Fernie Gravel Grind

Fernie Gravel Grind

The Fernie Gravel Grind is a new bike event happening on June 20, 2020 that will showcase Fernie’s great gravel rides and raises funds for Fernie Trails.

Ride for fun, ride for the trails. This is a fondo-style fundraising event with all proceeds going to the Fernie Trails Alliance, and it’s not a race.

Local rider Carter Nieuwesteeg is the organizer of this event and he knows a good ride and has a genuine interest in giving back to what has made his life so cycle focus. The theme “Ride for fun, ride for the trails” exemplifies Carter’s spirit for riding and appreciation of the Fernie environment that propelled him into being an elite racer. Carter’s dad Jerry is behind the Highline 100, Fernie’s annual century ride, and has been a big influence in his cycling career.

Jerry and Carter Nieuwesteeg

Industry has its benefits including creating one of the greatest gravel network of roads in British Columbia. Fernie’s logging and mining activities have created endless gravel rides that have little or no traffic and offer excellent scenery and wildlife sightings. Safety concerns and tranquility have have been transforming many road riders to gravel grinders and this new adventure experience.

Fernie Trails and managed by the Fernie Trails Alliance and all proceeds will help support their efforts to maintain responsible non-motorized trail access on Crown lands and private lands in the Fernie area. A sustainable trail system that contributes to a vibrant, healthy community and the hardworking volunteers need your support.

The Gravel Grind ride will consist of loops through the backcountry starting in Fernie. To be inclusive there will be a 30km, 80km and120km options. The routes will be announced one week prior to the event. There will be no route markings; turn-by-turn directions will be available for download onto a cycling computer and physical copies of the map will also be provided on the day of the event. It’s not a race, there will be no timing—ride at your own pace for the love of the trails!

All bike types are welcome, a cross-country mountain bike or gravel bike is recommended, a standard road bike will not be suitable for the gravel.

This adventure ride has limited registrations, so you best register now before the event is full.

Registration is $50 which gets you:
1. A pre-ride coffee thanks to Rooftop Coffee Roasters.
2. A well stocked feed station.
3. A post ride beverage at the Kodiak Lounge thanks to the Raging Elk Hostel.
4. One kick ass day on the bike and all the warm and fuzzy feelings from donating to a good cause (and so many Strava kudos).

There are $25, $50, and $100 add-ons at registration if you are feeling extra generous and want to show some extra love for the FTA (remember trails don’t build themselves).

REGISTER HERE TODAY TO ENSURE YOUR ENTRY.

About Carter Nieuwesteeg
Born: Jan 1, 1997
Age: 23
From: Fernie BC
Currently living: Victoria, BC.
Disciplines: Cross Country and Cyclocross.
Education: Studying Economics at the University of Victoria (Graduation: 2020, BA Economics). I chose UVic because if there’s one place to get better at biking, its on the island.
Team: Santa Cruz Bicycles Trade Team
First Race Ever: Fernie 3, 2014 .
Years Racing: 6 (this will be my 4th year racing for Santa Cruz Bicycles).
Coach: Keith Wilson
Training locations: I have been doing all of my winter training in Victoria while studying at UVic, I come home each summer in between races. Luckily a lot of my friends at school are also elite racers, so its a pretty unique case to have buddies I can study with and then go hammer bikes together.
Favourite Bike: Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy
Favourite Trail: Hyper Ventilation
2020 Event Schedule:
– Whiskey 50
– TransRockies Singletrack 6
– Fernie Gravel Grind
– BC Bike Race
– Downieville Classic
– Canadian Marathon and Cyclocross Championships
– Yak Attack
Interests outside of biking: Fly fishing, downhill skiing, eating ice cream, and organizing the Fernie Gravel Grind.
Who got me into biking: My Dad when I was 6 or 7 years old by dragging me up to the top of Dem Bones in the Fernie Provincial Park. I hated the climb but always forgot about it after the fun descent.

Born and raised in Fernie BC and I grew up riding the local trails since as long as I can remember. My love for riding the trails in my backyard gradually transformed into a passion for racing and the sport as a whole. Cycling has become more than just a part of my life, its determined where I chose to pursue my post-secondary education, how I’ve met some of my closest friends, brought me closer with my family, and the reason why I so heavily believe in giving back to my community.

Singletrack 6 returns to Fernie

Singletrack 6 returns to Fernie

Born from the desire to showcase premiere Western Canadian mountain bike communities, Singletrack 6 features a rider-built and maintained route that changes annually. Stages are a combination of epic marathon cross-country loops with timed descents to best suit each location.

