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TransRockies News

June 20th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

After a sell out of the original 150 spots, 50 new TR3 spots and have just been made available.Â

TransRockies News

TransRockies News

Two months out from the start of both the 2010 TransRockies and TR3 and though limited spots are available for both, the field is rapidly reaching our rider limit. Sign up soon – full registration details are available at

Full stage data and profiles are now available on the website!

The final details on all seven stages this year’s TransRockies are online. Click here for the details:

The route has shortened with a total mileage of 406km with roughly 13,000 metres of ascent during the journey.

The shortened route is focussed on ride quality and based upon current routing and projected conditions, riders will be on trails for at least 75% of the ride time and over 50% of the total distance.

With a new course and UCI point and prize money to offer, some of North America’s top mountain bikers are signing up to be part of the 2010 TransRockies and TR3.

Top riders lining up for the start of TR3 will be Team Giant’s Adam Craig, Cark Decker and Kelli Emmett along with Burke Swindlehurst of Team Give, a 31-year road pro who’s competing in both mountain and road races this year.

Another notable addition to the TR3 is Olympic Medallist and Giro D’Italia stage winner, Axel Merckx, who now lives in BC’s Okanagan where he runs a bicycle tour company.

The 2010 TransRockies Open Mixed division is lined up to have some of the fiercest and fastest competition yet, with several powerful teams already signed up to race.

Last year’s champions Jeff Neilson and Mical Dyck are signed up to defend their championship while the 2008 champs Normon Thibault and Wendy Simms have returned after a maternity break to turn the pedals in anger once more.

These two teams will be joined by the Colorado duo of longtime pro racer Gretchen Reeves and her partner Cannon Shockley. Keep your eyes on our upcoming newsletter for more updates on the elite riders who’re coming to the Rockies this year.

2010 Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Bike Team

May 20th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

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

May 19th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

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!

May 13th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

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

May 10th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

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

Bike Parks BC Ultimate Summer of Freeride Contest Launches Today!

April 30th, 2010 (Posted by admin)

One lucky rider will win a season pass to all five of Bike Park BC’s lift-access bike parks plus extra day lift tickets, accommodation, bike rentals, guiding, and even spending money. Go to and show why you deserve to be the chosen one.

Castle Mountain Rocks!

October 29th, 2007 (Posted by admin)

матрациJust when all the switch-backs on the new Hyper Ventilation were completed and ride-able, the trail gang from the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club bunkered in on an even greater project – a trail to the top of Castle Mountain.

I gathered with a few riders on Saturday for what I believe was the first ride from the summit of Castle Mountain. Castle Mountain has been a local hike for many years and I had never been to the summit and once there was stunned with the breathtaking vantage. The trail requires a few days of work to be complete however at present it offers a nice adventure ride with a 700 meter downhill.





We met local climber Sean Staplin and geologist Pat Gilmar trail building on the summit. They observed the Moose Mountain limestone that forms the summit outcrop. This sedimentary rock is especially hard and offers good rock climbing with a Southern exposure.


Overall I must say that the trails in Fernie keep getting better. From Castle Mountain the Microwave trail is only another few hundred meters. I complement Pat, George, Doug and the others who have opened up this exciting terrain with great trails!



The High Roller

October 1st, 2007 (Posted by admin)

The second annual High Roller was a great success despite the whether. Fresh snow in the Alpine and rain in the valley with mixed hail greeted the riders. Regardless over thirty riders rode the 46 km and 6000′ vertical on Saturday.


HighRoller Poker Ride

1st Ride – Big Money
2nd Ride – Up Phat Bastard, over Mushroom Head, down Dem Bones
3rd Ride – Verboten
Optional Ride for a “wildcard” – Project 9


Ride Details….
Ride in groups of 3 or more people for safety

This ride is a self supported bike ride, be able to have all your water, food, tools, extra clothing, first aid, and trail knowledge.

Each trail has a possibility of two cards, except Project 9 wich will give you an automatic wild card(just one). To get a wild card you MUST have ALL other 6 stamps on your card to be eligible for the wild card.

All riders must check in to the Gorby parking lot after riding Dem Bones

There is a 3:00pm cut off time to do Project 9, no riders after that time.

All riders must be in NO later than 5pm at the BBQ site, or be disqualified.

This is NOT a race, it is a fun day of riding your bike, to challenge yourself, and socialize with others while riding bikes

2nd annual Dirtdiggler DH

September 28th, 2007 (Posted by admin)

The 2nd annual Dirtdiggler DH race off Fernie’s Microwave tower was a great success with a
field of 22 men and 2 women. The top 10 finishers and their times were:

1 luke nelson 14.28
2 cody macarthur 14.42
3 conrad sprig 16.14
4 derek bird 16.41
5 don arsenault 17.13
6 kurt adams 18.15
7 pat demers 19.32
8 lucy richer 19.41
9 jimmy grant 19.43
10 erik Nicholson 19.45


Above: Top finisher Luke Nelson and Dirtdiggler creator and master, Derek Bird.


A party at the finish.


The Dirtdiggler winners trophy.

Mountain Lakes Trail

August 26th, 2007 (Posted by admin)

Fernie’s Mountain Lakes Trail (aka Heiko’s Trail) is a great ride for the adventurous rider. The views and the downhill would be enjoyable by all however the three plus hours of pushing uphill and the ever present hazard of bears make the trail exclusive. Here are a few choice shots from a great day.





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