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Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest

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Canmore Nordic Centre

100-1988 Olympic Way

Canmore, AB


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Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a three-day bike buffet packed with for-fun activities for any mountain bike enthusiast. Celebrate mountain bike culture; Canadian Rockies style!


Not interested in reading about the event? No worries... check out last year's recap video here. Otherwise, here's what's on offer:

  • Expo: come see what's hot for the season in the mountain bike industry and while you're at it, grab some eats and enjoy the interactive activities.
  • Demo: sample the sickest bikes of the year from a collective of incredible mountain bike brands.
  • Regional Craft Beer Tent: handpicked high quality local brewers, wine and other beverages will quench riders’ thirst after an awesome day in the saddle. This is not your average beer tent!
  • Bike Rodeo: led by The Flannel Crew, come sign up or sit back and enjoy a full schedule of ridiculousness and bikes.
  • Secure Bike Parking: with support from the Canmore Community Cruisers, you can bring your own bike to Plaid Goat and have a safe place to store it while you demo bikes, stroll the expo or replenish with festival food and beverages.
  • Group Rides: hosted by mountain bike clubs, icons and super star ambassadors from around the region.
  • Coaching Clinics: respected regional coaches will offer unique festival-specific coaching sessions, serving up the chance to hone your skills, meet new people and have fun while learning new tips and tricks.
  • Kids Hub: an area devoted to wee groms and grommettes so they can play, dig and relax in a kid-centric space (adult supervision required).
  • Wildlife Safety Sessions: learn tips for riding the Rockies safely from respected wildlife education specialists.
  • Trail Building Programming: a Digger Discussion will be hosted for trail builders Sunday morning by the Ride the Rockies Society, Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Alliance (CAMBA) and more.
  • Onsite Rundle's Revenge Partnership: this year, Plaid Goat is teaming up with TransRockies Race Series’ Rundle’s Revenge! This super fun ride-run race will be hosted immediately onsite at the Canmore Nordic Centre right beside Plaid Goat. Check out all the action, or join it. Run, bike, do whatcha like!


General Admission // $10 per adult

NOTE: The first 500 General Admission tickets have been generously sponsored by Outside Bike & Ski! Admission tickets from #501 on will cost $10.

Admission includes access to: Plaid Goat's Expo, Regional Craft Beer Tent, Group Rides, Secure Bike Parking, Kids Hub and more.

Admission for kids and youth is free [however, you're welcome to give a donation to the Ride the Rockies Society to invest in the region's trails for the future of your family's riding!].

Add on: Demo Shuttle Wristband // $20 per day or $30 per weekend

NOTE: The first 50 Demo Shuttle Wristband "Add Ons" have also been generously sponsored by Outside Bike & Ski! Demo Shuttle Wristbands from #51 and on will cost the noted "Add On" prices.

By adding a Demo Shuttle Wristband to your admission, you'll get to sample the sweetest bikes of the year back to back for an insanely low price AND be able to grab shuttles throughout the weekend! [just think of the average daily cost to rent a bike alone ($75-$150) – hello savings!]

Demos will run Sat and Sun, though bike brands will be onsite Fri evening so you can plan out your weekend of demo awesomeness. There will be a limited number of bikes available and as such, a limited number of Demo Shuttle Wristbands up for grabs.

Add on: Coaching Clinics

Coaching clinic info will be announced soon!


  • Friday, June 22: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm*
  • Saturday, June 23: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm*
  • Sunday, June 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm*

*time of last call, with one hour following to consume remaining beverages in Beer Hub


  • Admission does not include food, beverages or vendor products
  • Admission does not include access to all coaching clinics
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets are not transferable
  • The Canmore Nordic Centre requires recreationalists using their trails to bring bearspray (& to know how to use it)
  • Waivers are required to be filled out for each participant before entry to ensure you can enjoy anything you wish in the moment while at the festival.

Our commitment to the Rockies runs deep

Plaid Goat will raise funds for the Ride the Rockies Society’s Regional Stewards Program. This program supports the region’s MTB associations by cultivating: new MTB trail developments in the Rockies, trail upgrade projects & builder education, enhanced signage or way-finding and research related projects.

More info at www.plaidgoat.ca.


Outside Bike and Ski is a full service shop in both winter and summer, located in Canmore, AB. They have loads of great accessories, outerwear, hard goods + a "rad" team of techs. They even often have canine customer service agents on hand to ensure you're in good company while you shop. Outside's bike brands include: Rocky Mountain, Norco, Yeti, Ibis and Felt. Get more Outside info here.


What does Plaid Goat stand for?

Plaid Goat is a symbol of Riding in the Rockies. It embodies mountain bikers of every type and stripe, and brings everyone together no matter the riding level, experience or discipline.

Plaid as a fabric weaves together different coloured yarn in a crossbarred pattern, just like Plaid Goat brings riders together from every corner of our region. Just for the fun of it!

Ok, but what about the goat?

Well, they're kinda fun. And that's precisely what this event is about. Goats are playful, capable, agile critters and can be found in nearly any part of the Canadian Rockies. No 'kidding' around, we kinda like them and think their personality fits ours.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are only minimum age requirements to enter the Beer Hub - old goats only - 18+. ID is required to enter. Otherwise, Plaid Goat is completely family friendly.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is free parking at the Canmore Nordic Centre, but if you ride up, we have free Secure Bike Parking on site. Alternatively, Roam Transit buses come to the Nordic Centre too. See the public transit schedule here.

If I'm racing Rundle's Revenge, do I need a Plaid Goat ticket?

Yes, though the events are sharing the Stadium at the Canmore Nordic Centre, they're operated seperately so each event's unique fees apply. But that said, if you're going to Plaid Goat, you get a discount of $10 off any Rundle's Revenge entry! Just use promo code: PlaidGoat2018.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring your bike, your onleash dog, your friends, your partners, your kids, your spandex, your baggy shorts, or costumes! Though food will be available through many vendors, you can also bring your own food. You cannot however bring your own alcohol as that is a no no from ALGC. Plenty of adult beverages will be available in licensed areas for those 18+.

What should I bring if I'm demo'ing bikes?

Bring all of the normal bike gear including bike shoes, helmet, gloves (if you wear them), water, bear spray and PEDALS. Be sure to bring your own pedals.

Am I guaranteed to be able to demo bikes all weekend if I add on a demo wristband?

As we're carefully managing how many wristbands are sold, your odds are extremely good. But like every other event with demos, we can't guarantee you'll get the exact bike you want at the exact time you're ready. Like the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm & patience can be your friend. We also recommend you use the Friday night Sneak-A-Peek to plan things out.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email us at wanda@plaidgoat.ca or find more info on our website.

What's the refund policy?

We do not offer cancellations or refunds due to inclement weather or for any other reason.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring either your printed ticket, or your electronic ticket on your phone.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, tickets are not transferrable.

Why do I have to bring bear spray to ride bikes the Canmore Nordic Centre?

Since April 2014, bear spray has been mandatory gear for all people recreating on the Nordic Centre's trails. This includes while riding at Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest.

Bear spray is not needed for hanging out in the stadium however.

Could there be changes to what trails are accessible because of bears or wildlife?

Yes, due to the nature of the nature around the Canmore Nordic Centre and our surrounding area, our wild neighbours get priority. If critters are in the area and the conservation officers deem it necessary, some trails may be closed temporarily or wildlife in area signs may be put in place. Always ride bear aware.

Thank you for supporting Plaid Goat! We can't wait to ride the Rockies with you!

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