Quesnel, BC - DH riding

Nov 5, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Source: Brett Hornfelt

Home Sweet Home part 2 - The DH Story

Well now that you have seen some of our local XC trails here in Quesnel BC, it is time to get into the nitty gritty of the trails around here. The local DH trails are amazing. The ones that are shown in this article are definitely a couple of my favorite trails. If you like to be challenged to go fast in some tight, technical and extremely rough terrain than these trails are for you. If you like big rock lines than once again this is place for you.(in case you missed it, Link to Part 1)

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The first trail is a new one for this year, it has only been open for a couple of months. The first time we rode this trail I was blown away. Having been riding on Dragon Mountain since I got into DH in 2000, this trail was not what I was expecting. It is one of the roughest trails that I have ridden. This to me is a good thing. It actually reminds me of riding the Mont St. Anne DH course. This will be a good trail for training for the 2010 season. You start at the top of Dragon Mountain right beside the towers, and it gets technical right off the start line.




The top part is my new favorite trail section, it is awesome with the rock lines and ladder bridge connections. Once a person figures out the trail, the speed and flow of it, it is such an amazing section to ride. A couple of the rock lines make you look a few times before you're willing to drop in, but once you do it you will be stoked and wanting more. And more this trail has! Being a new trail on the side of a very rocky mountain, the trail is still quite hard to make out in some spots. It is very tricky with the rocks and rough stuff being covered over still by the moss and undergrowth that hasn't been taken off yet. This is truly a virgin trail, which makes it even more fun and amazing to ride.








No matter what level of rider you are, this trail will be a challenge. Actually no matter how many times you have ridden this trail, you will be challenged on each lap. This is a super fun trail which starts just off the main access road and finishes on the same access road just below another trail to take you further down the mountain. The trail takes a person about five minutes at race pace. Worth the shuttle for sure. The trail builders have decided to name this trail Rockasaurous Rex which is a name well deserved, once you have ridden it you will agree with the name.



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Now it is time to talk about my favorite trail of all time. Every time we ride this trail you can't get the smile off of our faces. This is the trail that we call the DH trail. This is the trail that got me hooked on the DH side of mountain biking. There used to be local downhill races held on this trail, so it is very well ridden. It is a trail that we have ridden hundreds of times for sure. It starts just a bit lower on the left hand side of the same access road as Rockasaurous Rex. This trail was originally built by a local pro DH racer Rob Hewitt. He designed this trail for training for World Cups. I think he did an amazing job, combining crazy technical sections with pedal sections and all out fun sections. Every time a person rides this one, you just want to get right back up to the top and pin it again. It is one of those trails where the faster you go the smoother it gets. It really does make you ride it faster and faster every time. No matter what you will be stoked to ride this one.

Eying up the chute
Eying up the chute

The DH trail is broken up into three sections, each one coming out on the main access road. The top section is amazing, starting off with a quick pedal into an awesome rock line to rock face drop in. Side hilling over the terrain to a rock chute to drop line, to a left hand rock drop, into a double drop line. Man I am even getting stoked writing about the trail. Coming out on the road you have a quick pedal to the middle section which is open and loamy surprisingly, with a couple of tight corners. Once again coming out on the road, dropping back in to the final section you open it up and let the brakes go into a super fun flowy section. Only to finish off on the road again, just above where Rockasaurous Rex finishes and above the next trail on the mountain. This DH course is truly an amazing big bike course, challenging you every time you ride it.



The next trail that was mentioned is called Seven Dwarfs. It is the trail below both of the previous trails. It has some awesome steep log rides to start with, into a super fast and flowy trail that brings you to the road again were you cross it and jump right back into another section. This section has a good 10 foot drop in it and a couple cool little log rides. Now you cross the road again. This section is the final section that brings you to the bottom of the mountain. It is tight and fast, and has a couple exit points. One exit point will bring you into a gravel pit with a nice step down to double jump. Or the other way will take you to an awesome 15' by 15' road gap to a wood table top, then taking you out to the same gravel pit. This section finishes off an amazing ride. It really is worth the shuttle.


