The Highline 100 is a fun bicycle ride, not a race, where you have your choice of doing either a 40km, 100km, or 160km road ride.
"Fernie's Fondo" is the perfect event for families, new riders and the hard-core! 3 loops make up the ride and all start and finish from the same location so you can start and finish whenever you want.
Always held on the Saturday following the August long weekend, next year the ride falls on August 12, 2017. The start time is 8:00 AM sharp from North Star Road (at Zumwalt’s) near Koocanusa. The event goes rain or shine!!
Registration and package pick-up will be at The Centennial Room in King Fir Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort Friday, August 11th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Drive up the Ski Hill Road, second left is Timberline Crescent with a sign that says “Fernie Lodging Company”. Follow the signs to ‘Check In / Guest Services”.
The ride starts and ends at the Zumwalt’s property at North Star Road in the vicinity of Baynes Lake on the East side of Kookanusa Lake (about 30 minutes from Fernie).
All riders leave Zumwalt’s at 8:00 a.m. making our way to the Jaffray / Baynes Lake Road towards Kikomun Creek Provincial Park. At the 4 way stop (6 km), we turn right onto Kikomun Newgate Rd heading northeast towards the #3 Highway.
When we reach Crowsnest Highway #3 (13 km) we ride east for only 2 kms. This is the busiest section of road we encounter so ride with care.
At the junction of 3/93 turn south on Kootenay Highway #93 – no stopping for ice cream yet! We ride south on the #93 until we turn right on the Jaffray Baynes Lake Road (25 km). We do a 10 km loop back through Baynes Lake and past Zumwalt’s returning to the #93 Highway at the top of the big hill crossing the Elk River. This is a good time to join the ride if you want to cycle about 60 kms or have a late start around 9:30.
At the junction of Fitzpatrick Road and Highway #93 we descend with speed into the Elk River Canyon and climb out towards the Canada/USA border. But don’t go too far and too fast… you don’t want to miss your coffee and the best home made cinnamon bun in Western Canada at the Grasmere Community Hall! (45 km) Watch out for the cattle guard.
Continuing south on Highway #93 we arrive at the Canada / US border. There will be an aid station set up in the parking lot of the Duty-Free store just before the border crossing. You may cross the border if you wish but we will not be offering a drink at the First & Last Chance Bar this year. The crossing has been taking longer each year and causing the riders to spread out too much on the highway. (60km)
From the turn-around at the border, we head back north through the Elk River Canyon to Fitzpatrick Road winding west on Fitzpatrick Road carefully riding our bikes over a few more cattle guards (We will have plywood on the guards and so we can ride over them like we did last year) and north on to Waldo Road taking a left (W) onto Northstar Road and rolling into the lunch stop at Zumland. (100km). This marks the Finish for the 100 km riders.
**100 MILE RIDERS ONLY – After lunch, we head back out on the road, again towards Kikomun Creek Provincial Park and the 4 way stop sign. New in 2016, We're going straight through the 4-way and heading to Jaffray and back. This road is a little smoother, less hilly and a bit shorter than our previous route along the Newgate Road. There's a coffee shop in Jaffray where there will be an aid station to turn you around to head back to Zumland and the Finish of the (almost) 100-mile ride!
As you drive home after your accomplishments, don’t forget to grab your well-deserved ice cream at 3&93 Dairy Bar!
*NEW* There is Early Bird Registration until August 4th: Adult registration fee is $110. Kids 16 and under can register for $75. Registration will include:
After August 4th Adult registration will be $130 and dinner tickets will be $55.
Any proceeds left over from the registration fees of this event will be donated to the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation, and the F.I.R.E (Fernie Inspire The Race To Empower Society) Adaptive Ski Program. Donations to either organization above and beyond registration fees are welcomed and can be directed to a particular organization.
Of course! We are also in need of volunteers to help with the start and finish activities, food distribution, the BBQ, driving a roaming support vehicle, cheering squads, etc – whatever you would like.
Volunteers will receive a T-Shirt, one Banquet ticket and a gift bag. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are willing to help.
Fernie Lodging Company is again proudly supporting the event and would like to offer all participants, family and friends a 20% discount for any stay 2 nights or more. Call 1.800.667.9911 to book now!
If you wish to camp, Kikomun Creek Campground is closest to the Start/Finish for the Friday night. You may want to stay in Fernie on the Saturday night if you plan to attend the banquet.
The ride is also a fundraiser for the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation, the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, and the F.I.R.E (Fernie Inspire The Race To Empower Society) Adaptive Ski Program
Almost $100,000 has been raised since the event began.