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Trail Psych 101

Trail Psych 101

To most people The Flying Nun is the best way to finish a ride at South Canoe trail network. Ask the riders emerging from the Salmon Arm trail network why they’re grinning, though, and they’ll probably struggle to explain. The trail’s not particularly fast, steep or hard. The few potential jumps are small. There’s no view to speak of. But it does swoop and bank through the forest, twisting and turning in that way great trails do, leaving a feeling of excitement and exhilaration – and a big fat smile.

Trail Organizations Forced to Get Creative in COVID Times

Trail Organizations Forced to Get Creative in COVID Times

With indoor recreation facilities and most organized sports cancelled for this spring and summer, trails in British Columbia have seen an explosion of users in the last few months. With the traditional mountain bike fundraising events usually held at this time of year also cancelled, trail organizations in the province are looking at new ways to support trail maintenance.

Nurturing Pride

Nurturing Pride

I’m following a 16-year old ripper off a tabletop on When Pigs Fly.  A grandmother is on my tail and an 8-year old surprisingly close behind. In our group of 15 riders exploring Burns Lake’s 100 kilometre trail network, there’s everyone from middle-aged teachers to bike bums, expert to intermediates, in jogging pants and on triple crown downhill rigs. I’ve never ridden with a more diverse crew, especially not on assignment.

Hustle & Flow on the Cariboo Wagon Trail

Hustle & Flow on the Cariboo Wagon Trail

100 Mile House, the gateway to the Cariboo Chilcotin, has always been a favoured stopping point for travellers and adventurers. Located at the 100 Mile marker from Lillooet and the start of the Cariboo Wagon Trail, it was the route thousands of people travelled during the gold rush years of the late 1800s, into the interior of the province seeking their fortune. Today, it is a service centre for communities on the Chilcotin plateau and a growing trails and mountain bike destination. Over the past several years, the HunCity Mountain Bike Club has been working with Recreation Sites and Trails and the District of 100 Mile House to build new trails and riding opportunities in the District Woodlot at Mile 99 just south of town on Highway 97.  These new developments include the completion of three new trails:  Lower & Upper Climb & Punishment, and a new signature flow trail, Hustle & Flow, designed and built by world-renowned rider and builder James Doerfling (Jimco Contracting). The trail includes extensive and elaborate wooden features by First Journey Trails, a high profile trail development company that has built wildly popular trails around the province, including Snakes and Ladders in Williams Lake, Soda Creek, and Papa Woods in Prince George.    “This was a much-needed addition of trail infrastructure in the 100 Mile House area,” notes Thomas Schoen, chair of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. “We needed a larger network of trails near 100 Mile House to promote the Kamloops to Quesnel corridor and make 99 a stopping point for visiting riders.”  For Steve Law, the president of the HunCity Mountain Bike Club,...
From Wildfires to Pandemics, Partnerships & Trails Show Us the Way

From Wildfires to Pandemics, Partnerships & Trails Show Us the Way

If you haven’t heard, the city of Quesnel, located in the heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin in the lands of the Lhtako Dene, is the home of a quickly growing network of world-class mountain bike trails. The Cariboo region has long been known as the Shangri-La of mountain biking, a quicky growing destination and home to some of the best riding in the world. The trails being built in Quesnel will further establish and enhance this reputation.

Building New Paths to Resilience & Recovery

Building New Paths to Resilience & Recovery

One thing is for certain, the Covid 19 global pandemic has clarified the importance of trails and recreation to the health and well-being of communities. During this time of lock downs, thousands of people have been flocking to nature parks and trails where they can maintain proper social distancing protocols and find some piece of mind and much needed exercise. Trails and connection to nature have once again proven their capacity for fostering health and resilience. For some communities, such as the Simpcw First Nation in the North Thompson River northeast of Kamloops, their network of hiking and biking trails have served as a critical lifeline. According to Tom Eustache, Director for Public Works for the Nation, the trails have provided opportunities for his people to get outdoors with significant benefits for mental and physical health. “This is a very stressful time for our people, Tom explained. “We have many vulnerable elders who are the knowledge and language keepers. We have to be extremely cautious and ensure their safety.” As such the community has been on lockdown for the past two months, allowing only essential workers access and encouraging residents to stay home and self-isolate. The Nation’s 15km of existing high-quality single track has been seeing a significant level of use by the local community. “The trails have been an important resource and source of exercise and stress relief,” Tom remarked. “People get outside for a walk or a ride helps with maintaining positive mental health.” Now, the Simpcw Trails program will be part of the recovery effort. The Government of BC informed the Nation that they will be...
Community is not Cancelled