When a person goes all out from top to bottom of the mountain, it is challenge to say the least. It takes about 25 minutes at race pace, and it is a difficult mountain to ride non stop from top to bottom for sure.

Hopefully after reading this you are just as stoked to ride these trails as we locals are. If you need any info on these or other trails give Mick at Keen's Sports or John at Cycle Logic a call and they will be more than willing to help you out.

Now it's time for me to say my thanks. Thanks to Kim for all the hard photo work. Thanks to our team sponsors. The Bryson Racing Clan has been hard at it all season and gearing up for the 2010 season. So keep an eye open for us at the races. Thanks to the Hayes bicycle group, Specialized, Chromag, Gamut, Kali Protectives and Blackfoot Direct along with Fox Canada for helping us with our team kits. This has been an amazing season thus far. And next season is promising to be a bigger, better one yet. I can't wait.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun.

Brett


View all Brett's DH pics here.



63 Comments

  • 9 1
 is there even a marked out track!
  • 6 0
 yeah half the time i cant even see the "trail"
  • 3 0
 both trails looked real fun, but in the first one haha its true, where the trail go at times?
  • 5 2
 looks like you guys need to put in some serious trail building time! Will be a nice trail though once you guys uncover it.
  • 2 0
 wooo quesnel represent!

watch out for Wells BC too. That place has amazing potential to be a huge attraction. When its not buried under 6ft of powder, it has some of the best and most accessible alpine ive ever ridden within a kilometer of the town. Last i heard a guy named gustav was building some pretty sick trails in the area.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/3351728
  • 2 0
 nice video. its always really tough riding a new, unpacked trail. Once its gets some more riders it looks like it will be awesome. For the next helmet cam can you follow someone instead? It really shows the terrain and what the riders are actually doing. Good job!
  • 1 0
 Dragon Mtn Rocks!
One of my favourit natural trails around. Off camber, roots, rocks, slick as shite in the wet.
If your on a road trip from points north (PG) to Willys, you should really check out Dragon for a shuttle or two!
Keep up the good work! See ya next season!
  • 1 0
 yo mcfly, the guy states the trail has "only been open a couple of months" how about you kids complaining about the trail go and put a little time in digging, cutting, flagging, scouting, hauling, nailing etc.. on your local trails. what does the pinkbike shirt say? "ride bikes, build trails" I've been working on a 10km. loop for 2 years and she's still needs a lot of time and energy to clear up a few rough spots. cut these guys a little slack.
  • 1 0
 excellent work fellas! thanks for sharing the video of rockosauras... not sure if everyone commenting understands how new the trail is, or how epic it is riding single track loam at speed. Whitler is stellar, but it is not the be all, end all and not every trail should look like a-line.... these trails rip. love the pics to. dh run is all-time... i love calling quesnel home!!
  • 1 0
 wow f*ck me that just looks out of this world Smile i wanna do that trail i swear id just spend all day on it lols an ya like coburn is saying a very natural trail looks sweet Smile
  • 2 1
 Awesome work! Very cool to see the trail so new and barely ridden still. I might have to come back to see all my family and bring my bike. Luckily I can ride the whole season in squish.
  • 4 0
 sickkk
  • 2 0
 The pics are really clear!
  • 1 0
 sweet! used to ride dragon mtn back in the day, glad to see the scene growing up there. Has the road improved getting to the top?
  • 1 0
 Dude you're so lucky with that sort of terrain, where I live there isn't anything like that with huge boulders and rock gardens.
  • 1 0
 lol, i remeber the old bike shop in quesnel. it was called Mc. Bike. we used to go on rides on the trails in 2001 2002. i miss thoes days
  • 1 0
 Quesnel is one of our team mechanics, and my good buddies, home town. Were taking a trip this spring and it looks like a lot of fun.
  • 3 0
 f*ckin sweet
  • 3 0
 that is gnar, nice job!
  • 2 0
 That's redefines the meaning of the words "Mountain biking"
  • 2 0
 It looks kind of confusing in parts
  • 1 0
 okay darleydirtbiker if yo want to go and put in the shovel time making the trail wider im sure you can
  • 1 0
 DH course is just Awesome ! Open a litlle for both sides of the track, it will be perfect !
  • 1 0
 good story brett, still my all time favorite trail as well. too bad they still didn't hold the dh there.
  • 1 0
 great job guys. nice trail and almost each of those pics is pod worthy! talk about clear!!
  • 2 1
 talk about bush wacking! sick trail though, quite "natural looking"
  • 1 0
 Cool dog... sweet trail... nice wood work...
  • 1 0
 I love this track very much.The moss and undergrowth are really cool!~~~
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the ride! Keep it tight boys! Thanks again. Peace
  • 1 0
 Hey Brett Great article, and looks like a great place to ride! Lucky!
  • 1 0
 I wanna get back to Quesnel now.
  • 1 1
 i used to live there i went to west fraser elementry
  • 1 2
 the view of the helmet cam is very strange -- it almost seems fake (not saying it is).

