Be prepared for amazing views and a memorable ride
Cranbrook is a biking mecca for many reasons and for all levels. You can take the family biking on a paved trail from Cranbrook to Kimberley on the 26-kilometre North Star Rails to Trails paved trail. Or, head to the community forest where some dynamite trails await for all levels. For those who really want to rack up the miles, check out the awesome road biking adventures in the area or sign up for this year’s Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.
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The Gran Fondo is intended to bring cyclists the experience of riding through the Kootenay Rockies, while raising funds for the Cranbrook-Kimberley Rails to Trails Society. A gran fondo is a mass participation cycling event and many cyclists use gran fondos to challenge themselves to ride a long distance with fellow cyclists with some support. Whether you want to challenge yourself and race against time, or take it at your own level and have a fun cycling experience with friends or family, the road is open to all riders.
While the Gran Fondo (150 km) is the feature ride, riders can opt for the Medio Fondo (100 km) and the Piccolo Fondo (52 km). Courses are well marked and marshalled, and volunteers will be stationed along the roadside to provide mechanical, medical, and nutritional support.
All ages can participate, but riders 18 and under must have signed permission from a parent/legal guardian, and riders 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Friends and family can watch the event from designated areas.
The ride is 57 kilometres starting at the beautiful St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino. Riding West 4.8 km on Mission Road, the route crosses Hwy. 95A and heads north to join the paved Rails to Trails connector to Kimberley (Aid Station at 26 km, and turn-around). Riding south on Rotary Drive to Knighton Road, riders rejoin the Rails to Trails and ride back to the St. Eugene’s Mission Golf Casino Resort. Click here for course map
This ride is 102 kilometres. Riding northwest 4.8 km on Mission Road, it crosses Hwy. 95A and heads north to join the paved Rails to Trails connector to Kimberley (1st Aid Station at 26 km) before continuing north along the quiet Meadowbrook Road (Hwy. 95A). At the Hwy. 95A/Hwy. 93 Junction, riders turn south crossing the Kootenay River (2nd Aid Station at 57 km) riding past Historic Fort Steele (3rd Aid Station at 80 km), before turning west at Hwy. 3 and reconnecting with Hwy. 95A to Mission Road and finishing at the St. Eugene’s Mission Golf Resort Casino. Click here for course map
The Gran Fondo ride is 152 kilometres. Riding west 4.8 km on Mission Road, the route crosses Hwy. 95A and heads north to join the paved North Star Rails to Trails connector to Kimberley (1st Aid Station at 26 km) before continuing north along the quiet Meadowbrook Road (Hwy. 95A). At the Hwy. 95A/Hwy. 93 Junction, riders turn south crossing the Kootenay River (2nd Aid Station 57 km) riding past Historic Ft. Steele (3rd Aid Station at 80 km), before turning east on Bull River Road. Crossing the Bull River, riders travel 25 km to the Fish Hatchery (4th Aid Station and turn around at 104 km) beneath the majestic Rocky Mountains before returning to Ft. Steele. Turning south on 93A and then left at Hwy. 3 to reconnect with Hwy. 95A to Mission Road for the final push to the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino. Click here for course map
Early Bird After July 15
Volunteers $0 $0
Piccolo (57 Km) $99 $119
Medio (102 Km) $139 $159
Gran Fondo (152 Km) $159 $179
If you go
Setting up base camp in Cranbrook allows you to so much more then just biking, find out what’s in store by visiting Cranbrook Tourism’s website.
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