World-class riding

Beginner and experienced mountain bikers alike will find plenty of options in Abbotsford.

  • Nov. 27, 2012 6:00 a.m.
World-class riding

Wheels are turning in the Fraser Valley, home to some spectacular riding trails for beginners and experienced mountain bikers alike.

Whether you prefer lung-bursting, high-intensity trails or pedalling leisurely through winding woodland, there is something for all tastes.

Sumas Mountain, located only 15 minutes from downtown Abbotsford, is an ideal destination for a full spectrum of trail options.

The mountain offers adrenalin-inducing downhill descents aptly named for the challenge they present.  Rock Diva and Devil’s Throat, fast tracks, tough gaps and jump spots with Time Killer and World Cup, or a more natural stretch of track for beginners, with Holiday Sauce.

A recent addition for new riders is the Squid Line, which is a five-kilometre trail that meanders through beautiful forest terrain.

There are lower and upper staging areas for riders to park, as well as maps and kiosks to provide additional information for your day’s adventure. Local bike shops can also provide trail tips and maps to the area.

Downes Bowl is a beginners trail in the heart of Abbotsford, near the Ag-Rec Centre on 32470 Haida Dr., and provides a wide path with moderately steep sections and several bridges.

In addition, the Ag-Rec Centre hosts one of Canada’s premier indoor BMX facilities annually from November to February, and a world-class outdoor track is nearby at Exhibition Park.

Ex Park will host a Supercross World Cup event, Sept. 14-15, featuring the best female and male riders from around the world – many of whom will have competed the month prior at the Summer Olympics in London.