With more and more trails melting out and getting prepped from another season of mountain biking, the theme for this month’s Spokin’ Word column is bikes, buds, and beers!
Looking for some people to mountain bike with? The Pedal ‘n’ Pint returns for 2017 with Brent Strand leading the pack into the thirteenth year of this popular weekly group ride. It’s an inclusive no-buds-left-behind ride that starts from the west side of the Revelstoke Community Centre at 6 p.m. every Thursday, and ends with beers and munchies at The River City Pub to soothe bruised bodies and egos. When asked about his guiding qualifications, Brent says, “Wooooooooo!”
Looking for some people to dig with? Come join Dave ‘The Viking’ Pearson on Tuesday evenings to help maintain and expand our incredible trail network. Check the Revelstoke Cycling Association’s Facebook page for meeting times and locations. And, yes, it’s followed by beers and munchies graciously provided by the Big Chubby Idiot crew, the Taco Club, and maybe other sponsors as the summer wears on. And I’d be remiss without mentioning the hard work put in by the BC Wildfire Service crews. Trails don’t build themselves!
Looking for new places to ride? In addition to the Frisby Ridge and Griffith expansions, the RCA is also in the planning stages of a new loop around the base of Mt. Cartier to take advantage of the earlier melt-out on that side of the valley. The loop may eventually connect to the trails within the Revelstoke Mountain Resort tenure, which are also seeing expansion this summer. If you want to see this happen, get your RCA membership today!
Looking for an exciting weekend destination? Silver Star Mountain Resort has recently put the finishing touches on a new 35 km XC epic called Beowulf that will finally open to the public on July 29. Three years in the making, it winds through the resort’s backside, traversing ridgelines and grassy pistes. The completion of this ambitious project also means that the trail crew can once again focus on buffing the DH trails in the bike park, so now is a great time to make a weekend of it.
Looking for a little backcountry solitude? The amazing alpine trails at Sol Mountain Lodge officially reopen August 1 (snow dependent, check http://solmountain.com/ for updates) and this year the trail network has something new on tap.
“We plan to complete our trail to South Caribou Pass in Monashee Provincial Park this summer. This will be a 17 km out-and-back through alpine meadows with stunning views of the Monashees,” says owner-operator Aaron Cooperman.
After exploring the ever-expanding bike trails with your buds, have a cold beer at Sol Lake (free with your trail donation) or explore the amenities of the well-appointed lodge and the B.C.-based gourmet fare that’s whipped up every day. Free day use of the trail system is permitted but if you’re going to make the trip up there, why not treat yourself right? Wandering Wheels shuttle service from town is also available to round out the package.