The Cariboo Chilcotin is filled with some of Canada's oldest and most famous trails. From the grease to the gold rush routes, to the multitude of First Nations trading trails, riding bikes on them was a logical step. Beginning from legendary 420 weekends through the 90's to the early days of the Kranked films and a bunch of other videos, Williams Lake has helped set the pace of mountain biking in BC.
It wasn't always smooth sailing. There was a time when trails were closed, stunts were cut down by the Ministry of Forests and hundreds of riders filled government offices in protest as we fought for our right to ride. Fast forward to 2014, where Williams Lake hosts one of the largest legal trail networks in the Province and the City offers free shuttles
every weekend through the month of July! The mountain bike community is working with all levels of government and stakeholders to secure a sustainable future for mountain biking in the Cariboo. While a few challenges still persist, mountain biking in Williams Lake has become a community effort.
Smooth, fast and tight are all common phrases that lots of communities use to describe their riding experience, but in the Puddle
, it's actually true. We may not have the clubs and fashion shows that are found in resorts and you might pass a logging truck or two while you're riding through downtown...but.... you'll also pass a kick ass bike park on your way to access one of three trail networks accessible from any hotel and we can guarantee that your experience will be real and down to earth.
This video series was supported by the City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District and is another demonstration of how mountain biking has become a part of this community. The Williams Lake Cycling Club and Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium applaud the leadership of the local government, and hope we continue to strengthen our collaboration in the years to come.
This video was filmed by Solos Productions.
Riders include: Jeremy Stowards, Sofie Durfeld and Liz Hunt, Justin Calof and Chris Masters, Shawn Lewis and Bryon Black.
Music is from A Tribe Called Red and Pinback.