Skookum Youth Ride Race Series Starting Up

Over the next four weeks Skookum will be hosting the Youth Race Series. Each Tuesday in September there is a different race; Cross Country, Orienteering, Team Enduro and Downhill.

Groups are based on riding ability and each week racers ‘earn points.

After the last race there will be a BBQ and door prizes.

First Race is a Cross Country at Park Hill. We will have a few loops set up for the race. Meet at parking lot, bottom of Park Hill Rd, ready to roll at 5:30.

As always bring WATER: please come prepared to have a drink.
If this is your first ride with us, no problem, come out for a fun ride.
If you haven’t already signed a waiver, please print this one off and bring it with you.  

See you on the trails!

 

Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride

An Invitation to Shuswap Cycling Club members:

We all love cycling in the Shuswap! You are invited to join in the fun of the Saturday, Sept. 16 Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride – Salmon Arm’s Community Bike Ride since 1998.

Choose one of four local scenic routes: 10K, 35K, 75K or 100K. Each route will be well marked with Aid Stations, Mobile First Aid, friendly Volunteers, a Shuswap Lady Striders hosted BBQ Lunch at Blackburn Park, local Musicians and draw prizes.

Registration is quick and easy here. $30/Adult, $50/Family, Children under 18 years: $5.  Profits from this “all volunteers” fun and affordable event support the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Shuswap Trail Alliance: $24,000 since 2012.

Sat., Sept. 16 Bike for Your Life – Volunteer Help Wanted:

  • Blackburn Park Venue set up on Sept. 16: 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. and take down: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Contact: Pat Danforth – danforthpat@gmail.com – Set up and takedown pop-up awnings, tables & chairs placed, help move other gear
    – Advance MUSCLE and TRUCK help with tent pick-up and/or tables and chairs for an hour or two would also be appreciated. Sept. 13 for pop up tents and Sept. 15 for tables and chairs. All are returned on Sept. 16.
  • Course Marshalls on routes on Sept. 16: – details to be confirmed. Contact: Roger Beardmore –  beardmore@telus.net (after Aug. 18)
  • Finish Line Celebration on Sept. 16 – two, 2.5 hours shifts: 9:30 ‘til 12 noon or 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. suggested. Contact: Pat Danforth – danforthpat@gmail.com (cheer on cyclists as they arrive back from their ride!)
    Shifts are 2 hours and begin at 9:00, 11:15 and 1:00
  • Route signs and bollards post ride pick up Sept. 163 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact: Roger Beardmore –  beardmore@telus.net (after Aug. 18) (4 routes to cover with pickup truck or car with trailer.

George – Ride 2017 chair and event publicity coordinator
250-832-9335

 

New Maps Available for Shuswap’s Trails

The Shuswap Cycling Club has been working with the Trail Alliance, Shuswap Tourism, and the CSRD to standardize and update the region’s trail mapping.

Part of this process has been to create new PDF maps of the trail systems.

Print the maps off to take into the field, or use with an app like Avenza on your smart device. You progress will be shown as a blue dot on top of the map.

The new maps for all the systems are available on the ShuswapTrails.com website.  Here is a sampling, for some of our region’s bike trails:

South Canoe and a Malibou Close-up 

Rubberhead

Reinecker Creek

See you on the trails!

Shuswap Wild Wonders Mountain Bike Camp is coming this August

Registration is now open for Shuswap Wild Wonders’ first bike camp, coming this August. This unique program offer participants a chance to enjoy three beautiful locations while riding their bike!  

Eagle River Nature Trails, Larch Hills Ski Area and the trail from Balmoral to White Lake will be the backdrop to team-building activities, sensory awareness practice and developing a deep connection with nature.

Participants should be able to bike independently and have their own helmet and bike.

The lead instructors for this camp include Sandra Major, Adam Barraball and Ceren Caner.

Visit the Shuswap Wild Wonders camps page to register.

Solstice Ride This Wednesday is the Larch Hills Traverse

The Annual Pedal & Pint Solstice Ride, with the longest day of the year, is this week.

P&P will ride the Larch Hills Traverse Trail this Wed, starting up in South Canoe. We will cover aprox 30km of trail with about 8-900 meters of elevation change up and down.

Bring an extra jacket, snacks, energy and lights, as we tend to drop in on the Sicamous Switch Backs just before dark.

Post recovery will involve snacks and beer, location TBD.  Bring a few $’s as we are still sorting out a food location.

6th Annual Father’s Day “Tour de Pancake”

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday and you are invited to join us for the 6th annual “Tour de Pancake”.

The aim is to mark Fathers’ Day by supporting 2 community fundraisers, indulging in pancakes, and riding with friends – not to mention appreciating our rural scenery on beautiful sunny day. The only downside is that in order to fit that all in, we have to start early.

Meet at Hermann & Louise Bruns house (930-37th Ave SE) at 6:30am.  The crew heads out at 6:45am for the first leg (25km) of our ride out through the Industrial Park and along Deep Creek road for a pancake breakfast at Hullcar Hall (8:00am).

