Bike Minded People: Chapter One – Claire Buchar

Bike Minded People: Chapter One – Claire Buchar

“It can be a bit tricky to explain, and I suppose it depends on who’s asking,”admits Claire.“But I’m a graphic designer and a mountain bike athlete.” In addition to the obvious professional titles that Claire Buchar may sign beside her name, she’s also a coach, dog mom, role model for young riders, and a lover of life on two wheels. With a deep love for her riding community and the natural world that surrounds her, Claire has fashioned her own version of living the mountain bike dream in Whistler, B.C. Claire grew up in North Vancouver and spent much of her youth bouncing around between nearby locations. And although Whistler may be where she collects her mail and rests her head, it’s within the wild tangle of ocean, fresh water, forests and mountains of the Sea to Sky region where she truly feels at home. “I’ve got deep connections and strong relationships with so many people in this region, but somehow, the forest still feels even bigger to me. These forests have taken care of me. I really mean it.” In the Whistler community, Claire is mentor for young riders through and through.While Kovarik Racing offers a channel to provide guidance for young riders with the dreams of racing careers spinning in their heads, Claire provides care and attention for riders of all sorts. “People lean on me like I know what I’m doing. And I really appreciate that… I mean, its cool they they think of me that way, but I’m definitely still learning a lot myself.” And although she’s mostly left her racing career in the rear...
A Week on Vancouver Island

A Week on Vancouver Island

Winners of Mountain Biking BC’s “Bikes and Beer” contest learn about Vancouver Island time and what makes it tick.  Words and photos by Robin Munshaw Day 1: Taking our time on the drive up the east coast of Vancouver Island, we got to know Rachael and Aaron as they went through the later stages of climate shock. “It was snowing this morning in Calgary”, Aaron tells us, looking intently at the rain pounding on the windshield. Rachel has entered the Mountain Biking BC “Bikes and Beer” contest every year since its inception. This year she decided to enter Aaron’s name and, karma rewarding the good deed, he won. Though they live in Alberta, the two winners were no strangers to BC, though they hadn’t spent much time on the coast. “We ride in the Kootenays a lot – Kicking Horse, Mount Seven, Panorama”. With direct flights from Calgary to Comox and Nanaimo, it ended up being faster for them to fly to Vancouver Island than to drive to Golden where they usually ride. We’ve come to Vancouver Island to spend a week exploring one of the densest regions of trail networks in BC. Our first stop in Campbell River was a great place to begin the journey. James Durand, founder of Swicked Bikes, met us at the shop and took us to a quick lap on Radar Hill so that Aaron and Rachael could get acquainted with their new Rocky Mountain bikes, on loan from Endless Biking. After a few wet trails, we rolled back to Swicked to get dry and swap stories over a pint at Beach Fire...
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. 

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

Too busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you what to do, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too. If you are already a “local” these might still be worth checking out, we could have some refreshing ideas for: rides, coffee, beers and apres eats. Or just skip to the comments below and tell us what a S*** job we did. This third installment, the Front Country Adventure, serves to satiate your appetite for adventure, while not totally draining your wallet. We cannot say the same for your legs and your lungs, this is a big weekend of riding that will test even the fittest of mountain bike enthusiasts. If this doesn’t sound like your style, don’t worry, our fourth and final itinerary for the Frequent Visitor is toned down on the pedaling, but still packed with some rad local trail insight, so stay tuned. The itinerary you are about to read contains some of the most technically challenging trails in the Sea to Sky corridor, and should only be attempted by riders with advanced to expert technical abilities. We aren’t kidding, this...
Riding the Sea to Sky: A First Timer’s Guide to MTB Mecca

Riding the Sea to Sky: A First Timer’s Guide to MTB Mecca

Too busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you what to do, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too. If you are already a “local” these might still be worth checking out, we could have some refreshing ideas for: rides, coffee, beers and apres eats. Or just skip to the comments below and tell us what a S*** job we did. In the first installment of MTBBC’s Sea-to-Sky Trip Set we took a float plane and spent 3 days camping and exploring the trails of the South Chilcotin Mountains. This trip was a wicked adventure, and one every self-respecting mountain biker should add to their bucket list, but we also understand that it is a tall order on your legs, lungs and wallet. This second installment, the First Time Visitor, is more attainable for the masses. This itinerary is for you if you are planning your maiden trip to the Sea-to-Sky, something you have been dreaming about for the last few years, but you are overwhelmed with the Pinkbike photos, rad videos, and the sheer volume of trails on Trailforks to choose where you want...
Backcountry Adventure in the South Chilcotins

Backcountry Adventure in the South Chilcotins

oo busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you where to go, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too.

Riding Through Ash & Renewal

Riding Through Ash & Renewal

The last two years have been tough on the psyche watching the clouds of smoke and ash build up across the province and in the air around us. With 2017 and now 2018 being the two worst years on record for wild fires, it is understandable to worry as to how our communities, and the trails we love to ride, can withstand the onslaught. In August, amongst the fires and towering clouds of smoke that ranged across the interior regions of BC and as far east as Manitoba, myself and my colleague and friend Thomas Schoen joined up with journalists and professional riders Julia Hoffman and Daniel Schaefer, and professional photographer Paul Masukowitz from German Bike Magazine. They had come to BC to travel and ride with Thomas and myself and to learn about our work through the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program and First Journey Trails.

