NOTE: Registration for this event will open at 8:00 PM MST, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
This year’s GT is quite different from past events. Please read the quick summary following before registering and direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Charter Coach transportation to and from Calgary (COP)
- Bicycle transfers to and from Calgary (COP)
- Luggage transfers
- Snacks and lunches for 3 days
- Shuttle to Radium Hotsprings on day 1
- Shuttle for riders and bikes past Kickinghorse Canyon highway construction on day 3
- Hotels (group rate but riders have to book their own using our codes)
- Breakfasts and suppers
- Parking for 3 days*
To honor the challenge of the GT ride we have developed a pilot GT for 2022 for a small number of riders that provides group transportation to and from Calgary, minimizes food handling by volunteers and provides hot springs and Kickinghorse construction shuttles.
Friday, May 27 6:00 AM – Bring your bike to our loading and parking area with pedals removed and handlebars turned to safely pack in our transport truck. bikes will be stowed carefully using corrugated cardboard between and secured from movement with webbing straps.
Park your car at COP (in designated area), then board our charter coach with your luggage stored below for a comfortable ride to Castle Junction. There is no longer overnight parking for us at Castle Junction and this way there are no parking issues, and you save on fuel costs.
*Note: there is a twenty dollar charge for those wishing to park for the weekend in the designated and supervised area. At Castle Junction we will unpack our bikes and start the traditional Day One ride to Radium. A boxed lunch will be provided as will prepackaged snacks (bars, nuts, fruit and bottled water) at the usual stops. See RWGPS map.
Saturday, May 28 – Find your breakfast at the hotel or in town and hit the road for Golden. We will provide one snack stop and a boxed lunch from a local caterer at the usual stops.
Sunday, May 29 – This day will be interesting. The major construction project on Highway 1 may be in rough condition or possibly it will be quite ride-able. We will preview the 4 km section and depending on its condition (e.g., width, surface quality, traffic volume) and recommend to riders that they load their bikes on the shuttle truck and take the bus or ride through the construction zone. (Night time construction closures will continue on the Trans Canada Hwy for 10 km east of Golden. Our most recent communication with the construction project supervisor indicates that the highway will be open during the day.) Once past the construction (12km from Golden), it’s clear sailing to Castle Junction. Snacks and lunch will be provided. At Castle junction we prepare and load the bikes and ourselves for a leisurely ride back to Calgary.
- The ride is limited to 50 riders.
- Riders should be competent to ride the distance in changing weather conditions and to carry out minor repairs. There will be a sweep vehicle which will also support riders who may be having difficulty reaching the finish each day. However we expect all participants to be able to complete each day well within the limits of their endurance.
- Accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the registrant. Luggage will be carried in the bus and delivered to selected hotels (see registration confirmation email). Time limited preferential rates have been obtained at these locations for registered GT riders as well. See Registration Confirmation email.
- Registrants wishing to visit the Radium Hot Springs will be shuttled by the charter coach both before and after dinner.
- There will be a sweep vehicle. Personal support vehicles are not encouraged.
- Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and under direct supervision (i.e. ride together).
Payment in full is required on registration. Should anything prevent the event from running, a refund will be issued by the club. In the event that there are prepaid expenses that the club has disbursed and cannot reverse (e.g., credit card processing fees), participants will likely receive less than they paid.
In the event of participant cancellation, registrants will receive a refund if an alternate rider can be found to take their place. If a replacement cannot be found, the refund will be determined based on the event’s final accounting with a break even objective.
A wait list is maintained.