As you may have read, the PVTA has received funding for a major expansion of the local Pemberton trail network, with major XC routes climbing into the Owl Creek drainage and beyond. We’re happy to announce the completion of the first leg of this new trail network – Big NIMBY and Let It Go. If you like to climb, these are for you.
Big NIMBY completes the Happy Trail climb, and breaks down like this: The Happy Trail climbs 1.6 km up from the valley floor to the Waco Connector, which climbs for another 1.8 km to the McKenzie Forest Service Road. About 100 feet before the road, Big NIMBY branches off to the left for another 5.6 km of single track climbing, right up to Overnight Sensation. That’s 10 km of single track climbing over about 1700 vertical feet.
But wait! That’s not all! Act now and receive another 2.2 km of climbing! A few hundred meters before Big NIMBY pops out onto the FSR look on the left for Let It Go. This is part of the next phase of trail construction, and leads across the top of the knob to the paraglide launch. Right now Let It Go stops there, but the boys are flagging the new downhill as I write this…stay tuned!
That's a lotta switchbacks...
The Hurley Forest Service Road is open, providing access to Spruce Lake and Bralorne. Details can be found at the Regional District’s website. Note that there is a pilot car through the Meadows, and the road may close depending on fire activity.
Road 40 remains closed, updates can be found at DriveBC.
Event organizers were hoping for a record turnout for this years Pemberton Slow Food Cycle, expecting at least 3,000 riders to pedal up the Meadows Road and sample local produce. Unfortunately the heavy smoke and partial evacuations caused by the Copper Dome and Camel Humps fires – as well as the need to maintain access that would be impeded by 3,000 bikes – have caused the cancellation of this event.
More information can be found at the Slow Food Cycle website.
We got our first sampling of Giant’s line up for 2010 today. To say that blue and carbon and lightweight are the mantras is an understatement! Lotsa blue, esp in the Reign 1- love it or leave it. As for composite technology , we saw some cool stuff with the Anthem X and Trance X in carbon- very sexy bikes with impeccable specs. The Anthem had the new 2 x 10 SRAM XX gruppo (including the XX SID fork) and the Trance had the full XTR schwing happening. In terms of weight, all the long travel bikes went on a diet- the Glory DH frame lost 3.3 lbs and the complete Reign X0 came in at a svelte 30.2 lbs….. LIGHT STIFF and RESPONSIVE was the order of the day. All in all a solid offering from Giant again- they seem to up the ante every year. Took some “spy pics” for the rabid fan. Giant will have a demo truck in Lot 2 during Crankworx next week.
Glory 00 linkage
Glory 00 close up
Glory headtube- beauty welding.
Reign SX- Whistler designed X bike
All new Faith- limited production- order yours NOW for 2010!!!
Glory 1 front end
Trance X Advanced- nice headtube!!
Trance rear end
The Menchovian ones ride from the Giro.