Springtime in the Rockies

It's the first day of May, and it should still be ski season! Many of the resorts are still open and you can catch glimpses of fresh lines in the backcountry from time to time, but I've launched into mountain biking mode! Spring has definitely sprung in the Bow Valley, and it's practically summer in the Columbia.

Biking in Jasper Meadows - [hoto by Anna Powell @AnnasBanff

Last weekend, our biking crew headed to Golden in the Columbia Valley for some awesome days of riding. The trails were dry and dusty until a rainstorm blew through and moistened everything up. I've managed a couple of days on my relatively new full suspension bike, and it felt fantastic to rip around on the Moonraker Trails! We had a great crew to ride with and cranked out a couple of hours on the first day up the CBT mainline and down Goldrush. Our first campfire of the year rounded out the day just perfectly.

Day 2 saw a longer ride, and a helpful shuttle up to Cedar Lakes wrote off the long climb up CBT. This left us with heaps more energy to whoop and holler our way through the flowing single track, partly to keep the bears away but mostly from pure unbridled joy!

There's a freedom in mountain biking, a sensation akin to flying when you get a good flow going. We hit up the popular trails Arrowhead, Better than Boston and Tonight Tequila, before descending back down the exhilarating Mighty Quinn, meeting up with Goldrush and ending back at the road. After a solid few hours of riding we regained the pavement and bee-lined straight for the best patio in town for some well-deserved beers!

Patricia Lake - photo by Anna Powell @AnnasBanff

This weekend, we headed north up Highway 93 to Jasper. It was my first time riding the trails in and around the townsite, and I definitely wanted to stay longer! The trails were dry and dusty, much like the trails in Golden but with fewer roots. The trail maintenance in Jasper is fantastic. We rode the Water Tower to Sawridge Switchbacks and sessioned some of the more mild rock rides to get some technical practise and improve our skills. Sadly, the rock claimed a tire and a derailleur so our day was cut short, but I will definitely be back for more!

Back in Banff for the return of the good weather and we hit up the Super G trail.
We are so lucky to have such amazing trails right on our doorstep here in Banff. It's May, so I will be participating in David Suzuki's 30x30 Nature Challenge, and I think many of these daily challenges will involve me and my bike and these trails.

For the next 30 days I will be spending at least 30 minutes each day in nature.

For the next 30 days I will be spending at least 30 minutes each day in nature. This should be a breeze as there is so much nature all around me and there's nothing I love more than getting out into it and exploring.

More information can be found here: http://30x30.davidsuzuki.org/ and I will be blogging about it as I go. 

Golden Cycling Club

Jasper Park Cycling Association