2013 TransRockies Challenge Route Update

Just days to go until the big race and, after some long days and sleepless nights, we’ve revised our route ready to go!  We worked hard to put together the best route available given the massive amount of trail damage during the recent floods.  We’ve also tweaked the Fernie stages to make them better than ever. You’re in for a treat at the final TransRockies Challenge!

Below is a summary of the revised 2013 TransRockies Challenge Route.  Given the time constraints and the selection of ride-able trail, we think we’ve put together an exciting 7 days of riding.  The last few weeks have been an adventure and we think that your 1, 3, 4 or 7 days with us will be epic!    

Stages 1-3, July 27th, 28th & 29th –  Fernie
The trails in Fernie were mostly unaffected by the flooding. Regardless, we’ve been able to make changes to each stage to improve the quality of the riding experience.

1)  Stage 1: Fernie to Fernie – A traditional downtown start and finish without the traditional time trial.  This year we will kick things off with a mass start and send you off to ride a 33km route with 1600 metres of elevation gain.  Some of the trails include Upper Uprooted, Hyperventilation, Hyperextension, Roots Extention, Eric’s Trail, Splitting Bears, Ecoterrorist and Lower Southern Comfort.  

2)  Stage 2: Day two will begin with another downtown start and tackle the Porky Blue Loop.  Today you will cover 44.5km and 1700 metres of elevation gain on the Porky Blue and the Coal Discovery Trails.

3)  Stage 3: Day three will see us move up to Fernie Alpine Resort for our start and finish.  The route will travel 30.5km with 1600 metres of elevation gain.  Trails include: Cedar Trail, Verboten, Lizard Lake Trail, Project Nine, Island Lake Road, Motorhead, Hedonism, Gorby Road, Boom, Megasaurus and Rumplestumpskin.  

Stages 4 and 5, July 30th and 31st- Crowsnest Pass

A huge thank you to the communities of Crowsnest Pass and the United Riders of Crowsnest for their support with the re-route!  Without their assistance these two amazing stages would not have been possible.

TR7 athletes will transfer from Fernie to Blairmore in the Crowsnest Pass the morning of July 30th.  For those of you signed up for the TR4, and taking advantage of our shuttle service, the shuttle will depart from Calgary International Airport at 8:00 AM as previously scheduled.  We will be camping near the Albert Stella Memorial Arena.  Any previously purchased camping passes will be valid.

1)  Stage 4 (Stage 1 of the TR4) start time will be 12:00 noon on Main Street in Blairmore.  This stage will travel 32km with 1200 metres of elevation gain.

2)  Stage 5 will also take place in Crowsnest Pass and cover 52km with an elevation gain of 1800 metres.

Stage 6, August 1st – Kananaskis Country
The morning of August 1st we will transfer 3.5 hours from Crowsnest Pass to Pine Grove A Group Camp in Kananaskis Country for a noon start.  Stage six will travel 48km with 1500 metres of elevation gain from Pine Grove to the finish and camp at Rafter Six Ranch and includes Cox Hill, Jumpingpound Ridge, Lusk Pass, and Stoney Trail.

Stage 7: Deadman’s Flats to Canmore

Awake for your final day and we’ll transfer from Rafter Six to Deadman’s Flats (20 minutes). You will ride 37km with 1000 metres of elevation gain along the Quebexican trail into Canmore, ride a loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre and head down to the finishline on Main Street Canmore. 

The updated event schedule can be found HERE.
The updated map package can be found HERE.

Please note that there will be no additional cost to our riders for any transfers added as a result of the re-route.  If you are registered for the TransFondo Kananaskis it will now take place on Stage 6.

Please direct all questions to:

Event logistics and re-route: jonathan@transrockies.com

Registration: registration@transrockies.com

Or call: 1-866-373-3776 or 403-454-6577  

Still not signed up?  This is, literally, your last chance to ride the TransRockies Challenge. Join us!

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