Frequently asked Questions
Can I enter solo?
Just like the original TransRockies Challenge, we are only offering entries to teams of two. There are a few good reasons for this. First and foremost, we believe that the team experience offers a more powerful and social experience. Riders must be prepared to help each other to make it to the finish line. Second, due to the remote nature of the routes and we are travelling through, it is much safer to have a companion racing with you.
What if my teammate can’t finish the race?
We do allow for participants who have lost a teammate to continue riding and qualify for a finisher’s t-shirt. They will become unclassified in the official rankings but can still be an official finisher.
What if our team doesn’t make a cutoff time or can’t finish a stage due to a mechanical?
You can always continue the next day. If you don’t make a cutoff at a checkpoint or at the finish line you will receive a time of 11 hours for the stage. If you cannot finish a stage due to medical or mechanical issue, you will receive an official time of 12 hours for the stage.
Do I have to stay in the tents for the entire event?
No, many people choose to bring RVs (motorhomes, vans, or trailers). If you bring an RV, you will need someone to drive it from stage to stage for you. We also offer a Deluxe RV program where we rent and drive an RV for you from stage to stage. Hotels are available at the Start in Panorama, as well as following stage 1 in Invermere. Nikipa has limited availability of luxury cabins which may be booked in advance. There are no hotels near stage 4 in Whiteswan Lake. There are limited hotels available in Elkford and Crownsnest Pass, and you will need to book a hotel for the finish in Fernie, as no camp is offered that night.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in the Canadian Rockies is highly variable at all times of year. Late July is one of the warmest times of year, but still subject to periods of rain and cool weather. Elevations range from 1,000m to 2,500m, which means that it cools off in the evenings. It is also possible that the event will be subject to heat, dust and risk of forest fires. Come prepared for all conditions – multiple sets of clothing is essential.
Are there showers in Camp?
Yes, we will have a shower truck for you in camp. Water must be trucked in and waste water is trucked out, so we ask that you keep your shower to 5 minutes to ensure that everyone gets a shower.
How does TransRockies Classic compare with Singletrack 6?
TransRockies Classic is a much tougher challenge of fitness and endurance, but overall less technically demanding than Singletrack 6. TransRockies Classic stages can be on average up to double the distance, but perhaps 30-40% more climbing. Singletrack 6 minimizes road riding in favour of fun, challenging singletrack trails, whereas TransRockies Classic emphasizes getting from point A to point B through wild and remote terrain. TransRockies Classic may be a combination of pavement, gravel, dirt, doubletrack, singletrack, and remote tracks. We will make every effort to avoid un-rideable sections.
Can I have personal gear transported to the checkpoints?
The checkpoints are remote and sometimes require a long drive time to reach them, so you must bring everything you need for the day. This may require investing in a larger pack to carry your gear for the day. You may leave personal items with our crew at the start for transport to the finish.
Do I need a sleeping bag and matress?
Yes, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (rated to 0º C) and an inflatable camping matress. Use a compression bag to fit your sleeping bag into your duffel bag.
What insurance do I require?
All participants need to have travel medical insurance that will cover ambulance service, air ambulance, and medical transport back to your home country. Your insurance also shouldn’t exclude athletic competition.