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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 – email@example.com (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 – firstname.lastname@example.org (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. 16: 3 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact: Roger Beardmore – email@example.com (after Aug. 18) (4 routes to cover with pickup truck or car with trailer.
George – Ride 2017 chair and event publicity coordinator
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
See you on the trails!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
The 2017 Ride Don’t Hide is June 25th. There is still time to register! Register now online at http://ridedonthide.com/bc/join-the-movement/register
Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride that is happening in 35 cities across Canada from BC to Newfoundland to raise awareness and funds for mental health. All funds raised goes back into local programs and initiatives.
Routes vary from a 10 km family ride, to 32 km or 54 km road rides.
Another chance this weekend to help complete the climbing trails on Rubberhead.
Meet at the Rubberhead Parking Lot at 9:00am Saturday and Sunday. Work will go until noon or 1pm. Bring your gloves and water. All the tools, plus lunch and bevy’s will be supplied!
Also, bring your bike! After the work’s done, get a shuttle to the top and have a rip. Join us!
During bike to School and Work Week there will be three Celebration Stations throughout the community (think of a celebration station as a cycling pit stop). There will be a mechanic on duty for light repairs and coffee and treats to fuel you up. Find more information on our Bike to School and Work Week page.
Station #1 will be located at Uptown Askew’s and is hosted by Jorin at Sunnybrae Cycles.
Station #2 is downtown at Shuswap Park Mall. It will be hosted by Skookum Cycles.
Station #3 will be located at the Mall at Piccadilly. It will be hosted by Sport Chek.
Reminder that Bike to Work and School Week is coming up. It is a free and fun week-long celebration of biking. Lots of great prizes including the grand prize this year a trip cycling the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.
Don’t have a place to park your bike?
There is a free bike parkade at 91 Hudson Avenue
Free Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Interior Health. May 29th, 7:30am – 9:30am at the Shuswap Lake Hospital Patio (accessed from the McGuire Lake Pathway).
See our Bike to Work Week page for more details.