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GORGE CREEK BACKROADS LOOP 66 - THU, JUL 5 2018

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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership and event costs down).

The Basics:
Event Type:Road Ride
Supported?No
Event Location:SW of Millarville
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jul 5 2018  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 4 2018 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 hours
Event Distance:66 km
Difficulty Rating:D3: Advanced and Intermediate
Trip Coordinator(s): Mike Wingham
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Prospective New Members, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 3 registered, 0 waiting. (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Itinerary:
PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO START TIME TO GET YOU AND YOUR BIKE READY.
We will regroup at intersections. No one will be left behind.

THIS IS AN EXPLORATORY RIDE THAT I'VE RESEARCHED BUT NOT DONE YET.

This is a 66km backroads loop starting at the intersection of Hwy 762 and 549, about 10km W of Millarville. 29km is on pavement, and 37 is on gravel and dirt. See the route map below. We head E and S for 16km on mainly gravel roads to the paved Sheep River Road (Hwy 546). We go W (uphill) along the Sheep River Road for 22km to the S end of the Gorge Creek backcountry road in Kananaskis Country. This is a scenic 22km gravel and dirt road that heads generally N to Hwy 549. It's mainly downhill, but there is a 2.5km 12% grade uphill section with a short bit that's up to 20% grade. We then follow Hwy 549 on gravel and pavement back to our start point.

This ride is suitable for a bike with tires that are at least 36mm / 1.5" wide, and some sort of tread. Large lugged mountain bike tires are fine, but not required. The gearing should be set up for steep grades up to 20%. Front suspension would be advantageous but not required. I'll be riding a no-suspension mountain bike with 1.75" Continental City Ride tires (https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5057-334/Ride-City-26-x-1-75-Reflex-Tire).

There are no facilities along the entire route. Much of it will be out of mobile phone range. The Gorge Creek Road section is remote and it's unlikely we'll encounter other people along the way. Accordingly, participants should ensure their bikes are in excellent condition and bring along more drink, food, clothing, safety, repair, and first aid gear than they would normally bring on a road ride. This includes bear spray. We will stay together as a group for the Gorge Creek Road section of the ride.

More details are at https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/2944088/?trailstyle=difficulty and https://www.trailforks.com/trails/gorge-creek-road/. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Required Items to Bring:
Bike helmet
Bike as described above
Bear spray
Drink, food, clothing, safety, repair, and first aid gear as described above
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Millarville, head W on Hwy 549 for about 10km to the Hwy 762 intersection. We'll park on the shoulder of Hwy 762 just S of the intersection.

Notes:
- Most club rides include city streets, secondary roads and or major highways. The club encourages members to follow the rules of the road at all times while participating in EVCC events.
- Riders must be aware that cycling, while enjoyable and great exercise, carries some risks including injury and death. Riders must be alert for hazardous conditions/situations throughout the course of a ride. If at any time a rider thinks a ride is unsafe, or feels unsafe, the rider should quit the ride.
- Details of this event are subject to change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify the club at connect@elbowvalleycc.org.


Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please read the following Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: The coordinator reserves the right to cancel this event if the minimum number of attendees do not sign up by the registration deadline. This event may also be cancelled due to inclement weather or other eventualities. If this is a paid event, please refer to our Refunds and Deposits Policy. If you are unsure about whether the event will go for any reason, please email/phone the coordinator for confirmation.

 



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