Gran Fondo Rocky Mountain House

Due to recent flooding and highway damage, 2013 Gran Fondo Highwood Pass Presented by GSL GM City is heading to the scenic David Thompson Highway!  We’ve worked hard over the last several days to find a location that would offer up a riding experience on par with Highwood Pass. We think we’ve found it.  We’ll ride 136km from the David Thompson Resort in Cline River, Alberta along scenic David Thompson Highway to the finish in Rocky Mountain House.We became familiar with Cline River after hosting the Canadian Rockies Heli Run here in 2012.

Several members of our staff hit the road last September and instantly fell in love. With the recent flooding and the closure of Highway 40 it became obvious that Highwood Pass would be impassible for the foreseeable future.  The folks at Alberta Transportation, the town of Rocky Mountain House and the David Thompson Resort have to be commended for working so hard to make this happen for our riders!  Thank you!

2013 Results: HERE.

The Details:

Date: July 13th, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM

Start: David Thompson Resort, Highway 11.  Directions from Calgary HERE.

The Route: A spectacular 136km from the resort along the David Thompson Highway.  With towering mountains to your left and beautiful Abraham Lake to your right, you will follow a fast (418m of climbing, 812m descending) and rolling route out of the Rockies and into the foothills all the way to Rocky Mountain House.  Map HERE.


– Official Gran Fondo Highwood Pass Jersey (while they last!)
– Fully stocked food and refreshment table at 4 checkpoints
– on course tech support courtesy of Speed Theory Calgary
– Gran Festa Finisher’s Party and Dinner

Monarcha de Montagna: It’s no Highwood Pass but those riders with the fastest times to the top of the climb at kilometre 39 mark will be rewarded with the coveted Polka Dot Jersey.  The competitive age groups are the same for both men and women: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+.

Finish: Rocky Arena Complex, Rocky Mountain House.  Directions from Calgary HERE.

Shuttles (including bike transfer):
Pre Race: Rocky Arena Complex, Rocky Mountain House to David Thompson Resort start line.  Departure 6:30 AM.  1.5 hour transfer.

Post Race: Rocky Arena Complex, Rocky Mountain House finish line to David Thompson Resort.  Departure 4:00 PM.  1.5 hour transfer.

Shuttle bookings are now closed. If you previously booked a shuttle, your transfer(s) are still valid.  Please email to confirm which of the above shuttles you require.

Schedule (subject to change):
Friday, July 12th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Package Pickup Calgary at Speed Theory – 735A 10th Ave SW
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM David Thompson Resort

Saturday, July 13th
6:30 AM Shuttle Departs Rocky Arena for David Thompson Resort
7:15-8:30 AM Bag Drop Open, Last Minute Package Pickup – David Thompson Resort
8:15 AM Start Corral Open, Last Minute Registration Closes – David Thompson Resort
8:45 AM All riders in Corral, Call to Start
9:00 AM All riders start – no wave starts
11:00 AM Finish Festival Opens at Rocky Arena Complex, checkpoint 1 closes
12:00 PM First Riders Expected at Finish
1:00 PM Checkpoint 2 closes
12:00 PM Louis Garneau Gran Festa Finisher’s Party Opens at Rocky Arena Complex
3:00 PM Official “Monarca de Montagna” Awards Ceremony, checkpoint 3 closes
4:00 PM Shuttle returns to David Thompson Resort (riders finishing later will be transported via car), checkpoint 4 closes
6:00 PM Gran Fondo Course Closes
6:00 PM Louis Garneau Gran Festa Closes

Accommodations: Cline River (Start Line): David Thompson Resort
Rocky Mountain House (Finish Line): HERE.
Red Deer (85km east of Rocky Mountain House): HERE.
The Crossing Resort (44km south of Cline River): HERE.

Online registration is now closed.  Onsite registration will be accepted at package pickup according to the above schedule.

Registration Fee:   $229.00

We recognize that the above solution will not be convenient for everyone, but we have done our best to offer an equivalent experience to the originally planned Gran Fondo Highwood Pass. The reality of the event business is that the majority of your registration fee is spent well before you reach the starting line.  Planning normally takes place over the course of a year and we have a responsibility to pay for staff, deposits, vendors, permits, materials, jerseys, etc regardless of whether the event takes place.  As a result, as per our refund policy, we will not be offering refunds for this event or transfers to another event.  Riders may transfer their entry to another rider subject to a $20 admin fee.  For your review, the refund and cancellation policy from our website and online registration system is posted HERE.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

More event information will be shared when it becomes available via email, on, the TransRockies Events Facebook page and our Twitter account @TRockiesEvents.

If you have questions please contact us at 403-668-7537 or 1-866-373-3776.