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    Richmond Hill to Algonquin

    Hey Guys,
    So I am still fairly new to the boards, but I have been enjoying reading all your posts and following up on your weekly races.

    Right now I am planning a week off from work and I have set a goal for myself to try 5 new trails over the week and I am really hoping that will help bring my riding to a new level.

    Currently I plan to drive up north and stop in Buckwallow for day then continue north for some camping in Algonquin. The following day I will ride through MInnissing and stay another night. But I am hoping someone can recommend somewhere on my way home to try riding?

    I live in Richmond Hill and will be taking the 400 to hwy 11 to 60 and reverse.
    I don't mind driving a bit out of the way to find the trails.

    Any recommendations? My experience level is still is amateur, I ride through Centennial (king) trails a couple times a week, the trails on Bayview and stouffville and sometimes just riding through fields. I have also been getting progressively better at narrow bridges and working to improve my bunny hops.

    Thanks and I look forward to seeing you guys out there!

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    Hardwood hills makes sense. Pay to play, marked trails of varying difficulty.

    http://www.hardwoodskiandbike.ca/

    Sir Sams would have a little bit of mixed riding as well

    http://www.sirsams.com/

    And some riding in Haliburton Forest as well

    http://www.haliburtonforest.com/

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    Wow thanks for the prompt response CptSydor!
    Glad to see there are so many options for the way home, I like the idea of the clinics at hardwood as well, may have to attend one of those some day.

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    Add Torrance Barrens - check this vid by BlackCanoeDog
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...light=torrance

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    Or just bring your arse to Albion on one of the Tuesdays before September and have fun "racing" - don't worry about your fitness or skill level. We have everyone in the bunch, from 12 years old kids to wanna-be-lance type of riders... It is ton of fun and you will learn a lot during and after the event (post race social is even better than the race, sometimes...)

    Albion Hills also may be the place to start working on skills, mostly smooth riding at speed... Hardwood HIlls is one of the best venues, with trails that meet any skill level.

    Another recommendation would be to hook up with a club or a group, and go for group rides... That is how you learn the most and have a lot of fun in the process...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boarder4life View Post
    The following day I will ride through MInnissing and stay another night.
    Multiple sources have told me the east part of the longest (22km) loop of the Minnesing is un-rideable due to tree-fall and overgrowth.

    If you want to hit the Linda Lake stop (as I always do) ride the second longest loop, and then ride the west part of the 22km loop to the lake as an out-and-back.


    If you're in Bracebridge you can sample Porcupine Ridge, park in the Santa's Village back lot and the trailhead is right there, marked as such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Or just bring your arse to Albion on one of the Tuesdays before September and have fun "racing" - don't worry about your fitness or skill level. We have everyone in the bunch, from 12 years old kids to wanna-be-lance type of riders... It is ton of fun and you will learn a lot during and after the event (post race social is even better than the race, sometimes...)

    Albion Hills also may be the place to start working on skills, mostly smooth riding at speed... Hardwood HIlls is one of the best venues, with trails that meet any skill level.

    Another recommendation would be to hook up with a club or a group, and go for group rides... That is how you learn the most and have a lot of fun in the process...

    Welcome to our dysfunctional family...
    I was planning on joing the race that week, as I did the race in King the one time I had mentioned in the Tuesday night thread, it was alot of fun outside of the fact i ran into trouble breathing after the first 5 minutes(thats gone now though). I have to admit though, lots of support from the passerby's when I was catching my breath.

    I will have to start looking for the clubs close by as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Multiple sources have told me the east part of the longest (22km) loop of the Minnesing is un-rideable due to tree-fall and overgrowth.

    If you want to hit the Linda Lake stop (as I always do) ride the second longest loop, and then ride the west part of the 22km loop to the lake as an out-and-back.


