Fernie Enduro Race 2 Results and Red Sonya

Fernie Enduro Race 2 Results and Red Sonya

The Fernie Enduro Race 2 results are finalized with several participants bettering their times in the final hours however the KOM and QOM were confirmed days earlier.

Once again local inspiration Joy Allata took the women’s category with a solid race, she also captured top spot in Race 1 last month.

The hotly contested men’s category saw Carter Nieuwesteeg pull ahead of Strahan Loken by 10 seconds in Race 2. Carter was one second behind Strahan in Race 1, tied with Jacob Baggott. 16 year old Jacob is not far behind in Race 2!

These young racers are posting impressive performances and clearly define the future of Enduro racing!

The first two races place Joy and Carter on top going into Race 3. Race 3 starts today on Red Sonta and ends August 21st wehn the final KOM and QOM will be crowned. Red Sonya is a classic Fernie DH trail that is riding fast these days!

Race 3 is on, load the Red Sonya Segment and ride.

There will be participation and KOM & QOM prizes for each race after twp weeks, and the overall fastest time for all three races will be crowned the Fernie Enduro 2020 King & Queen! You can join at any time and race what is open.

You can participate in all 3 races until August 21 and qualify for the final prizing and KOM or QOM. Do them all in one day! This race is about doing your best and having fun!

How to participate:

1. Get your FMBC 2020 membership, if you haven’t already
2. Sign up for Strava
3. Star the Fernie Enduro race segment on Strava, record and ride.

How to qualify for Prizes and KOM / QOM:

Take a screenshot of your race results along with a pre or post shred selfie. Tag Fernie Bike Events @ferniebikeevents Add a couple of hashtags (#gearhubsports and #fernieenduro) and then you are good to go! The more you post the greater your chances of winning great prizes.

This will enter you to win great prizes from Gearhub Sports including quality stuff from RaceFace, OneUp, Evoc, Sram and Abus!

Fernie Enduro Race 1 Winners and Race 2 Details

Fernie Enduro Race 1 Winners and Race 2 Details

The Fernie Enduro Virtual Race got off to a strong start on Fernie’s Roots Hyper Extension trail and after two weeks of racing the first riders are being recognized.

For the women racing Joy Attalla took top spot with a time of 7:56! The 15 year old FAST racer rides bike fast too! Congratulations Joy and we’ll be watching your results in the next two races.

Top times for the men’s side were extremely competitive. Strahan Loken took 1st place by one second and 2nd was tied by Carter Nieuwesteeg and Jacob Baggott. Strahan is an Teck engineer and a father of two who rides when he can. Carter is a National level Cross Country and Cyclocross racer who loves to charge downhill. Jacob Baggott is a 16 yrs old ski racer who rides bikes with plenty of style and speed. Congratulations to the riders!

The racers with the best results in all three races will be crowned the Fernie Enduro KOM and QOM.

Race Schedule/Route
Race 1: July 10 / Hyper Extension / Roots Extension to River Road!
Race 2: July 25 / Project 9 / Top Left to Right to ILL Road
Race 3: August 8 to 21/ TBD

For those of you looking for a mountain bike challenge look no further. It’s not too late to participate, all the races will remain open to the final day.

Race 2 started today on Project 9, load the Fernie Enduro Project 9 Race Segment and ride.

How to participate:
1. Get your FMBC 2020 membership, if you haven’t already
2. Sign up for Strava
3. Load the Fernie Enduro race segment and ride.

How to qualify for Prizes and KOM / QOM:

Take a screenshot of your race results along with a pre or post shred selfie. Tag Fernie Bike Events @ferniebikeevents add a couple of hashtags ( #gearhubsports and #fernieenduro ) and then you are good to go! The more you race and post the greater your chances of winning great prizes.

This will enter you to win great prizes from Gearhub Sports including quality stuff from RaceFace, OneUp, Evoc, Sram and Abus!

The top riders in Race 1 and the first 20 participants will be notified to head to Gearhub Sports to pick up their prizes and FMBC hats!

