- Canada – possible holiday later this year – bike hire and places to ride?
I am in the lucky position that we may be going to Canada on holiday later this year – I may be able to get a day or so riding!
Has anybody got any pointers on bike hire, places to go etc. I’m more of a cross country rider so the A-line at Whistler is probably not for me.Posted 5 years agomuddyfunsterMember
Whistler and the surrounding area has miles, maybe hundreds of miles of amazing riding of all sorts. Even the bike park has “XC” trails. However, you will most likely find out pretty quickly that in BC (assuming that’s where you’re going) even “XC” can be mighty technical. Also, the landscape is so vast, not to mention populated with animals that can eat you it pays to hire a guide, or stick to established trail networks. Which are everywhere.
My advice would be to hire a 150-160mm bike or similar. This will allow you to get out into the back country, put the miles in, but also enjoy the terrain without getting too beaten up should you stray on to rougher trails. It’ll also allow you to go to the bike park (whistler or others) which you really should do. A-line, for example is actually one of the less technical trails. Given the chance, if you’re in the vacinity you’d be a fool not to check it out.
EDIT: Having just re- read your post, you mention a day’s riding maybe. So I would strongly recommend a bike park or guided ride to maximise your day or two.Posted 5 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Cumberland would be a great day’s riding, you can get a reasonably priced guide (Martin) at Island Mountain Rides, and the trails are probably the best I’ve ridden in Canada (coming from an XC background myself, I love the trails on the north shore but found I could actually ride the trails at Cumberland a bit better, probably because they’re less steep). Riding Fool hostel was great and I think they do private rooms if you’re travelling in company.
I’m planning my trip back there already.Posted 5 years ago_tom_Member
If you’re going to Whistler you should ride all the Lost Lake trails and as many of the valley ones as you can find, they’re really good – even the green routes over there are better than any reds and probably even blacks over here 🙂 would definitely suggest a guide for the valley trails though – I just went armed with a book and a map and whilst still really good and a fun way of doing it, I’m sure I missed a lot of what they have to offer. Pretty sure things could be linked together better than I managed to!Posted 5 years agoslackaliceMember
As said before, Canada is a big place! If you’re heading west, then in BC you’ve got the East and West Kootenay’s which include places like Fernie, Kimberley, Nelson, Rossland. Just across the Rockies you have God’s own country which is Kananaskis – you can head out from Canmore, Bragg Creek.
You could literally spend a lifetime in any one of those areas and still not ride all they have to offer!
Even Saskatchewan in the mid/north parts of the province offer some incredible riding/back country.
To the East, in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick and there’s plenty to ride. If you’re wanting to make the most of any time you have, as has been suggested, arrange a guide, the locals are friendly!
Enjoy!Posted 5 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Supersessions, I’ve maybe just put my Cumberland plans on hold! That Tyax stuff looks amazing.
When you say ‘very much an XC ride’ would it still be good on a bigger bike like a Specialized Pitch? I’m totally at home climbing on the bike, just not sure I’d fancy long flat sections on a bouncy bike with a 32 tooth max chainring…Posted 5 years agoshinobiMember
If you go to Whistler, head up to the ski jump area at the Olympic park. The road is pretty disused nowadays and not many people head there. It’s really off road but its good.
Beware though, you will encounter bears and some pretty big ones. A tip to remember for bears is they love dandylions and even if you think one isn’t in the area, there probably will be one somewhere.
Personally I wouln’t hang around any longer in Jasper as it takes to drink a coffee.Posted 5 years agoBearBackMember
‘very much an XC ride’
We’re building a 4 day 3 night package for the chilcotins along with Tyax air. Fly in, hut to hut riding with wilderness riding.. but.. having to think hard how to classify teh experience.
In reality, its a ‘bike adventure’. The riding is very XC in the Canadian sense, however, on a daily basis, you can expect up to an hour of hike a bike along with a mix of actual riding.
Some steep ascents, some wicked fun steep descents. some stunning flow rolling descents (collective footage) and some rocky and horse trodden chunder. Tons of creek crossings… everything!
We’ve done both ride in and fly in.. both with their own benefits.. and stunning stunning natural beauty!
I’d take my 120mm Spark, 650b Genius at a push but its been done on all manner of bikes.
With just a day available.. Chilcotins is a non started IMO.
There are much more accessible areas on more of a ‘beaten tourist path’ that will blow your mind.
Get in touch if you’re headed our way (Whistler)Posted 5 years ago
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