We had another mass start this morning from where we ended the previous day at Fernie Alpine Resort. Out of the gate, we were climbing, and it almost did not stop all day. The first climb was a modest grade of 5-6% for about 30 minutes up a fire road to the top of the ski resort followed by a gnarly downhill before a very steep climb to the highest point for the day. A long decent into the valley, creek crossings and then back up and around the final ridge and peak followed, where we encountered more pushing than riding. I don’t believe that I have ever spent this much time in my granny-gear! The final downhill was a hiking path with multiple, sharp switch-backs that we were warned in the course briefing “would be tricky” and it was. I learned that I cannot jam on my front brake and spin the back of my bike around on a tight switch-back corner like the pros (it wasn’t pretty!). I was finally across the line completing the 30km course and 2,000 metres of vertical in 4:42 with a ride time of 4:07 at an average speed 7.4km/h which put me six places up in the +40 category in 35th position. I was quite pleased with my steady performance for the day, and felt wonderfully satisfied after the three days. Only a couple of minor crashes were reported today, but a heart attack took one South African rider to hospital in Calgary.
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Thanks to all of you following along. This is a wonderful event, very well run, very international, and very tough riding (not just me speaking!). If you are looking for a real challenge of your biking skills and endurance, within some beautiful scenic country, this event will more than deliver. Registration for TransRockies 2013 opens next week!