Fernie 3 registration is open!
The 2016 Fernie 3 offers a 3 day all-mountain stage race with a 1 day race option, and a U13 and U16 kids’ race.
The Fernie 3 will cater to new and old riders, and gnarled veterans alike, with focus on fun and the best singletrack stages ever, followed by classic Fernie hospitality.
All stages are in Fernie, no driving required. Sit back and enjoy a very cool mountain bike town and take in the community Canada Day celebrations.
The 2015 Fernie 3 raised $8000 for local trails organizations and supported local businesses.
Distances each day moderate with an average of 32 km per day. The climbs will be challenging with the goal of providing you with the best singletrack anywhere with epic downhills. The timed descents will be held on the days epic descent.
The popular 1 day category is returning again and is for riders looking for an easier commitment with all the perks.
We will be hosting the U13 and U16 one day races on Saturday July 2 following the Adult race.
The Kids’ Bike Rally return for it’s tenth year on Saturday July 2 =from 10am to noon. Registration at Gear Hub.
3 Day: July 1 – July 3
1 Day: July 1
U13 & U16: July 2
2016 3 Day pricing*:
Spring: March 1 to June 30, 2016 – $449
2016 1 Day pricing*:
Spring: March 1 to June 30, 2016 – $229
2016 U13 & U16 pricing*:
* Fees do not include processing
Fernie 3 Package Details:
We are focused on your riding experience by providing the highest percentage of singletrack of any stage race combined with the best value. The Fernie 3 comes with the support of Fernie’s great eateries, lodging, and a vibrant downtown—ready to offer you plenty of comfort and convenience at the end of a great ride.
Adult participants receive the following:
• Endless singletrack on trails built by mountain bikers for mountain biking
• A superior designed course that is professionally marked
• A Fernie 3 race jersey*
• A Fernie 3 freeride jersey*
• Professional timing
• Fernie Hospitality
*Registrations after June 10th might not receive the desired sized jersey
U13 & U16 participants receive the following:
• An age appropriate single track race course
• A Fernie 3 freeride jersey
• Professional timing
• Awards ceremony with prizing at finish
• Food and beverage at the finish
Support on course:
• Aid Stations each day supported by Hammer Nutrition
• Course Marshals to keep you on course
• A professional Medical Team ready to respond
• Communication and Safety plans
Support off course:
• Teck support by Rocky Mountain Bikes & Gearhub Sports
• Daily Finish Line refreshments and snacks from local businesses
• Medical Support
• Bike Wash/lube Station
• Friendly Fernie crew to look after you
• Day 1 Awards & Yellow Jersey presentation at the Finish Line
• Day 2 U13 & U16 awards and Yellow Jersey presentation at the Finish Line
• Final Awards Celebration and Banquet
• Local accommodation partners are offering preferred rates to participants. These partners are guaranteed mountain bike friendly!
Sanctioning and Insurance:
This event is sanctioned and insured with Cycling BC. To compete in the Fernie 3 riders must have a valid race license or purchase a $10 event license at Fernie 3 registration. U13 & U16 insurance is $5. Out of country riders must have proof of Travel Health Insurance.
Cancellations, Deferrals and Substitutions:
We understand that unforeseen circumstances can prevent you from participating. While we can’t refund your entry fee, we offer a one-time deferral of registration to the following event year. We do allow substitutions subject to a $25 administration fee.
Deferrals and Substitutions requests must be submitted in writing prior to the event.
For more information contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
These photos tell the story of the 2015 Fernie 3!
The riders queued Monday morning for the final stage of the Fernie 3 with a nice overcast sky, a near perfect temperature and a very fun route. The extreme heat and big climbs they endured on stage 1 and 2 were clearly past as stage 3 offered a 33 km course with 1048 meters of smaller climbs. The main route features were the new Montane Trail and a selection of Ridgemont classics.
Local racer Carter Nieuwesteeg topped the day with his first stage victory. Event leader and yellow jersey rider Shane Keyser commented, “Carter came out of nowhere near the end of the stage and pressed hard”. Sandra Walter, Canada’s #3 ranked XC rider, took the women’s stage for the third consecutive day. Full day 3 results here.
The results of the three stages were combined to determine the podium finishers and there were few surprises. Details here.
Sandra Walter from Coquitlam BC and riding for Liv Canada / Pedal Mag took top spot on the podium in women’s open
with Trish Grajczyk and Shauna Bygrave–both from Calgary, Alberta and riding for Deadgoat Racing–took second and third spots.
In men’s open top Shayne Keyser from Bragg Creek took the top spot on the podium with Ben Parsons–from Kalispell and riding for the Sportsman Ski Haus Cycling–taking second and Steve Devantier of Pitt Meadows and riding for Team Giant Vancouver taking third.
The final banquet was held at the Castle on 1st, a yoga studio with workshops, and special event and vacation rentals. The Bridge Bistro catered an amazing feast and event prizing was presented by the Gear Hub, Rocky Mountain bikes and TinHorn Creek Winery.
Over $8500 was raised for local trail organizations and the volunteer support was outstanding. A big thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors.
Sponsors include: The City of Fernie, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, GearHub Sports, Hammer Nutrition, Jakroo Canada, Fernie Real Estate, Fernie Brewing Company, Tinhorn Creek Winery, The Cedars, Teck, The Bridge Bistro, Park Place Lodge, The Griz Inn, Fernie Central Reservations, Stanford Inn, Red Tree Lodge, Tourism Fernie Assoc, Happy Cow, Montane Fernie and Island Lake Lodge.
The Fernie 3 was busy today with 120+ riders racing Castle Mountain, Ridgemont and the Coal Discovery Trail. The weather was less punishing today and the riders enjoyed a brief cloud coverage as they climbed Castle Mountain shortly after nine. The riders enjoyed the flow of day 2 following the intense heat and brutal climbs of day 1.
Shane Keyser of Bragg Creek retained the yellow jersey however couldn’t shake Ban Parsons of Kallispel MT and the pair crossed the finish line together with a time of 205.17. The fastest women was Sandra Walter of Coquitlam with a time of 2:15.33. Full results can be found here.
The highlight of the day was the Kids Bike Rally as 150+ plus 3 to 9 year olds’ enjoyed a swag stop at Gear Hub, bike decorations, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Ballon Tom and the water park at the Aquatic Centre.
The final day starts tomorrow at 9am at the Fernie Aquatic Centre with a 32km course with slightly less climbing. With less climbing the racers will have faster times with the fastest riders finishing around 10:30am. Drop by to catch the excitement!
A group of 160+ dedicated mountain bike racers battled grueling heat and relentless technical single-track climbs in Day one of the Fernie 3 today. Day one was the “Queen” stage with 27 kms and over 1300 meter of climbing.
Shane Keyser of Bragg Creek posted the fastest time of 2:01:01.2 and the third fastest time and top women was Sandra Walter of Coquitlam with a time of 2:03:42.6.
Following the adult race 20 plus u13 and u16 year old racer in Fenie Mountain Park. Liam Vanhooren won the u13 and Talon dominated the U16 category. See the results here.
Tomorrow the 3 Day racers continue with another big day of riding on Castle Mountain and Ridgemont. Drop by the Fernie Aquatic Centre from 9am till 2pm for all the action. The Kids’ Bike Rally, a free and educational event for 3 to 9 year old’s is from 10an to noon–register at the Gear Hub.