A fully supported and spectacular ride over Canada's highest road
ALBERTA, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - TransRockies Inc., creator and organizer of the
world-renowned TransRockies, an epic seven day mountain bike race over
the Canadian Rockies, is proud to introduce its newest creation, Gran
Fondo Highwood Pass. This 147km Italian-style road bike ride over
Canada's highest paved road will be held for the first time on
Saturday, July 9th, 2011.
The Gran Fondo, which literally means "big ride", is an Italian creation
that's sweeping North America. Like the great Marathons—New York,
London, Boston--Gran Fondo rides are mass participation challenges in
magnetic settings that are draw everyone from professional racers to
recreational participants in costume.
Gran Fondo Highwood Pass is a fully supported ride that rolls out from
Longview and warms riders up with 30km of quiet roads through
surrounding ranch lands. From there, riders pedal through the
spectacular scenery of Kananaskis Country: the Highwood River Valley,
the Misty Range, Opal Range, and Kananaskis Ranges. After the summit,
they past past Nakiska, home of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and then
on to Stoney Nakoda Resort, home the finish line and ceremonies,
located at the intersection of Highway 40 and the TransCanada Highway.
"If you want to experience the wild intimacy of the Canadian Rockies
from a bicycle . . . this is the ride," said TransRockies President,
Aaron McConnell. "The route passes through one of the most spectacular
areas in the Canadian Rockies. We've also capped entries to just 600
riders to maximize experience and support, two things we value in all
of our events."
TransRockies is one of North America's most experienced and creative
organizers of epic events and has chosen Highwood Pass because of its
scenic splendor, inherent difficulty and the achievement it offers as
Canada's highest pass. Topping out at 2206m/7238ft, Highwood Pass is
sure to challenge. "We've used Highwood Pass in other events," added
Aaron. "There's nothing like it in terms of beauty and scenery. Those
who feel like hammering it can enter our Monarca de Montagna (Monarch
of the Mountain) competition. It's our way of making 700m of climbing
in 37km fun and giving the hammerheads a way to compete with each
other. We've even thrown in a post-fondo party and pasta-fest. Fondo,
food, and fellowship...what else could you ask for in a ride?"
TransRockies is proud of its reputation as one of North America's
premiere providers of epic adventures. Events organized by TransRockies
and their sister company in Europe, Plan B Events, include the
TransRockies Challenge, the GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run, TransAlp,
TransGermany, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Races, and many more! No
other organizer of epic adventures can offer you more experience than
TransRockies Inc. For more information on Gran Fondo Highwood Pass and
our other events, please visit our website at www.transrockies.com.
SOURCE TransRockies Inc.
For further information:
For Media Inquiries:
Paul Done, Director of Communications
Aaron McConnell, President
806a 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0J3