Canadian Rockies 24 is located in Canmore Alberta at the world famous Nordic Centre in Kananaskis Country (K-Country) Park. This provincial park is situated at the foot of Mount Rundle within the Canadian Rocky Mountains along Bow Valley and the Trans-Canada Highway, at an elevation of 1,400 m (4,600 ft) and has a surface of 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi). It is part of Kananaskis Country’s park system. The Canmore Nordic Centre is a 5 minute drive or short pedal from town center.
The Canadian Rockies 24 is a 24 hour team or solo mountain bike event with a looped course approximately 15.7km in distance, containing many classic trails that will satisfy all levels of riders.
The Canadian Rockies 24 will take place on August 26-27, 2023. This is the perfect opportunity to take the family for a mountain getaway.
A wide range of accommodation are available including hotels, AirBnB’s and camping. Camping on site for all solo racers and teams is included.
Canmore provides plenty of activities for those not racing. Some of these include hiking, rafting, tours and golf with many restaurants and coffee shops to keep you fueled. Canmore’s public transit offers several routes to popular hiking and sightseeing dentations in Banff and Lake Louise.
Canadian Rockies 24 spark ignited from a long-time dream of Cory Wallace and Leighton Poidevin to host a 24-hour mountain bike race event. After many years of battling each other out on the trails, Cory and Leighton teamed up to turn their passion for 24-hour racing and dreams of organizing their own 24-hour event into reality. On August 27-28, 2022, the inaugural Canadian Rockies 24 will take place at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Cory is from Jasper, Alberta and is professional mountain bike racer on the Kona Factory Team. Cory competes in the national and international race circuit and is a three-time World 24 Hour Mountain Bike Solo Champion.
Leighton is an avid mountain biker and cross-country ski racer previously residing in Canmore, now in Vernon, British Columbia. Leighton has claimed victory to many achievements over the years. Highest of all achievements was placing 4th overall at the 2004 World 24-hour solo mountain bike championships and near-record breaking attempt, cross-country skiing 402 kilometres over 24 hours in 2014 in Canmore.
Leighton has supported Cory in his last three World 24-hour solo mountain bike championships and will be attending Cory’s attempt to defend his title at the next WEMBO Championships .
Together, Cory and Leighton create a world-class team hosting a world-class mountain bike race, the Canadian Rockies 24.
Leighton (left) & Cory (right)
2018 Solo 24-hr World Championships in Scotland