Canadian Rocky & Coast Mountains 2009

Rocky Mountain Cycling Tours' Great Canadian Mountain Traverse was an epic ride in early September 2009 from Lake Louise in Banff National Park through the Canadian Rockies and Coast mountain ranges to the Whistler ski resort north of Vancouver. We covered 623 miles (1002 km) and climbed over 36,000' (10,000 m) over 7 1/2 days through stunningly beautiful scenery in Banff & Jasper National Parks, the Fraser CanyonDuffey Lake, Joffre Lakes and other areas along the route. Many of the climbs were at grades of 8-12% - noticeably steeper than the 5-7% grades typically found in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

The ride was well organized by Peter Weiland's Rocky Mountain Cycling Tours of Squamish, BC. and I would recommend them without hesitation. It was a wonderful ride; however, this particular trip is very challenging, both in the distances covered and the climbs encountered, and it definitely is not for casual riders unless they are willing to spend noticeable time in the SAG van. We averaged 86 miles and 5,000' of climb per day with 3 of the 7 days at 100 miles or more. This was the inaugural trip for this ride and there were 4 participants + Peter, all of whom completed the entire ride and were close enough in ability to ride pace lines on the flatter portions when the winds dictated.

Daily routes and elevation profiles are shown below along with some photos from each day.  The photos are a selection from all the participants.

Click on any photo to open a gallery of larger images. Many of the photos have been geotagged, which will show a map of where the photo was taken when viewed in a geotagging aware application.

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