Fernie is hosting registration and the first two stages in the 2020 return of the ST6. Stage one will be based from the Fernie Aquatic Centre and the riders will enjoy the Ridgemont, Castle Mountain and Montane trails. Stage two will be based at Fernie Alpine Resort and the riders will enjoy the Lizard Range and Fernie Mountain trails.

Riders will experience an exceptionally varied six consecutive days of mountain biking as they navigate singletrack that climbs to the high alpine, flows across arid desert-like landscapes and finally descends through lush rain forest. Singletrack 6 is simply the perfect brew of cross-county riding, breathtaking climbs, panoramic vistas and epic descents. There is truly something for everyone.

Family and supporters will also be able to enjoy the festival atmosphere in each of the host communities with plenty to see and do for bikers and non-bikers alike of all ages in some of the most scenic, friendly and welcoming areas of Canada.

At Singletrack 6, you will definitely Ride the West.

Core Features:
The most varied mountain biking of any mountain bike stage race.

High percentage of ride-able singletrack.

Timed descents on most stages

Sharing the stories of the communities at each stop and the people behind the trails.

Different riding from stage-to-stage: free and flowy to rocky and rooty.

Post stage bbqs, music, slideshows, awards, and swag.


Entries are limited to only 300 riders total

Singletrack 6 – Fernie to Rossland: June 8-13, 2020

Singletrack 3 – Fernie & Kimberley: June 8-10, 2020

Singletrack 3 FlexPass: Any 3 days, June 8-13, 2020

REGISTER HERE.

Fernie TransRockies goes Canadiana

Fernie TransRockies goes Canadiana

The Fernie TransRockies Stage 7 created some new Canadiana Héritage with a photo finish in the outdoor skating rink. This was a first time for a non-hockey event to be held in the outdoor facility and Happy Cow was pretty stoked to be the first to cross the finish line!

The next riders to finish were participating in the the Kids’ Bike Rally. Close to a 100 kid’s between the ages of 3 and 9 rolled into the finish line for the Transrockies Classic. Stage 1 started at Gearhub sports where they were outfitted with a rally plate, a safety bell and safety tips on their equipment. The participants bikes were decorated at stage 2 and at stage 3 they met Balloon Tom! Balloon Tom entertained the kids with his magic creations before sending them to the final stage 4 for watermelon and ice cream!

This mini-rally continues to be a great success and adds to the festivities surrounding mountain biking. A big thanks to Gearhub, Teck and Happy Cow for making it happen! Balloon Tom’s headwear became the fun statement of the day!

This year the TranRockies Classic replaced the Singletrack 6, this was a return to the companies roots. Heinrich Albrecht (above),the founder of the TransRockies, traveled from his home in from Munich Germany to observe the event. Known as Heini by his friends, he commented on the small turnout for the Classic, “Today’s riders don’t want to suffer like they used too, they only want to have fun.” In the first years over 600 riders participated–less than 100 riders rode into Fernie on Sunday. Heini also commented that the TransAlps, the TransRockies blueprint, also has less than half of previous years participant levels.

Next year the Singletrack 6 will return with shorter singletrack only stages followed by beers, restaurants and hotel beds—this is what today’s riders want. The 2020 Singletrack 6 will start in Fernie on June 8th for two exciting singletrak stages and then move onto Kimberly and Rossland for four more stages.

This years Fernie Finish had riders leave Crowsnest and enter the Fernie trail system with a 1000 meter descent of Porky Blue, a traverse of Kush, a lap on the new flow trail Contra and onto FloWRKR before rolling the Coal Heritage trail to the Aquatic Centre. The riders were exhausted at the final finish line to end an epic week of torture crossing the Rockies.

The first racer to cross the finish line was Travis Hauck (above), the self proclaimed sole XC rider in Nelson. Travis is a very skilled rider and commented that he loved the Fernie trail section. Nelson riders are known for flying their bikes and Travis is no exception!

Photo Ryan Schultz, Facebook

Local riders Krista Turcasso and Mark Elson finished a very respectable 1st in their category and the arena erupted in applause with their finish. A large group of family and friends brought the event to life. See the full results here.

The TransRockies Classic most likely was held for its last time in its original point-to-point form. The long stages appeal to endurance riders like Travis, Krista and Mark but the participants are in decline. Singletrack 6 however is on the docket and is sure to be an amazing single track experience. Registration is open!

