New Trail in Banff opening up this fall: BNP/BVMBA update

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The Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (BVMBA) has been hard at work since the first spring like weather that began in mid-March. To fill you in on the happenings and to get you as excited as I am about the season ahead, I’ve asked Doug Topp, BVMBA President and bikepirate guest blogger, to provide the following report on the new trail planned to open this fall.

Happy Holidays!

posted in: Mountain Biking | 0 has come a long way since its debut in 2010. With support from you riders like you, we’ve had an amazing 2012 and look to an even better 2013. Over 200 trails have now been added

Bikes for Tykes: because every kid deserves a bicycle

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Are you looking to get rid of an old bike you’re no longer riding, all while doing a great deed for a child in need? As we approach the holidays and the spirit of giving overcomes us, why not do something good and help get more kids on bikes. It’s good for our sport, empowers our kids, helps fight child obesity and is great for the environment. And if that’s not enough, it just might make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Update: Banff’s new mountain bike trail

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I’ve had a number of bikepirate followers email me asking about the status of the new trail being constructed in Banff. Originally dubbed “Black Star,” partially because it is located above Star Wars, this new singletrack trail is well underway. The BVMBA has been working hard over the last few months to scrub and mold the new technical singletrack that will wind its way down to the start of Return of the Jedi or option out on the Hoodoos trail.

Getting down and dirty with your partner on two wheels

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You like to ride your mountain bike. No, you LOVE to ride your mountain bike and now your partner is feeling the itch to ride as much as you. Maybe it’s all the bike videos you have subdued her into watching, or bike rides you’ve taken her out on, or maybe, just maybe, she just LOVES to mountain bike as much as you do for all that the sport has to offer. Now only if she could ride a little faster, maybe go a little bigger or attack the technical sections with a little more finesse.

Mobile phone photo contest

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Win an Osprey Raptor Hydration Bag! Post a photo taken by you using a mobile phone/device (iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, BlackBerry) of your favourite mountain bike trail on the bikepirate Facebook Page to Win! The two posts with the most “likes” on the bikepirate Facebook Page will each win an Osprey Raptor hydration bag compliments of Mountain Exposure and Osprey.

Party photos

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What a fantastic evening! Thank you to all that made it out last night for the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide book launch party. A BIG thank you to my amazing girlfriend Cor for organizing the whole event and to Jodi and Cherie for running the till for me all night. You were amazing ladies! Click ‘read more’ to view the event photos.

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