Back in BC

Tech trails in damp conditions (Korova Milk Bar, Whistler)

Just back from another amazing three weeks’ biking in Canada.  I’ll let the photos do most of the talking but BC once again proved why it is the centre of the mountain biking universe with a wide variety of very well-built trails and a biking culture that most of Europe can only dream of, while the weather ended up perfect with just a little rain to keep the dirt tacky and the temperatures perfect for pedalling.

We spent a bit more time in Whistler’s bike park than I would have liked, especially with a shoulder/rib injury from a silly crash on day one making me feel a bit stiff and cautious on the bigger jumps, but you can’t really complain at getting 6-8 long runs in a day compared to 3-4 shorter ones outside the park.  Still, we did manage to hit a few classic trails too around Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish (my favourite trails of the trip) and a couple of nights’ camping in the Chilcotins for some big Alps-meets-BC alpine days.

I’m slightly regretting not applying for a Canadian working holiday visa while I was still 30 to really take advantage of the BC summer and winter but am still looking forward to some good autumn trail riding around Chamonix until winter hits and the skis come back out to play.  The lifts might not be running at the moment but there’s still a lot of pedalling to do in spots old and new close to home.

Thanks as always to everyone I rode with in Canada and helped out in various ways.  See you all again next year hopefully!

Dropping in (A-Line, Whistler Bike Park)

Midway down the last run of my favourite day of the trip (Hueso, Squamish)

Big pedal/push for big alpine descents (Ridge-o-Rama, Chilcotins)

Big climb for our final day, well worth the effort (Lord of the Squirrels, Whistler)

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