The Highline 100 Touring Society’s annual road ride has been raising money for the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation and the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for nine years.
To date, the ride, which takes place on August 11, has raised more than $30,000 for the hospital foundation and $30,000 for the ski team.
Michele Dauphinee participated in the ride every year since its inception in 2004. This year she is also a committee member for the touring society.
Because the event is a ride and not a race, there is a very casual and relaxed atmosphere, said Dauphinee. “There is camaraderie and friendship. There has been pretty solid weather as well. We’ve only had rain one year.”
Riders can choose the 100-mile ride or the 100-km ride. The ride starts on North Star Road near Koocanusa. Those participating in the 100-mile ride will end up in Montana at the First and Last Chance bar.
The ride is open to all skill levels and ages, said Dauphinee. Riders have ranged in age from 12 to 60 plus.
Support vehicles will be driving with the riders. “If anyone feels that they’ve had enough, they can hop in the car,” said Dauphinee.
“I think it is a good challenge if you haven’t ridden that far. It is a good safe way to achieve a distance that you might not have otherwise done. You can take bite size pieces to get started on a longer ride without the risk,” said Dauphinee.
Registration is $125, and includes a refreshment at the First and Last Chance bar, the “world’s best” cinnamon bun and coffee at the Grasmere Community Hall, a wholesome and delicious buffet lunch, ice cream at the 3/93 Dairy Bar and a wind-up barbecue after the ride at the Corner Pocket brasserie at Fernie Alpine Resort.
People wishing to participate, volunteer or donate can visit www.highline100.com.