The Fernie Enduro has been resurrected during these Coronavirus times to facilitate the desire to challenge oneself by charging down a mountain bike trail.

Be calm, be kind, be safe:
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our cycling community in unprecedented ways. The Fernie Enduro 2020 Virtual challenge aims to support Fernie’s trails and make a difference with local businesses. Please respect BC Public Health policies with social distancing during your participation in this virtual event.

The Fernie Enduro Goes Virtual

The Fernie Enduro Goes Virtual

Are you looking for a mountain bike challenge? Look no further, the Fernie Enduro is going virtual this Summer 2020. Get yourself to the top of the trail and race to the bottom!

The Fernie Enduro has been resurrected during these Coronavirus times to facilitate the desire to challenge oneself by charging down a mountain bike trail. The event is free however participants must have a Fernie Mountain Bike Club membership. There will be cool prizes and the ultimate throne titles of Fernie KOM and Fernie QOM will be awarded at the events conclusion in August!

The trails selected for the races will be DH only trails that are dry and will sustain the events use. Last years BC Enduro Series trail usage improved the trails as the racers clearly buffed in the fastest lines for others to follow.

“I’m super stoked to have the Fernie Enduro go virtual and to keep the club’s speed events happening” said Troy Nixon, FMBC President. “Membership revenues for the FMBC go to supporting trails in Fernie.”

Gearhub Sports will be drawing weekly prizes and crowning the winners with their leading suppliers. Mark Hall, Gearhub Owner/Manager, commented, “We are happy to support this local initiative and have a fun event for our customers to race in!” Gearhub will have prizing from RaceFace, OneUp, Evoc, Sram and Abus.

Dan Savage, Fernie Bike Events, comments, “It’s great to be able to help raise funding for trails by using today’s online technology to host a fun and safe event. And the technology allows me to participate!”

Fernie Enduro Details
The event will include three Strava timed races over a six-week period on endure style Fernie trails. Each race will be live for two weeks and yes, you can better your own time!

Race #1 starts July 10th on Hyper Extension and Roots Extension to River Road and will be open for two weeks.

Load the Fernie Enduro Hyper Extension Race 1 Segment to your Strava.

Race Schedule/Route
Race 1: July 10 to 24/ Hyper Extension & Roots Extension to River Road!
Race 2: July 25 to August 7/ TBA
Race 3: August 8 to 21/ TBA

There will be participation and KOM & QOM prizes for each race, and the overall fastest time for all three races will be crowned the Fernie Enduro 2020 King & Queen!

How to participate:
1. Get your FMBC 2020 membership, if you haven’t already
2. Sign up for Strava
3. Follow the Strava link for each Fernie Enduro race route (which will be released a day prior to the race).
4. Ride to the race trailhead start zone, set your device, and giv’er.

How to qualify for Prizes and KOM / QOM:

Take a screenshot of your race results along with a pre or post shred selfie. Tag Fernie Bike Events @ferniebikeevents Add a couple of hashtags (#gearhubsports and #fernieenduro) and then you are good to go! The more you post the greater your chances of winning great prizes.

This will enter you to win great prizes from Gearhub Sports including quality stuff from RaceFace, OneUp, Evoc, Sram and Abus!

Be calm, be kind, be safe:
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our cycling community in unprecedented ways. The Fernie Enduro 2020 Virtual challenge aims to support Fernie’s trails and make a difference with local businesses. Please respect BC Public Health policies with social distancing during your participation in this virtual event.

Fernie Gravel Grind Goes Virtual

Fernie Gravel Grind Goes Virtual

Hello Fernie Gravel Grinders,

Thank you for your patience and understanding over the last few months. For obvious reasons, The Fernie Gravel Grind’s original event date, June 20th, had to be canceled. Though, after much thought and reorganization, I am happy to announce that the Fernie Gravel Grind has now gone virtual!

This decision was based on BC’s Covid-19 Restart Plan as it does not seem realistic to hold out for the illusive Phase 4 which allows large gatherings of over 50 people to take place. With Phase 3 just getting unveiled, it’s looking like Fernie will be properly snow covered by the time the much anticipated Phase 4 comes around.

