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

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
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!

Ride Don’t Hide 2017 this Weekend

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. 

Bike to Work and School Week – Celebration Stations

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.

Bike To Work and School Week – Parkade and Pancakes

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. 

Register here! 

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.

Windy Youth Ride

This past Tuesday was a windy youth ride, but fortunately we were out of there before the worst of the weather came through. Another great turnout!

Leaders: Linda, Doris, Sandra & Andreas
Riders: 18 
Parents: 10
Learned about cornering & skinnies.  Rode No Tears, Deer Trail to Malibu Landing, where we did a pass the baton style relay. Then Troll Trail to Blizzard Hill. We then practised or cornering on Purple Pony Trail.