Original. Epic. Singletrack.
TransRockies was the first to bring the epic format to North America. In 2013 TransRockies continues to improve its route quality, further refining the major route overhaul introduced in 2010. With 3 stages of mostly new riding, the 2011 route represented a significant change over the 2010 route, further increasing the amount of rideable high quality single track.
For our 12th anniversary, TransRockies opens in the iconic mountain biking destination of Fernie BC. The town surrounded with legendary single track trail serves as a stunning backdrop to our opening stages. Riders starting at timed intervals will get to ride some of the worlds best singletrack and spend our first three nights enjoying the comforts of this exciting mountain community.
The morning of the fourth stage we will transport riders north into the heart of Kananaskis Country, bypassing many of the low-lying areas that have been subject to heavy mud in the past. Stage four starts with a short but challenging stretch on dirt road, yielding to closed road, and quickly meeting the trails, including Link Creek and Volcano Ridge. Stage 4 finishes with the classic Wildhorse trail, one of the favourite trails of last year’s race.
Stage 5 is all about great trails. After a stretch of dirt road to spread out the field, you’ll start with a descent of the Prairie Creek trail. From there, it’s a short stretch on Elbow Valley Trail to link up with Sulphur Springs. Then it’s the region’s premiere purpose built mountain bike ascent – Pnuema. It just keeps going with more great singletrack including Moose Packers Trail, Ridgeback, and back to Sulphur Springs. Elbow Valley trail and a quick section on pavement will bring you back to Little Elbow Campground.
Stage 6. A few of our past TransRockies riders know about this stage and will tell you it’s the greatest ever stage of TransRockies, with epic climbs, unbelievable ridge-line views (weather permitting) and long rewarding descents. After a tough and rewarding day your finish is the Rafter Six Ranch east of Canmore. Join your new friends around the evening campfire. When morning dawns you will roll to the finish line in Canmore.
Our final stage has a lot of different meaning and emotion but one thing everyone can agree on is that the trail’s lot of fun. The stage ends with rolling singletrack descending onto the Main Street of Canmore and the awaiting crowds. Welcome home TransRockies Finishers!
We end the week with our famous TransRockies finisher banquet. Bring your family and friends – it’s not to be missed and you earned it!
2012 Route Description
2013 Route is subject to permitting and will be posted when available.
All of our routing has been recorded by GPS and thoroughly checked before the race, but mother nature sometimes has little surprises that mean last minute course changes. Don’t be surprised if there are small changes to the routing or stats before race day. Please note that all information is subject to change. Elevation gain/loss data collected by GPS can be highly inaccurate and varied depending on how it is measured and the equipment used. Our elevation data should approximate the measurements obtained by a portable GPS unit. TransRockies Events does not endorse riding all routes outside of the event. Some trails may not normally be open for riding or may be unrideable at certain times of year. Please obey all signs and respect current trail conditions. Stage Animations can bew viewed HERE.
2012 Stage 1 – Fernie to Fernie Time Trial
Fernie is well known for its world famous singletrack riding. Designed by multi-time TransRockies Finisher and Fernie trail-builder extraordinaire, Pat Gilmar, stage one will highlight some of the best and most exciting singletrack in Fernie. To minimize congestion on the narrow trails, this stage will be a time trial (Team Time Trial for TransRockies Teams and Individual Time Trial for TR3). Trails used include: Hyperventilation, Hyperextension, Roots Extension, Splitting Bears, Eric’s Trail, Ecoterrorist, Sidewinder, R Trail, Ridgemont Road, Coal Discovery Trail.
2012 Stage 2 – Fernie to Fernie Alpine Resort
Stage 2 features a traditional downtown Fernie mass start before heading for the Slopes of Mt. Fernie. Featuring some of the best Fernie singletrack, you’ll be treated to some of the sweetest descents anywhere. From there, it’s a short pass through Mt. Fernie provincial Park and onto the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort and classic singletrack trails. Finish off on the mtn. bike trails of FAR to a spectacular plaza finish. Trails include: Phat Bastard, Black Betty, Red Sonja, Mushroomhead, Lactic Ridge, Mocassasin, Stupid Traverse, Slunt, Brokeback, Motorhead, Hedonism, Sherwoody, Ben Emmet, Black Forest, Megahurtz, Gorby Road, Boom, Hollow Tree Trail.
