Stages 5 & 6: Golden

Dates:  July 27th – 28th, 2016

The Location:

Golden, BC, located in the heart of what is known as Kicking Horse Country, serves as an access point to no less than 6 National Parks (Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke and Yoho).  With the support of local government and the Golden Cycling Club trail builders, this town of 4500 is mad for mountain biking, skiing, hiking and anything outdoors.

The Plan: After a night in Kimberley we’ll hop on HWY 95 for a 235 km shuttle north to Golden.  You’ll mount up in Downtown Golden for an epic day in the saddle on trails expertly built and maintained by the Golden Cycling Club.

Smith Stage 5 – Mtn. Shadows

Smith_Logo_Primary_FinalWe’ll kick off Stage 5 in Golden by showcasing the Mtn. Shadows trail network. The stage starts in the Town Centre at Spirit Square, and after some road climbing to spread the group out, riders will be treated to the “Grand Opening” on the Schacher Trail, a brand new machine built singletrack climb up the slopes of Mount 7. A major effort for the Golden Cycling Club for years, This professionally built trail is a major new asset to the town’s inventory of mountain bike trails.

From there, it’s onto the Mount 7 DH trail for the timed descent, a fast and steep bomb down to the main Mountain Shadows network. Be sure to hone your skills for this one as we’ll be featuring technical rocky trails like Cliff Side and Rock About. We’ll end the day back in Golden with a finish in Spirit Square on the banks of the Kicking Horse River. All routes are subject to change at any time to allow for quality control, safety of the riders and wildlife.

Distance: 31 km

Elevation Gain: 1200m*

Timed Descent: 1.7 km, 300m descending

Aid/CP: 11km, 24km

Map:

GPX file Stage 5: HERE.

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*Elevation data may be highly variable by device or mapping platform, as different software may use various data sources and calculation methods. Our total elevation gain for the stage is a middle estimate based on readings from multiple devices.

Schedule: Click HERE.


Tinhorn Creek Stage 6 – Moonrakers & CBT

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After a night of well deserved rest you’ll be ready to switch gears on the Moonrakers and CBT  trail systems.  Fast and flowy best describe this day. You’ll be grinning ear-to-ear while gliding through lush forests and flying down trails like CBT MainlineCanyon Creek and Gold Rush.

While parts of this stage resemble the route we used last time we were through Golden in 2014, much of the stage has been overhauled including new trails like Hemiptera, Odanata, and a higher entry to the stunning Canyon Creek Trail.

There are over 150km of trail in this system and we’ve hand picked the best to ensure this is a day you’ll never forget.   All routes are subject to change at any time to allow for quality control, safety of the riders and wildlife.

Please note that due to a sensitive goat habitat spectators are not permitted on the Canyon Creek portion of this stage.

Distance: 57km

Elevation Gain: 1650m*

Timed Descent: 3km, 300m descending

Aid/CP: 16km, 31km, 44km

Map:

GPX file Stage 6: HERE.

*Elevation data may be highly variable by device or mapping platform, as different software may use various data sources and calculation methods. Our total elevation gain for the stage is a middle estimate based on readings from multiple devices.

Schedule: Click HERE.


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