2024: July 7 to 12 (arrival day July 6 and departure day July 13)
This will be a 6-day enduro event, where climbs are untimed and descents are timed. Expect a range of 4-6hrs on your bike per day with several timed sections throughout each day. Times will be added together over the span of the 6 days to get your overall result at the end of the event. Progressive daily times will be announced during dinner and briefing each evening. This is NOT an XC race and is labeled as one of the hardest enduro races in the world from past riders ;)
2024 event is set for the east Kootenay Region (Fernie through to Panorama areas)
Your arrival and departure airport is Calgary Airport. We provide airport transfers on both arrival day and departure day to these airports for those on the all inclusive package. There will only be 1 x coach pickup time (meeting at 12.40pm for a 1pm departure), so you will need to get a flight that aligns with that or fly in the day prior and get a hotel for the night if a flight doesn't align for you. No international flights to land later then 11.30am and no domestic to land later then 11.45am.
SKILL LEVEL / EXPERIENCE:
Riders are required to have a strong mountain biking background with enough endurance and fitness to get you through 6 back to back days of 4-6hrs of riding each day, 30km+ distance and approx 1200-1800m of climbing each day. You are required to have solid high technical single track skills. The trails and courses will be a vast variety throughout the 6 days - some faster, smoother flowier days, and more technical steeper rootier days, some open terrain rock slab trail riding and everything in between.
Here is the good news.....you WON'T have to camp in a tent! Yes that's right, during this 6-day event you will be put up in in luxury twin share resort style accommodation. You can look forward to a nice clean, warm, dry bed to come back to at the end of each hard day of riding. We will provide 7 nights of accommodation - the night before the race starts and then every day of the event (for those that are in the all inclusive package). This is Twin Share. This means you share a room with 1 other person. Each hotel room has 2 beds. If you aren't coming with a buddy to share a room with then we partner you up with someone else coming on their own. If you are coming as a group of 3 friends, we do our best to get you a room with 3 beds, otherwise 1 of you might have to be teamed up with another person.
All breakfasts and full dinners will be provided every day along with on-course snacks and sandwiches for lunch. We will try our best to provide options for gluten free, vegetarian and other allergies and our catering providers are pretty good on that side of things
TRANSPORT / SHUTTLES:
Transport will be provided throughout the duration of the event. From airport transfers the day prior to it starting, all the way through to airport drop-offs after the event. Shuttles to the start line each day and back to your accommodation at the end of each day. Some courses will even have shuttles throughout the day but for the most part, you will be pedalling from start to finish each day with no lift access or shuttles.
Important dates and times:
Saturday July 6 - arrival day (into Calgary Airport or self arrive to Fernie)
We will be running ONE airport transfer from Calgary Airport. Meeting at 12.40pm for a 1pm departure), so you will need to get a flight that aligns with that or fly in the day prior and get a hotel for the night if a flight doesn't align for you. No international flights to land later then 11.30am and no domestic to land later then 11.45am.
Saturday July 13 - departure day (fly out of Calgary Airport or self departure from Panorama TBC)
We will be running ONE airport transfer to Calgary Airport, departing Pano at 9am and getting you to the airport around 1pm. Allow extra time to unload your luggage and bikes at dropoff.
The course will not be made public until the night before each race day - this is true blind riding/racing. We will be provided with a more specific itinerary leading into the race and some overall stats of distances, elevation profiles and more.
We will be using the sportident timing system (that is also used for Trans-Provence, Trans-Savoie, Andes Pacifico, BC Enduro Series, Trans NZ and a lot of other enduro races around the world). Its highly accurate with instant results!