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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...
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.