The Castlegar Bike Club have been very busy building new trails throughout the community.

Castlegar bike club building

International recognition for mountain biking in the Kootenays.

  • Sep. 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Chris Mansbridge

 

Castlegar News

 

The Kootenays have been gaining international recognition for mountain biking.

The area’s steep slopes and rich dirt are the perfect ingredients for constructing spectacular and challenging trails.

The two Kootenay towns on the lips of cyclists are usually Rossland and Nelson, but right between the two is where some of the best new trails are being built.

Castlegar used to be behind in the mountain bike scene. There were only a few trails and some crossed private property resulting in their dismantling. But the bikers kept building, with a plan to expand and legitimize their trail network.

In 2010, The Castlegar Mountain Bike Society was formed with that goal.

Since then, the society has constructed some of the best bike rides in the region. Using the skills of their volunteers, trails here have become known as being big, wide, and flowing. They allow a rider to roll smoothly through the banked corners and over the optional wooden stunts, bridges and drops.

The trail networks have increased along with the society’s credibility, as they joined forces with the Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails. The Castlegar hiking trail association’s experience in dealing with land legislation and funding for construction and maintenance has helped ensure the trails are permanent installations.

“We wanted to build an awareness of the social and economic value that the bike trails create for Castlegar, as well as start an avenue for the existing trails to be recognized and protected,” said Dave Hall, an early member of the Castlegar Mountain Bike Trails Society and now Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Mountain Bike Director. “The amount of effort to build these trails would astound people and is truly a passion for people who love to ride their bikes.”

As the society is busy maintaining their existing trails, they also have other big plans.

In the spring of 2015, construction starts on the mountain bike skills area in Millennium Park and a bike raffle is underway with proceeds going to trail projects.

Tickets can be bought at Mallard’s, The Lion’s Head, and a variety of other business around town.

Though the Castlegar Mountain Bike Society is growing, it still needs your help. You can come out and help build with them on Tuesday nights, as shown on their Facebook page. You can also become a member for $10 per year by emailing castlegarparksandtrails@gmail.com.

“We’re just starting to scratch the surface of the potential that exists in Castlegar,” Hall said.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New child care centre planned for Tarrys Hall

A collaboration has come up with a plan to bring child care spaces to Castlegar to Nelson corridor.

Morning start: Numerous shipwrecks can be found below Kootenay Lake

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Thursday, May 28

RCMP seek public’s help in identifying suspects responsible for keying cars in Castlegar

At least three cars have been keyed in north Castlegar in the last 24 hours

Young farmers find a home through land-matching program

Young Agrarians links would-be farmers with landowners who have land to spare

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed U.S.-Canada border in Surrey

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

COLUMN: Canada needs to remember rural communities as thoughts turn to pandemic recovery

Small towns often rely on tourism, which has been decimated by COVID-19

Most Read