PRESS RELEASE: Calgary Cycle and 54blue
Calgary Cycle and 54blue are partnering to present a unique new race and concept in the Canadian Rockies. The Grand Climbduro is the result of some forward thinking in the cycling realm. It is a race to the top... literally.
In the ever-evolving community of cycling, no one bike style rules them all.
The Grand Climbduro is a test of this. This over-the-top challenge takes you through a cornucopia of terrain. You will be on road, gravel, high-country rock, and dirt… We suggest doing your research and some course recon so you know what you are getting into. The decision is yours. What are kind of bike are you going to ride?
The neutralized road start @ 25KMPH will tour you gently through the Bragg Creek Provincial Park. Turning onto Highway 66 the pressure ramps up. Still, a controlled ride, the pace car accelerates three times in the first 3KM, with the final speed being 50KMPH… Get the idea? Sounds like a great place to be on a road bike. Hmmm…
This pressure cooker leads the group to the bottom of the first timed section: Moose Mountain Road – 7.5KM of dirt and 500 vertical meters of UP! Now, the KOM on this bounces between riders on road bikes and XC MTB bikes. What to pick??? At the top of the road you will find the end of the first timed section, nutrition, aid and washrooms. As much as you would like to spend the rest of the day here watching the joy on other riders faces, you need to be strategic as there is a 4hr time cut-off to get back to the finish… and… you still have the penultimate climb to the summit!
When you ride on, you will turn into the High Country to tackle the Moose Summit. After a short transitional downhill, with lots of sharp rocks (watch out for flats if you are on Road or CX bikes), you start your second-time section. Another 500M of vertical in only 5KM! Flowy and smooth at the bottom, this turns into a brutal pitch with an entirely rocky and super technical surface and aggressive switchbacks to the summit. Ouch. Without a doubt, a fatter tire will rule this section, or be prepared to run. The summit is the end of the last timed section and the top of the Climbzilla KOM. Will you be 1st? Will you make it?
By now you will have the shakes and your timed section is complete. The descent back to the aid station you passed earlier is gnarly and will require your full attention. Other riders will be tackling the climb, so cheer them on but give right of way… Be careful but enjoy the 27KM of mixed terrain downhill. Throw high fives with your pals all the way because all you need to do now is arrive at the finish before the 4-hour time-cutoff. It will not be awesome if you get to the top super fast but you flat three times and need to walk out and miss the cut.
Oh, one more thing, you need to be self-supporting in regards to any mechanicals. We will have tubes, tires, and a mechanic at the base of the Moose Summit to help, but please be prepared to keep yourself rolling.
Climbduro is also committed to making our trails better with BANKROLLIN. This is a program that gives back to the cycling community in a literal groundbreaking way. Climbduro’s sponsors will donate $10 per participant to the local trail association’s to support trail maintenance, and new trail builds. This donation leaves a legacy that directly affects all future users in a positive way.
Registration is open now, visit climbduro.com to register and for your chance to win the $1000.00 PARK DISTILLERY Climbzilla prize or any one of a plethora of prizes from Santa Cruz, Oakley and other many sponsors!