The Dirt Hombres Mountain Bike Club was conceived around a campfire at Hornby Island last year so it was only fair that the Hombres descended on the island for some shredding in 2014. It’s not hard to get people excited about the little island’s quiet buff trails and chilled out vibe. As people rolled into Ford’s Cove Marina Campground we counted a 35 strong posse of riders.
Despite not being too far from Victoria the 2 ferries required to get to Hornby Island make it a ~5hrs trip. So we took Friday off and went up in the morning so we could sneak in a ride before everyone arrived and settled in.
Unlike Vancouver Island that features very rough techy riding Hornby offers smooth flowy trails that you can ride without needing to hop, skip and jump over obstacles. It actually feels a bit wrong at first like your bike is broken and then you realize it’s just buttery smooth.
As you can imagine 35 riders in a small campground made for a very social atmosphere. Luckily nobody partied so hard they couldn’t get their butts in gear for a big ride on Saturday. We split up into 4 smaller packs to keep things manageable and accommodate everyone’s speed. The map and GPS track above is the ride I was on.
By the time the last group got back to camp Saturday evening there were lots of happy, but tired mountain bikers milling around with open beers telling lies about the day’s adventures.
Not only did have have an amazing trail network to explore that we could ride to from our campground, but we saw hardly anyone on the trails that we didn’t bring with us to the island.
Although it rained everyday at some point it was never while we were riding or hanging out in camp. So the rain on served to keep the dust down – not our spirits. Thank the Bike Gods! 🙂
Our local Victoria trails are techy and slow so going lightspeed at Hornby was a ton of fun and a refreshing change of pace.
On Sunday we got out early for a ride that cherry picked all the most fun trails and then headed back to the ferry for the trek home.
Thanks to everyone that joined us for a fun weekend of riding and laughs. Let’s do it again next year! 🙂