Being a little city (just over 1 million) in the middle of the prairies, great mountain biking might not be the first thing you’d expect to find here. But, that’s what you’ll get if you’re here during our brief, but beautiful riding season. I’ve often said that even though I’ve been riding the valley for around 15 years, I can still come across trails, or whole pockets of trails I’ve never ridden. Going out with team/group rides has always been the best way to discover a new stretch of single track,or choice riding area. This year the BIG discovery for me was on the Gary Fisher ride when we rode on the east side of the river in the Strathcona Science park area. There is a maze of single track in there, and all of it technical, with twisty, tight sections and lots of steep drops and power climbs. I go back there quite a bit now that I know it’s there.
River Valley Cycle has opened the valley up in a new way though, by actually mapping the valley’s main riding areas: Terwilliger, Dawson, Kinsmen and Mill Creek. Available for download off the bike store website, this is going to be a great resource for new riders and even long time valley riders like me. I’m looking forward to getting out there and actually riding it all. Looking at the maps I can tell there are going to be new trails for me hammer ! Wooo hooo!!!