Seven Reasons to Ride at The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park

Seven Reasons to Ride at The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park

There’s a new park in town that’s bound to have riders smiling. The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park is located near Ruby Creek, half way between Agassiz and Hope, and give riders the opportunity to shred trails that may otherwise be unachievable. Whether you’re an established rider or are just beginning here are 7 compelling reasons why you should check this park out.

5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

Discover BC through the eyes of its locals photographers!  This week, we’re featuring Vernon through the eyes of Dylan Sherrard.   This week we are riding in Vernon with Noah Brousseau! “Vernon is a mountain bike playground. It’s so cool to live here with trails out the back door, Silver Star just up the road, and the lake just around the corner. My summer days spent riding at home are the best. I’m stoked for you to follow along this week.” “It gets so hot around here in the summer. Some iced coffee, a little water melon, and a cruise up to Silver Star sure helps make the air feel cool. The chairlift carries us for fast and cruisy laps while the trails are smooth and flowy. There’s so many lines here and the summer breeze is exactly what I need. I love it.” “Summer light in Vernon is crazy. Sometimes, when theres a fire in the hills somewhere, we get this wild pink light buzzing through the evening. When I’m flying down a single track and carving turns above the lake, the glow doesn’t even feel real.” “Summer is so good around here. This is the first year I can remember than I’ve got some free time to spend close to home, and I’m definitely making the most of it. Laps in the park, floating in the lakes, pedalling into the evenings… I don’t want to be anywhere else.” “It’s nuts when you realize there’s only so many summer days left before fall. But this summer in Vernon and Silver Star have been legendary, and it’s still not over yet. I’ll...
Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of Ryan Creary

Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of Ryan Creary

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.” “I just love the old burns and different color hues in the Okanagan - Jay Starnino speeding down Jabbarocky on the Rose Valley network.” Kelowna, BC “Jay Starnino and Sabrina Gauthier heading down the Connector Trail towards Rocky Screech at sunset. Crawford Trails at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park - Kelowna , BC Being based in Revelstoke and getting to ride rainforest trails, its a real treat to hit the Okanagan’s semi desert like trails....
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...
5 Photos That Capture the Beauty of Riding Kamloops

5 Photos That Capture the Beauty of Riding Kamloops

There are few places in the world  that can compare with Kamloops. This weeks guestagrammer Dylan Sherrard shares some of his favourite photos of Kamloops BC.   In Kamloops, this spring was slow to come. A long shoulder season, a cool evening breeze an desaturated skies created a larger than average itch for the drying of the trails to arrive. But finally, one dark and stormy night, the concrete skies gave way to warm wind and soft light and suddenly it was go time. The Kamloops Bike Ranch is where the party always starts. The kids who frequent the park are on a whole new level. And the positive impact of growing up with the infrastructure this park provides is glaringly obvious each time their tires begin to turn. At the Ranch, the arrival of the season is celebrated with events such as the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops Freeride Camp and the River Beaver Classic. As riders gather from far and wide to party in the park, they set the stage for the long and wonderful season ahead. When the warmer breeze comes blowing through the valley, it paints the hills a most glorious scene. The firing greens and golds are fleeting moments in the story of the year, but this season, they seemed to last forever. And the trails continued on rolling that way. We enjoy the classic laps that never grow old and dive in to the turns of the new trails we’ll spend the coming years keen to learn. The skies are warm and wild in colour, the rain keeps the trails incredible, and every evening we chase...
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! ...
Bikes and Beer in BC’s Interior

Bikes and Beer in BC’s Interior

Dropping into Kamloops, sleet pelted the windshield as if the coastal rains were unwilling to let us go. We were on our way to meet Lisa Tedesco and her partner Marco van der Wilk, the winners of this year’s Bikes and Beer tour. It would be difficult to find a more deserving candidate: for the past 15 years, Lisa has been a dedicated member of the mountain bike community.

Changing Beats in Powell River

Changing Beats in Powell River

‘Some of the best loamy rides in the west, hundreds of kilometers of singletrack and no crowds. Powell River charges onto the mountain bike scene with challenging, technical and fast trails through Coast Mountains rainforest. Maintained by a thriving scene of committed local riders and trail builders, Powell River mountain biking trails are blowing visitors away with the amazing quality and volume of singletrack.’ ~ Trailforks

We Love Early Season Escapes to Vancouver Island

We Love Early Season Escapes to Vancouver Island

Video by Ollie Jones Photos by Mark Mackay Words by Hailey Elise Waiting for the mainland trails to appear from under the snow is like waiting for Christmas – all-consuming anticipation. As the rumours fly, you keep your ear to the ground for any intel on the current rideability and your eyes to the forest for the snow line. What’s even worse, is that surprise spring snowfall that hits and sends your dreams of brown pow that can be reached right from your door into a distant memory. But what if just a ferry ride away, lie trail networks that are already in their seasonal prime? Vancouver Island is the answer to your springtime woes. It boasts mild winter weather that leaves many of the trails without snow much of the year. Located only 2 hours from Vancouver by ferry, the Island is bursting with networks waiting to be explored. While it’s common knowledge that the island riding scene has been around for quite some time and is highly established, many refrain from travelling to its shores because of the ferry. Needless to say, if this is what’s stopping you, you’re missing out. Riding zones span the entirety of the island and in theory, it would take weeks, if not months to sample each of them. That being said, the close proximity of the networks makes it perfect for a weekend or week long road trip. To give you a taste of what Vancouver Island has to offer, here are three stops you can connect for an all-encompassing mountain bike trip. Duncan Duncan is situated 40 minutes south of...