In 2002, the first TransRockies stage race took place. It was one of the first mountain-bike stage races. Others, like the BC Bike Race, were modeled after it. The race ran until 2013 and was then replaced by the Singeltrack 6--a six-stage adventure showcasing different riding communities each year. For 2019, the TransRockies Classic is making its return, and will alternate years with the Singletrack 6 going forward.

The 2019 TransRockies Classic will start at Panorama Mountain Resort, just west of Invermere, British Columbia, and travel seven days through the Rockies, ending in Fernie, British Columbia. It will run from July 22 to July 28, 2019. Race organizers say it might be the toughest mountain-bike stage race in North America. Daily distances max out near 100 kilometers, with a grand total of 550 kilometers (340 miles) of riding accrued.

The race accommodates 150 teams of two. Riders stay overnight in campsites with catered meals, showers and available message therapists--bike mechanics will be at the ready, making for an all-encompassing affair. 2019 stages are to cover Invermere, Nipika, Whiteswan Lake, Elkford and Crowsnest Pass plus the start host, Panorama, and finish town, Fernie. Registration opens July 20, 2018.

Find more information on the race and registration here.