Video: Tom Bradshaw Tries Riding 100 Trails In A Day

Aug 11, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


Tom Bradshaw admits he's a sucker for punishment and enjoys that weird type 2 fun (miserable while it’s happening, but fun in retrospect) that borders on type 3 (not fun at all, not even in retrospect). He finds it rewarding to explore a new place and push himself to see how far he can really go.

Tom was able to have a crack at a massive challenge in the Cumberland Forest on Vancouver Island where, thanks in main part to the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), there's a network of over 170 trails.

Tom's challenge? To try and ride 100 of those trails, between dawn and dusk. Mid-summer in Cumberland, that’s just over 15 hours of daylight.

Welcome to this beautiful part of the world.


Jeremey Grasby, one of the founding members of UROC, and 2012 Olympian Max Plaxton helped Tom plan a 125km course with >3000 metres of climbing. In theory, this would be four big laps of the Forest returning back to basecamp four times to stop and refuel.


This was the literal basecamp. A 16-foot mini Airstream trailer that Tom rented in Squamish and took on the ferry to Vancouver Island.


The forecast was for a punishingly hot 36 degrees Celsius (97F), which as the day wore on, seriously blew Tom's original plan way out of the water.


Lap 1 started at 5:15am. The plan was to ride the higher, harder trails in the southwest corner of the network first. A 45km-ish lap, with just over 1000m of climbing, and roughly 25 trails. Tom was hoping to be back for his second coffee by 10am....


However by 8am, it was already 30 degrees Celcius (86F) and Jeremy, Max, Stephane and Tom had begun the "Tour de Stream" since the water was the only thing saving them from the building heat..


At 11am, Jeremy, Max, Stephane and Tom completed the first lap, which was mostly single and double black trails. Only Tom and Jeremy would head out for Lap 2, which was a 40 kilometre lap with mostly intermediate trails in the middle of the network. By lunchtime, the mercury was over 38 degrees Celcius (100F). The going was slow, the boys were cooked, and the only way to keep going was to take a one-trail-for-one-stream approach.


"Tour de Stream" (and shower) Cumberland was in full swing.


At 2pm, the temperature hit its peak for the day at 42.3 degrees Celsius (108F).



By this point, Tom and Jeremy were well behind on the four lap plan and the cooling stream stops were taking up to 15 minutes at a time. However, they were still making progress and Tom was sampling some great trails that Jeremy had first built nearly 20 years ago. Tom and Jeremy rolled back into basecamp to finish their second lap at 5pm, way behind schedule. Jeremy called it a day, heading for a well earned beer and cold bath.





bigquotesThat left me, myself and I to head out for Lap 3 and 4. I was feeling dangerously good for 13 hours in. I'd managed to eat and drink enough throughout the day, and as the temperature cooled in the evening, I was looking forward to the next laps. The conversation earlier had keep us reasonably distracted from the main goal of 100 trails. As I rolled out, I realized my heat-affected brain had lost count of trails, but I suspected we were around 50 - 60. It was going to be a surprise to everyone involved now, including me.Tom Bradshaw


Beautiful evening riding in the easier, closer trails to the hub.


At 9:25pm, Tom finally made it back to basecamp to end an epic day. The next morning, he did the math and the final trail count excluding fire roads, stream stops, and not counting any trail ridden more than once, was 83. A total of 98km pedalled, 3,100m climbed and approximately 47 stream stops.


Given how hot the day was, Tom was stoked. A huge thank you to Outdoorsy for allowing Tom to have a crack at this mission. And thank you to Jeremy, Max, Stephane and the United Riders of Cumberland for making this ride possible. It was great to share the experience with locals, who have worked so hard over 20+ years to make this trail network possible.



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100 Comments

  • 45 0
 Only 83, huh?

