East Bound And Down

Who would have thought that British Columbia is not the only destination to ride bikes here in Canada. Its so easy to get caught up in out little bubble here in BC and not venture to far from the nest when it comes to exploring and riding new trails for the summer months.

Last weekend Chris and myself headed out East to Toronto, Ontario. Flying in Friday morning to Toronto we were scooped up by Matt Morrish from Cycle Solutions and made our way out to Blue Mountain Resort for a weekend of racing, riding and good times!

All loaded up and on our way to Blue Mountain

Those of you that have not heard of Blue Mountain Resort it is located northwest of Collingwood and is situated on a section of the Niagara Escarpment. The resort is a major destination for skiers from southern Ontario and the mountain sells more than 750,000 lift tickets per year, making it the third-busiest ski resort in Canada.

Looking down from the top of the resort on to Nottawasaga Bay on Lake Huron
Johnston checking the trail conditions Sunday night after some heavy rain
Collingwood’s most iconic structure


We were fortunate enough to be hosted by Matt and his girlfriend Brittany at her family Chalet right next to Blue Mountain.

Home for the weekend

Saturday morning we set out with large crew of staff and shop riders from Cycle Solutions for a social ride on the “Three Stage” mountain bike trail network. The network is littered with 40km of intermediate to advanced single track. After heavy rain all week we jumped into the thick of it with plenty of laughs and banter as we slid around the trail network in the mud.

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Awesome Crew ready to ride.
Quick warm up before we dropped in to the trails


Post ride beers and swag bags for the riders

After lunch back at the Chalet a few riders joined Chris and myself to practice the BC Enduro Series Course for Sunday. Blue Mountain is clay based and after heavy rain the conditions varied from super tacky to all out slippery fun.

Over an hour to clean this rig ready for race day

Sunday was race day and the Cycle Solutions Crew was out in force to cheer and heckle us on and support all the racers out on course for the day. The stages for the race had a good mix of fun and technical terrain.

The Best cheer squad out on course

Sunday evening finished off with a few beers with new friends and a look back on some new riding experiences we had shared over the weekend.

Post ride froth!


Monday morning we packed up at Blue Mountain and we made our way back to Toronto. Rainy weather kept us away from riding the much anticipated Don Valley trail network located in the heart of the city we had heard so much about. Β I guess it will just have to wait until next time as I think this wont be our last trip exploring out East!









The Whistler Toonie Scene

Every Thursday afternoon in Whistler mountain bikers come from all over to rip out their lungs on the trails of Whistler for this fun summer race and ride series held by Whistler Off Road Cycling Association. This one is unique racing up the Olympic bobsled track!

Cypress Mountain DH Laps!


Chris has been shuttling DH laps with some mates on the shore. Check out some of the follow cam action…
It starts off with one gentle little double then into some savage trail gaps followed by some of the fastest white knuckle gripped riding on the shore… so much awesome!
Such a solid day shuttling with the boys…


New Bike Day!

Chris’ fresh Tall Boy is ready to hit the dirt!

Check out his set up and parts build below –

  • Frame – XL (Rider height – 6’0″)
  • Fork – Fox Float 34
  • Shock – Fox DPS
  • Wheels – Enve M60, 32h bladed spokes
  • Hubs – Chris King, Mango Boost 110x15mm Front, 148×12 Rear
  • Crank – Shimano XTR double 28-38
  • Front derailleur- XTR Di2 Synchro Shift (One shifter)
  • Rear derailleur- XTR Di2
  • Cassette 11 spd XTR 11-40
  • Handlebar – Enve DH cut down to 770mm
  • Stem – Enve AM 40mm
  • Grips – Ergon GE1 Slim
  • Seat Post – Fox Transfer 150mm
  • Saddle – Ergon SME3 with Ti rails
  • Tires – Maxxis DHR2 Front, Maxxisd Minion Semi slick Rear