Group Rides, Shuttles & Activities
Tix to Plaid Goat includes a variety of FREE group rides & activities! And if you want to expedite your trailhead access, we have a great deal for you!

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Plaid Goat group rides on their own do not cost anything and are a part of your General Admission ticket. Some group rides however will use the shuttles and those will require a Demo Shuttle Wristband (only $20/day or $30/weekend). You can get yours HERE.

To help you make the most of your trail time at Plaid Goat, for those interested in shuttles, we’re working in partnership with Alberta 66 MTB and Huckwagons to fast-track you to a variety of trailheads throughout the Bow Valley.

Some shuttles are connected to group rides, where others will simply drop you off so you can independently enjoy the ride at your own pace. Some shuttles will have a pick UP and and return option, where others will see you finish close enough to the festival site that you can ride back with ease. Check out the details below.

We integrated sign up options in response to your interests in being able to best plan your day. SIGN UP HERE to save your spot. If your plans change, we ask that you update your spot. Please arrive 15 minutes before the shuttle departure time. 5 minutes before departure time we will reassign no show reservations to walk ups.

BONUS // Some shuttles will include sign up incentives to sweeten the deal even more! See rides with BONUS written below to note which ones. Incentives include anything from free beer, to Kananaskis Welcome Bag Draws, to Santa Cruz Swag Draws!

Shuttles can be enjoyed by adding on a Demo Shuttle Wristband for only $20/day or $30/weekend. Get your wristband HERE. Limited quantities are available to ensure access to shuttles and demo bikes is well managed.

NOTE: Shuttling with demo bikes must be approved by each bike brand. This is the responsibility of each vendor and participant.

For the following group rides, we ask that you self-assess your skill level very carefully to ensure you’re signing up for the right group. If you have questions, feel free to ask the coordinator at the meeting point for an overview of each level. It is important to note that the assessment will be done for each ride by the individual rider.

Friday June 22

Activity #1: Group Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm “Prospector” #1 with Alberta 66 MTB
  • Prospector is one of the most phenomenal rides in the Bow Valley. A local favourite that integrates technical trail features and rock slabs.
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Limited to 10 people, Meeting Point 1

Activity #2: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm “Reclaimer and Riders of Rohan” Hot Laps
  • Hitch a short ride on the Huckwagon up Spray Lakes Road to hook up some ride gravity laps
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Continuous rotation, Meeting Point 1

Activity #3: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm “STEEDZ Enduro – BCES Canmore Stage 5 Preview Ride” 
  • Stage 5 will likely be the most technically challenging segment for racers, hitting 3 black diamond trails (by way of CNC standards). Great learning opportunities avail so come dial in the lines and session the technical sections ahead of the race.
  • Level: Blue/black – intermediate/advanced 
  • Details: Meeting Point 1

Activity #4: Group Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm “Prospector” #2 with Alberta 66 MTB
  • NOTE: This ride will only happen if we fill up the first group ride at 5:30 pm.
  • Prospector is one of the most phenomenal rides in the Bow Valley. A local favourite that integrates technical trail features and rock slabs.
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Limited to 10 people, Meeting Point 1

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Saturday June 23

Activity #1: Group Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Razor’s Edge” Advanced Ride with Santa Cruz & Reg Mullet
  • Razor’s Edge is one of the area’s most advanced technical rides, so you must be an advanced rider to join in. No demo bikes are permitted on this ride. BONUS: Santa Cruz Swag Draw!
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Limited to 10 people, meet at the Santa Cruz expo tent

Activity #2: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 10:15 am – N/A “Highline East” Trailhead Drop Off
  • Get dropped off at Stewart Creek Highline trailhead and ride this Bow Valley classic at your own pace. Link up to a variety of trail options to get yourself back to the Nordic Centre.
  • Level: Intermediate/blue
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 1

Activity #3: Public Speaker

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am “Bear Safety & More” Bear Safety for Bikers + Bear Spray Demo
  • This is your chance to learn from one of the province’s leading wildlife education experts how to shoot down a pop up bear with inert bear spray. Always informative & entertaining!
  • Details: Rodeo Ring

Activity #4: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm “YYC MTB Hosted Beginner Ride” 
  • If you’re still getting into mountain biking or just want a slower pace, this is the ride for you. We’ll tackle some fun trails and avoid the steep and technical stuff.
  • Level: Beginner/green
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 2

Activity #5: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 10:30 am “Shred Sisters Hosted Ride” 
  • Trail TBC based on the skill level of interested riders. Ladies only ride… all levels welcome. Groups will be divided as required.
  • Level: All welcome
  • Details: Meet at the Rocky Mountain Bicycles expo tent

Activity #6: Group Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm “Quaite Valley/Jewell Pass/Prairie View” 
  • This is a longer intermediate classic showcases the jewel of the Rockies; Barrier Lake. A few hike-a-bike sections are required and good fitness is advised. BONUS: Kananaskis Welcome Bag Draw!
  • Level: Intermediate/blue
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 1

Activity #7: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm “Reclaimer and Riders of Rohan” Hot Laps Shuttle
  • Hitch a ride on the Huckwagon up Spray Lakes Road to hook up some ride gravity laps
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Continuous rotation, Meeting Point 1

Activity #8: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm “YYC MTB Hosted Intermediate Ride” 
  • A bit faster, a bit farther, a bit gnarlier. Lead and tail guides will keep everyone on the right route.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 2

Activity #9: Self Guided Ride – SHUTTLE

  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm “Lower Stoney Squaw” Laps
  • Located on the Mt. Norquay ski hill in Banff, this fun rip down is fast and flows well. There are a couple of short climbs near the top, but after that, it’s all downhill.
  • Level: Intermediate/blue
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, this trail will be lapped twice. Meeting Point 1

Activity #10: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 6:00 pm – N/A “High Rockies” South Drop Offs
  • A newer iconic ride above the beautiful Spray Lakes valley, this lovely ride has a series of drop off options and you’ll return to the Festival on your own power. BONUS: Kananaskis Welcome Bag Draw!
  • Level: Beginner-intermediate/green-blue
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, we’ll drop you off at Kent, Sawmill or Buller Pass trailheads so you can ride north back and return to the Nordic Centre at your own pace by descending Spray Lakes Road. Meeting Point 1

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Sunday June 24

Activity #1: Stand Up Paddle-board

  • 7:30 am – 9:00 am “Pre-Fest Coffee & Paddle” with Rebound Cycle, Bow Valley SUP and Keep Calm Paddle On (KCPO)
  • Start your final Fest day by zenning your sore riding muscles back to life with a chill paddle on Canmore’s reservoir. Bring your own coffee, but borrow a SUP board. This sweet wake up experience is free with donation to Ride the Rockies Society.
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Limited to 10 people, Meeting Point: Rebound Cycle van at the reservoir 

Activity #2: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 10:15 am – N/A “Highline East” trailhead drop off 
  • Get dropped off at Stewart Creek Highline trailhead and ride this Bow Valley classic westward at your own pace. Link up to a variety of trail options to get yourself back to the Nordic Center.
  • Level: Intermediate/blue
  • Details: Limited to 13 people, Meeting Point 1

Activity #3: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm “YYC MTB Hosted Beginner Nordic Centre Ride”
  • If you’re still getting into mountain biking or just want a slower pace, this is the ride for you. We’ll tackle some fun trails and avoid the steep and technical stuff. Trails: Get in. Get out. Beluga.
  • Level: Beginner/green
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 2

Activity #4: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 10:30 pm – 1:30 pm “Canmore Hot Laps by Bicycle Cafe & Santa Cruz
  • Hitch a ride on the Huckwagon up Spray Lakes Road to hook up some ride gravity laps. Trails include, Reclaimer, Riders of Rohan, etc.
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Continuous rotation, Meeting Point 1

Activity #5: Self Guided Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 11:00 am – 2:15 pm“High Rockies” Driftwood
  • A newer iconic ride above the beautiful Spray Lakes valley, this lovely ride is an accessible scenic classic. BONUS: Kananaskis Welcome Bag Draws!
  • Level: Beginner-intermediate/green-blue
  • Details: Limited to 13 people, Meeting Point 1

Activity #6: Preventative MTB Exercises

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm “ProActive Movement for Riders”
  • Join ProActive Health owner Greg Long and move, strengthen, stretch and recover with one of the area’s best chiropractors.
  • Details: Meeting Point: Rodeo Ring

Activity #7: Group Ride – No Shuttle

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm “YYC MTB Hosted Intermediate Nordic Centre Ride”
  • If you’re still getting into mountain biking or just want a slower pace, this is the ride for you. We’ll tackle some fun trails and avoid the steep and technical stuff. Trails: Back Door, Sherwood, EKG, Odyssey, Coal Chutes, Georgetown, Orchid, Soft Yoghurt – Intermediate/Blue [no shuttle]
  • Level: Intermediate/blue
  • Details: Limited to 12 people, Meeting Point 2

Activity #8: Group Jump Session – No Shuttle

  • 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Canmore Hot Laps by Bicycle Cafe & Santa Cruz Advanced/Black
  • Hitch a ride on the Huckwagon up Spray Lakes Road to hook up some ride gravity laps. Trails include, Reclaimer, Riders of Rohan, etc.
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Continuous rotation, Meeting Point 1

Activity #9: Group Ride – [SHUTTLE]

  • 2:45 pm – 6:45 pm “Banff Bike’n Brew” 
  • Ride Tunnel Mountain’s Topp Notch / Return of the Jedi / Star Wars / Return of the Jedi and then head to Banff Brewery for a free pint! BONUS! This shuttle offers a post-ride craft beer pint!
  • Level: Advanced/black
  • Details: Limited to 13 people. After this advanced ride, cruise into downtown Banff to drop off bikes and have a refreshment sponsored by Banff Ave Brewing Co. Meeting Point 1

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Note:

Meeting Point 1 is located at the bus pull out in front of the Main Lodge. Look for the Plaid Goat black flag as this will be a popular meeting point for activities requiring shuttles.

Meeting Point 2 is located in the Expo area at the Plaid Goat Merchandise Tent. Look for the Plaid Goat grey flag as this will be a popular meeting point for activities not requiring shuttles.

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