j/k - I've ridden in Cumberland a lot and your first lap would be a huge day. Congrats!
  • 18 0
 Thanks @qduffy, only 100 and something more to go, what a place!
  • 2 1
 what are the health risks of riding in heat like that? As long as you're on the lookout for heat stroke, are you good to go - just performance will suffer? I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to heat - but after all the Olympic athletes complaining about it in Tokyo, I felt a little better about my wussiness.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: Happened to me once. I did a +-35km lap on bike lanes and flat roads during a heat wave, nothing difficult. It was during the afternoon and I didn't feel it was too hot, and I had water to drink, but it took my body about 8 hours to cool down afterwards. I couldn't sleep, so at 00h00 I got up again and spent about an hour sitting under a cool shower. Only then I started feeling better. Probably not even a "real" heat stroke, but tough enough. I don't know if anything else had a play in this.
  • 5 0
 @shredddr: Austin TX here....you can ride in heat over 100F+ (June through September for me) but you absolutely need to slow your speed and pace because you will hit your threshold limitations (for heart rate) much quicker without exerting much effort. You can hit the same mileage regardless of heat but don't try to hit certain time goals. Having a heart rate monitor is key if you want to ride in the heat (and water).
  • 1 6
flag SuperHighBeam (Aug 11, 2021 at 12:05) (Below Threshold)
 @shredddr: I would say it is unsafe to ride in heat of that magnitude. Not only was the mercury high, but I'm sure there was also a fair amount of humidity which will just sap your energy. This isn't exactly the dry heat of the desert. Heat cramps and heat stroke were very real risks on a ride like this. He should have done this challenge in the dark or simply waited until later in the year when it was cooler. These elevating temperatures make me think that southcentral Alaska is poised to become the next "Northshore" since it's a little cooler up here and we have plenty of real estate to establish huge trail networks. Alaska is starting to come to the realization that there is a lot of economic potential if the state invests heavily in recreational infrastructure leveraging the natural resources at its disposal which are largely untapped.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: The bottom line with heat illness is Acclimatization and Hydration. If you are from a cold climate and ride in heat for the first time it is dangerous. 80f can be dangerous if the individual is not acclimated to exercise in heat. Knowing your body and the signs of heat illness are a necessity. Heat cramps is where it starts and heat stroke is where it ends (like the big END).
  • 1 0
 I remember about 15 years ago doing the 12 hours of Cumberland race. super hot day.

10 hours in i kinda lost it and just rode into a circle until I fell over.

After i dont know how long was able to start riding and jumped in the lake/pond on the route. Finished the lap and called it a day.
  • 3 1
 He should have tried it with the new Yeti motor bike.
  • 23 0
 Tom's a true legend. That's a gigantic day of punishment, especially in a heat wave.
  • 15 0
 @mammal thanks mate, punishing day made much better by the local champions!
  • 4 0
 I'm down in central Texas...pretty sure its been wetter and cooler here all summer. attempting that with highs over 100F is nuts. Advice....night ride.
  • 11 0
 Call me kooky, but I would not have selected black long sleeves for this challenge in the heat.
  • 3 1
 Sunburn on an attempt like this just isn’t an option
  • 2 0
 @DHhack: Yup. I was visiting family in the Philippines and my cousin took me out for a ride. He gave me a long sleeve shirt to wear for the day since I didn't bring any riding gear. We finished up around 2p and I was surprisingly comfy all day.
  • 1 0
 True. Ive got a airy tld white jersey pierced with a million small holes for those 80-100 F days
  • 2 0
 Just not dark clothing for sure. makes a huge difference no matter how dorky it looks.
  • 2 0
 @pacobolo, @DHhack is spot on. I've learnt from other failed hot sunny day racing/missions that the less sun on your skin the better. PitViper provide my riding gear and the fabric of the long sleeve was a great option.
  • 1 0
 It was the black colour I question the most. Great effort regardless, that would be an epic long weekend for me. @Tombrad:
  • 6 1
 100 trails in 60 miles is likely only feasible in a few areas as it requires a high concentration of trails and many short segments. Nonetheless it’s savage day in the saddle regardless of the weather. Props to Tom for the undertaking such a punishing excursion for our entertainment.
  • 4 4
 Main problem is that "trail" is such an unspecific metric. I wouldn't count a 92m long 1m descent as an individual trail.
  • 6 0
 I did 10km in that weather and napped all afternoon in the house with the AC full blast...To be young and foolish again! Well done you silly Pinkouter...Outpinker Outbiker...Pinksider....
  • 4 0
 I've heatstroked myself in 100+ weather before, very scary don't recommend it for anyone.
  • 7 0
 Tom, you are a nutter! I was dead after lap 1! How hot? The hottest I've ever felt in my life, haha! Nice work!
  • 5 0
 @stephanepelletier was great to have you along you beauty!
  • 11 4
 oh oh, that presented by... is going to trigger quite a few pinkers
  • 1 0
 lol, I thought the same....see the presented by then straight to comments. Spoiler people, Outdoorsy is not Outdoor
  • 1 1
 Haha not "Outdoor" but still qualifies as "pay-to-play" - what they said they were trying to avoid by selling to Outside. Let the soul sucking begin!
  • 2 0
 @Tombrad you are a beast, I stayed off my bike those days! I drove by you on my way to work the next day and you looked done...lol! I applaud the effort and hope you come back in the fall when the weather is a bit cooler and the trails a bit grippier!
  • 2 0
 @Tombrad - full sus makes it too easy, you shoulda done it on a hardtail!

