Zoe Byrd, 14, from Martin City, Montana, takes on the skinny challenge at the Spring Bike Blitz. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Fernie Mountain Bike Club hosts annual Spring Bike Blitz

Revamped event celebrates mountain biking with activities, competitions and information stalls

Fernie mountain bikers have kickstarted the season with a community celebration of the sport.

On May 25, the Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC) hosted the annual Spring Bike Blitz at Station Square.

Previously, the bike blitz was run as a sale and membership drive at Elks Hall but the FMBC decided to revamp the event this year.

“We wanted to make this more of a bike festival than an actual sale,” said FMBC President Troy Nixon.

“It’s to raise awareness of memberships, have fun and support our trails.”

This year’s Spring Bike Blitz featured activities hosted by local sports stores and stallholders including Fernie Alpine Resort and Tourism Fernie.

People could also bring their mountain bikes to sell.

“We had GearHub, The Guide’s Hut, Straight Line and Ski Base all do an event. We had a lot of people show up and watch those events, and it was great,” said Nixon.

Little Critters, a monthly event for bikers under 12, kicks off on June 3 followed by the 2Knee Tuesday Series on July 8.

Visit Fmbc.ca for more information.

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