Above: Its only April and our race course is already looking GREAT!!!!
Location of Events / Getting to Canmore
Thank you for deciding to to join us for the inaugural Canmore Crux! Our events takes place at the Canmore Nordic Centre. The CNC is located at 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB. Driving from Edmonton 3hour 45mins Driving from Calgary 1hour 5 mins
We will be adding a new distance into the race for 2023. The "Crux Lite" will take place on the same course at the full distance event, but will only consist of 2 laps of the course.
Full Distance CRUX - 80KM
CRUX Lite - 32 KM
This one his important! In order to participate in our event you will need to have BEAR SPRAY with you during the bike and run portion of the event! Riders carrying bear spray in the mountains is very common and many of the bear spray canisters are designed with clips and belts for active people. You will be asked to show your bear spray as you enter the starting area and race course Marshalls will disqualify any athletes seen on the race course without it.
Also important! Canmore Nordic Center Provincial Park is 100% no littering! We love that we have the opportunity to participate here and you will be disqualified from the race if you are caught intentionally littering on the course. If you pack it in with you- tuck it away until you come across a garbage can on the race course.
Kananaskis Day Pass/ Seasons Pass
Vehicles parked at provincial park and public land sites in Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley need a Conservation Pass. This means that Saturday and Sunday you will be required to buy a parking pass (and Friday should you choose to park at the CNC on the swim day as well. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you CAR POOL if you dont have a seasons pass! You can find the parking pass registration and information online @ https://conservationpass.alberta.ca/kcp
There is free public parking located in and around Canmore, however LIMITED paid parking is also available at Quarry Park. We once again recommend CAR POOLING! We will provide additional details on parking as it comes available… but seriously.. car pool.
MTB / Gravel Bike
You are welcome to ride whatever kind of bike you would like as long as it is a (100% Pedal powered) Gravel Bike / CX bike or Mountain Bike. (No ebikes!) The course is free flowing and reasonably fast rolling (the rolling hills however will slow you up!).
Start / Finish Area Location
The start and finish line is located in the main stadium of the CNC. Look for out banners and flags when you arrive!
Feed Zone / Aid Station
Each lap of the course will require you to ride through a neutral feed zone when you can grab your own nutrition...or grab fluids/ snacks from our aid station. We will limit the speed through the neutral zone by making a slow moving lane with 3 turns to decrease the speed of the rider for approximately 100 meters.
Post race Snacks
We will have some great snacks available after the race that is open to all participants. It’s not a full meal- but it will be enough to get you re-fueled!
We love to see athletes camping and sharing race stories over a cold drink by a campfire at one of the local campgrounds in the Canmore/ Banff area. There are also numerous hotels in the area at a reasonable price during this “shoulder season”
Saturday Sept 16th 9:00 am - 80 km!
Trail Gravel bike race at the Canmore Nordic Center (90% green rated trails)
Mandatory YouTube Pre Race Meeting 1 month before the race we will send out a link to our pre race meeting video. It is only about 10 minutes long , and a nice alternative to holding in-person meetings (as it allows you to rewind or go watch it whenever you are able).
Disruptions In the case of weather disruptions we may shorten or change the event to accommodate athletes. In the case of heavy rain, we may change out course to include less trails that can be washed out and include portions of the paved “Banff Trail” Nordic Ski Trail.