I love non-rainy spring days. I love riding my bike in the quiet of the woods. I love the challenge of hitting wet roots the right way so you don’t slide too sideways and I love being upside down… especially trailside. Kevin and I did a little Bear Mountain exploring today, and although it’s getting harder for us to get lost here, we did explore a new trail. Not gonna lie, Big’uns was not my favourite. But to be fair, it’s hard to beat the flowy, pumptrack-esque ride of Lorax. So what does one do when they aren’t ‘feelin’ a trail? Yoga.
It’s no secret that I would rather drive the hour.5+ to Mission to ride here than zip over to the North Shore most days. I was in love with the Bear Mountain DH trail from ride one. And I was even more hooked the moment I turned on Strava and peddled the shit out of the steep rocky section for QOM (which was taken back from me at a later date :/) And then Josh and I found Jolly Rancher, which had its merits with the rocky tops and the jumpy bottoms; sort of the best of both worlds scenario. But I kept hearing, “you drive all the way out to Bear and you don’t even ride Lorax?!?!” So last year Kevin and I found it. And at the bottom, I understood the confusion. It’s a beautiful combination of zig-zigging single track through trees, with small rocky sections, tight berms and jumps that beg to be pumped instead of pedalled. It’s worth a second pedal up, which is saying a lot from me.
Someone asked me the other day if I was excited that biking season started again… I laughed and said it never ended from last year! He looked at me like I was an asshole, or just a BC mountain biker. Dear Biking, I can’t quit you. Love, Kallyn
Oh and super pumped to ride my new city bike, Minnie. Didn’t even use my car once on Saturday!