Posted by Editoress on 11/4/10
2011 will be a momentous year for the TransRockies as, it celebrates ten years as North America's original epic mountain bike stage race. The tenth edition of the race just got a little more special, with the addition of a new TR4 solo event that will take riders along an incredible route through the best trails in Kananaskis Country to the finish line in Canmore.
TransRockies' first solo event, the TR3, debuted in 2009 and has grown quickly over the two years it has been held. With demand for solo riding opportunities continuing to grow, TR4 gives riders a chance to take on this epic route through front ranges of the Alberta Rockies.
The TR4 will be North America's first four-day mountain bike stage race, and will be closely modelled on four-day TransGermany, a partner event of the TransRockies which drew over 1200 riders last year to ride through the Alps. TR4 riders will ride concurrently with the field for the TR7 team event, and will take on the same revamped route for stages 4 and 5 that has been extensively scouted during the unseasonably warm and dry Alberta fall that has greatly extended the riding season. With help from local riding clubs and trail experts, the TransRockies team has spent extensive time on the trails this fall developing a new routing along higher terrain and away from the lowlands which turned muddy after the unseasonably wet weather in 2010.
Starting east of the village of Millarville in Kananaskis Country, the TR4 will finish with the TR7 the main event in Canmore, Alberta. Racers will camp two nights at the Little Elbow Campground (used for the first time in 2010), allowing stage 5 to be a loop on some of the favourite mountain bike trails of the area. The third night of camping for TR4 will be at Rafter Six Ranch, near Seebe, Alberta. Rafter Six, the traditional last night of the TransRockies Alberta route, will welcome the riders with authentic western hospitality.
The TR4 adds a number of new opportunities for mountain bikers, since they can now link the TR3 and TR4 solo events to ride the entire route solo for the first time. This route also gives riders the opportunity to have a little more civilized sleeping option, because they can easily spend nights in town with vehicle support from family or friends since all starts and finishes are within approximately an hour of Calgary city limits.
Just like the other TransRockies events, the TR4 will have complete a la carte pricing, starting with an early bird base price of $700 (until December 31st) for the four days of backcountry racing. Riders can choose their own add-ons (like meals and camping) and create their own custom package. After January 1st, the cost rises to $850 but the pricing for additional services remains the same.
TR3 will remain the UCI S2 stage race at TransRockies and we expect to have a great field of elite riders at the start line in Fernie fighting for UCI points in the run up to the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
TR4 registration will open on Thursday, November 18th at 10:00 am MST. Only 100 registration spots are available during the early bird registration period, and these are expected to go very quickly, so be ready to register on the 18th!
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