Cumberland May Long

Sky high!

Sky high!

A fine crew of Dirt Hombres spent the May long weekend up in Cumberland BC camping and riding.

Day 1 - Ride Map [click for larger]...

Day 1 – Ride Map [click for larger]…

Day 1 – Saturday 17 May’s ride featured torrential rain on the road portion of the ride to and from the trails with the Bike Gods turning off the hose just as we hit the dirt. In fact the trails were so dry it was hard to see sometimes due to the dust from the riders in front.

The Crew...

The Crew…

Organizing 15 riders and getting them around some techy trails was a challenge, but it was well worth it to see so many smiling faces during the day and hear all the laughing and lies being told around the campfire at night. πŸ˜‰

Day 2 - Ride Track [click for larger]...

Day 2 – Ride Map [click for larger]…

Day 2 – Sunday 18 May featured a shuttle up to the top of Forbidden Plateau. Like the day before it rain at the start and end of the ride, but the skies were blue and sunny while we were turning pedals on dirt.

Jerry [left] our guide for the weekend and Brian on Forbidden Plateau...

Jerry [left] our guide for the weekend and Brian on Forbidden Plateau…

Jerry kindly volunteered to show us around the trails for the 3 days we were in town. I met Jerry through MTBR.com so he was willing to give up a bunch of free time and help herd some strangers through each day. If you’ve ridden with a big group of mixed abilities and speeds you know that’s not a cake walk. Thanks Jerry! You rock!

Day 3 - Ride Map [click for larger]...

Day 3 – Ride Map [click for larger]…

Day 3 – Monday 19 May we went back to the main trails at Cumberland and those that were feeling strong tackled a bigger/higher loop with Jerry and his friends while the rest of the Hombres stayed lower and enjoyed a more chill ride.

Aaron in Search and Rescue yellow...

Aaron in Search and Rescue yellow…

Cumberland’s extensive trail network is impressive in its scope and quality. The riding is much faster and less rocky than the riding we do around Victoria which is a lovely change.

High speed fun...

High speed fun…

Add in a very friendly community of local riders and you can see why we love heading up to the mid-island to ride.

Sharon on the move...

Sharon on the move…

We liked it so much that first thing we did when we got home was plan another trip to Cumberland in late June. πŸ˜‰

Dirt Hombres gang colours...

Dirt Hombres gang colours…

My goal is 3 Cumberland trips this summer and if the winter weather cooperates we’ll squeeze in a winter trip as well!

A break form the endless climbing...

A break form the endless climbing…

The River Rats...

The River Rats…

Back at camp...

Back at camp…

Turk...

Turk…

S'moores!

S’moores!

Start 'em young!

Start ’em young!

Love a good campfire...

Love a good campfire…

Aviva...

Aviva…

Joanne...

Joanne…

Rain protection...

Rain protection…

Swim anyone?

Swim anyone?

This Solo took a beating and kept rolling...

This Solo took a beating and kept rolling…

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