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    Hey there! New to mountain biking and to living on the west coast!

    I am living in Victoria and looking into a 3 or 4 day mountain bike trip up to Cumberland and staying at the Riding Fool Hostel. Any tips I should know? Good pubs?

    Looking for AM riding and my buddy is pretty hardcore DH. Any trail suggestions? I have heard of Forbidden Plateau.. but need some info!

    Thanks!

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    These guys may be of some help: http://www.unitedridersofcumberland.com/

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    Like you, I live in Victoria, but I grew-up in the Comox Valley. I still ride there as often as I can. I am primarily an AM rider. There are great maps of Cumberland and Forbidden.

    http://www.cvmtb.com/index.php/trail...and-trail-map/
    http://www.cvmtb.com/index.php/trail...eau-trail-map/

    You can also get the paper versions in the local bike shops.

    Forbidden: I really like riding up Boston Main, and coming down Rudy’s then crossing the road to do Tomato Creek. If you don’t feel like climbing, you can shuttle Forbidden Plateau from the parking lot of the defunct ski resort.

    Cumberland: You can’t shuttle Cumberland, but the trails are worth the effort. I really like Grub – Stub – Pity the Fool, also Cupcake – Bakers Dozen – DCDH is great too. I enjoyed Thirsty Beaver – 42 Street – Off Broadway – Hai Gai last time I was up. I

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    Read this - http://www.pinkbike.com/news/comox-v...trip-2010.html

    and definitely support the local businesses profiled there

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    There is a wack of logging going on in the hills behind Cumberland at the moment....Some of the classier newer trails are affected. The front page of CVMTB.com has a map of affected areas. Some of the higher stuff off Fobidden is still under mucho snow, but Lower Cabin Fever down is good. I'd look into getting Martin from IMR to guide for a day on Forbidden. There are heaps of people heading out for rides in Cumberland all the time, so plenty of opportunities to bribe locals with beers for a guided tour of the local system. Forbidden is cherry right now. There are some very good new un mapped trails. Split the cost of a Pro guide for a morning or afternoon around Forbidden...it will be well worth it. The Waverly is the place to go, good burgers and pub grub. The King George has the freshest pickled eggs in town... The Cumberland Hotel is nice and there is Sushi next door. If you stay at the Hostel, and you're single, insist on the Co-Ed dorm room If you have any questions on the area feel free to ask....

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback! Really appreciate it!

    All booked up and leaving tomorrow morning, staying at the Co-Ed dorm

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    So, how was Cumberland? Any new trail recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_monty View Post
    Thanks everyone for the feedback! Really appreciate it!

    All booked up and leaving tomorrow morning, staying at the Co-Ed dorm
    How was the riding?
    And how the the co-ed dorm?

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    A great article on Pinkbike today about my town and local trails. He says it better than I can.

    Characters 11: The United Riders of Cumberland - Pinkbike

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    Really is amazing. Hope you manage to find a good trail working crew with which to hook up when you moved there
    Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides http://mtbtrails.ca/

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    UROC trail maintenance day Sunday with BBQ!
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    Wow, Riders Pizza is opening a brewery! As if you needed another reason to visit. Great pizza and fresh local beer!

    Craft brewery and lounge opening in Cumberland - Local - Comox Valley Echo
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    Boxing Day? It looks so green on the trails!

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    About +6 or 7 that day. Still sunny but just above freezing today. There is nothing better than a sunny winter day here. Local beer was delicious after riding.
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    Cumberland

    Great looking trails and scenery!

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    After a rainy first 1/2 of February we are now having great weather. Unusually even the higher trails are snow free this year.
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    Another article about Cumberland. Seriously awsome village.

    Cumberland, B.C. - Local?s Guide | Teton Gravity Research
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    After a rainy first 1/2 of February we are now having great weather. Unusually even the higher trails are snow free this year.
    Is that forbidden plateau? I've only ridden it a few times but man I loved that spot we spent most of the time riding right in Cumberland on the main trails when I was visiting the ex all the time. I still remember eating it on after school special. Sigh. Such an easy trail and I washed the front out on the new bike. Actually I took a lot of spills there while I dialed in the suspension on the new bike.

    Probably my favorite place to ride. I still prefer technical xc single track but that place changed my riding and got me hooked again on biking. Now I find myself doing a mixture of everything here in Nanaimo. Wood cutter and I have fond memories as well, that trail ate me up and spit me out once or twice on the easiest features I'd probably ridden a million times.

    Now I want to go back and ride them again. Need to throw the bike in the back of the truck and head back up for a weekend here this summer.






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    If you are in Nanaimo then you can even come for the day. Yup, that photo is over at Forbidden Plateau, only 9km from where I sit. Some new trails have appeared lately in Cumberland and you need do check em out. A word of advice for visitors, stay away from the Brewary so I can find a seat after a ride. I'm a sad man when it's full and I can't get my Stout😢. Trails are in great shape right now!
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    Yeah, I am going to have to make a trip up there and check it out. Haven't tried out the brewery yet, I am up in the area every now and then just never bring the bike, usually the dive gear to go out diving.

    Will have to make a weekend trip up and do some of the trails, I quite miss them. Nanaimo is great, but I liked the trails up there more. I also here their is a map being done up for the phones as well, very similar to the Hornby Island ones yo can get for your iPhones. Would make it really nice for figuring out the trails for new people to the area.

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    Which tires work for the Cumberland trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MustG0Faster View Post
    Which tires work for the Cumberland trails?
    Right now I have a High Roller rear and Hans Dampf front. DHR/F are popular, and I love the Chunky Monkey. My buddy likes his Ardent rear.
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    Cumberland

    That seems to be what people are using here in Nanaimo as well. Although I changed out my hr2's for some Goma geox tires as I was tired of the high roller washing out up front if I didn't lean that sucker way over.

    Those are proving to be a decent all around tire. I'm much impressed with them from downhill to xc trails to chunk. Seems to do it all.


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