The South Island Mountain Bike Society [SIMBS] is an advocacy group for my part of Vancouver Island. They do good things like plan and build new trails. They maintain the trails we already have and represent the mountain bike community as needed with local agencies. Last week they had a weekend getaway planned for members in Cumberland BC. With a $20 donation to the local trail building group you got a bed at the Riding Fool Hostel, free burgers and free beer…plus a guided group ride Saturday and Sunday.
Sharon was feeling good after Hornby Island so we decided to join in the fun.
The Saturday ride was epic at nearly 5hrs long and covered some amazing trails. Far rougher and more technical than Hornby Island we got to put our bikes through their paces. One thing that was really neat was the large number of beginner friendly bridges and wooden stunts. Typical stunts are expert only affairs, but the trails we rode nice wide bridges that were long and suitable for anyone beyond the beginner level.
It was a lot of fun to ride with a big group of 12 or so SIMBS members. Thankfully I wasn’t the slowest rider so I got to enjoy the ride at a comfortable pace.
I was glad to have a guide to show us the way and I ran my GPS to capture the route so I could go back and ride it again at a later date. Hopefully with my DSLR to properly capture the riding potential of this area.
We were surprisingly energetic after the big day and the Riding Fool Hostel is a very comfortable spot to shower, relax with a beer and tell some lies about the day’s adventure. I made my way to bed around midnight when things started to get a little on the crazy side after emptying both kegs of beer.
I got up early on Sunday and scored a delicious breakfast at Mar’s on Main before a slightly smaller group set out for a less ambitious ride. I was having a lot of fun and feeling strong on the second day. We re-rode a few trails from Saturday which meant I could really hit the gas now that I knew what lay ahead.
Sadly one of our group crashed pretty hard and needed to get back to his truck so I escorted him down the mountain on the main logging roads. It was a shame to miss that last 90mins of trail riding, but you gotta look out for one another on the trails. I’d appreciate someone else doing that for me.
I had a total blast in Cumberland and the Nomad is the right bike for the fast rough trails. I’m happy that I can get there in 3hrs and have the Riding Fool Hostel as an affordable base of operations.
Thanks to everyone at SIMBS that was involved in making the event happen. 🙂