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    Vancouver Island trails and season?

    What are the trails like on the island? It would seem the trails are world class everywhere you care to go on the mainland all the way back to Calgary but I've never taken a bike over to the island.

    My lady and I are considering retiring to the island so we're looking for information on trails and season. It rains there like crazy so I'm guessing it's a short season.

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    Not so much rain on the east side of the Island, that's the rain shadow side.

    The BC Bike Race runs through the trails along the east central coast check out the 2009 and 2010 BCBR videos.

    http://www.bcbikerace.com/news-and-m...ideos#2010race

    http://vimb.com/
    http://www.cvmtb.com/index.php/trails-maps/


    and there's the Sunshine Coast which has a bunch of trails (Powell River, Sechelt, Gibson's)
    I'm a member of NSMBA and IMBA Canada

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    Give Sooke a try (go to vimb.com forum for rides).

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    The season begins January 1 and ends December 31, every year It rains less than the lower mainland and there are tons of great trails. Even in the wet weather, most established trails hold up well because the rock and soil sheds/absorbs water really well. It does not rain all the time. We get lots of great riding weather all year. In fact, some of my favorite conditions are those 8° overcast January days with the moist soil and amazing contrast between the green plants and the wet black soils. In fact, there was a great video posted on Pinkbike this morning that shows it better than I can describe it.
    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/island-...cque-2011.html

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    Thanks for the responses.

    Bronston, what part of the Island do you bike year round in? That sounds like a dream to me.

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    I am in Victoria, but most of the island has year-round riding. The higher elevations (> 1,500ft) can get snowy, but most areas have low elevation trails. This video ( http://vimeo.com/18230852 ) was done (not by me) during a few snowy days in November. The only things that get in the way of riding are Skiing and the germs my kids bring home… cough, cough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronston
    The season begins January 1 and ends December 31, every year It rains less than the lower mainland and there are tons of great trails. Even in the wet weather, most established trails hold up well because the rock and soil sheds/absorbs water really well. It does not rain all the time. We get lots of great riding weather all year. In fact, some of my favorite conditions are those 8° overcast January days with the moist soil and amazing contrast between the green plants and the wet black soils.
    Agreed. Many say its better riding right now than in the middle of summer when its loose and dusty. We're pretty lucky here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronston
    I am in Victoria, but most of the island has year-round riding. The higher elevations (> 1,500ft) can get snowy, but most areas have low elevation trails. This video ( http://vimeo.com/18230852 ) was done (not by me) during a few snowy days in November. The only things that get in the way of riding are Skiing and the germs my kids bring home… cough, cough.

    You stalking Strahan? LOL

    I'm pretty sure that last video was taken at Harbourview in Sooke (I think it's FM).

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    Yeah it's Strahan on FM Radio. I think he rides it faster in the snow than I do on hero dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronston
    Yeah it's Strahan on FM Radio. I think he rides it faster in the snow than I do on hero dirt.
    He rode it faster on a broken bike with a broken shock than I do on my demo. LOL

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    Cowichan Valley has some great riding, with rewards for the eyes.
    Mt. Tzouhalem
    Mt. Prevost looking at Mt. Tzouhalem


    btw, last two pics were taken in February .

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