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.

How To Ride Revelstoke’s Joss Peak

How To Ride Revelstoke’s Joss Peak

It was a long winter, and it’s still showing. This year, the BC Interior’s mountain tops are wearing frosted tips into July. But just like your cousin who kept his hair bleached and listened to The Offspring through the late 2000s, all things eventually come to an end and lead into the next. Now your cousin has a man bun and listens to Bon Iver, and the Interior mountains have just about opened their alpine bounty to bicycle wheels once again. If you’re jonesin’ to get up high, Revelstoke is no doubt on your list. Over the last five years, the 6,700-person Victorian town famous for its deep snow has become equally famous for its concentration of friendly and accessible alpine mountain bike rides. Situated 6.5 hours east of Vancouver on the cruisy Trans-Canada Highway, “Revy” has five legit trails that’ll get you above treeline. There’s the infamous Mount Cartier lookout, which is also a pioneering point for heli-biking; then there’s Keystone and Frisby, which are amongst the most coveted cross-country rides in North America; and Sale Mountain, offering a blistering 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) descent if your hands hold up. But the least talked about of alpine ride is Joss Peak. Tucked into the Monashee Mountains just west of Revelstoke, riding Joss Peak is a solid day trip for most folks, tracing the geological divide carved by the doughty Columbia River and Upper Arrow Lake. Leaving the low-lying jungle at the parking lot, the trail meanders at civilized grades through lush grasses drunk with moisture from snow melt. Early in the season, the bush is tall and grabby. Riders will...
Fernie Stoke. Riding Fernie with Vince Mo

Fernie Stoke. Riding Fernie with Vince Mo

Vince Mo…   “Monstrous climbs reap epic views. Not many come greater than this one high up on Mount Fernie” Rider: Phil McLachlan Trail - Stupid Traverse “The mighty Western Red Cedar once dominated the landscape in Fernie. Many were destroyed by forest fire, however the old remnants are still a stunning head-turner.” Rider: Pat McGee Trail - Project 9 “When daylight drops into dusk, even the most straightforward trail can transform into different beast when illuminated by a head beam.” Trail - Eco-Terrorist “Stoke levels are high, cardio fitness and leg strength is low in the early season (in personal experience). It’s a perfect day when you can squeeze in a handful of lift-assisted runs at Fernie Alpine Resort without ever having to face a climb.” Rider: Jennifer Peterson & Josh Springle Trail - Mr Berms “Race events at Fernie Alpine Resort are a huge highlight on the summer calendar.” Trail - Rumplestumpskin “Summer days eventually make way for cooler mornings, golden landscapes, and tacky dirt to throw into - what is there to not love about fall time riding? ” Rider: JF Des Lauriers & Jennifer McHugh Trail - Swine Flu “Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the popularity of fat bikes seem to be on the rise here. Fantastic volunteers and trail grooming means you don’t ever need to stop riding here even when your buddies are out on skis and snowboards.” Rider: Mady Wassick Trail - Sidewinder   Think you have what it takes to be our next #mtbBC Guestagrammer? Email us at media@mountainbiking.bc! ...
The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC

The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC

The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC Words and photos by Sam Egan Tucked into the eastern slope of the Purcell Mountains and less than half an hour from Cranbrook’s International Airport lays the sleepy Kootenay town of Kimberley, British Columbia. Formerly home to one of the world’s richest lead-zinc mines, Kimberley Alpine Resort now sits atop the site that originally attracted prospectors in the late 1800’s, and the former boom town has become a recreationist’s dream. While the natural assets of Kimberley may be no secret to neighboring Albertans in the winter months, it isn’t usually top of mind for mountain bike destinations. It isn’t on the way anywhere, and you need to go out of your way when travelling between larger destinations to reach it. In other words, you’ve got to be going there to get there. There’s a definite culture of mountain bikers readily apparent to even the least canny observer upon entering the downtown area, easily confused with the “townsite” that sits above the commercial centre. The locals are friendly and easy-going with information about trail options, and in the Bavarian-inspired, pedestrian-only “Platz”, you’ll find the local bike shop Kootenay Mountain Works and a full bevvy of shops and restaurants to fulfill your every adventure need. An authentic schnitzel house lays down the road from funky breakfast options like the Bean Tree Café, where you can fuel up and caffeinate before heading to one of  the many Kimberley Nature Park trailheads. The Jimmy Russell trailhead is a solid staging point for any length of ride in the park, and located just across the road from...
Riding, Nelson, Rossland and Kaslo

Riding, Nelson, Rossland and Kaslo

Based in Penticton BC, Ryan Taylor is constantly searching for the meaning of life through trail enlightenment and is an expert at learning things the hard way. He regularly contributes to various cycling publications in an effort to balance writing and photography with his depressing real world job.

