Indian Summer extends Fraser Valley riding season
Mountain Biking with Keith
Indian Summer is in full swing and Mother Nature has been kind enough to keep the trails mostly dry and tacky for us. There is still time to get out on some of your favorite rides.
It is exciting to hear about others’ rides — adults acting like kids, something we should never forget how to do, and kids exploring new adventures on their bike. One thing I have observed is a change in use on the trail system. Access points have changed with the addition of new trails close to population areas ( I use the term population areas very loosely). More people are riding some of the new trails or reroutes such as WTB, Sunset Pink, Akimas Way, which are all near the D4 area. The Idlewild area is seeing more use as well as trails such as Yankee Doodle, Meadow, Twisted Ankle. All offer the ability to put new and more enjoyable routes together.
The new trails are like presents at Christmas. They are exciting and tend to take away from the ones that we have enjoyed for years. I’ve been doing that the last couple of years. It is so easy for me to hop on my bike and in less than a minute be on the Idlewild trails, leaving the world behind. I think now is a great time to go out and ride those trails that you haven’t been on in a while. Much like when you were a child and “rediscovered” that favorite toy all over again.
Recently I met up with some friends and pedaled on some trails I haven’t been on in a while. Starting near the greater downtown Fraser area, we cruised up Givelo then onto Creekside, catching the glimpse of the occasional beaver in the stream. Of course we had to hop on the Flume Trail. It is easy to forget how much fun these are. To me there is something about the magic of riding down Flume that leaves nothing but a smile on your face. It’s the perfect twisting trail with just enough speed.
The sun began to set, causing us to stop at times and take in the view. A bull moose was just below the bench overlook on Flume, a couple was fishing in the stream and a pleasant absence of mosquitoes allowed us to linger a bit longer than we might in July. As we headed up Chainsaw I could hear the bike rolling across the trail as the wind was still and few sounds could be heard. The light was fading fast as we descended Chainsaw. Everyone was all smiles and the only thing that kept us from going on was the impending darkness.
It looks like we have a few more Indian Summer days ahead. Take a bit of time to get out and explore some of your favorite forgotten trails.
Beavers Sports Shop at the Best Western in Winter Park does a weekly group ride on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. (new time) Intermediate and above skill level. Come join in! 970-726-5988
Looking for more information? Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!
Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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