This year, the Kicking Horse Cup will run three road races on the same weekend to form an overall GC Points Series to find Western Canada’s Best Men’s, Women’s Masters and under 30 racers.
This year the international event will happen on July 27 and 28.
“We knew there was a need to put the fun back in racing,” said race organizer Aleks Macklem.
She explained the weekend starts on July 27 at 10 a.m. with the individual time trial. In this event cyclists race against the clock for the fastest time from Golden to Nicholson.
In the afternoon racers will take on the Kicking Horse Hill Climb that will start in Spirit Square and end at the entrance of Purcell Woods neighbourhood at the Kicking Horse Resort.
This year they have $100 on the line for the first male to race the course in under 30 minutes and $100 for the first female to complete the climb in under 35 minutes.
On July 28 the Australian Pursuit Road Race from the BC Visitors Centre out Upper Golden Donald to make an eye of the needle loop back to the BCVC. This two lap course is 61 km long and most racers complete the course in under two hours.
“The focus is on the racer, fun and participation. It is not about points because we want to put the fun back in racing,” said Macklem. “We have great support this year…we have over $10,000 in draw prizes for the event this year.
“It is a great first timer event. The independent time trial you are just racing the clock so you don’t have to worry about other racers in your space.”
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Part of the race proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Club of Canmore Flood Relief Fund.
Macklem wanted to remind drivers to take care during the races if they are going to be driving in the area.
We have the road permit but it may take people by surprise so we are asking people to drive cautiously on those roads at that time,” she said.