Fortunately, moving to a virtual event is better than canceling entirely as it keeps you lovely folk exposed to the FGG experience, as well continues to gather donations for the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA). In a year where fundraiser events for the FTA are hard to come by, the now Virtual Fernie Gravel Grind will surely have a positive impact – thank you for supporting this great cause and Fernie’s cycling community.

Below you can find all the details as to how to take part in this year’s Virtual Fernie Gravel Grind. If you’re receiving this email that means you have registered, now it’s time for the fun part, riding your bike!

General Information

For participants who have registered , I have attached 7 epic backcountry routes that vary in distance and difficulty. Two of which, are part of the originally planned Fernie Gravel Grind routes, the other five are additional bonus routes with a 70’s rock twist, all for you to explore! As registered participants, I’d ask for you to keep these routes to yourselves as respect for this FTA fundraiser event. Want a buddy to join you on the rides? Get them to sign up!

All gravel routes are available below. I’ve attached each route’s Strava link to view and for download as a GPX file to your cycling computer. Also, I’ve attached a link at the bottom explaining how to download GPX files onto your cycling computer, for those who aren’t very tech savvy like myself.

The Steps for Completing the Virtual Fernie Gravel Grind.

Register and ride from July 1st to August 30th to receive 7 incredible backcountry gravel routes and 3 Gravel Challenges for a chance to win big while riding your bike in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Draw prize winners will be announced September 1st.

Step 1. Register for the Virtual Fernie Gravel Grind via Eventbrite. Upon registering you will receive 7 backcountry Strava routes varying in distance and difficulty as well as descriptions of the challenges and available draw prizes.

Step 2. Check out the Strava routes and challenges, pick which ones look most suitable for your riding ability.

Step 3. Download the routes from Strava as a GPX or TCX file to your cycling computer, fill your bottles, and kit up!

Step 4. Ride the routes, complete the challenges.

Step 5. Share your completed rides in the Fernie Gravel Grind Club on Strava, or by tagging @FernieGravelGrind on Facebook or Instagram as proof to be entered to win draw prizes from local shops.

Thanks again for supporting this fundraiser ride for the Fernie Trails Alliance, stay tuned for updates on official draw prizes. Lastly, participants who registered pre-covid days for the June 20th event date, your registration still counts, you do not need to re-register for the virtual event.

Happy riding,

Carter Nieuwesteeg
Event Director

photos | Nic Genovese

FAR Thursday Night Race Series

FAR Thursday Night Race Series

The Thursday Night Races at Fernie Alpine Resort return for another year!

Come out every Thursday for an evening of fun, gravity-fed mountain biking, great post-race draw prizes from SCOTT and Fox, and post-race refreshments at Legends Mountain Eatery.

FAR has also added the Wednesday Afternoon Race Series for Kids & Youth, Thursdays are for Adult & Master categories.

They have made some essential changes to this year’s events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved. Please read the following details carefully and check out the event webpage for more information on their COVID-19 safety plan.

REGISTRATIONS ARE GOING ONLINE!
To minimize contact points and ensure we are adhering to the public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19, we will NOT be taking onsite registrations. ALL registrations must be completed ONLINE before 6:00 pm on race day.
Registrations for each event will be limited this year, so get in quick to secure your spot!

REGISTER ONLINE NOW
The entry fee is $5 (includes race and post-race drink at Legends Mountain Eatery).
A lift ticket or a season pass is required to access the race course (lift ticket is not included in entry fee).

RACER CHECK-IN:
All racers must check-in at Guest Services on the day of the race to pay their $5 registration fee and collect their race plate. The dedicated check-in desk at Guest Services will be open from 12 pm – 6 pm every Thursday.

FORMAT:
Racers will get one lap down the designated course and are timed via our manual Webscorer App.
The course will be open to the public all day and racers are encouraged to take a practice run as no formal training run will take place.
Following the race, competitors can head over to Legends Mountain Eatery and trade in their race plate for a cold beverage to enjoy as times are tabulated.
The prize ceremony will follow at Legends approx. 20-30 min after the last racer has crossed the finish line. Weekly prizes are given out via draw prizes.
Competitors accumulate points at each race, and the Series Champion in each category will be crowned at the final race on September 3rd (please note racers must compete in a minimum of 3 races over the season in order to qualify for the overall standings).

