Revelstoke – Move over Iron Horse its the Bicycles Time to Shine!
Local Revy Riding
A six hour drive East on Hwy 1 gets you to the railway town Revelstoke. You may have heard of the new ski area that opened in 2008 that made the small town boom. What you may not know is that this area has some great mountain biking and a growing mountain bike community.
The Revelstoke Cycling Association started in 1994 to create still non-existent Urban bike routes. Since then they put on cycling events in the Mount Macpherson ski area and previously in the Mt Mackenzie area until it was taken over by Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Another freeride area Boulder Mountain had 40km of trails that were impacted by logging. The club had a resurgence of members and volunteers that didn’t like what they saw happen on Boulder mountain. To prevent it from happening again the club gained more members from a wider cycling background and created a strong mountain bike community.
Since then the club has been active in obtaining funding from Columbia Basin Trust ( CBT), Columbia Shuswap Regional District ( CRSRD), Ministry of Forest Fire Crews and dedicated volunteers to work on the Martha Creek trail as well as to create a new alpine trail on Frisby Ridge.
The 12.9km Frisby Ridge trail is newest Alpine Epic trail in BC that is machine built and accessible to riders of all levels. A great initiative that will give ever lasting value to the town, tourism and the mountain bike community.
Enough history, how about the riding. Wait, first we stop at the Chalet Bakery for donuts and breakfast!
Chalet Bakery has been running in Revelstoke for many years. It is a standard stop for Cream Horns, Cookies, lunch and breakfast.
After fueling up we hooked up with Brendan from Flowt Bikes and Skis. He was kind enough to show us a trail on Mt. Mackenzie.
Lee chasing Sharon
After the ride we hung out in Revy for awhile and then had dinner at The Woolsey Creek Bistro. If you’re looking for some fine food Sylvie has what you need!
Then it was back to the Wadey campground to relax under the stars.
There is even some freeriding in Revy! (posted with permission)
- Chalet Bakery (Revelstoke – this alone is worth the trip)
- General guide to riding in the Kootenays – Tourism BC
- Wadey Forest Service Camp Site (Revelstoke area)
- Flowt Bikes and Skis Revelstoke bike advice and service with a smile
- Revelstoke Cycling Association
- Mt MacPherson trails (Revelstoke)
- Kootenay Backroads Mapbook
- Woolsey Creek Bistro