This year, dirtbag living was in the back of my mind as the 9:00-5:00 rat race took its toll. With life getting real, I was motivated to take a break from domestication by living in my car with just my bike and whatever I had in my bag. And I chose to pair this break with riding TransRockies Event’s Singletrack 6 (ST6) stage race. Though I’ve done ST6 before, 2017 was the first year it was hosted in the Kootenay Rockies; and I was stoked! Here’s what I found while in Rossland, Nelson and Kaslo

Fall Riding in Fernie,BC

Fall Riding in Fernie,BC

Fall Riding in Fernie,BC  Words and photos by Nick & Steph Nault As the last of the summer heat dissipates and the temperatures start to drop, mountain biking in Fernie, BC enters its’ prime. The fall colours alone are worth a visit to the bike trails, where you’ll zip past the vibrant changing leaves as your tires crunch over the ones that have already made their final descent. Add to that the perfectly tacky dirt, the cooler temperatures and the quieter trails, and you’ve got yourself ideal riding conditions.     Fernie has become somewhat of a mountain biking mecca over the last several years, with thousands of visitors coming each summer from around the world, and it’s no surprise why. With five different trail networks boasting well over a hundred trails that you can easily bike to from anywhere in town, there is no shortage of amazing riding to be had. Whether you’re here for a mellow cross-country ride, a gnarly downhill, dirt jumping, or Fernie’s classic sustained singletrack climb to super fun downhill, we’re positive you’ll find what you’re looking for. However, just because the kids are back in school and vacation time is used up, doesn’t mean the mountain biking has slowed down around here. With many local bike events happening well into the fall, the bike scene still carries strong. The Fernie High Roller, which happens in late September, is a local poker ride that draws a hefty local and visiting crowd alike, where riders try to tackle three of Fernie’s most gruelling rides. While some will enter this race and try to get the best...
Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer!

Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer!

Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer! Words: Tucker Braund Photos: Anders Samnoy, Ollie Jones, Thomas Nowaczynski Nelson and Kaslo BC have a historic flare both for their riding and brewing of beer. Over the last 20 years it would be hard to say that you haven’t seen the high-flying stunts and wild riding Nelson has to offer in a few movies or magazine photos. Today most of the ceiling high skinnies and ladder bridges are all but history hanging in the upper branches of the trees to remind us of those that forged Nelsons’ bike scene onto the world radar.  The trails in Nelson are not perfectly manicured, machine built “flow” trails people are getting all too familiar with. Instead, they are raw, natural, well-built, and will push you to be a better rider. With the emergence of four new breweries between Nelson and Kaslo, and more than 190 trails to choose from, Nelson is a mountain biking destination to be reckoned with. Nelson Brewing Company & Mountain Station Trails Easily accessed from downtown Baker Street by a short drive or pedal, Mountain Station is the local’s paradise for riding because of the plethora of trails ranging from Green circle to Double Black Diamond, right out the door. From the parking area you can start with a single track climb up Raccoon and Badger or you can grunt it up the forest road to your desired vertical but either way you are there for the awesome descents to come. Most people start with Eli Sim a blue square trail that incorporates almost everything that Nelson trails are, roots, rocks, techy...
Exploring Nelson with Guestagrammer Mark Mackay

Exploring Nelson with Guestagrammer Mark Mackay

Born and raised in the remote north Scotland, Mark’s untameable sense of adventure and determination to fulfil a teenage dream led him to the rugged and majestic coastal mountains of Canada’s west coast. Mark’s photographic journey is only just beginning ; yet , he has graced the pages of most major mountain bike magazines worldwide. Based in British Colombia’s breathtaking sea to sky corridor, a Disneyland for the outdoor enthusiast, Mark feels passionate about the world around him and focuses on photographing moments that inspire others to live their dreams

Exploring Fernie with Guestagrammer Todd Weselake

Exploring Fernie with Guestagrammer Todd Weselake

Exploring Fernie with guestagrammer Todd Weselake May 21, 2017 | Fernie, Trip Stories Meet Todd Weselake, this week Todd shared some of his favourites trail shots from Fernie. Viewing the world through his camera since the late 90’s, Todd has a strong creative sense to his work. His extensive experience shooting everything from action sports and portraits, to editorial and commercial work helps him view the scene from every angle. When he is not behind the lens, he is most certainly out enjoying the mountains on his mountain bike, flying airplanes, or traveling to remote reaches of the globe. Project 9 in the spring, when the trails are tacky and lush. Wildflowers and buffed trails on Hyper Ventilation. SLUNT. The down is well worth the up. The alpine area around Fernie has unlimited potential, if you don’t mind big days, and bigger climbs. Caleb Brown dropping in from the Fernie Alpine.   Evening P9 laps.  Whats not to love about it.   Think you have what it takes to be our next #mtbBC Guestagrammer? Email us at...

Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance

The Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance was formed through the merging of eight local trail advocacy and stewardship groups including Columbia River Greenways Alliance, Columbia Valley Cycling Society, Summit Trail Makers, Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, Purcell Mountain Bike School, Crazy Soles running group, Nipika Mountain Resort and Panorama Mountain Village.  The new consoldated group will provide better coordination of resources and a stronger voice for over 500 local outdoor enthusiasts.  Their goal is to work more closely with public and private land managers to create more well managed trail systems for both local residents and visitors. To learn more click...
14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

This itinerary stops in many popular riding destinations in BC’s southern interior. Never-ending mountains with great trails mixed with cool lakes and friendly towns provide a landscape that is about as close as it gets to true mountain bike nirvana.

The 7 Day Giveaway: Some of BC’s Finest Single Track

The 7 Day Giveaway: Some of BC’s Finest Single Track

Mountain Biking BC’s 7 Day Giveaway contest sent a winner and one friend on an amazing seven day trip, guided by Endless Biking and supported by BC Bike Ride, through the interior of British Columbia. School teacher Leanne Neighbor of Kamloops BC convinced the judges in 500 words that she should be the one chosen from ten finalists who were randomly selected from over 3000 entries.