Category Archives: Mountain Bike

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Oct. 6

IMBA will celebrate its eighth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedalling with kids!

TKMBD is an annual celebration held on the first Saturday of October. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Last year, we had more than 13,000 participants at hundreds of events across the globe, including: Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa. Informal or formal, with one child or one hundred, TKMBD events celebrate the joy of riding in the dirt. Continue reading

Big Build Date at Christie is Oct. 21

The Hamilton Cycling Club with the permission of the Hamilton Conservation Authority is building some sweet singletrack at Christie Lake Conservation Area. Our next big build date is Sunday October 21, 2012. We will be leaving to build at 9:00am from the parking lot in the map below. (If you are on Facebook, here is the event page.)

Map is here.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm Oct. 21 and we will build for a while longer after lunch. You can also bring your bike and we will do a ride of the completed trails after we are finished building. Continue reading

This Week: MTB Time Trial

This Thursday (Aug 9) is your chance to put your name in the record books! Join the HCC out at our very own Christie Lake trails for our very first MTB ITT championships! We will be meeting in the western-most parking lot (see map) at 6:30 and riding by 7:00. Results will be based on the cumulative times of two laps (one in each direction) of the Blue loop. Be warned, unless you are a Conservation Area member, there is an entry fee to the park. The most economical way to get there is to park (legally) nearby (like at Cafe Domestique) and ride in.

Trillium Grant Boosts HCC’s Trail Building at Christie Lake

Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Hamilton Cycling Club is thrilled that we are a successful applicant for an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant that will support trail-building at Christie Lake Conservation Area. The $14,900 grant will purchase trail construction equipment so volunteers can build a 10-km mountain bike trail and skills park in Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas. Sustainable trails will minimize the ecological impact and provide recreational opportunities for cyclists, hikers, trail runners and other user groups.

“This is great news for our club and for cyclists, hikers and other users in the Hamilton area and beyond,” said Marc Risdale, who has been spearheading the volunteer trail-building efforts. “We want to do the best job possible on these trails, and this grant allows us access to equipment that will make this possible.”

Watch for more details about the official opening of the trail system, expected in fall 2012.

HCC MTB Hill Climb Tonight!

The long-awaited HCC MTB TT is happening this Thursday, June 28 at 7PM! We will be meeting in the Christie Lake WEST parking lot as shown on the attached map.

We’ll be leaving the parking lot at 6:45 to start the TT. Note: Regular Conservation Area fees apply unless you ride in.

Results will be based on the cumulative times from doing the Black loop twice, once in each direction.

If you haven’t been to Christie Lake yet, this is a great chance to come see all the great things the HCC is doing there!

The Christie Lake Build Days – Big and Little

The weather couldn’t have been finer for a Victoria Day weekend filled with trail building at Christie Lake Conservation Area. Thanks to a group of dedicated regular builders, we had the IMBA Tool Trailer, a coffee station from Café Domestique and a delicious BBQ to make the event even more perfect.

Having completed all the originally sanctioned sections of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced trails, our task for this Spring/Summer season is to connect last year’s work to the trailhead in the western-most part of the South Shore.

This means building about 2km of Beginner singletrack and the crew of about 24 people that made it out on May 19th made some serious progress. In fact, we got so far on one section that a small contingent stayed behind to open it up for riding outright.

The following morning, the Dundas Cub Scout Pack joined us to help break ground on the Christie Kids Loop! This 200m trail is designed exclusively for kids. The corridor is cut low and the trail snakes through a small cedar grove.

In order to appease fretful parents, we kept the sight lines quite clear so as long as your little rippers are wearing bright clothing, you should have no trouble spotting them from the nearby double-track as they tear it up.

As always, we meet regularly at Christie every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for more building so come, bring the kids and make a day of it!

Race Report: My First Century, a MTB Tale

By Jeff Landry, HCC Member

To cyclists, the term century means a 100 mile (160 km) road ride. For some, the goal might be to complete a century by the end of the season, to others it’s nothing more than a weekly training ride. Regardless, for an avid cyclist, while potentially arduous, a century is relatively common and easily attainable goal.

My confession: While I have been an avid cyclist for 20 years, I have yet to complete a century. Never during the course of one ride has my odometer spun past the 160 km mark. I have been close, but my longest rides have topped out starting with a 14. That is not to say I haven’t had some difficult days on the bike, just as of yet, not seen that elusive 100th mile.

That was about to change, in a big way.

While I much prefer to call myself a cyclist, many of the rides/races I have done would classify me as an endurance mountain biker. The definition of ‘endurance’ is open to interpretation, but my idea is generally rides/races that exceed 4 hours. I organize a yearly, pseudo underground group ride that encircles the Hamilton Harbour, mostly off-road, typically 80-120 km. I have raced many 8 hour relay events as a solo, done marathon MTB races and completed Transrockies, a 7 day epic MTB race. Heck, I’ve ridden to the top of Whistler mountain just for giggles. Long, hard, days are not new to me, yet still surprisingly, I have never completed a century.

So when a friend asked if I was interested in joining them on a group road trip to mid-Ohio for the Mohican 100 MTB race, my interest was sparked. It was time to put the century notch on my belt, but do it in style. Off-road.

I signed up. And while somewhat tempted by the 100 km option, I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied at the end of the day, so the 100 mile box was checked with no second thoughts. Most people would want a training plan, looking ahead at least a couple months to prepare themselves for such a task. I signed up only a couple weeks before the race. I was hoping that wouldn’t backfire. Continue reading