Tumbleweed Tussle

August 21-29, 2010


Looking for an advanced ride with plenty of climbing, scenery and history, mark August 21 to 29, 2010 on your calendar.

Ride the Gold Rush Trail from Hope to

rkerville over 6 days, cycling approximately 650 kilometres and climbing 6,900 meters. Tackle the challenge of the Tumbleweed Tussle. This ride will combine thigh burning hills, distance and the potential for hot weather. Travel through the scenic Fraser Canyon, past Hells Gate up through Lytton, the rafting capitol of Canada.  Then on to Cache Creek, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake where the scenery changes from desert to trees and grizzly bears. We finish the ride in Wells where we stay in the historic but modernized Wells Hotel. Take some time to explore the Gold Rush history in Barkerville and perhaps take in an high steppin’ old fashioned burlesque show before driving back to Calgary.

This trip will be fully supported with a vehicle and trailer that will carry riders, bikes, food and luggage.  Though this ride is rated as advanced and will be a challenge, the trip is not exclusive to the extremely fit. The support vehicle will be on the road with the cyclists at all times, allowing a tired rider to catch a lift and take a break if they wish.  To fully enjoy this trip, riders should ride an minimum of 1000 kilometres over the summer to condition themselves.  Cyclists will regroup at lunch time each day, however riders that fall too far behind the pack will be asked to jump on board the support vehicle to catch up.

Accommodation will be in hotels and cost is based on double occupancy. The trip will begin and end in NW Calgary, Alberta.

Daily snacks will not be provided.  Riders are encouraged to bring their own personal cooler with their favourite snack foods and lunches.  Grocery stores are available throughout the trip to restock fresh food as needed.

Due to the distances involved, this ride is best suited to road/touring bikes or strong riders on hybrids with slick tires.

This ride is organized by Sandra Kunzel for the members of the Elbow Valley Cycle Club. This is a brand new ride and 2010 will be the inaugural trip.  Though the trip is well researched, it may not go according to plan and may be subject to surprises, unknowns and mistakes made by me.  If you enjoy the opportunity to be resourceful if things don’t go according to plan, then this trip could be for you.

If you would like to do this ride but are unsure if your skills or bike qualify, please contact Sandra to discuss your possibilities and options.

Though the 2010 Tumbleweed Tussle was a success it will not run in 2011.  If you would still like a multi day ride in 2011 organized by Sandra, check out the Kootenay Kruise or The Spring Fling.


Introducing a new cycle trip for the EVCC

Trip Coordinator:

Sandra Kunzel

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