September is a great time to reflect on the summer and maybe think about getting back to something whether it’s a goal or activity.

The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) and the community of Fernie were happy to welcome back the TransRockies Classic this summer. From its inception, Fernie has been a part of this event hosting either the start of finish. In 2013 the race was rebranded to the Singletrack 6 moving around British Columbia to showcase trails in a variety of communities.

With demand for the return of the original point-to-point style race, organisers resurrected the TransRockies Classic and challenged riders to a long and strenuous ride from Panorama to Fernie over seven days. As hosts of the final stage, Fernie treated riders to the classic Porky Blue trail, Contra and FloWrkr. TransRockies paid for the helicopter time to brush and clear Porky Blue to reopen it and ensure participants had a great ride. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped clear the trail and support this event in general.

I touched base with Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies and here is what he had to say about this year’s event and next year.

“I’d like to thank Pat Gimore and Rick Wiess for their help in putting together an epic final stage into Fernie this year that offered a true adventure and some of Fernie’s finest trails as well. We’re looking forward to being back with Singletrack 6 in 2020 for two awesome stages - we’ll be starting the route planning process in September.”

We look forward to having the SingleTrack 6 back next summer to showcase our fantastic trail network and enhance tourism in Fernie. Maybe your goal will be to take part next year! A great way to start is by challenging yourself at one of the many local trail events that line the calendar in September - Fernie Tears & Gears, the Project 9 Race, Dirt Diggler and the High Roller Poker Ride. What are you waiting for? Now is always the best time to begin working towards your goals.