Community is not Cancelled

How three community leading women are keeping mountain bike dreams alive during Covid-19 in Kamloops BC. Words and photos by Dylan Sherrard World Cup Racing, tailgate parties, mellow Monday cruisers, Sunday gatherings with friends…Almost everything has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But in Kamloops, a few amazing women are making pivots in their lifestyle and business to keep a community vibe alive. I caught up with a few them to learn about the challenges they are working through, and the efforts they are making to keep the feelings of togetherness in these strange and uncertain times. Dana Heyman - Kamloops Dirt Chix  We have just over 160 ladies on the 2020 membership email right now.I’m continuing to send weekly emails to members each Sunday as I would normally. But instead of a time and a place for us to meet, ride, and celebrate as a big crew, the Dirt Chix are receiving a digital guide for a local loop to take themselves on a solo ride. We’re encouraging them to share images from their rides, which enter them to win prizes generously donated by LIV and Bicycle Cafe.   I’ve heard a few times recently from my non-biking friends - “wow, it must be a bad time to be a mountain biker right now.”They are referring to the trail closures and lack of group rides, but as I thought about this, I disagree. I think it’s a perfect time to be a mountain biker. Why? Because we already know the importance of taking care of our physical and mental health that is the number one priority during these...
Celebrating International Women’s Day: She Rides BC Giveaway

Celebrating International Women’s Day: She Rides BC Giveaway

In BC, there is no shortage of talented and passionate mountain bikers. Many call this place home or visit every year to ride the diverse network of trails in our backyard. This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the community of women who ride in BC. Share a photo of you riding your favourite trail or region in BC and help raise the profile of ladies who shred BC’s trails. How to Enter Follow @mountainbikebc on Instagram and post photos of you riding in British Columbia using the hashtag #sheshredsbc. This contest will begin on March 8, 2020,  International Women’s’ Day, and the winner will be selected at random on March 31, 2020.  Prizes  Ride into Spring Getaway to Kamloops 2-night stay for two at Wingate by Wyndham hotel* 1 group ride for 2 with Dirt Chix* 1 $50 GC to Brown’s Socialhouse Complimentary wine tasting for 2 at Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2 admission passes to the Mountain Bike Mecca Exhibition at the Kamloops Museum & Archives 2 Kamloops buffs 1 Branded Tee from Spoke ‘n Motion *Riders must sign a waiver and have their own bike, helmet, equipment, and transportation.*Rides are 1.5 – 2 hours long every Thursday at 6pm starting April 2.*Rides are weather dependant and there is a chance rides can be cancelled. *Hotel stay must be used by June 30, 2020. The Big Ride Williams Lake Package This bike-minded community is rolling out the red carpet for the lucky winner with these great prizes: 2-night stay for two at the Ramada Hotel 2-day guided ride with local female riders Full-service tune-up and 1-hour maintenance repair from Red Shreds A jersey...
Exploring the Sunshine Coast with Brice Shirbach

Exploring the Sunshine Coast with Brice Shirbach

This week guestagrammer Brice shirbach shares some amzing places to ride in the beautiful Sunshine Coast area.  Brice began riding as early as he can remember, and spent his formative years breaking bikes while flying down ATV trails in the mountains of Western Maryland. Many years ago, Brice combined his passion for riding with his passion for photojournalism and video production, of which he studied in both high school and college, and began to focus on producing content centered around mountain biking. Today, he is devoted full time as a professional rider and a professional content creator, working in editorial, photographic, and video mediums and works hard to encourage people to explore the planet and seek adventure aboard two wheels. Brice and his wife Megan are parents to two amazing boys, Logan and Henry. Powell River is home to the happiest trail dogs I’ve ever ridden with. They often seem more eager to hit the trail than they’re two-legged and two-wheeled partners! For me, the Sunshine Coast might be home to the best trails I’ve ever ridden. This is a photo of me leading local legend Gary Jackson down E-Line above the town of Sechelt. It’s the combination of the people, the landscape, and the nature of the trails themselves that speak to me in ways very few other places ever have. E-Line in Sechelt offers up steep chutes, glorious loam, and stunning views of the Strait of Georgia. Paul Hodgson leads me through a stunning rainforest in Robert’s Creek. Many of these trails are built on a fall line, often following the same paths taken by loggers a...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devin Knopf

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devin Knopf

Growing up in Kenora, Ontario, Devin Knopf was in love with bicycles in their many shapes and sizes. Spending the bulk of his time Cross Country racing, while finding inspiration in the blooming free ride scene out west, Devin was – unknowingly – building a unique ability for performing and enjoying himself in any situation, regardless of wether he had the right bike for the terrain.

