The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) has been working with its member clubs, event organizers and landowners to get some fun events going for the summer. Due to COVID-19 the events have gone virtual. But you don’t need to slap on a race plate to challenge yourself. Check out the great options below.
If you like to grind out some good miles on the bike, the Fernie Gravel Grind is for you. This challenge is running from July 1-August 30. There are seven backcountry gravel routes and three Gravel Challenges for a chance to win some awesome prizes. All you have to do is register, pick a challenge that suits you and then share your ride in the Fernie Gravel Club on Strava or tag @FernieGravelGrind on Facebook or Instagram. All proceeds go to the FTA to put back into the trails you love. Get signed up by visiting eventbrite.ca/e/virtual-fernie-gravel-grindregistration- 86462386325.
If shredding the downhill is more your style, check out the Fernie Enduro. There are three Strava timed descents to be completed over a six-week period. The challenges will be announced prior to the opening date. Prizes will be awarded for the overall fastest time for men and women. Here is how you can participate:
1. Get your Fernie Mountain Bike Club membership if you don’t already have one
2. Login to your Strava account or sign up
3. Follow the Strava segment and giver! To qualify for prizes and KOM/QOM take a screenshot of your Strava file and a selfie and tag @ferniebikeevents and @ferniemountainbikeclub.
Route of the Month: Fernie Gravel Grind Challenge
Small Loop Time: 2–3 hrs.
Distance: 36km loop
Elevation Gain: 600m Fernie/Upper River Road/Morrissey/ River Road/Cokato Rd./Fernie (Get the full route details when you register and download the GPX track).