Mar 23, 2014 DSBC Spring Newbie Ride

Big Ups to the DSBC crew for putting on another great event. This video shows some of the A-Loop single track. It turns out we missed some of the trails due to the confusing arrowing methods (don’t get me started), but all in all it was still good fun.

2014 DSBC Spring Newbie Ride from motorambler on Vimeo.

Dirt Biking: McNutt Rippin

Just bummin’ around McNutt with some pals. 2014 KTM 350 XC-F, 2014 KTM 300 XC, 2013 Husaberg TE250.

Best trail riding in North America, right here on Blue Mountain, in Maple Ridge, BC.

McNutt Rippin from motorambler on Vimeo.

Get To Know McNutt – Joe Poke Video

Joe Poke is a fun and easy to ride trail situated on the south eastern part of Blue Mountain, just off of the McNutt Road FSR. You can maintain a fast and flowy pace due to the absence of any major climbs or rock and root obstacles.

Get To Know McNutt – Joe Poke from motorambler on Vimeo.

EnduroCross: Everett, WA Oct 2013

The Everett stop in the 2013 EnduroCross schedule (Round 5) was my first experience with this up and coming sport, and I had no idea what to expect.

I am so glad I decided to go.

I highly recommend showing up early to watch the qualifying laps during the morning and afternoon. Qualifying sessions are free to spectators, and we some some awesome crashing and heat races during this time. The action at night seemed to fly by. Just as one heat had finished, another group of riders were already lined up at the starting gate ready to go.

The course was both fast and technical. I was afraid that the obstacles would be too difficult and keep the race pace to a crawl, but this was definitely not the case. Racing was furious, and “The Matrix” log section provided the most fun for the spectators because it sure got the best of many of the riders, especially the amateurs!

EnduroCross Track, Everett, WA Oct 2013
EnduroCross Track, Everett, WA Oct 2013

I have to tip my hat to the ladies. They were flying Continue reading

Photos: Oct 06, 2013 McNutt: The Route Of All Evil

The Route Of All Evil (TROAE) fall 2013 event put on by the Blue Mountain Motorcycle Club is in the bag, and what a fantastic day it was. Close to one hundred riders showed up to tackle the trail system on Blue Mountain (a.k.a McNutt), in Maple Ridge, BC. Even the weather cooperated this year, with pretty much perfect crisp & cool riding conditions.

What can I say? New friendships were made, while old ones were renewed. Great food was eaten. BMMC memberships and BCORMA Trail Passes were sold. Swag was won. Stories were told. And best of all, world class pull-up-your-socks single track was ridden.

Spring 2014 can’t come soon enough.

Killer brought his Lego blocks.
Killer brought his Lego blocks.

Get To Know McNutt – Switchblade Video

Get To Know McNutt – Switchblade (down) from motorambler on Vimeo.

Much like Pristine, Switchblade was only recently re-opened after the logging was completed on the lower southerly parts of Blue Mountain.

Once you’ve made your way to the end of Sandman you’ll find yourself at a T-Intersection; turn right, and you’re on Pristine. Turn left, it’s Switchblade.

Although Switchblade and Pristine both start at the same spot, and end near the same spot further up the mountain, they go about their business very differently. Unlike Pristine, Switchblade starts off with a long section of relatively flat trail before abruptly turning up into the mountain. The elevation gain is mostly insubstantial before spitting you out into the clear-cut and the split with Pristine.

The trail is relatively easy (on the McNutt scale), and is equally enjoyable taken in either direction. The video depicts travel down to the Switchblade/Pristine/Sandman T-Intersection.

Get To Know McNutt – Pristine Video

Pristine is one of the main feeder routes to the lower trail system at McNutt. One of the first trails closed during the logging period, and effectively cutting off the lower mountain to many riders, Pristine was recently reopened to the joy of those unwilling to endure the Gordys bypass.

Turning right at the T-intersection with Switchblade at the bottom of Sandman, Pristine will start you with a series of climbing switchbacks and small climbs, before flattening out for the traverse across to the upper split with Switchblade.

The trail is fairly short, and without any overly technical sections or obstacles.

McNutt Difficulty Level: Easy

Get To Know McNutt – Pristine (up) from motorambler on Vimeo.

Pristine is one of the main feeder routes to the lower trail system at McNutt. One of the first trails closed during the logging period, and effectively cutting off the lower mountain to many riders, Pristine was recently reopened to the joy of those unwilling to endure the Gordys bypass.

Turning right at the T-intersection with Switchblade at the bottom of Sandman, Pristine will start you with a series of climbing switchbacks and small climbs, before flattening out for the traverse across to the upper split with Switchblade.

The trail is fairly short, and without any overly technical sections or obstacles.

McNutt Difficulty Level: Easy

Video: May 11, 2013 Nickelmine Trails, Hope, BC

Took a break from McNutt, and headed out to Hope, BC, to ride the trails at Nickelmine. It’s an easy drive from Vancouver, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy this riding area at least a few times before the snowline slides down from the surrounding mountains.

Home of the Zofka Ridge cross country race, Nickelmine has trails to suit riders of all levels. While not being anywhere near as punishing as McNutt, there are still technical trails to be had along with the many fast and flowy sections, as you’ll see below.

2013_05_11 Nickelmine Trails from motorambler on Vimeo.

Dirt biking the Nickelmine Trails, near Hope, BC.

Photos: April 28, 2013 McNutt Trails

BMMC Membership Drive

Because of the extensive logging happening on the mountain, we missed the chance to host our annual Route Of All Evil Fun Ride. To make up for lost memberships and missed renewals, we planned for an informal membership drive — and that happened today!

The great weather helped for a good turnout; we signed up new members, renewed some old members (including me), cleaned up the staging area, and then Tom took a few of us for a tour — definitely the highlight of the day!

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