A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

Photos and Text by Cécile Gambin We live on the North Shore and one night over spaghetti dinner our five year old claimed he wanted to explore the trails around us. ‘C’est fantastique!!’ I replied. I whipped out my cell phone, tapped on Trailforks and together we poured over the possibilities. Looking for an easy single track without a steep climb or descent - was this too tall an order within the Sea to Sky corridor and the lower mainland? Are there trails here suitable for the beginner rider? We eventually found and chose a handful of single tracks within a 50 km radius of our home that included flatter terrain with a splattering of rocks and roots mixed in for fun. Our friends always asked about our trips and we happily recounted our adventures – showing them pictures and battle scars with excitement. Our enthusiasm for the sport is perhaps why I am often questioned by parents and beginner riders who want to get into the sport but don’t know where to go. We understand – having just moved into the province – we were not familiar with the trails. We asked our mountain bike friends but most didn’t understand the needs of young children. Beginner riders of all ages lack the skill, the confidence, the determination and the mental focus and, in many cases, the strength to ride many of the trails found along the Sea to Sky route. While ‘Bobsled’ on Fromme Mountain in North Vancouver may be easy for an experienced shredder it may not be the case with a novice rider. So where did we go? What...
7 Photos That Capture How Fun Northern BC Trails Are

7 Photos That Capture How Fun Northern BC Trails Are

This week Ryan Creary shares some new photos from Northen BC. Ryan grew up on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. This was where he first discovered mountain biking; he used to race on the rooty and soggy coastal bush trails around the province’s local circuit. After university, Ryan migrated west to British Columbia, and he now calls Revelstoke home. The high alpine trails that surround the town are one of the reasons he loves Revelstoke so much. “I love to ride my bike both up and down; it’s like ski touring for me. Revelstoke is surrounded by long logging road climbs with amazing downhills and some of the best high alpine singletrack in western Canada”, he says. Ryan is very passionate about the outdoors, and when he’s not taking photographs, he spends his time biking, kayaking and climbing in the summers. A long time contributor to Bike Magazine and many other mountain bike publications around the world, Ryan has been a full time professional mountain sports photographer for almost 20 years. Always on the hunt for exquisite light, moody scenes and unique angles - “I’m intrigued by the subtle moments of the activities I pursue as well as the cultural side of mountain sports.”   Graham Woolsey speeds into a berm after a brief september storm on High Roller Trail, Valemount, BC. Jay Starnino and the fall colors of Turduken Trail, Valemount, BC. Glenn King flying high on Presidants Choice Trail, Pidherny Recreation Site. Prince George, BC Rain , snow or sleet won’t stop the Burns Lake Crew from shredding. Randy Stewart coming in hot on...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

“Yeah, I do have a really cool job,” says Sam, with a smile on his face and the late evening glow of the Sun Peaks alpine light on his cheek. “I won’t argue with you about that!” Sam grew up in Bowral Australia, a little town south of Sydney that all of his Canadian friends love to mispronounce. And despite living in relative proximity to a highly populated area, Sam’s childhood and upbringing happened with wide open spaces and freedom to wander as the backdrop. While those characteristics weren’t particularly noteworthy for Sam as a young lad, those are the characteristics that he now credits for sparking the pursuit of the mountain lifestyle he now lives, eats, and breathes at Sun Peaks Resort. On a family ski trip after finishing high school in 2007, Sam happened upon a quiet mountain town called Sun Peaks, where he felt a special attraction.“It was nice and laid back, man,” Sam notes. “There was a tight knit community vibe and that was something I wanted to pursue.” Sam returned to work as a lift attendant for a few seasons between 2008 and 2010. And although he loved the dirtbag lifestyle of that position, Sam left once more to pursue a degree in tourism management - a credential he was certain could be instrumental in finding longer term, more rewarding work in the kinds of places he wanted to live. As luck would have it, Sam’s schooling landed him the kind of position he was hoping for, and brought him right back to Sun Peaks. His time away provided reflection and certainty that Sun...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devyn Pelley

