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September 14, 2024
The Bikenbender

The Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area is getting ready for the first-ever Birkie gravel ride: The Bikenbender. Now the Canadian Birkie has a ride ready to suit your trail and gravel riding wishes. Make sure to register as there are only a limited number of spots availble.

Event Info

The Canadian Birkebeiner Society is very excited to host an off-road cycling event, the Bikenbender, Saturday, September 14th, 2024. Bikenbender is designed for both new and experienced riders to this type of cycling. Come and try out this exciting type of riding in one of our favourite places to exercise. The event is ideal if you are new to gravel or cross country riding.  It can be completed using a cyclocross, gravel or mountain bike.

Course Description

The ride will take you along the undulating grass trails and gravel roads within the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot recreation Area. Participants will encounter a challenging  37 km course which, for the most part,  they can ride at a comfortable pace.  The racing occurs over three timed segments within the route. The placings will be determined by the sum of the times for the three timed segments. The race course is a large loop, with riders also finishing in the same location as the start.

Course maps may become available closer to the event


Is this Ride for me?

  • This event is designed for both new and experienced riders to this type of cycling.

  • The event is ideal if you are new to gravel or cross country riding.   

What is included in the registration?

Your Bikenbender registration includes a unique gravel experience in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area:

  • Race entry 
  • Well marked course with marshals 
  • 1 stocked aid station at halfway point  
  • Finish line catering 
  • Prizes for fastest times for each segment 
  • Prizes for the overall winners (male and female) 
  • Rider gif 
  • Draw prizes  
  • Draw prize for riders that car-pool 
  • Opportunity to meet other cycling enthusiasts! 

Can I Volunteer?

Like to be part of the Bikenbender as volunteer?  We have volunteers many opportunities to fit the different skills or interests, including

  • Course and start/finish area set up will occur on Friday, September 13th.
  • On course marshals that can cycle out to specific points on the course on event day, Saturday September 14th.
  • Awards and food will be after the riders finish, around noon.  
  • Sweep of the course and teardown of the start/finish area occurring immediately after the awards.

The duration of the cycling portion of the event will be the Saturday morning September 14th, with riders finishing be around noon. 

Interested in Volunteering? Please email Dan Leskiw,



Can I participate?

Anyone above 12 years old with a cyclocross, gravel bike or  mountain bike can participate. If the participant is between 12 years and 18 years old, an adult needs to accompany the participants.

The start and Finish will be at:

Race Pack Pick Up:

  • Race Packs can be picked up before the event date. More details will follow

Event Schedule

Saturday September 14:

8.30 amStart Ride
NoonLast riders finish
After noonAwards & Catering


Parking is available. As spots are limited, participants will be encouraged to bring a friend or two and to carpool. Extra draw prizes will be available for participants who carpool

Questions about the Bikenbender Ride?

If you have questions about the Bikenbender, please contact: