Northwestern Ontario’s biggest cycling event is back for 2022. The Shuniah Forty Miner, presented by Tbaytel, is a cross-country mountain bike marathon with the 48 kilometer race featured. Last year we saw over 500 people in attendance and this year with the lifting of COVID restrictions the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club is expecting quite a large turnout. The event will take place September 9-10 in beautiful Kinsman Park with Trowbridge Forest Trails in Thunder Bay, ON
This two-day event is not to be missed. The event will kick off with pack pick-up, pre-race meeting and guest speaker Jenn Jackson, current Canadian National Cross Country Champion, on Friday evening. The race starts at 11am on Saturday with the 48 kilometer race followed closely by the 24 kilometer race, the 12 kilometer race and everyone’s favourite, the Mini Miner race for the kids. After the race is over, there will be live music, food trucks and a beer garden.
Friday night guest speaker Jenn Jackson returns this year as the new Canadian national cross-country mountain bike champion. With a busted 2021 season, Jackson is now part of the Canadian Canyon MTB Race Team. Jackson has strong ties to the Thunder Bay community since spending time skiing at the National Team Development Center in Thunder Bay. Jackson’s speech will be shown on the big screen for all attendees to see as she tells us what it’s like to be an elite mountain biker.
“This year, we really want to focus on bringing in out-of-town visitors for the event. With our incredible trails nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, this will become a destination event. This is our pleasure to be the host of this amazing event and location. We also have the support of the community as evidenced by our large pool of local event sponsors. Last year was amazing and we are very happy to see how far we can grow this event – Dave Valente Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club Events Coordinator
The event, organized by Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club, is quickly becoming a must-attend event. Registration for the event is now open. To register and for more information, please visit www.shuniahfortyminer.com