Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

 
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Dave Heath

Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

The Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo is a mass participation cycling event, set in the beautiful Rocky Mountain Trench. 

Festival Dates: -
Festival Type: Sports
Community: Cranbrook
Region: Interior BC
Province: British Columbia

Go the distance surrounded by spectacular scenery

With the fall sun on your face and the mountains all around you – the Kootenay Gran Fondo is one of the best cycling events of the year. If you been thinking about doing a grand fondo this is the one you must do.

Cranbrook, located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, is known as a cycling hub for so many reasons, the riding course, the scenery and the many volunteers who passionately make this event go so smoothly.

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Gran Fondo
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Dave Heath

There are three races to choose from, the Gran Fondo, a 152 km-ride that starts out on the incredible and paved North Star Rails to Trails, a 26-km path right into Kimberley’s Platzl where riders are greeting by cheering spectators. You’ll feel like a champ as you head out of town past forest and farmland and along the winding Kootenay River. There are rest stations along the way, with snacks, mechanical and medical support –and with high-fiving volunteers to keep you going until you end up back in Cranbrook at the St. Eugene resort.

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Gran Fondo
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If you’d like a little less intensity, try to Medio Fondo (102 km) or the Piccolo (57 km). The courses are well marked, with volunteers and medical, nutritional and mechanical support.

The Medio takes cyclists out northwest onto Mission Rode, crossing Hwy. 95A and then heading north to meet up with the paved Rails to Trails connector to Kimberly. It’s a serene ride along Meadowbrook Road (Hwy 95 A to Hwy 93, before you head south crossing the Kootenay River. Riders end up at St. Eugene.

The Piccolo is a fun ride out and back route for beginner fondo riders. Riders head out from St. Eugene, heading Weston Mission Road, then crossing Hwy 95A and then head head north to connect the paved Rails to Trails connector to Kimberley. 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.

A portion of the entrance fees goes to raising funds for the Cranbrook-Kimberley Rails to Trails Society.

The ride is capped at 500 cyclists so be sure to sign up soon.

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Piccolo Fondo

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

Medio Fondo 

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

Gran Fondo

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

Gran fondo
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Dave Heath

Registration

                               Early Bird     After July 15

Volunteers                         $0       $0

Piccolo (57 Km)                $99       $119

Medio (102 Km)               $139      $159

Gran Fondo (152 Km)       $159      $179

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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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