By 8:45am we’ll be back on our bikes for the next leg of the ride to Putula Park in Mara for our second pancake breakfast. We have to get to Putula Park before they close so you can choose one of the two route options (click on links below for maps) to get to Mara by 10:15am. The pancake breakfast in Mara is renowned for quality including a gluten free pancake option and the choice of several homemade fresh berry toppings and live music. So it is definitely worth the effort to ride out there.

After a leisurely second breakfast, we should have enough energy to ride back to Salmon Arm. You’ll have the choice of returning via Grandview Bench or the somewhat shorter Springbend Road depending on which route (click on the links below) you choose. We generally arrive back in Salmon Arm around 1pm for refreshments on our front lawn.

No need to bring food on this ride obviously but as these pancake breakfasts are community fundraisers, a couple of $10 or $20 bills would be great. Please let us know if you plan to participate so we can give some advance numbers to the pancake makers.

Hermann & Louise Bruns
hbruns@live.ca
250-838-7447

78km route, total vertical climb 450m. This route is best for riders whose comfortable flat-road riding speed is between 20-25km/hr.

95km route, total vertical climb 750m. Choose this route if your riding speed is more like 25-30km/hr (30-35km/hr in a group).

View 2016 photos here

Youth Ride Report

Great ride Tuesday with the Youth Group.

Leaders: Sandra & Andreas
 
Riders:
Maddy
Oliver
Reese
Karis
Jayda
 
Parents:
Lorne & Nick
 
Prompt start 5:30, so lots of time for the good stuff.
 
South Canoe: No Tears, Deer Trail to Malibu Landing. Then Troll Trail, Prudential, P2, Undercut, Blizzard Hill, Split the group and some shined PPT and the others ripped down Flying Nun back to the parking lot at 7:20 pm.
 
Our skills focus was on track stands, tech climb position and on cooperatively overcoming obstacles.

This “Kid Power” approach  was a hit and the kids totally liked that they were on there own to overcome challenges.
 

The skinny on this is that with several major trees down the kids had to get there bikes across without any instruction or help from adults.  

Upper Rubberhead Trails Cleared and Re-Opened

Muffintop, Meatgrinder and Veggie Delight are open again and cleared for riding. 

Canoe Forest Products (CFP)s completed harvesting and all harvesting equipment has left that site.  Staff have walked the trails to ensure that they are free and clear of debris. CFP’s harvesting contractor – DR Moore of Salmon Arm did an excellent job working in and around the trails which has made that job all that much easier.  

The FSR 110 road system is still  being utilized by heavy industrial traffic and will be through the summer months.   Logging trucks and harvesting equipment are operating off of the 110.071 road at 6km on the 110 (spur to the right of the A-Frame), road building crews are operating along the 110.101 (access to Muffin Top) as well as up the 110.000 past upper Ravine.   The decked wood along the 110 road is also being processed and hauled out so equipment can be expected there as well.

Road users are cautioned to drive / bike with care,  yield to industrial traffic and obey all posted work site signs. Crew trucks, graders, tracked equipment, low beds and logging trucks may be encountered at anytime Mon – Fri 5am – 6pm for the next several weeks. The posted road channel for the 110 road system is RR20. Individuals are asked to respect the industrial use / nature of the road as well.

Happy trails!

Come to the Work Party Saturday to Finish Double D

Thanks to all the volunteers that have helped put Double D together, and for all the other recent work on Rubberhead!

Double D is nearly complete. Only a few meters are left untread, and there a couple of places to tidy up.

Meet this Saturday, June 17th, to finish it off! 9am at the Rubberhead Parking Lot. Bring your gloves, water, and a bit of food.

Double D is already running great, connecting from the lower Climb Trail to provide a fun alternative to pedaling the road. The climbs have some challenging technical sections, tight switch-backs, and also some lengthy traverses and quick downs so you don’t burn out. Earn your turns!

After Double D, do a quick bike push up part of Rubberhead Middle, then traverse over to the 110 via Upper Rubberhead. From there it is a zoom up the road to get to Ravine. Watch for logging activity, but the upside is the road is in great shape right now, nicely packed down. Even better is the Ravine trail at the moment. Hero dirt! 

Youth Ride Report

Another lovely youth ride Tuesday, thanks to leaders Sandra & Andreas

This week we had Kieran, Maddy, Oliver, Reese, Peyton, and Jayda.
 
Later start, no skills workshop but lots of riding goodness. The group rode up No Tears, Deer Trail to Malibu Landing. Then Troll Trail, X-Cut, P2, Undercut, Blizzard Hill, Split the group and some galloped down PPT and the others flew down Flying Nun back to the parking lot.
 
During the climb up No Tears, it was decided that Coach Andreas’ robust singing of The Ants Go Marching made everyone faster, as he promised to stop at the landing :-}
 
See you next week, for Poker night!