Dates: July 29th – 30th, 2014
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 your 2nd night in Radium we’ll hop on HWY 95 for an 1 hour shuttle to Golden. Beginning at 10:30am, 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.
Day 1: The Smith Optics Stage 4 – Mtn. Shadows
We’ll kick off the Smith Optics Stage 4 in Golden showcasing the newly sanctioned Mtn. Shadows trail network. Get ready for a long, steady climb followed by descents below towering Mount 7. Be sure to hone your skills for this one as we’ll be throwing steep, and wickedly fun, slopes, rock gardens, berms, switchbacks and more your way. 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.
Spectators: Be sure to check out the Golden Cycling Club Fan Zone! GCC will be hosting a cash BBQ to raise funds for trail building and maintenance. Head over to the base of the timed descent, cheer the riders on and enjoy some lunch! Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Directions.
Elevation Gain: 1400m
Timed Descent: 2.4km, 373m descending
Click HERE for a pdf version of the map.
Google Earth Flyover:
Day 2: Stage 5
After a night of well deserved rest you’ll be ready to switch gears on the Moonraker trail system. 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, Moonrakers, Canyon Creek and Arrowhead. 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.
Spectators: Be sure to check out the Golden Cycling Club Fan Zone! GCC will be hosting a cash BBQ to raise funds for trail building and maintenance. Cedar Lake Recreation Site, cheer the riders on and enjoy some lunch! Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Directions.
Elevation Gain: 1400m
Timed Descent: 1.8km, 200m descending
Map: Click HERE to view a larger image.
Family Entertainment: Looking for something to do while Mom, Dad or significant other are on the trail?
- take in a tour of the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre
- visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Resort
- go for a hike in town on the Rotary Trail
- stop at a local restaurant for a bite to eat
- Visit the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada
- Go Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River, a Canadian heritage river
- Learn or practice climbing skills at the Dogtooth Climbing Gym
- View and order Bike Trail Maps and Golden Travel Planners online
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