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!

 

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