Exploring Isolated Trails: Day 1-2 - BC Bike Ride 2017

Aug 9, 2017
by BC Bike Race  
This past Saturday BC Bike Ride kicked off as mountain bikers from ten different countries set out to stretch their legs and warm up on the world famous trails of North Vancouver. Perhaps a bit of an ambitious location to call a ‘warm up,’ but Olympian and all-around great guy, Adam Craig thought it was great. Led by seasoned guides from Endless Biking and BC Bike Race Bike Patrol, the riders rode a variety of laps on Mount Fromme that included classics like Expresso, Dream Weaver, Seventh Secret, and Crinkum Crankum.

bigquotesWelcome to Canada, this is mountain biking here!Adam Craig

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
North Vancouver local, Mark Woods, is excited to be heading out with us on the ultimate road trip experience!

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Riders get registered and pick up their swag before loading up to ride the famous North Shore.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Guides from Endless Biking hosted our North Vancouver day and shown here giving their first daily rider meeting.

“I’ve got a soft spot for riding on the shore, it’s awesome there and it’s cool,” says Adam, who is along for the whole week of BC Bike Ride North. "That’s kind of the port of entry and that’s where some of the best riding in the world is, so it would be rude not to! I’m glad we got to go out and have Andreas Hestler show us around, it was a treat!”

bigquotesAny biking road trip around BC should start here in my opinion.Adam Craig

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
With endless beers and (seemingly) endless singletrack promised, the stoke was high at the end of the day one.

The next morning, riders headed to the airport where they boarded the private planes that would take them to Prince George and the official start of their ultimate road trip experience. Stepping off the bus and getting straight onto the waiting planes may have been a thrill, but better yet was watching the landscape change as we flew north. “The flight up was awesome, I really, really love flying over mountain ranges and terrain, especially that you have a bit of familiarity with, so it’s always interesting. We flew over Whistler and the Pemberton ice cap and just looking at places you’ve been, it was beautiful.” Adam – like most of the riders – has never been this far north.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

bigquotesSeeing the landscape change as we travelled north and made it over the coast range and kind of out into the foot hills and into the rolling hills and the upper Fraser River Valley – it’s pretty neat way to tie it all together, like it’s obvious that you’ve travelled.Adam Craig

Prince George was our first stop along the incredible Route 16 which connects budding mountain bike meccas like Burns Lake, Smithers, and Terrace – all locations full of incredible purpose-built singletrack. This is the new frontier of mountain biking! Otway and Pidherny are two of the main riding areas of Prince George and we made time to explore both of them.

The Otway trail network offered smooth and sandy undulating bench cut trails that crisscrossed to create what seemed like a never-ending combination of loops that spread out from the Nordic centre. With so few people riding them, the trails were in incredible condition and our riders hit up a classic loop suggested by the locals, Ben Yeager and Jacob Mullen, that included Curves, Espresso, Missing Lynx, AC/DC, and Tornado Alley.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Riders bask in the flowy goodness of Otway.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Adam Craig gives an impromptu skills workshop trail side.

The Pidherny trails stepped things up a notch with a little steeper and looser favourites that included The Kitchen Sink, Lazy Susan, Flow Job, and Ditch Pig. This network also offered up some unique and well-crafted woodwork, especially the 16-foot high hand built woodwork on The Kitchen Sink, constructed by Mark Trumphour and Shannon Moldowan.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
The wooden monster was a favourite when the riders headed over to Pidherny.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Post ride beers - hanging out in your chamois never felt so good!

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

Post ride beers in the afternoon sun gave everyone the chance to socialize and chat about their day and the incredible riding they had just experienced before heading into downtown Prince George to enjoy dinner on the patio at Crossroads Brew Pub. As the sun set over Vivian Lake, our convoy of buses and bikes finally arrived at base camp for the evening and we were greeted in true PG style by some of the locals, complete with a DJ and some great summer evening hang out vibes.

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
Prince George locals, welcome riders to base camp in true PG style - with a party!

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver
BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

Riders are now settling into their new base camp on the edge of Kager Lake, just outside the town of Burns Lake – and at the heart of their incredible trail network. For the next two days, the crew will experience camping with a ride in/ride out access to a unique and diverse trail selection.

bigquotesI haven't been this far north and I'm excited to see what goes on up here!Adam Craig

BC Bike Ride - Photographer Dave Silver

All photos by Dave Silver.


MENTIONS: @BCBR



26 Comments

  • + 69
 long live monster wooden rollers
  • + 16
 ISOLATED? Its a 3 minutes ride from my house to Pidherney Rec site were they were having post ride beers?????????? 5 minutes drive to Otway???? Anything beyond Hope I still guess is beyond hope........
  • + 0
 .... Better then the lower mainland race.... Errr I mean bc bike race would ever say about pg normally.
  • + 9
 @rollchal: We have to be careful - if we show the lower mainlanders too many of our good trails we may get infested. The local breweries will not be able to keep up with the demand for micro brewed craft beers. thank goodness there is no direct flight to Burns Lake or Valemount.

In all seriousness riders -enjoy the region -there is so much good riding in this general area.
  • + 6
 Northern BC riding is awesome, we are so lucky to have all of these amazing little communities nearby. If you'd like to see more photos of riding in Prince George and surrounding communities, check out my pb profile and instagram (graeme.paterson)
  • + 2
 Hey my hometown is on the front page again! Glad to see this more and more. You guys definitely checked out some of our best, but let me tell you there is so much more that rides and looks just as nice as these trails. tup Hope to you all next year.
  • + 6
 BC Bike Race DDS edition
  • + 4
 where do i sign up for next year !@#$%^&*
  • + 1
 I am sure registration for 2018 will posted here www.bcbikerace.com/bc-bike-ride-north sometime in the next 6 months.
  • + 3
 Looks like a good time. Hopefully you guys get to see some Northern Lights.
  • + 1
 Also a great trail at PidherneyWink
  • + 2
 Drove past the convoy of bikes from Smithers heading home to Tumbler Ridge. If you want to talk isolation...
  • + 2
 BC does it best. Yup, I said it!
  • + 2
 I've heard bigfoot wears a merkin.
  • + 1
 Nope. A "onesie" pyjama suit
  • + 1
 Looks like Boulder.... If they actually built some bike specific trails that weren't greens
  • + 1
 What is essentially a tourist bonanza in British Columbia is basically universally banned here, big surprise.
  • + 2
 Nice shots @Dave Silver
  • + 2
 beyond epic !
  • + 1
 Anyone see bigfoot?
  • + 26
 Bigfoot is the reigning Hide and Seek World Champion!!
  • + 1
 @bretttippie: #shoulderpunch
  • + 1
 @bretttippie: I heard Sasquatch is ticklish...
  • + 1
 That's a hairy proposition!@Duderz7:
  • + 2
 @boxxerace: it's weird, they're actually reverse of humans, it's almost completely bald in the pits
  • + 1
 @Duderz7: I've heard bigfoot wears a merkin.

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