2020: Your Best Year Yet

January 16, 2020 | Cranbrook Tourism & Zenseekers

So here we are. 2020. Not only is it the start of a new year - but also a new decade. Pretty incredible, right? This may just be the perfect opportunity for you to make some big goals for your mind, body & spirit!

Looking for a kick-start? Here are 3 ideas to inspire your goals.

1: the wasa triathlon

The weekend of June 13th & 14th is set for the annual Wasa Triathlon. If you're pining over the idea of a triathlon to be your first, or for a reason to experience Wasa Lake in a new light - this is it!

Wasa Lake Triathlon

The Standard Triathlon starts from sandy Horseshoe Bay, take a dive into the warm waters of Wasa Lake. The cycling leg that follows is mostly flat with some rolling hills. It starts with a clockwise loop going 3/4 of the way around Wasa Lake and then spins cyclists around to follow the Canadian Rockies and the Kootenay River heading south towards the Heritage Town of Fort Steele. The return portion takes cyclists directly back to the transition area via the south park entry/exit.  The triathlon will wrap-up with 2 flat out-and-back run segments, with a cruise by the transition zone in between.

Another offer on the table is The Sprint Triathlon. The Sprint Triathlon is for athletes ages 16 and up, suited for the first-timer and recreational, all the way up to the more serious triathlete seeking a speedy effort!

→ NEW this year: The Duathlon uses the same course as the Triathlon except you will start in the first ‘Run’ leg in the Transition zone and head out onto the 10km run course. This event is for those looking to fo without the swim portion of the race!

Last but not least: The Trikids Triathlon event! Easily the highlight of the weekend, it offers a full course set-up, 6 separate races for the various age categories, a TriKids orientation clinic prior to the main event, the encouraging voice of race announcer Steve King, souvenir shirt, finisher’s medal and a catered post-race lunch for all!

Ready to challenge yourself amongst this beautiful terrain? Register here!

To learn more about the event, head to the official website.

2: the kootenay gran fondo

The ride is in September, giving you plenty of time to train. It starts and finishes at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, where there’s plenty of space for riders to park in the freshly harvested fields next to the festival tent. In the early dawn light, water bottles are topped up, race numbers are secured to the bikes and hundreds of pairs of padded bike shorts are put on before heading to the festival tent for the continental breakfast. With bellies full of carbs and protein, the riders head for the start line in front of the old brick missionary-turned hotel.

Like many Gran Fondo events, the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo offers three distances.

Gran Fondo

The Gran Fondo is 152 km using the paved North Star Rails to Trails path to quickly arrive in Kimberley B.C. where the first fueling station is located in the Platzl. While the cheers of spectators echo through town, the riders pedal north along the Kimberley Highway, rolling through farmland and forest until it reaches Highway 95 where excellent views of the Kooteney River are on the right. Cranbrook may be a short distance away, but this is where the big guns take a hard left and ride the peaceful Wardner Fort Steele Road for an extra 50 km before returning to Highway 95 for a few more steep climbs including the King and Queen of the Mountain competition before descending into the valley and onto Mission Road to St. Eugene.

Medio Fondo

The Medio Fondo is 102 km, also utilizing the same route as the Gran. North Star Rails to Trails > Kimberley B.C. > Kimberley Highway > Highway 95
Tremendous views accompany riders throughout the journey. The Medio follows the same route as the Gran but skips the Wardner Fort Steele out-and-back.

Picco Fondo

The delightful Piccolo Fondo is 58 km using the North Star Rails to Trails to reach the Platzl and return the same way. Riders using E-bikes and families are all invited to participate. Every route is surrounded by spectacular scenery using roads with wide shoulders and a minimal amount of traffic.

The 2020 ride will be on Saturday, Sept. 12. Sign up now to commit yourself to doing the ride and most importantly, to getting fit. You’ve got plenty of time to train. But don’t delay. Start indoors, find some outdoor rides in the spring, enjoy long rides in the summer and by September you will be a rock star and ready to crush those hills.

This Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo segment is derived from the original post by Joanne Elves for #RockiesExploring

To learn more about the event, head to the official website.

3: the strongman classic

The Strongman Classic is a cornerstone of Sam Steele Days, with competitors and spectators alike enjoying the day while taking part in an exciting show. The Strongman Classic is also a fundraiser, always in support of Cranbrook’s chapter of the BCSPCA!

Strongman classic ladies competition

Hosted by Fitness Inc. this is arguably one of the most impressive displays of strength you could witness. Imagine yourself participating? What an incredible chance to push yourself to limits you never thought possible.
The competition's big debut is on the 3rd weekend of June.

Not ready to compete? Get yourself pumped for 2021 and witness amazing feats of strength like the Atlas Stones, Tire Flips and Truck Pulls with Sportsnet on-site to inspire you to apply for next year!

Strongman classic men's competition

To learn more about the event & how to apply - head to the official website.