Massive kudos on this one, can't believe you took it on with those temperatures! I was amazed that, after 90km, you were still popping jumps & drops and flowing down black runs - I would've been in basic defensive mode if I could even make it that far!
  • 1 0
 @MuddyBrit thanks, and yes that would've been savage on the hardtail - but that's not a bad idea....
  • 2 0
 Gotta love Tom but as someone that rides in hot/ humid temps (Central TX) regularly I've began to recognize that the extremely uncomfortable feeling I get in my entire body, is my body's way of warning me that this isn't a good idea.
However, when you are doing a ride like this and you think to yourself 'oh, has it gotten a bit chilly out here?' is when you really know you need to lay off or suffer the consequences.
This isn't one of those things where you just push through, because you can push yourself right over the edge quite easily. One time I felt fine and was faster than the entire group on one of these high temp/ humidity days and was waiting for my group to catch up. When they caught up they could all hear my heart pounding, while sitting next to me on their bikes. Bad sign.
  • 3 0
 i like this new guy's style. reminder that i need to spend more time exploring cumberland. also - do we get a rig rundown on the basecamp?
  • 3 0
 @xy9ine thanks appreciate it - here's a link to the rig here for the full rundown ca.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental/vancouver_bc_ca/2019_airstream_base-camp-x_164121-listing
  • 3 0
 SAVAGE! I saw the truck in the parking lot that weekend and thought to myself "who is crazy enough to try and ride today"... Now I know.
  • 1 0
 right? i heard "pinkbike is doing some filming on the lost and found loop" and i thought it was probably too hot to lug camera gear any further than that.. that might be the most wrong ive ever been!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Tomboy! @Tombrad I just decided to do something similar a week ago for my 40th in a few weeks. Dawn to dusk and trying to tick off every trail in the local network. I've just moved back to West Oz after nearly a decade in BC, so the elevation won't be as brutal & I'm doing it in the cooler part of the year, not like you ya hardcase! But type 2 fun is the best fun when you ask yourself..."but did you die?"
  • 2 0
 @Backdoor that's epic! Jeremy was telling me that when it's a Cumberland local's birthday they ride the amount of trails they are turning, the older the better
  • 1 0
 The total count of 83 "trails" doesn't mean much to me. The total distance, altitude gain, hours in the saddle and of course the heat do however. Major achievement!

Here in the middle of Holland, we have a trail network consisting of 10 trails and if you ride them all on one day, you get over 200kms, and about 1500m of climbing. I have done about 155kms with 1100m of it, in about 8 hours in the saddle. You have to be partly self-supporting, because there is no "base camp": you never pass the same spot again (or you really have to plan for it). So I can only imagine the grit @Tombrad has shown with this major effort. It's great fun to watch. Keep it up!
  • 1 0
 Oh and riding after dark on those trails is not allowed. National park stuff. So, from dawn till dusk is what you get. Can't really imagine you're allowed to ride at night in those BC forests..?
  • 2 0
 @Scout290: re riding at night. There's no law or reg or even convention against it in BC
  • 2 0
 @Scout290 thanks mate - yea totally depends where you are! It's just awesome that Cumberland has the many, and such a variety of trails in such a condensed zone.
  • 1 0
 @leelau: wow. Just…. Wow. Unthinkable here… we would just destroy our forests with our ignorance
  • 1 0
 @Scout290: Canadians aren't that different from the Dutch. Less of us plus a more laissez faire attitude towards forest recreation
  • 1 0
 @leelau: plus, a way larger forest to citizen ratio ✊
  • 1 0
 M O N S T E R ! I was out in dodge that day too.. it was hot AF.. what's equally impressive is the pace you started out at - with the locals who I would have a hard time keeping up with on my best day. And the smiles right to the very end... Amazeballs.
  • 4 0
 Absolutely epic ride! Cheers to our locals and UROC. I love our trails!
  • 4 0
 Tom's my hero because he cuts straight to the business of snacks.
  • 2 0
 The way he ate that sandwich tho. Demons below the surface, pacified by copious amounts of Mayo.
  • 3 0
 @premiumfrye the adventures are just a front for the snacks
  • 1 0
 Did 32km in cumby before breaking my hand, would love to do the 100 trails in a day. The climbing in cumby is bar none one of the best in BC and easiest in my opinion. I got the same bike also but with a coil!
  • 3 0
 loving the base camp trailer idea for epic trail days, badass.
  • 1 0
 Epic location for this challenge, that used to be my home set of trails, and it's no secret they're some of the best in all of BC.
  • 1 0
 Didnt wanna read this story, as I would feel like a weak little man, but I did anyway....yes, a weak little man I am. Nice work Tom!
  • 2 0
 Tom's a legend, I love all of his Pinkbike content! Bring on a paywall as long as Toms involved!
  • 1 0
 Hey tom where did you set up base camp?
I’ll be making a trip up island after the long weekend, need to find a camp spot. Cheers
  • 1 0
 Awesome new bike! Probably fairly heavy to lug up all that climbing. Nice steep STA though..,
  • 4 4
 i rode 4 trails in davos yesterday, with 4 chairlift uphills. 50km total. seems like euro trails are way longer than canadian trails?
  • 2 2
 Cumberland is a network of interconnected trails not ski runs. but yes the alps are known for long well developed ski runs
  • 4 7
 @acrowe: i was biking, not skiing…
  • 1 0
 the mountains around cumberland arnt high enough to have 4 chair lifts.. the local ski hill right next door is 1 chair to the top from the bottom. Cumberland has many, many trails spread out and networked together. There are some good long descents in BC, and you really cant blanked the entire province by one riding area. You could fit the land of many European countries into our single province.
  • 4 0
 @Sethimus. Many Canadian trails are short. My theory is that many Canadian trails are purpose built by mountain bikers for biking over different time periods. Each builder gives a trail a different name ( or they get named differently by users). Usually one will see one or a few long trails then a bunch of shorter trails filling in blank spots on the map. This is true of Cumberland for example

