There were official events and informal rides up and down the valley last week for GoByBike week 2022. (Image courtesy of Danielle Wiess)

There were official events and informal rides up and down the valley last week for GoByBike week 2022. (Image courtesy of Danielle Wiess)

Elk Valley pedals into GoByBike week 2022

Communities in the valley clocked in almost 7,500km of riding last week

The weather didn’t cooperate for the whole week, but Elk Valley cyclists was still pedalling away like demons for the 2022 GoByBike week, held between May 31 and June 5, with over 7,000 km logged by riders in just Fernie.

There were official events through the week, with bike maintenance lessons, a social ride on June 1, and the ‘Ride with Librarians’ on June 2.

“Special shout out to the Fernie Heritage Library for hosting two of the events and being a big advocate of the week,” said local GoByBike coordinator Danielle Wiess.

Prizes were handed out to folks who attended the events, while more provincial and local prizes will be awarded after the deadline for logging rides passes on June 13.

“There were a lot of folks out on their bikes – hopefully they all signed up,” said Wiess. The week is over, but if you head to gobybikebc.ca and register, you can log rides from May 31 to June 5.

As of June 9, there were 25 teams registered in Fernie for the week, with 176 individual riders signed up. Riders rode as individuals or as part of the teams, and together they clocked in 7,142km between them.

Neighbouring Sparwood also clocked in some km, with six riders there adding another 181 km to the valley’s (recorded) total, while four riders in Elkford logged 38km.

Nearby Cranbrook was out in force, with 334 riders logging 13,258 km, while Kimberley riders rode 5,591km

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