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

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

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.