Mountain biking runs deep on Hornby Island. Riders got organized before hikers or horseback riders to cut trails down from the ridgeline that runs around the south-west coast of the island and took advantage of the natural features to create a network of interesting and unique trails. Coming from Vancouver and Whistler where trails are mostly accessed via a shuttle or climb and then ridden downhill it was hard to wrap our minds around a network where any blue or green rated trail could be ridden up or down. Only a few of the trails are rated expert and there are no shuttle options making either an AM of XC bike a great fit for the Hornby trails.
The very popular Bow Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide is now available as an iPhone app! The Bow Valley app includes all Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise trails open to mountain biking; including all trails located at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Bonus trails include Pipestone and Bow River Loop, not included in the original book.
First stop St. George, southern Utah’s largest city located near the borders of Arizona and Nevada. St. George and Hurricane boast some of the best mountain biking around. Hurricane, only 25 minutes east of St. George, is home to the well known Gooseberry Mesa and now boasts the newly built JEM trail named after its builders John, Ellen and Mike.
A few months ago I reported on a new downhill trail, the first of its kind, being built in Banff National Park. Today I’m happy to share with you the progress the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (BVMBA) has made on the trail since work began in late June. I spent a few hours volunteering to help the trail builders move along and can’t believe the amount of work that has gone into building this sweet and very burly trail.
If you are a part of an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) affiliated club looking for funding to bring your next trail development project to fruition, then this may be of interest. IMBA and CLIF Bar will award ten $500 … Read More