A big thanks to our sponsors who help make this event happen, including: Gearhub Sports, Teck, Park Place Lodge, Red Tree Lodge, The Raging Elk, Fernie RV Resort, Fernie Slopeside Lodge, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Snow Valley Lodging, Fernie Central Reservations and Happy Cow Ice Cream.

Transrockies Riders heading to Fernie

Transrockies Riders heading to Fernie

The TransRockies Classic riders spent the day racing in Nipika Resort on day three of their seven day journey from Panorama to Fernie. The TransRockies Classic represents the return of one of the world’s most rugged and spectacular cycling events. Crossing the continental divide while traversing from Panorama Mountain Resort to Fernie, the TransRockies Classic is an epic point-to-point 500+km journey for hardy riders. Fernie is the only community to have hosted all of the TransRockies Classic events.

Electrical storms overnight had the start line buzzing with extra energy. Stage 3 featured the trails around Nipika, and light precipitation had the trails in prime condition for the 41 km of high speed racing on tap. The stage highlights included the Natural Bridge trail that followed a raging torrent of a creek down a slot canyon, and the No Right Turns trail, perched atop a precipitous spine over the Kootenay River.

Stage 3 also marked the conclusion of the TR3 edition of the race, a shortened three day version of the classic TransRockies experience.

Troy Nixon, Fernie local, placed second in the Open Mens Solo division of TR3. Here’s what he had to say about his experience the last three days: “I turn 50 this year, and was able to convince my wife I should do the race as part of my 50th birthday present to myself. The three day version gave me the ability to sneak away for a few days of riding amazing trails, and still take the family out to the lake this week.

The racing in our group was super tight. I was third on days one and two. I was about 53 seconds back from the guy in front of me, and was able to chase him down today on the trails and put enough time on him to finish up second overall.

I am the president of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, and serve on the Fernie City Council as an elected offical as well. My boss, the Mayor of Fernie, was super supportive of me doing the race. When I told her I was planning to do it for my birthdy this year she was fully on board. In Fernie, we are all about team work.”

Thursday the TR7 riders continue on to White Swan, followed by Elkford, Crowsnest and finish in Fernie this Sunday, July 28th. The Fernie team of Krista Turcasso and Mark Elson continue their journey and perhaps face the biggest challenge on their final day coming into Fernie. It’s a good thing they have a strong support from their pit crew!

Stage 7 — Crowsnest Start to Fernie Finish — features 83 kms and over 3000 meters of climbing. This final stage is the queen stage and the riders will most certainly have earned their voyage having completed this epic day. The big drop is Porky Blue!

The 13th Kids’ Bike Rally is also being staged again at the TransRockies classic finish. When 100+ riders roll into the finish line for the Transrockies Classic Finish, 100+ kids’ aged 3 – 9 will be enjoying a fun bike rally starting at Gearhub and finishing at the Aquatic Centre. See the details and register here.

The Transrockies Classic Finish is being held in the outdoor skating rink and the public is invited to attend, participate in the hospitality, and cheer on the racers. Food and beverage will be open from 11am to 5pm and the riders should be arriving during that time frame.

Stage 7 Fernie trails include: Porky Blue, Coal Discovery Trail (TCT), Little Chain Ring, Kush, Contra, Flow Wrkr and the Coal Creek Heritage Trail to the Fernie Aquatic Centre. All trails remain open to the public and Contra should be the most entertaining trail to view the finishers.

The TransRockies has been a large part of shaping Fernie’s mountain bike scene and it will continue to do so.

A big thanks to our sponsors who help make this event happen, including: Gearhub Sports, Teck, Park Place Lodge, Red Tree Lodge, The Raging Elk, Fernie RV Resort, Fernie Slopeside Lodge, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Snow Valley Lodging, Fernie Central Reservations and Happy Cow Ice Cream.

TransRockies Home in Fernie

TransRockies Home in Fernie

The TransRockies Classic is returning to Fernie as the premier summer biking event! For the 13th time Fernie will host the Classic—there has never been a Classic without Fernie.

The TransRockies Classic represents the return of one of the world’s most rugged and spectacular cycling events. Crossing the continental divide while traversing from Panorama Mountain Resort to Fernie, British Columbia, the TransRockies Classic is an epic point-to-point 500+km journey for hardy riders.

