Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On the Road - BC Riding

Sam and I had the idea to go for a road trip through BC, as we had our asses kicked by most of the trails in Southern Alberta, and wanted BC to have the same opportunity.  Vacation time was booked, plans were sketched out and not confirmed, reservations were never made.

Our first stop was Revelstoke.  We got in later than we had planned, and it was raining.  To the pub for $3 pints!  Huzzah!  The town was pretty quiet, a far cry from the hustle of the snow season.  There were a few tourists around, but we had to look pretty hard for AB plates.  After dinner we took the rest of the night off, did some reading and planned for Saturday morning.

We popped into the craft/farmer's market the next morning.  All sorts of stuff going on.  I noticed the RCA had set up a table, so I stopped by and talked with Lindsay for a bit.  She explained some of the challenges that the DH/FR riders were having, and how they had joined to together with the XC riders to create a united front to push for more trails and access.  So far it's working well - new sustainable trails are being developed, and the future looks bright for mountain biking in Revy.  We bought a map of the Macpherson trail system from her, grabbed a course map for Sunday's race from Skookum and headed back to the hotel to get suited up for a ride.

The Mt. Macpherson trails were in great shape.  We rode a meandering loop that included TNT, Black Forest, Stimulus, Tantrum, Dusty Beaver and more.  Lots of berms, lots of wet roots and we only got lost once.

Next: Kamloops

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