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Where do you go to ride your MTB offroad

Discussion in 'The Open Mic (Non Music Related)' started by Verne, May 22, 2020.

  1. Verne

    Verne

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    Dec 29, 2018
    Location:
    London, Ontario
    So, what are your home trails, you favourite, and how far would you travel to ride.

    My home trail is Fanshawe Lake. It's 20km(ish) and I have been riding there long before they opened it for MTB. Over time they stopped trail maintenance and put the money into the campground, so I refuse to go there now. I go to Wildwood. Out near Stratford. Much further drive, but far more worth the effort.

    Favourite trails is The Pines outside Woodstock. I join the Woodstock Cycling Club (WCC) every year and driving 35mins door to door is worth it for me. I also love doing the Dairy Capital Stampede 6hr race every Sept. Usually I do it solo just for the fun of it.

    I used to do the Summer Solstice 24hr race, but it got harder to get a team together, so I "retired" from that race.

    I'd love to get to Mt St Anne one day and ride the XCO course. Minus Beatriz. EGADS that shit scares me. HAHAHA
     
  2. bw66

    bw66

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    Location:
    Uxbridge, ON
    Durham Forest is just down the road - I've never found anywhere better. Closed right now, but should be open not later than the 29th. Our local mountain biking association is amazing - they get dozens of volunteers every time they have a build or maintenance day and groom the trails all winter.

    Most years I get to SImcoe Forest once or twice - the Simcoe club seems to be building some momentum.

    I also spend a lot of time on the local rail trail - it's a very different workout. In normal years I ride weekly with a group to the next town, have a coffee and come back - about 40 km round trip. The next town adds 20 km to the round trip - but they have a much better coffee shop.
     
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  3. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Southwestern Ontario
    We have a lot of local trails, but I mostly do the very easy Goderich to Guelph section closest to Goderich, though sometimes I’ll pick up the trail further east for a change in scenery.

    Up on the Bruce Peninsula our family place has the Bruce Trail passing the front door, it’s on the road there, but the trail heads are rideable for a bit, plus there are connecting trails and rough unused road.
     
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  4. LanceT

    LanceT

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    Mar 7, 2014
    Location:
    Maple Ridge, BC
    I'm in BC so very spoiled for trails and access. I can ride from home and hit the dirt inside of 10 minutes and have a solid 3 hour ride on some great single track.
     
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  5. Distortion

    Distortion

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    Sep 16, 2015
    Location:
    Hamilton
    I don't do much but enjoyed Turkey point trails. We have some hear outside my door but all rock and roots .Rather run the edge of the farm fields
     
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  6. TheYanChamp

    TheYanChamp

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    Mar 6, 2009
    Location:
    Calgary
    I haven't ridden since I moved from Vancouver.

    Getting to ride the North Shore before municipalities chainsawed all the trails was an epic treat. The best part was being able to take transit to shuttle a good way up. I am itching to buy a new bike this year though.
     
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  7. cboutilier

    cboutilier

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    Jan 12, 2016
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    I sold my bike 10 years ago and miss it very much.
     
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  8. gtrguy

    gtrguy

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    Jul 6, 2006
    Location:
    Halifax
    MSA is fantastic. I was there a few years ago to see the World Cup DH races and ride the lift access trails and a lot of the XC trails. Fantastic riding.
     
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  9. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Southwestern Ontario
    In recent years I’ve taken my bike to places I would otherwise drive, little cottage roads, dead end country roads, and places I hike from trail heads close to where I can park or ride. A couple of years I took my bike to Greenfield NS when I had a cool little summer music camp gig for a week. The trails and roads there were great. The only time I’ve been to PEI I longed for my bike.
     

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