When is the Ride?
The ride is being held on the Saturday following the September Labour Day long weekend on Saturday, September 7th, 2019. The start time is 9:00 AM sharp from North Star Road (at South Country property) near Koocanusa. 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, September 6th 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”.
Where is the Ride?
The ride starts and ends at the South Country 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 South Country Property at 9:00 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 South Country property 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 10:30.
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 6560 McDonald Loop Rd. (approx. 60 km). Note: Changed, not at Grasmere Community Hall.
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.
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) and north on to Waldo Road taking a left onto Northstar Road and rolling into the lunch stop at South Country (approx. 100km). This marks the Finish for the 100 km riders.
**100 MILE RIDERS ONLY – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LAST LEG IS NOT SUPPORTED AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS DUE TO LACK OF RIDERS CHOOSING TO DO THIS LAST SEGMENT. After lunch we head back out on the road, again towards Kikomun Creek Provincial Park and the 4 way stop sign. We're going straight through the 4-way and heading to Jaffray and back. There's a coffee shop in Jaffray where you can provision to turn you around to head back to South Country 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!
What does it cost
Adult registration fee is $144. Kids 16 and under can register for $54. Registration will include:
• Entry fee in either the 100 km or 100 mile course
• Half of each entry goes to the selected charities. You can give more at 'Check Out'!
• World’s Best cinnamon bun & coffee
• A wholesome and delicious lunch
• Ice cream cone at the 3/93 Dairy Bar
• Swag bag of really cool stuff
• Optional: wind-up dinner in the evening at the Rusty Edge, $45.
• Wind-up party with DJ Sue playing at the Rusty Edge!
Note: There is an early bird fee before mid-August.
Any proceeds left over from the registration fees of this event will be donated to the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, and the F.I.R.E (Fernie Inspire The Race To Empower Society) Adaptive Ski Program. Donations beyond registration fees are welcomed.
If I don’t want to ride, can I still attend?
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 if you are willing to help.
Where should I stay?
Fernie Lodging Company is again proudly supporting the event, 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.