The Island - Part 2 - Sooke

Mar 22, 2011
by Margus Riga  
Sooke, BC is located on the southwest tip of Vancouver Island. As such, it gets more rain than the rest of the Island, but it also doesn't get as many visitors as the rest of the Island.

  Winter storms can make for a rough crossing over to the Island. Make sure you pull the parking brake on your vehicle and hold on to your lunch.


  This is not in Sooke, but it is on the way to Sooke, and a great representation of what the Island is all about.


  Welcome to Sooke.






  The bike salvage yard at Sooke Mountain Cycle is the place to check out if you want to build yourself a city beater.


  Sooke has some very different terrain. Like this moss and fern-encrusted, abandoned water pipeline that goes for forty-four kilometers. It used to be the pipeline that fed Victoria its water. Now it's just a really cool trail.


  James Doerfling lights it up on Broom Hill, one of two main riding zones in Sooke.






  From the top of Broom Hill the Washington coast is just a twenty minute illegal boat ride away.


  The Broom Hill lookout. We were told that Broom Hill is new school.


   While Harbourview (the other riding zone), is old school.


  Doerfling, checking out the locals scene.


  Hiking up...


  ...to get another shot.


  The fire lookout cabin on top of Harbourview.


  James Doerfling, feeling a little soaked in Sooke.


  People have been riding in Sooke for longer than most of us have been alive for.


  Back out into the heart of darkness.












  Along to cover the action was Mitch Cheek of Solos Productions.




  See you in Sooke.




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44 Comments

  • 9 0
 Loving these photos, really inspirational to the rider and photographer in me!
  • 5 0
 wheres the video?
  • 3 1
 lol, exactly what I was thinking. The shots are amazing though, but a bit lacking in colour if you ask me...
  • 1 0
 i would be scare to widraw at the last picture's atm.
  • 1 0
 it's winter on the coast, man. wet and foggy. check today's pod if you want colour!
  • 7 0
 The photos in these articles are insane! keep em coming
  • 1 0
 makes me want to go ride!!!
  • 2 0
 I think you could get some amazing shots down in Victoria, try Mt. Doug.. go to the very top of the road, way up, very top to the tea cut outlook area... walking trail from the top of the mt. doug road, then ride the backside of the mountain... views + DH trails. you will have an amazing photo gallery after a day of that.

amazing shots of the island riding so far! thanks for sharing!
  • 5 0
 I wish Margus posted these everyday. So awesome.
  • 5 0
 quality pics right there..
  • 1 0
 HV is an awesome riding area! I was there a couple of years ago and was amazed! No hike-a-bike required, however. The locals ride up all that sh*t! Sooke Mountain Cycles rocks, too! Thanks again for the grip bolt, Lorien!
  • 4 0
 Some great pictures in there.
  • 3 0
 Excellent Photoessay!...How do you pronounce the Island's name? Sooke as in Cook...or as in Fluke?
  • 3 0
 As in Fluke
  • 2 0
 binder dundat, nice pics... whats next on the victoria riding spots article??
  • 3 0
 Yeah, Sooke is a cool place to live!!
  • 2 0
 Incredible! I don't know how you do it Margus. Always the most amazing shots.
  • 3 0
 its like depressing but motivating at the same time
  • 3 0
 That's it, I'm moving to Canada.
  • 1 0
 Awesome, love the photos! Come here during a summer day and check out the view from the top...it is amazing, the ride down is not that bad either...lol...
  • 1 0
 thanks for the exposure boys!!! Very much appreciated. I can't believe Dave Ahlers is famous now! Nice work! Really looking forward to the footage as well.
  • 2 0
 everyone of those pictures could be pod!
  • 2 0
 Sick place, i wanna go Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Looks good, but i wish they took out their fr/dh bikes and road the "big boy" trails
  • 1 0
 it looks a bit scary there haha but sick photos and nice location!! but still scary.. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Loving this article! Can't wait for the footage! Pics are awesome as well! Very cold, dark vibe to them!
  • 1 0
 That's some nice shooting, it really shows the feel of Sooke. It's a nice place all right, and it's only getting better.
  • 2 0
 WOW, just WOW
  • 3 0
 It sounds like fluke.
  • 1 0
 these pictures are AMAZING!
  • 1 0
 my back yard,I love it!!!
  • 1 0
 Sooke my balls thats nice photography.
  • 1 0
 I like the color used in this series, well done!
  • 1 0
 Great job buddy ! loving the authentic-ness of everything !
  • 1 0
 Gah! I miss BC, beautiful freaking area.
  • 1 0
 Great shots !.. love this Island
  • 2 0
 puting sooke on the map!
  • 1 0
 sooke till you puke eh
  • 1 0
 i had no idea there was so much good riding in sooke!
  • 1 0
 i live in sooke best place on earth!
  • 1 0
 Margus and the Island ftw
  • 1 0
 Man it sucks riding these trails every week Big Grin Big Grin
  • 1 0
 stoaked for the tzhouhalem ride





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