Showcasing the greatest gravel in British Columbia!
Ride for fun, ride for the trails. This is a fondo-style fundraising event with all proceeds going to the Fernie Trails Alliance, and not a race.
The ride will consist of two loops through the backcountry near Fernie (30km, 80km & 120km). The route will be announced one week prior to the event. There will be no route markings; turn-by-turn directions will be available for download onto a cycling computer, physical copies of the map will also be provided on the day of the event. No timing chips - ride at your own pace for the love of the trails!
All bike types welcome, a cross-country mountain bike or gravel bike is recommended. Gravel racing in the Canadian Rockies requires at least 40c tires on gravel or mountain bikes. Road bikes will not be suitable for the conditions and are not permitted.
Start: 9:00am @ Rooftop Coffee Roasters
Route: You can opt for one of two route option for the Fernie Gravel Grind. Both Long Haul, and Short Haul routes delve into the stunning backroads surrounding Fernie.
Finish: 1-4pm @ Kodiak Lounge in the Raging Elk.
Online registration will be coming soon
All participants will need a race license. Participants without a 2021 race license be prompted to acquire a day-of license in registration.
The vast trail network we all enjoy is built and maintained almost completely voluntarily by members of the FTA. There needs to be a greater initiative to support trail development and advocacy. It has become increasingly obvious that these organizations such as the Fernie Trails Alliance that build, maintain, and expand local trail networks are a key factor for prosperity and growth in our local economy; these trails benefit not just the users, but the entire community.