President’s Report – 2015

2015 was a great summer to be a mountain biker in the Shuswap. Our trails were in fine shape due to little rain and the work of many dedicated volunteers and trail maintenance crew from the Trail Alliance. I hope you all agree that it has been great to ride well maintained trails. Thanks to funding from Singletrack Six and revenue from the Annual Shuswap Cycling Society (SCS) bike swap at the Salty Street Fest, Shuswap Cross – Cyclocross Race, map sales, and various fundraising activities the SCS is off to a fine start for 2016.

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Trail Day – October 10th

Trail Maintenance Day at South Canoe - Photo Andreas Meerza

Let’s get out there and help other volunteers and the fine folks at the Shuswap Trail Alliance buff up our favourite trails. The Shuswap Cycling Club and the Shuswap Trail Alliance are looking for volunteers to help out this Saturday the 10th of Oct 2015 from 8:00 till 13:00.

South Canoe & Rubberhead – pick your favorite trail to work on. Play in the dirt to get some new trails ready for the 2016 season.

We will have a BBQ and refreshments at the Party Pit at South Canoe for all the volunteers. Bring a friend a pair of gloves, water, extra tools. Your bike to cruise the trails and check out the pump track.

See you at South Canoe or Rubberhead

Skookum Junior Group Ride – Final Race and BBQ

Thanks to all the riders who came out for the final Junior Group Ride yesterday.  We had great weather for riding and the wrap up BBQ.

It was great to see everyone having fun and putting in such great efforts.  Lots of great food and prizes to be had too!

It’s been a fabulous year of mountain biking and it’s been really enjoyable to see everyone come so far with their skills, their confidence and their fitness.  Keep it up!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

The results for Race 4 – Cross-country time trial are attached as are the overall points results for all the races.  Remember that the goal is to have fun – so if you had fun then you won.

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Skookum Junior Group Ride Race Series – Race Number 3!

Congratulations to all the kids who came out for the Team Enduro tonight!  It was great to see everyone cheering on their team mates and putting in such great efforts.  The countdown at the end was exciting too!

The results for Race 3 and the updated Overall Standings are attached.  Next week is the cross country race and the wrap up BBQ!  Lots of draw prizes and prizes for the overall standings.  Don’t miss it!

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Skookum Junior Group Ride September Race Series

Congratulations to all the kids who have come out for the 2 races so far. We’re halfway through the series and still have the Team Enduro and the Cross Country races at Park Hill. Next up is the Team Enduro. Remember to come out to the last race at Park Hill on September 22 for the wrap-up BBQ after our cross country race. There’s sure to be lots of prizes!

Remember that every race earns you points, so be sure to come to as many as you can!  And remember that the next 2 races are at Park Hill.

The results for the first two races are available and the interim points standings are available too. Anything can happen at the Enduro, so be sure to come out!

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TransRockies Singletrack 6 – Stage 1 Salmon Arm!

On Sunday July 26, 2015, Salmon Arm will welcome hundreds of mountain biking enthusiasts from around the world! TransRockies Inc. has selected Salmon Arm to be the kick-off community for their Singletrack 6 race, an event which tours 6 communities over 6 days and provides riders with 40km of epic riding each day.

Community partners including Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Shuswap Trail Alliance, Shuswap Cycling, Shuswap Tourism, Skookum Cycle, Downtown Salmon Arm and Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce submitted a bid last fall for Salmon Arm to host this world class event and are very pleased to have been selected as the Stage 1 location!

We are very excited to be welcoming so many riders and their family and friends from around the world. What a great opportunity to showcase our Shuswap trail network and everything our region has to offer!” Phil McIntyre-Paul, Shuswap Trail Alliance Singletrack 6 stage 1 in Salmon Arm includes the Rubberhead, Larch Hills, and South Canoe trail networks and finishes in South Canoe at Klahani Park.

During the race, route trails will be closed to the public, but don’t worry…the Shuswap has over 400 km of other amazing trails for you to enjoy! Visit www.shuswaptrails.com for trail ideas.

Shuswap community members are invited to join in the festivities at Klahani Park from 9:30am– 1:30pm. Watch racers cross the finish line while enjoying BBQ and live music from performers from “In The Groove Studio”. Come and check out Shuswap Cycling’s Pumptrack, and other fun family activities!

Want to know more about TransRockies Singletrack 6 Event? Visit: singletrack6.com

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Perfect storm of opportunity highlights need for Active Transportation planning in the Shuswap

The Shuswap, British Columbia – Imagine riding to work in Salmon Arm or Sicamous or Scotch Creek along separated dedicated bike lanes. Too far-fetched for our small rural communities? Too costly? Think again. There’s a full scale retrofit happening in communities throughout BC, Canada, and North America, and Bike-to-Work Week advocates are drawing attention to the possibility of making similar improvements for bicycling and walking here in the Shuswap. Continue reading “Perfect storm of opportunity highlights need for Active Transportation planning in the Shuswap”

Results from the Shuswap Cross 2014 Race

Thanks to everyone who came out to ride on Sunday, November 9th.  The new course was a hit and featured some challenging muddy corners, a psychedelic spiral and lots of energy-sucking grass!

The results are here.  Please note that the initial lap times for Race 2 can be misleading due to how the race software handles large numbers of riders crossing the line at once.  Starting at Lap 3, the times for Race 2 are quite accurate.  Race 1 (Elite women, Open Women, Open Men and Junior Open) has accurate times for all laps.

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Thanks also to Jan Thingsted for taking some great photos. Here is a link to his gallery on Picasa