I’ll clean this vid up later, but at least it’s something to check out what the trails are like. Also note that the majority of the riding is on somewhat smooth logging roads, but I cut most of that out because it’s boring to watch. 😉
So we decided to go check out some “new” trails. We never started from the other side of the Malahat (serious coffee and such) so we gave that a go. We parked just off the Malahat on the turn off to Bamberton (East side of the highway) and parked just down from a gate.
This is a great spot for a number of reasons. Although it’s massive it’s easy to keep track of where you are because you have the Ocean, then the highway, then an awesome abondoned road (Bamberton Trunk Rd?) and finally the powerlines all running parrallel to each other. You can go pretty much anywhere and see at least one of these, but usually all three.
The logging roads have lots of small jumps and many off-shooting cliff climbs along the way and typically end with an epic view. The single-tracks are plentiful and so well marked and colour-coded I would guess there must be competitions up there. At my riding level, these single-tracks are the best I’ve found and a joy to ride on the trials bike. I can’t wait to go back with brakes!
Holy shit is there a lot of fun to have there! For some reason we never connected the South Shawnigan road gated logging road with the rest. I think it connects on top of Baldie and there was always too much snow to cross.
Despite the fact my CR250 is in pretty pathetic shape, whereas the UK dude at Duncan Motosport said he never saw a chain and sproket that bad, it was a wicked ride. Dropping the bikes again in Duncan on Thursday, Ryan for his front brakes (he rode the whole day without front brakes!) and me for my drive train. We should be all good to go next Saturday.
(based on an article by karl)