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!
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.
We were fortunate enough to be hosted by Matt and his girlfriend Brittany at her family Chalet right next to Blue Mountain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. I guess it will just have to wait until next time as I think this wont be our last trip exploring out East!