Hill On Wheels: Gran Fondo Rossland

Please Stay Tuned for a Planned Future Gran Fondo Debuting in Fall 2020!

Ride on!

September 14th – 15th, 2018

RED Mountain Resort’s Hill on Wheels Gran Fondo is a bicycle endurance event that takes place in the heart of the Kootenays, Rossland, BC. Our 3 distances will cross the international border (!), taking you down into the US along the mighty Columbia River. Your return to Canada will be greeted with a quad-burning Canuck climb up the Trail Hill back to Rossland.

After the epic self-timed ride, there’s cold beer and hot BBQ for riders, family, and friends hosted at RED Mountain – where participants can argue over which beer is better, Canadian or American. A massage, food, and refreshments are complimentary for participants and intended to make the transition from a day on the bike to life out of the saddle as perfect as humanly possible. (We take both our pleasure and our suffering very seriously out here in the Koots!)

The Course

The RED Mountain/Rossland Hill on Wheels Gran Fondo event combines three demanding routes, 80 kms (elev 1500m), 110kms (elev 1582m) and 190 kms (elev 2400m). Aside from the winding alpine roads and stunning views our mountains are famous for, what makes this self-paced ride unique is that it takes participants from Rossland over the U.S Border and along the Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, and back into Canada through Trail, BC. This trans-national component is a nod to the international bonhomie and shared values of European road racing and makes for an extra layer of challenge. All 3 routes are fully supported and will finish on the unrelenting Trail Hill that will provide riders with a challenging 450m of continuous climbing at an average grade of 7-percent.

The memorable journey will conclude on Red Mountain, where we predict more than a few newbies will promptly vomit their guts out like Caligula’s minions.

Course Photos

Want to get involved at the sponsorship level? Email Ian Craib icraib@gmail.com or Nicole Briggs nicole.briggs@redresort.com

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Event Schedule

Friday, September 14th

Group BBQ at RED Mountain Resort 5pm

Saturday, September 15th

Ride start at 9:00am
Group Dinner & Awards 5pm at RED Mountain Resort outdoor deck


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Rules & Guidelines


  1. This is not an official “race”, but rather a self-paced ride. We have a special way of dealing with cheaters in Canada, but we can’t print it here.

  2. Helmets are mandatory. An approved cycling helmet is required. Cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course. Got it? YOU NEED A *&%$!# HELMET ON!

  3. Ride within the designated route. Ride safely and in control and single file whenever possible. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously or recklessly will be removed from the event.

  4. Display your event number at all times. All registered cyclists must wear their event number according to race instructions. Riders who fail to do so will not receive an official finish time, rendering their bragging rights shoddy at best.

  5. No unregistered individuals. Unregistered riders will not be allowed on course during the event. Poachers are dealt with in a similar fashion to cheaters; viz. #1 above.

  6. Participants are permitted to use standard road bicycles, hybrids, commuters, or mountain bikes. If you are interested in participating using any vehicle other than the standard road bicycle, we require that you contact us no later than one month in advance of the event.

  7. No usage of headphones, personal stereos, or cell phones while riding. (#actionselfies down a 7-percent grade in the middle of a peloton = #lastselfieever.)

  8. Riders under the age of 19 on race day must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian. (Riders over the age of 91 on race day get free entry and a bottle of our worst bubbly.)

  9. No littering on course — this is Canada, okay? Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only. Riders caught littering will be disqualified from the event and rolled in hot garbage.

  10. All riders are to obey traffic officers and course marshals. To disobey instructions from these individuals will result in disqualification from the ride.

  11. Public urination is not permitted. When nature calls, riders are asked to use common sense, a dash of subtlety, and a soupcon of class.


  1. Be familiar with British Columbia’s Rules of the Road. Add the following Links:


  1. Be aware of others around you and communicate well in advance while cycling. Use gesture in combination with verbal commands. Pass on the left only. It is recommended that cyclists advise others that they are about to pass – politely saying “on your left” upon approaching a rider usually does the trick. Ride with your head up. Look down the road not at the person in front of you.

  2. If you choose to stop while on course, signal to the riders behind and pull over safely. Our on-course support team (mechanics, ride marshals, medical staff) may ask you to indicate whether or not you need assistance. If you’re okay, then signal with a “thumbs-up” to say, “Everything’s good with me.”

  3. Maintain control of your bike, even going downhill. Actually, make that especially downhill.

  4. Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced riders do not have bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a pack. Just like in surfing, there is a strict etiquette among road racers.

  5. Always plan an escape route.

  6. Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist.

  7. Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.

  8. The use of aerobars is strongly discouraged — and not just because we think they look kinda dumb.

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Volunteers & Refunds


Are you looking for a way to get involved in the community? Good at cheering and spreading smiles?
Join us as a volunteer at the 2018 RED Resort’s Hill on Wheels Gran Fondo! Volunteers will be the backbone of our event, and it simply won’t run without hard work, smiles, and dedication of volunteers.
Volunteer registration is officially open! Please contact Event Organizer Ian Craib
at icraib@gmail.com

Volunteer Positions

  • Registration

  • Volunteer recruiting

  • Rider package assembly

  • On course support (signage, sweep, traffic control, nutrition and hydration)

  • Finish line and timing support

  • Medical, First Aid

Refund Policy

No refunds are available for any reason, medical or otherwise. However, we do recognize that unforeseen events may occur. We have created the Deferral and Transfer Policies to help riders who have become unable to ride with us.

Deferral Policy:
Participants can defer their 2018 entry to the following year in the event of an injury or scheduling conflict. It is important to note that this policy is only in effect until August 28, 2018 at 11:59pm (PST) and ALL deferrals must be made before that date. After this point, we will have applied for all permits, purchased all event materials and confirmed catering numbers, meaning that we have committed all registrations to the event, with no possibility of getting these funds back. We know that serious cyclists can be quite diabolical in the creative excuses department, but if it’s past the deadline underlined above, you can’t defer. You just can’t, okay?

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Accommodation & Contact Info

Accommodation Offers

Red Mountain Resort Lodging
1-877- 969-7669

Red Mountain Resort Lodging Gran Fondo Rates Valid September 13 to 16, 2018

Room Type


Fondo Rate

Max Occupancy

Special Notes

Two Bedroom Deluxe




Private Hot Tub –  Silver Tip

Two Bedroom Premium




Private Hot Tub – Slalom Creek & Morning Star

3 Bedroom Premium




Private Hot Tub – Slalom Creek

3 Bedroom Loft




Private Hot Tub, 3rd bedroom is the Loft – Slalom Creek & the Lofts

4 Bedroom Deluxe




Private Hot Tub – Slalom Creek, White Wolf Cabin

4 Bedroom Loft




Private Hot Tub, 4th bedroom is the Loft – Slalom Creek

Payment Policies:  Minimum 2 Night Stay
25% deposit at the time of booking, with remaining amount due 30 days prior to check in.

Cancellations – Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the check in date will be cancelled at no cost.  Reservations cancelled with less than 30 days notice forfeit the deposit.   No refund for cancellations received 7 days or less prior to arrival.  All cancellations must be received in writing by the RMRL office.
For Booking please call:  1-877-969-7669 or lodging@redresort.com

Contact Us

Event Organiser
Ian Craib

Event Host
Nicole Briggs