Rocky Mountain's athletes enjoy traveling all over the world to ride their bikes in unique, beautiful locations. Everywhere they go—from the backcountry of Argentina to the Great Wall of China and countless places in between—they hear people share their dreams of one day riding on our home turf in British Columbia. That’s why this year Thomas Vanderham, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas Hestler decided to reinvigorate their love for home by exploring Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from our North Vancouver headquarters.
Just a short ferry ride from our North Vancouver headquarters, our trip began on the gorgeous singletrack around Victoria and Sooke.
Then it was off to Tofino to meet Wade Simmons for some surf. Though Wade was nursing an injured wrist and couldn't ride, the laid back culture of Tofino was awesome for relaxing around a blazing campfire.
Winding our way up Vancouver Island, we had a great time sampling some of Duncan’s best trails before getting lost on Mount Tzouhalem and descending the wrong side of the mountain by full moon.
We found incredible riding in Cumberland, a small, idyllic town that has amazing mountain bike culture. Protip: The Waverly is awesome.
We concluded our trip in Port McNeill and Alert Bay, at the north end of Vancouver Island. Between the quirky trail networks brimming with potential, the beauty of the many First Nations artifacts, and the fresh seafood we feasted on around a fire with a group of great local riders, the North Island was easily the most unique area of the trip.
Fueled by too much coffee in the mornings and too many beers in the evenings, this was a great trip and one that certainly helped reconnect us all to our roots. There's no question that we'll be back to continue exploring the island’s rich trail networks and connect with the many amazing people we met along the way. Love the Ride!
Check out Margus Riga's Photo Epics from this trip: Part 1, and Part 2.