Nature's Bakery

Tour of the Canadian Rockies

For most of us down here in America, we never think that the Rocky Mountains extend beyond Colorado. While the peaks and scenery throughout CO are spectacular, this is just one small glimpse into the wonder that is the Rockies. This spectacular range extends up through Wyoming, Montana, and it's epicness culminates in British Columbia, where the famous range spans the rest of the way up the continent. Every July, a world-famous mountain bike race tours the northernmost portion of the Rocky Mountains throughout BC. The event is called Transrockies or Singletrack 6. This 6-day stage race has become a staple on my racing calendar, as the challenge and incredible adventure is unlike any other mountain bike event in the world. Here is my 2016 experience, as told through photos:

Stages 1 and 2 kicked off in Fernie, BC, a small ski town in the southeastern part of the province. I would definitely bet that this incredible little city has more miles of beautiful, groomed, BC singletrack than it has people.

After nearly 12,000 vertical ft of climbing and 70km later, I was sitting 10th out of over 300 after the first two days of racing - a bit off of the pace I was aiming for.

Stage 3 brought us deeper into the Rockies, for a fast and flow-y day in Cranbrook, BC.

This hot day in the mountains concluded with my best finish ever in a stage at Transrockies, with a 6th.

Stage 4 in the small ski town of Kimberly was the most technical of the race, with roots and rocks covering every inch of the 40km of the days course. I had another solid day, finishing 6th again.

You know you're far north when the northern lights illuminate the sky like this. Stages 5 and 6 would take place yet another 2 hours of driving up the continent in Golden, BC.

Stage 5 was met with tired legs, but the more wide-open, dry terrain suited my riding and I finally cracked the top 5, finishing 5th.

The final stage was a 60km monster, taking us deep into the mountains, and back into the dense forest.

Concluding the final day with another 6th, I ended up 7th in the General Classification, my best result yet at this legendary event.

 

I leave Canada now tired, happy, and so grateful for another Great Journey, fueled by Nature's Bakery. This race is the hardest and the most exciting of my season, and I can't wait for 2017.