Next up in bike racing; Singletrack 6

300 riders committed to race through East Kootenay, organizer says

Singletrack 6 promises an authentic BC cycling experience.

Singletrack 6 promises an authentic BC cycling experience.

With Round the Mountain in the rear-view mirror for another year, the next big biking event coming through Kimberley is the Singletrack 6. This race is billed as a 6 day mountain bike adventure showcasing the best riding in a variety of authentic mountain bike communities in Western Canada.

Singletrack 6 will come through Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley and Golden the week of July 23 to 28, 2016.

Event organizer Nick Ranno says the race already has 300 riders signed up.

“This was a goal, so any more beyond is just an added treat!” he said. “riders will get a true BC experience by taking part in the event.”

The following is route information on all stages:

Fernie: July 23

Stage 1 starts on the southeast side of town in the Castle and Ridgemont trail networks.  The stage will start with a spectator-friendly downtown roll-out before racers tackle the classic Hyperventilation climb and Hyperextension descent.

Distance: 39 km

Elevation Gain: 1500m

Stage 2 (July 24) moves to the west side of the valley and highlights mostly classic, and some new singletrack in and around Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge and Mount Fernie Provincial Park. Fernie riding is characteristically steep, so racers are to expect some lung and leg busting climbs followed by fast, sustained descents.

Distance: 33 km

Elevation Gain: 1,500 m

Cranbrook: (July 25)

Stage 3 After waking up in Fernie, riders will be transported approximately 1 hour to the city of Cranbrook. Surrounded by majestic peaks on all sides, Cranbrook is emerging as the newest hot spot in the region for great mountain biking, after years of relative anonymity.  The active local cycling community has agreed to let a few of the secrets out of the bag so the race organizers can show participants pockets of these outstanding trails.

The Cranbrook stage will start and finish at the College of the Rockies, Cranbrook Campus, just minutes from downtown Cranbrook.

Distance: 45 km

Elevation Gain: 1400 m

Kimberley: (July 26)

Stage 4 The Kimberley stage will start and finish at the town Platzl in the heart of Kimberley, surrounded by shops, restaurants and ambiance. Riders will head up the road to the ski area, providing ample opportunity to spread out and warm-up before hitting the dirt, as well as getting the biggest climb of the day out of the way early. A little bit more climbing on the ski area and the course enters Kimberley’s extensive singletrack trail network with a challenging bit of rocky climbing through Moe’s Canyon, before hitting the dirt with the handcrafted Magic Line singletrack.

Distance: 36 km

Elevation Gain: 1300m

Golden: (July 27)

Stage 5 The first of the final two stages in Golden kicks off by showcasing the Mtn. Shadowstrail network. Riders will get ready for a long, steady climb followed by descents below towering Mount 7. The remainder of the stage features trails like 5 km, Cliff Side and Rock About. The day ends with a finish in Spirit Square on the banks of the Kicking Horse River.

Distance: 30.5 km

Elevation Gain: 1300m

Stage 6 (July 28) The final stage showcases the Moonrakers and CBT  trail systems. Fast and flowy riding best describes this day. Racers will surely be grinning ear-to-ear while gliding through lush forests and flying down trails like CBT Mainline, Canyon Creek and Gold Rush.  There are over 150km of trail in this system and race organizers have hand picked the best to ensure this is a day participants will never forget.

Distance: 56km

Elevation Gain: 1300m