START TIMES:
Racing will start at 6:30 pm this year to ensure we can stagger start times and avoid any crowding at the start area. We will be running staggered starts and each racing category will be given a specific start time. Competitors will not be permitted to enter the start area until 5 minutes before their race time. Only competitors and race officials will be allowed in the starting area (exceptions will be made for parents with kids racing, please contact the event organiser to discuss this further).

COURSE: The course will be announced the day of each race right here on our Facebook page.

2020 Race Dates:

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3

Race Categories (male & female categories for each age group):
Kids (age 8-12)
Youth (age 13-17)
Adult (age 18-39)
Masters (age 40+)
*Race category is determined by your age at your first race*

WAIVERS:
Resort waiver(s) are required prior to racing. Racers ages 16 and over must complete a resort EVENT WAIVER. Racers ages 15 and under must have their parent or legal guardian complete both an EVENT WAIVER AND PARENTAL CONSENT WAIVER. The waiver(s) just have to be completed once and will cover the whole series.
All waivers must be completed online before 6 pm on race day. No paper waivers will be available this year!
IMPORTANT note for competitors 15yr and younger doing the waivers online – your parent must complete BOTH the EVENT & PARENTAL WAIVERS (you will get 2 confirmation emails – one with the event waiver and one with the parental wavier). Please do not miss one or the other – you cannot complete your registration or pick up your bike plate until both waivers are complete.
ONLINE WAIVER

Fernie’s TransRockies Rescheduled for 2021

Fernie’s TransRockies Rescheduled for 2021

Fernie’s TransRockies events have been rescheduled for 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A few weeks ago the TransRockies shared their decision making criteria for proceeding with the remaining 2020 events on their calendar based on the covid-19 pandemic. Since that time, the British Columbia Government has released their restart plan which outlines the pace of return for all aspects of society. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control website:

At this time, all event organizers are ordered to limit all public gatherings larger than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, concerts, religious gatherings or other similar events. See March 16th Order of the Provincial Health Officer.

The timing for a safe restart for activities requiring large gatherings is still to be determined as part of Phase four of BC’s Restart Plan. Opening will be conditional on at least one of the following: wide vaccination, “community immunity” or broad successful treatments.

The BC Restart Plan further states that Phase 3 will be in place until at least September and the timing for Phase 4 being undetermined. From a regulatory point of view it now appears clear that our Fernie event scheduled for September will not be able to proceed.

Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies Race Series, wrote, ” While we are very sad that these events will not take place as planned in 2020, we also feel that it is in the best interest of our participants, crew and host communities as the world continues to battle the covid-19 pandemic. We know that gatherings can quickly become vectors for mass spread of this virus and there is much to learn about how endurance events can be safely operated in the absence of a vaccine. As racing slowly returns in other jurisdictions, we’ll be watching closely and learning more about the relative risk and best practices around hygiene and distancing.”

For registered participants of Singletrack 6 your entry will be automatically transferred to the 2021 event. If you have already cancelled your 2020 registration, you will need to re-register for the 2021 events when registration opens this fall. Updated waivers for the 2021 event will need to be signed – you will be sent a link to sign these online prior to the event. If you prefer to defer to 2022, you may do so by emailing registration@transrockies.com. there will be no refunds for these events, but if there is anything else, please do reach out. Contact Aaron McConnell directly at aaron@transrockies.com or at 403-860-9884.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding and support in these difficult times. Bike racing will resume and here is next years program:

2021/22 TransRockies Race Series Fernie Calendar
Here are the provisional dates for the next couple of years:
TransRockies Singletrack 6: September 7-12, 2021 / July 14-20, 2022
New Cycling Event TBA: August 23-26, 2021 / August 22-25, 2022

Most of the 2021 events still have space available and registration will be re-launched later this year – stay tuned for updates!