Although online registrations don’t open until the 20th of September, the Intermontane Challenge is already 5% sold out. Just under a fortnight ago, riders flocked from all over North America to preview the 450km track in Kamloops, Canada, with several registering early to secure their place.
The race takes place on July 27th-31st 2009 and is the only race of its size in the world to feature a single-track, clover leaf design. This distinctive design allows racers to tackle a different part of the course each day and establish a home base in Kamloops every night.
The preview took place in great weather conditions and gave those who attended a chance to ride a section of the newly designed track.
The Intermontane is offering a huge $60,000 prize purse for both men and women – three times as much as any other race in North America – and will be open to 300 competitors from across the world.
Byron McCorkell, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kamloops, says, “The Intermontane has all the makings of a unique sporting event. The race tests a rider’s strength, endurance and courage.”