CANCELLED – Slammin’ Arm Cyclocross Race

 

Unfortunately the weather has not cooperated. All the snow we received over the last 2 days will not make it feasible to layout a proper course for this weekends race. We have made the decision to cancel the race. 

The Bad:
Rather than re-schedule and risk a second snowfall we have made the extremely difficult call to cancel finals for this year. Overall series standings will be determined by those races that have already taken place.

The Good:
As a consolation, there will be an alternative cyclocross themed ride and potluck this Sunday in Kelowna for all who are able to attend. They will also be doing a simple bell ceremony for those who placed in top 3 in overall standings. Check out the Interior Cyclocross FB page for more details.

Trail Closure and Logging Traffic on Rubberhead

The top section of Upper Supermans at Rubberhead (the very top part that most people don’t ride) will be closed until approximately the end of November. Access is still possible from the 2nd to top entrance. Lichen traverse is also closed. The logging does not affect the trail, but they will be using the access road and have closed the road and trail as a safety precaution.

Canoe Forest Products have placed signs on the closed trails, and on the roads at the active sites. They ask the public to not enter these areas and respect the trail and road closures. 

Harvesting and log hauling will continue through to the end of November. Expect industrial logging traffic on the main FSR 110 road daily Monday – Friday from 4am to 6pm.

Youth Race Series Wraps Up in Style!

Well done to all the riders that participated in the Skookum Youth Race Series this year. The last race of the series was the prestigious downhill, with 17 riders testing their speed on Flying Nun!

Thanks to Skookum for organizing the rides and the BBQ. Also a big thanks to the parents that helped coach and ride with the kids. 

Congratulations to all the riders on some amazing riding and fantastic spirit. Here are the overall results and winners for each category. See you next year and Happy Trails.

Category A: Ella Mills
Category B: Jayda Meerza
Category C: Lydia and Brighton Irwin

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.