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What’s it like racing an adaptive bike at Fernie Gravel Grind?

Bowhead founder Christian Bagg takes on the 60-km challenge in the Kootenays

Fernie Gravel Grind Bowhed Reach RX Chritian Bagg

At 60 kilometres, squeezing in 1,150m of elevation gain and loss, Fernie Gravel Grind is a tough course. When Christian Bagg, founder of Bowhead Corp. adaptive bikes decided to ride the inaugural edition on he’s new Reach RX, he had little idea just how hard it would be. No rider did. A big Rocky Mountain storm rolled through, soaking the gravel roads on course making for slow going and cold weather.

Fernie Gravel Grind Bowhed Reach RX Chritian Bagg
Christian Bagg on the start line at Fernie Gravel Grind 2021. Photo: Aidan Jones

It was Fernie Gravel Grind’s first year and, after two years of planning and preparation, a little wet weather wasn’t holding the event back. On September 18 Bagg lined up and ground out 60 big kilometres to finish the first FGG event.

To do so, Bagg rode Bowhead’s new Reach RX bike. A pedal-assist hand-crank bike is brand new, and custom designed by Bagg and Bowhead in Calgary, Alta. The Reach RX uses a mix of proprietary parts, made in house by Bowhead and mountain bike parts to make an adaptive bike that can handle any conditions, as Bagg’s wet gravel adventure clearly prove.

Christian Bagg leaving a warm aid station to finish off a cold edition of Fernie Gravel Grind. Photo: Aidan Jones

“There were many special moments, with it being the FGG’s first year. But Christian finishing the course on the new Bowhead RX Adventure Bike stands out as incredibly inspiring.” said Carter Nieuwesteeg, organizer of Fernie Gravel Grind. “Christian was the only adaptive rider at this year’s FGG. I hope seeing his ride will be the start of a change. We’d love to see more adaptive riders on the start line at Fernie Gravel Grind in 2022!”

Check out what it was like to race Fernie Gravel Grind from Bagg’s perspective below:

What’s it like to Gravel Race on the Bowhead RX?

Check out more details of Christin Bagg’s Bowhead RX below:

Fernie Gravel Grind caps off a big summer for adaptive biking in Canada. Bowhead athletes were front and centre when Dunbar Summer Series included an adaptive downhill mountain bike category for the first time ever.