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2010 Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Bike Team

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Fernie Alpine Resort is pleased to announce the continuation of Fernie Mountain Bike Freeride Team program. We are very fortunate to have so many gifted, high-caliber athletes in the community of Fernie and we look forward to supporting these athletes in their pursuit of sport excellence.

2010 Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Bike Team Program

For the upcoming 2010 summer season, the Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Bike Team Program will support up to 4 local athletes with the provision of summer season passes, as well as competition support. New this year, we will be adding a “Development Mountain Bike Team”, in which 2 additional athletes are supported via complimentary entry to specified MTB events at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Athletes will be required to submit an application (see application process below). All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee immediately following the submission deadline. Successful applicants will be required to sign an agreement which clearly outlines the terms and conditions of the mutually beneficial arrangement.

Application Details

Athletes interested in being considered for the FAR Summer Mountain Bike Team must reside in Fernie and must submit their application in writing by 5:00 pm on June 1, 2010. Athletes must apply on an annual basis.

Applications must include the following:

• Letter of introduction explaining why the rider would be a great ambassador for Fernie Alpine Resort
• Short resume of mountain biking career to date (competition results, media exposure, sponsors, etc.) and upcoming season plan and goals (competitions, travel, photo shoots, etc.).

• Action photo & head shot.

Please send applications to:
Fernie Alpine Resort
Karen Pepper

5339 Ski Hill Road
Fernie, BC V0B 1M6

Fax: 250-423-6644


IMBA Canada Announces Canadian Trail Care Crew

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

IMBA’s Canadian office is excited to welcome Chad and Deanne Lazaruk as the first ever IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew! With over a decade of mountain biking and trails experience, the couple brings a broad set of skills to IMBA Canada’s newest program.

The Lazaruks will travel across the country in a Subaru Outback, leading trailwork sessions, meeting with land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and other partners to improve trail opportunities Canada-wide. The 2010 building season will kick-off Canada Day weekend and will run until mid-December.

Chad and Deanne started their journey in mountain biking when they formed the Asessippi Mountain Bike Club in Manitoba, which led to hosting regular races, and weekend-long bike festivals. Since then, they have worked their way up as national level commissaries and mountain bike coaches, taking time to help with the Kids of Mud program based in Winnipeg, MB, the Rundle Mountain developmental cycling program in Canmore, AB, and formation of a women’s club called the Velodonnas.

Deanne is a graduate of the Mountain Bike Operations Program at Capilano University, and just finished a job as Trail Crew Supervisor and Trail Builder for the BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association. Chad will be taking a leave of absence from his position as a diagnostic imaging technologist. The couple also brings French language, and amateur vintner skills to the table. Together they have enjoyed many travel and outdoor pursuits, including a van trip through New Zealand and backpacking the Juan de Fuca Trail.
Coordinating the Canadian Trail Care Crew program will be Rachael Raven, IMBA Canada’s communications coordinator.

For additional information on the program, including the 2010 schedule, contact Rachael at or click here:

Spring Bike Blitz 2010!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Fernie Mountain Bike club is proud to host the Spring Bike Blitz 2010! events as scheduled:

Bike & Gear Swap – Elks Hall
7:00pm-9:00pm Friday night Drop -Off
9:00-10:00 AM Saturday – Drop-off
10:00-2:00 PM Saturday – Sale
2:00-3:00 PM Saturday – Item Pickup

Bikers BBQ for Dirt Jumps Phase II
11:30 – 2:00PM – Elks Hall
All proceeds to the Fernie Dirt Jump and Skills Progression Park Phase II

Community Bike Parade/Ride
2:00PM – Meet @ the Elks Hall
A fun ride around Fernie for all ages.

Fernie Mountain Bike Club AGM
3:00PM – Elks Hall
Come out and hear an update on the clubs activities, and elect your next board of directors. New directors are always wanted. If you are interested please send an e-mail to or speak up at the AGM.

Townie Toonie Ride # 1
7:00PM Straightline – $2 and can of food for the Fernie foodbank.
Get your cruiser (or any bike) and come out for an around town ride….always entertaining!

Follow Me – movie premier
8:30 Elks Hall – $8 get you in to see the most anticipated mountain bike movie of the decade
Refreshments served

Volunteers are needed to help out with the Bike Swap, BBQ and the Community Bike Parade/Ride. If you can help out please contact us at

TR3 over 90% Sold Out

Monday, May 10th, 2010

As Spring marches on and the days get warmer, there are clearly lots of you getting your bikes out of hibernation and getting inspired to ride in 2010. This past week we rode Stage 1 in Fernie and the singletrack and riding conditions were amazing. In just under three hours with a GPS in hand we discovered Pat Gilmar’s , Route Director, amazing Time Trail section. Stage 1 is sure to please and Fernie’s hospitality is sure to comfort.

We’ve been getting a steady stream of registrations and are getting ever closer to a sell out of TR3. Over 90 per cent of the available spots have been confirmed for the second edition of the three-day solo race on the singletrack around Fernie, through the Elk Valley and over the Continental Divide into Alberta. That means that we’ll soon be putting out the “No Vacancy” sign for 2010.

If TR3 sells out, why not consider the full TR this year? If you’ve been training enough for three days on the trails, you’re not far away from being ready for the full seven days. If you’re still searching for a partner, be sure to use the forum or Facebook page to connect with other riders. 
2010 is going to be the most exciting edition of the TransRockies since our first so if it’s been on your life to-do list why not check it off this year?

For full registration details, visit