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devyn Pelley

The city of Kamloops needs little introduction in the mountain bike world. The long swift turns and glittering golden hills that litter the Kamloops landscape are the components of many a great riding film, photo, and story. And while the fast paced trails are what typically garner all the glory, the slower pace of life and the laid back community vibe are the other reasons that Devyn Pelley calls Kamloops home. Devyn first found himself in British Columbia after applying for general undergrad studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Despite one of his education options being a full ride music scholarship, Devyn didn’t feel excited about any of the obvious paths that were available to him in Georgia, USA.BC had world class riding, and bike industry career options that pulled him north and kept him on Canadian soil after his schooling was completed. With a position at Race Face providing ample opportunity for growth, Devyn began falling in love with the BC riding community, and the bike industry in general. At some point during those years of living and working in the lower Mainland, Devyn made a short trip to Kamloops that decided his next move. “I just remember the speed of the trails and feeling the smaller town vibe. Everyone was so friendly. And then I rode a trail near Savona, and I was just hooked.” Devyn’s work life kept him on the coast while he dreamed of moving to Kamloops. But when his wife, (who happened to grow up in Kamloops) found work as a teacher in the city, the changes took care of themselves. Devyn...

Finding ‘The Real Stoke’ in Revelstoke, BC

Revelstoke, BC is an outdoor recreation paradise. You name it, they have it. They even have some of the worlds best coffee and beer shops in this relatively small town of 7,230 people. This past weekend Revelstoke hosted the first ever Enduro World Series North American event in Canada. It was organized by the Canadian Enduro Series in partnership with Tourism Revelstoke, Revelstoke Cycling Association, Mountain Biking BC and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. A true partnership as highlighted by this effervescent community. The Community. This is really what separates Revelstoke from any other destination; the trail club here is super strong and they’ve really taken a 10,000 foot view of their master planning. You can see this when you ride here, there is every type of trail experience. You have high-alpine ridge rides like Keystone, flowy blue jump trails in the MacPherson network, steep-tech-gnar on Boulder mountain, helicopter biking on Mt. Cartier and then BC’s newest bike park at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (opening this year). With the recent explosion of everything ‘enduro’, it’s been an interesting ride to see how this transition has helped shape the riding experience and the ever expanding networks that the Revelstoke Cycling Association manages. For this event every racer was asked to become a member of the Revelstoke Cycling Association garnering approximately $10,400 in membership revenue for the RCA! If you’d like to donate or become a member of the RCA, you can do that here. Revelstoke holds a place in many peoples heart. It truly is about the ‘place’ once you come here you never, ever, want to...
WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2019 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC “BIKES AND BEER” 7 DAY GIVEAWAY

WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2019 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC “BIKES AND BEER” 7 DAY GIVEAWAY

VANCOUVER, BC May 31, 2019 - Over 2,600 entries were received from over 30 different countries for this year’s weeklong mountain biking prize trip in British Columbia. This year’s lucky winner is Anthony Boussetta from North Vancouver, BC. Anthony has invited his good friend and riding buddy, Blaise Ratcliffe to share this unforgettable adventure. Anthony was selected among 10 random finalists who had to convince a panel of judges in 500 word or less why they should be the chosen one for this incredible experience. Anthony impressed our judges as a passionate and motivated rider who recently immigrated to Canada from France because of BC’s reputation for mountain biking. Anthony loves riding technical singletrack and can’t wait to explore more trails throughout the province. This year’s trip will feature a mix of old and new school trails as we explore some lesser known mountain bike destinations including Castlegar, Cranbrook, Invermere, Radium Hotsprings, Kelowna and Merritt. Some of these destinations are better known for their other world class products and experiences but they also happen to have great trails! The trip will run from June 20-27. Highlights during the trip will be posted on Mountain Biking BC’s Facebook page and Instagram. Mountain Biking BC would like to express its thanks to everyone that entered the contest and especially to our...
The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

This trip is for anyone who has biked in the Sea to Sky a few times and is looking for some new ride ideas. Or for someone who lives in Vancouver and rides the Shore lots, but doesn’t have a huge interest in the bike park or typically venture much past Squamish on the weekends. If this sounds like you, then hopefully you will find something inspiring in the routes and photos below.