2012 Stage 3 – Fernie to Island Lake Lodge
When it comes to Fernie singletrack, Stage 1 and 2 are just scratching the surface. You told us you wanted more of the incredible buff Fernie singletrack and less road. We listened. The new stage will be a classic TR mass start under the arch at Fernie Alpine Resort. This day will feature relentless but rideable climbs and rewarding descents, before finishing at the spectacular Island Lake Lodge. Trails used include: Megasaurus, Boom, Gorbie Loop, Verboten, Lizard Lake Trail, Rail Trail, Hot Tub Chute, Powerline, Tamarack Trail, Island Lake Road, Iron Pass Trail, North Baldy Loop, Baldy Hiking Trail, Island Lake LodgeA portion of entry fees will be going to the Fernie Trails Alliance.
2012 Stage 4 – North Fork Recreation Area to Little Elbow Campground
Kicking off the TR4 portion of the event, stage 4 starts with a bus transfer from Fernie to North Fork Recreation Area. This strategically placed transfer puts you at the start of the best riding in the Rockies, and skips over the areas most prone to difficult mud in wet conditions. From North Fork you head south on the Gorge Creek Road, which is closed and reclaimed after 7 km. This brings you quickly to the base of the biggest climb of the day to the top of Volcano Ridge. This newly re-built climb is a grunt but all rideable by top riders, and mostly rideable by mid-pack folks. A rolling descent on trails brings you to the spectacular Black Rock Canyon. Then it’s onto the last climb of the day on Wildhorse trail, and a blast down one of the best descents of the week.
2012 Stage 5 – Little Elbow to Moose Mountain
2012 Stage 6 – Little Elbow Campground to Rafter Six Ranch
Our “Queen Stage” will be one of the greatest days you will have on a mountain bike. Our longest stage with significant climbing, stage 6 will also be the most rewarding, with dozens of kilometers of marquee mountain trails that will challenge your stamina and riding skills, and reward with fantastic ridgeline views and incredibly fun descents. Locals will surely recognize Powderface Creek Trail, Prairie Creek Trail, Jumpingpound Ridge Trail, Coxhill Ridge Trail, and Lusk Pass Trails as some of the best rides in the area.
2012 Stage 7 – Rafter Six Ranch to Canmore, AB
Our final stage takes us up the beautiful Bow Valley to the town of Canmore, just outside Banff National Park. This stage features the TransCanada Trail, fun singletrack riding leading to the town of Canmore. Once in the town, the route will explore some of the Quarry Lake trail network, and then into the Canmore Nordic Centre, host venue of the 1988 Winter Olympics and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup racing from 1998-2000. Finally, the route will descend into the Town of Canmore and the cheers of the assembled crowd on Canmore’s Main Street.
TR7 Route Statistics
81% trails (68% singletrack)
80% trails (64% singletrack)
77% trails (43% singletrack)
63% trails (49% singletrack)
67% trails (67% singletrack)
67% trails (40% singletrack)
80% trails (51% singletrack)
72% trails (54% singletrack)
Project Total Distance : 322KM / 201 Miles
Projected Elevation Gain: 11,750 m / 38,549 feet
GPS data files for TransRockies 2012:
All of our routing has been recorded by GPS and thoroughly checked before the race, but mother nature sometimes has little surprises that mean last minute course changes. Don’t be surprised if there are small changes to the routing or stats before race day. Please note that all information is subject to change. Elevation gain/loss data collected by GPS can be highly inaccurate and varied depending on how it is measured and the equipment used. Our elevation data should approximate the measurements obtained by a portable GPS unit. TransRockies Events does not endorse riding all routes outside of the event. Some trails may not normally be open for riding or may be unrideable at certain times of year. Please obey all signs and respect current trail conditions.