it seems like the head movement would be more visable.


nice kid nice
  • 1 0
 Movement of the helmet cam would only be noticeable if the trail weren't so flat and unremarkable.
  • 1 0
 talk about beating around the bush.
  • 1 0
 Amazing trails...great job on the build.
  • 1 0
 looks like an awesome trail, similar stuff that im used to riding
  • 1 0
 well before it closed down
  • 1 0
 you should really mark the trails because I'd get lost pretty quick
  • 1 0
 where in regards to wells are these trails?
  • 1 0
 muyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! buenoo
  • 1 0
 rockasaurus is in much better shape now
  • 1 0
 track 3
  • 1 0
 love this track
  • 1 0
 this trail is amazing !
  • 1 1
 Thats some mighty fine bushwhackin'
  • 1 0
 Sick trail!!
  • 1 0
 I love his sexy style.
  • 1 2
 all you do by the looks of things at this place is just ride through one big rocky bush lol C(:
  • 1 0
 epic riding
  • 1 0
 sweet
  • 1 4
 one tip clear out your trails more and make em wider!
  • 3 0
 its called single track dude not WBP
  • 1 3
 Either way, its not what id class as a 'Downhill' track. i think your singletrack idea was more accurate. If it were to be a dh track as it is being made out to be, it needs to be widened and buffed, if not it needs to be re-classified.
  • 1 0
 yeah guys make your course 7 feet wide so its like every other run out there!
  • 1 0
 ive never come across a 7ft wide dh track before. maybe 4ft, but never 7...
  • 1 0
 wistlers a line looks about 7ft wide but 4ft would be decent enough it would give more room to manover and you could go faster
  • 1 0
 I wouldnt class A-line as strictly downhill either though tbh. Ft William is a nice width. Downhill tracks need to be wide enough to have a few lines, otherwise theres no thinking involved and races just arent fun. It still looks like a really nice track dont get me wrong, but its certainly not what I'd call a downhill track.
  • 1 0
 4 feet, 7 feet, doesnt make that big of a difference,i was just getting a point across, no need to be splitting hairs here. and if you want to get technical, i didnt say anything about it being a DH course. either way sick run guys, glad you could carve something out of that hillside thats unique to ride.
  • 2 0
 it is a downhill trail as it is going down and you are on a hill they are on big bikes and its gnarly, all yall stfu
  • 1 0
 purple - what do these guys commenting above you know about DH? look where they live.
  • 1 0
 so true they dun know shit about dh, i just get pissed when people say negative things and turn cool blogs n shit into arguments about wether aline is dh or not... why dont you come here and ride it and youll find outt fack this im going to nsmb
  • 1 0
 hey man just cause i live on the east coast doesnt mean i dont know about some DH, we have snowshoe, diablo, seven springs etc all within a 5 hour drive...which im more than willing to do to get out and ride. but yeah i watch these movies because its just great to see the different styles of riding there are out there and just drool over the riding oppertunities that you all have in the northwest. i wasnt dissing the trail at all or how they classified it. riding is riding and when we all are posting on a multinational thread maybe we (including me) just need to realize that things just get lost in translation as our riding styles change. sick trail. sick lines. ride on.

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