Fernie has has its share of riders participating in past years and this year will be no different. You can expect to see Fernie’s top XC racers in the cast.

“I rode for sometimes eight hours. I was challenged for seven days. But the experience, friendship and memories will last a lifetime. Thank-you to the organizers and support for your determination to make the TransRockies challenge so successful.” — Pepper Couelle-

On Sunday, July 28 the riders will roll into Downtown Fernie to complete Stage 7 — Crowsnest Start to Fernie Finish. This final stage is the queen stage and the riders will most certainly have earned their voyage having completed this epic day. The big drop is Porky Blue!

The 13th Kids’ Bike Rally is also being staged again at the TransRockies classic finish. When 100+ riders roll into the finish line for the Transrockies Classic Finish, 100+ kids’ aged 3 – 9 will be enjoying a fun bike rally. Read more and register here.

To catch all the action see the details and get your Fernie accommodations here.

With the legendary 2019 TransRockies Classic just over a month out, the TransRockies team has already laid the groundwork for their next Fernie visit, which is already less than a year out. The Singletrack 6 version of the TransRockies Mountain Bike Stage Race will return in 2020 with a new earlier date: June 8-13! While TransRockies Classic is a remote and epic journey through the Canadian Rockies, covering over 500km, the Singletrack 6 version dials down the distance and ramps up the percentage of hand-crafted singletrack trails in authentic BC mountain biking communities.

The TransRockies SIngletrack 6 has become a legend in its own right over the past 5 years, and while we’ve taken a year off from the format in 2019 to bring back the epic goodness of the Classic, ST6 is back in 2020 with a great new route, more timed descents and some of our favourite mountain bike communities! The 2020 TransRockies Singletrack 6 will feature two days each in Fernie, Kimberley and Rossland. Each stage will include some of the best singletrack mountain bike trails in each community, followed by evening socials and dining in these vibrant communities.

The TransRockies has been a large part of shaping Fernie’s mountain bike scene and it will continue to do so.

A big thanks to our sponsors who help make this event happen, including: Gearhub Sports, Teck, Park Place Lodge, Red Tree Lodge, The Raging Elk, Fernie RV Resort, Fernie Slopeside Lodge, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Lodging Company, Snow Valley Lodging, Fernie Central Reservations and Happy Cow Ice Cream.

Lucky 7’s a Success Despite Weather

Lucky 7’s a Success Despite Weather

The Fernie Lucky 7’s were a success despite the weather. The forecast looked grim all week and Saturday morning the skies opened just as the U15 girls and boys were about to start at 9am. Despite the rain, and weather cancellations, all events were held with no injuries or trail damage.

The Fernie Lucky 7’s, organized by the Fernie Transrockies Society (FTS), earned a round of applause from the participants. The riders were mostly from Alberta and the Elk Valley and the event is a cross-country solo and relay event that caters to 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 team participation and fun course.

The participants ranged from two to 70 in age! Solo riders pedaled up to 95kms, and a mix of teams and solo riders earned seven laps in the seven-hour event. The Kids’ Bike Rally enjoyed its 12th year and a one lap U15 girls and boys race was hotly contested.

The applause was based on the fun that was packed into the day. Sam Moffat kept the crowd moving with his music and the food and beverage was excellent. Volunteers from the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, the Fernie Nordic Society and the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club ensured a swift execution and organized event. Everyone had a fun experience and most left with amazing prizes from Gearhub Sports.

SEE THE RESULTS HERE.

Lucky 7 prize winners included top finishers in all categories and lucky winners from Gearhub’s Lucky 7’s Craps table. All participants rolled the fuzzy dice for each lap completed and the top rolls were winners. Everyone was a winner in the Fernie Lucky 7’s!

We have these great sponsors to thank for the events success: GearHub Sports, Rocky Mountain, The City of Fernie, Teck, Fernie Brewing Company, The Bridge Bistro, Montane Fernie, Park Place Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort, Honey Stinger, and Fernie Alpine Resort.

The FTS is a not-for-profit society with 15 years of history organizing mountain bike events in Fernie. It began with the TransRockies Challenge in 2002 and moved on to Canada Cup Mountain biking, the Fernie Enduro, the Fernie 3 and now the Fernie Lucky 7’s. The FTS’s mandate has been to promote biking with all age groups, raise monies for trails, and increase destination bike visitors. In their 16 years of managing Fernie bike events they have generated over $50,000 in funding for trails and recreational organizations.

Here is a visual recap of the event: