What is the Cowichan Crusher Gravel Fondo

A Gravel Fondo resembles a road Gran Fondo but predominantly traverses gravel or dirt roads and trails. It is generally non-technical (unlike mountain biking) and can be comfortably ridden on a Gravel bike, Cross bike, Mountain bike, Hybrid, and for most Beginner/Piccolo Fondos, even on a road bike with wider tires. Our goal is to ensure our events are 75% gravel or more.

History

Following the successful execution of the Kettle Mettle Dirty Fondo for several years in the Okanagan (FYI, it’s the oldest Gravel Fondo in Western Canada!), we aimed to expand our series and found Vancouver Island to be the perfect fit upon discovering the incredible gravel opportunities within the Cowichan Valley. Subsequently, we established the Cowichan Crusher Gravel Fondo. Initially held just outside Duncan in the Glenora area, we later relocated to Lake Cowichan due to reduced traffic and the availability of breathtaking scenery, outstanding terrain, and improved routes. 

We also have Individual and team competitions and their results are based upon combined times.

We try to have at least 75% minimum or more of the event take place on Gravel roads or trails.

 (It’s The Oldest Gravel Fondo on Vancouver Island)

After Successfully running the Kettle Mettle Dirty Fondo for a few years in the Okanagan (FYI it’s the Oldest Gravel Fondo is Western Canada! ) we were looking at adding another Gravel Fondo to create a  series and Vancouver Island seemed the logical choice when we saw the amazing opportunities of Gravel in the Cowichan Valley. We then proceeded to put it on. We ran the first few years just Outside of Duncan in the Glenora area but decided to move it up to Lake Cowichan as it is much better with less traffic and has a great er opportunities for amazing scenery and awesome terrain and routes.

We also have Individual and team competitions and their results are based upon combined times.

We try to have at least 75% minimum or more of the event take place on Gravel roads or trails

Cowichan Crusher 2024 Event Categories
2 MAIN ONES
-Male
-Female
Also we have several participant categories.

  • INDIVIDUAL
  • TEAM
  •       Team of 2
  •       Team of 4

Choose from 3 Distances in 2024 

  • Piccolo / Beginner Fondo (Approx 25kms)
  • Medio Fondo (Approx 55kms)
  • Full Fondo (Approx 100kms)

START & FINISH DATES

Sunday May 5th , 2024

Start Location: Lower Ballfield, Lake Cowichan Rec Centre

Start Times

  • 8:00 AM –  Full Fondo
  • 8:20 AM Medio Fondo
  • 8:40 AM 25km Piccolo / Beginner Fondo 

Please Note: All start times are estimates and might change at the last minute so please be ready before these posted times although we are not looking to ever start an event early.

Package Pickup Info 
Saturday May 4th, 2024
Location: Centennial Hall 309 S Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

From 2:00-6:00PM

Sunday May 5th, 2024

Location: Centennial Hall 309 S Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

From 7:00AM onwards. 

Event Start / Finish is at lowermost ballfield. 

There are bathrooms at the lowermost ball field and in Centennial Hall .