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TransRockies detour announced

The TransRockies Challenge, a wilderness mountain-bike race traversing the Canadian Rockies, will begin with a detour when the 600km endurance event kicks off August 10. “As most of you are already aware, Southwest Alberta (Crowsnest Pass) is under a serious state of emergency with forest fires,” said race director Chester Fabricius in a recent e-mail. “The area is in complete lockdown, and there is no sign of any rain in the near future.” As a result, Fabricius said, organizers are devising an alternate route for the first three days of the seven-day race. The race will still begin in

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The TransRockies Challenge, a wilderness mountain-bike race traversing the Canadian Rockies, will begin with a detour when the 600km endurance event kicks off August 10.

“As most of you are already aware, Southwest Alberta (Crowsnest Pass) is under a serious state of emergency with forest fires,” said race director Chester Fabricius in a recent e-mail. “The area is in complete lockdown, and there is no sign of any rain in the near future.”

As a result, Fabricius said, organizers are devising an alternate route for the first three days of the seven-day race. The race will still begin in Fernie and end in Canmore, as planned.

The re-route is:

Fernie (Main Street) to Fernie Alpine Resort (August 10)
Fernie Alpine Resort to Elkford (August 11)
Elkford to Etherington (August 12)
Etherington to Sandy McNabb (August 13)
Sandy McNabb to Bragg Creek (August 14)
Bragg Creek to Pine Grove (August 15)
Pine Grove to Canmore (August 16)

“Unfortunately, this is an environmental situation that is beyond our control,” Fabricius wrote. “We are monitoring the situation and are in close contact with authorities. We will keep you informed of any changes, as your health and safety are our first priorities.”

Velonews correspondents/participants Chad Moore and Calvin Gauss will be posting daily updates from the race starting this Saturday.