Thursday • May 5, 2011
Each year, event organizers try to improve the TransRockies rider experience and while they’ve already made major changes to our 2011 route to offer more spectacular riding, they’ve been saving one big route announcement until the end. They’re now ready and excited to announce that they’re adding one more day of riding on Fernie’s world-class singletrack before heading to Kananaskis Country for our redesigned four-day ride through the high country of the Alberta Rockies.
The brand new Stage 3 will start in Fernie and finish at beautiful Island Lake Lodge on the shores of scenic Island Lake located 9 km West of Fernie and roughly 400 metres higher than the town centre. The full day of flowing Fernie singletrack makes it one of 2011′s longer stages and riders will work their way past a number of the major peaks which look down on Fernie starting with Mt. Proctor, then along the slopes of Mt. Fernie finishing with a ride around Island Lake before reaching the finish line at Island Lake Lodge.
One of the bonuses of this change is that TR3 and TR7 riders will enjoy three more nights in Fernie. Given that Fernie is one of the lower points on the course, this means warmer night time temperatures and start line mornings. It also means that there are no bags to pack and no transfers for TR3 riders.
TR7 riders will be able to relax and stay in Fernie until the morning of stage 4 when a single transfer, tentatively scheduled for 7:30am, will move riders from Fernie to the start line at North Fork Recreation Area where TR4 riders will join the fun for an epic ride through the Kananaskis Rockies. Stage 4 is one of the shorter days of the TransRockies and the normal meal and award schedule will be followed after the transfer and stage.
“With this brand new Stage 3, we’re now able to offer seven straight days of riding on World class trail systems along with the minimum number of transfers for our riders,” said TransRockies President Aaron McConnell. “It also opens up a wide variety of accommodation options for riders who prefer not to stay in tents.”
A significant amount of 2011 course information has already been posted athttp://transrockies.com/trc/route-and-stages. You can find videos, profiles and descriptions. Complete route details including distances, elevations, types of riding surface will be announced on May 1st and posted on the website shortly afterwards.