult Full Weekend – $199.99 + tax and registration fees
The Full Weekend Experience is the full meal deal and gives you access to everything the Fernie Gravel Grind has to offer from Friday and Saturday’s festivities and racing to the laid back Sunday Social Group Rides with custom FGG jersey from 7mesh Cycling Apparel and Lazer-Shimano Canada swag. Space is limited as registration is capped at 30 females and 30 males.
The Full Weekend Experience Includes:

EVERYTHING included in the Single Day Experience PLUS…

Access to Sunday’s Social Group Ride. Starting off with the pre-ride coffee & social at Beanpod Chocolate and Gelato before a tour of Fernie’s hidden gravel scene at a relaxed no-drop pace. Riders will finish at the Kodiak Lounge for cold beverages accompanied by even more live music for one last hurrah. Sunday is on us, so come on out and enjoy this awesome day showcasing Fernie’s best!
Full Weekend Rider Package includes everything included in the Single Day Rider Package PLUS your very own FGG X 7MESH Sight Jersey and epic swag from more supporting companies.


TransRockies ST6 Returns to Fernie

TransRockies ST6 Returns to Fernie

With the upcoming 2023 mountain biking season just over the horizon, TransRockies Race Series is proud to be heading back to Fernie with its flagship mountain bike stage race TransRockies Singletrack 6. The Singletrack 6 will once again take centre stage with 6 days of racing, starting in Fernie, continuing east to the Crowsnest Pass, and then North to Bragg Creek and Canmore.

For the 2023 Singletrack 6, the event returns to prime-time mid-July dates (13th to 18th) to provide additional benefit to the tourism industry in the host communities. The race will take place with two stages in Fernie. Then two stages in the Crowsnest Pass and a single day in Bragg Creek and Canmore, Alberta. The event offers 6-day and 3-day options for riders.

With the first 2 stages taking place in Fernie, the Singletrack 6 participants will get a taste of everything this beautiful community has to offer. And with $10 per rider, per day, going back to local trail groups, we hope to make sure that these trails continue to be maintained for everyone to enjoy.

2022 Singletrack 6 Stage 3

Stage 1 will start and finish from the Fernie Aquatic Centre. Racers will get to experience a stellar ride on Fernie’s legendary Ridgemont, Montane and Castle Mountain trail networks. With a few epic climbs and fast rolling descents throughout the stage, it will guarantee to get their stoke levels high for the upcoming week.

Stage 2 will again start at the Aquatic Centre and usher riders from Fernie to Sparwood on the Elk Valley Trail with a variety of stunning climbs and flowy descents on classic singletrack trails as they make their way to the finish line in Downtown Sparwood.

About TransRockies Race Series:
TransRockies started in 2002 with the TransRockies Challenge stage race. In 2014 the format was changed to the Singletrack 6, focusing on the best mountain biking trails around authentic BC mountain communities. With a field limit of 300 riders, Singletrack 6 attracts riders from over 15 countries every year. The focus of the event is marathon cross country loops on the best local trail networks. Riders have the opportunity to experience the host communities as well as the local environment.

TransRockies Race Series operates 11 events over 35 days annually in Western Canada and the United States. Specializing in multi-day and endurance cycling and running events, TransRockies serves over 2,500 participants annually. The organization has operated over 285 days of stage racing since it was founded in 2002 with the fist stage held in Fernie.