Contrast with Davis or Koster or Lenzerheide or Arosa where so many of the trails are long hiking trails built a while ago and, usually because of land manager issues) not so much infill.

At least that's my theory
  • 1 0
 When are we acknowledging that Tom Bradshaw kind of looks like Ethan Klein?
  • 1 0
 that was a fun story to read through what a ride. And that meta is sick. Props Tom
  • 1 0
 When I think of Tom Bradshaw, the first word that comes to mind is Slapstick.
  • 1 0
 Tom mate you need to work harder on the hair-swoosh-flick-under-the-shower thing, you're not quite there yet.
  • 3 0
 @NZRalphy yea I'm a long way from the calendar shoot yet.... thankfully for all involved.
  • 1 1
 Tom was smart about how he managed this, but it would have been smarter to postpone this outing for a cooler day. He could have easily heatstroked himself.
  • 1 0
 Man I was dying on my 10 minute pedal to/from work during the heatwave, this is crazy
  • 1 0
 Great effort, I couldn't come close to that. A black long sleeve top though, wasn't it hot enough?
  • 1 0
 A great ad for the Cumberland trail network and for Tom's future as a shampoo model.
  • 2 0
 @mrrichardh ha the Cumberland trail network has infinitely more potential than my shampoo model future
  • 1 0
 Key question is how many potatoes were eaten? And are potatoes better than kumara?
  • 2 0
 @rcwellie these are the hard hitting questions we need answers too.. another video I think we'll need to get to the bottom of this.
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad Thanks for bringing some entertaining lunacy to PB. Those trail all look like a blast; just not all at once.
  • 3 0
 @hellbelly thanks mate - yea look a more leisurely pace is what I'd recommend to a friend
  • 1 0
 The greatest generation indeed. OH! Not Tom BROKAW.... nevermind. Nice work Tom Bradshaw, I am sure you are great too. Wink
  • 1 0
 this would be so sick to do!! such a sick video, good job!
  • 2 1
 Seems like outside mag is here
  • 1 0
 Anyone else think he looks exactly like GaryVee?
  • 2 0
 How good?!
  • 2 0
 @Chives09 how hot?!
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad What an animal!! Huge day out!
  • 1 0
 @BrotherCraig75 thanks brother!
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad What size meta are you on and what height?
  • 1 0
 Hey @noideamtber I'm on the Medium Meta AM 29, I'm 176cm which I like to say is 5'8 on a good day
  • 1 0
 Real recognize real, TB.... You are a true G
  • 1 0
 Wicked. Looks like super fun. Other than the 40 degree heat…
  • 1 0
 The trailer looks awesome but do they make a bigger model?
  • 1 0
 That trailer is sexy. And I now realize I'm old by that statement.
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad how’d you get your garmin to last 16hrs of riding ?!
  • 1 2
 I feel like a dh rig would have helped you heaps to reduce demand on your body.
  • 3 0
 what about the climbing? lol
  • 1 0
 @mtbtrekracer: Why would you waste time climbing if you wanted to lap as much as possible....?
  • 1 0
 @ADGproductions: he had to climb for the trails.....................
  • 1 0
 Toom Braidsho !
  • 1 0
 A for effort!
  • 1 0
 Yea Tom!!
  • 2 2
 WTF content is this !
  • 2 0
 I can't tell if you are amazed by it or hate it lol

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