    If you're in Bracebridge you can sample Porcupine Ridge, park in the Santa's Village back lot and the trailhead is right there, marked as such.
    THank you for the heads up, i will replot my map to this route

    I honestly had no idea how many MTB trails are out there until this past month, its like an underground cult

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    You good get off the 400 at 89 and make a trip to Dufferin forest in Mansfield.
    I just rode Buckwallow yesterday and had a great time! I'll defiantly be going back there.
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    I just got back from a week in Haliburton. Sir Sams is a bit of a disappointment. The place is relatively small and there is not a lot of XC unless you count winding back and forth across the barren hill. There are 3 downhill tails that I would describe as hard XC descents in a couple of spots, but far from challenging. I did all these on a hardtail without issues. The Haliburton Forest is ok if you know how to link up the trails properly. Otherwise you will end up on ATV trails and wider trails. Try to get information on the particular trails before you go if you can. I did not pay close enough attention to advise properly and basically tried to follow what looked good. Buckwallow and Harwood are of course both excellent. If you are not an experienced rider, you may find Buckwallow a bit challenging technically.

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    Thanks for the advice Secret Agent, Looks like i'm laying out my week so far to be

    Sunday-Durham forest
    Tues- Albion
    Wed- Buckwallow
    Thurs- Linda Lake/Minnessing
    Friday- Harwood or Torrance Barrons (haven't had a chance to watch the video)

    Hopefully i survive the week! I'm going to need some extra rides in before to make sure my legs will survive

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    My 2 cents for on your way home would be Hardwood cause it breaks up the drive south. That's what hubby & I do on our way home from a weekend at Buckwallow.

    Also I race the King series & hope you come back to join us soon! We are not too serious (not me for sure) in the third wave - all fun & tire rubbing jokes. (of course there are the serious people - wave 1 - this week team Norco was out - all matching bikes & all)

    Enjoy your awesome week!

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    I do intend on coming back for the race, I have been practicing the trails to get my times and endurance in, so I can keep with my wave for the most part.

    I have that place down to about 5KM in approx 21 Min and i feel alot more comfertable on the trails (atleast this time I should be able to breath the whole way )
    Look forward to seeing you there soon.

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    Cool!
    I'm on a dark blue/white Specialized (with white spokes!).

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    Sounds good, I'm on a Matte Black Norco Bushpilot with black wheels

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    hey boarder4life...need a tour guide for Durham on Sunday? I ride there regularly but have not been on the bike much this season due to a case of pneumonia in the spring.

    email me at profturk at gmail dot com if ur interested

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    I live in richmond hill too.
    nice links. thanks for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I just got back from a week in Haliburton. Sir Sams is a bit of a disappointment. The place is relatively small and there is not a lot of XC unless you count winding back and forth across the barren hill. There are 3 downhill tails that I would describe as hard XC descents in a couple of spots, but far from challenging. I did all these on a hardtail without issues. The Haliburton Forest is ok if you know how to link up the trails properly. Otherwise you will end up on ATV trails and wider trails. Try to get information on the particular trails before you go if you can. I did not pay close enough attention to advise properly and basically tried to follow what looked good. Buckwallow and Harwood are of course both excellent. If you are not an experienced rider, you may find Buckwallow a bit challenging technically.
    Where were you riding in Haliburton Forest? I did a great ride there 5 years ago but can't remember which trails. Was there for a hike on the weekend and forgot how great (and huge!) the place is.

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    So i have booked the week of the 15th off, gonna be a fun week.
    I will have to take you up on that offer Profturk, you will see my email soon.

    Hey Spartacus, where do you normally ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boarder4life View Post
    Thanks for the advice Secret Agent, Looks like i'm laying out my week so far to be

    Sunday-Durham forest
    Tues- Albion
    Wed- Buckwallow
    Thurs- Linda Lake/Minnessing
    Friday- Harwood or Torrance Barrons (haven't had a chance to watch the video)

    Hopefully i survive the week! I'm going to need some extra rides in before to make sure my legs will survive
    Just 10-15' north of Buckwallow on Hwy 11 is BRMC ( Bracebridge Resources Management Centre) which has about 17k of trail all perfect for beginners. The very outside loop (trail #4) of ~8k is best imo, very scenic with about 1/3 of it along the north branch of the Muskoka River. Swim in the river if you like. Definitely ride there if you have legs left after Buckwallow , since you will be driving right by it on your way north. no trail fee at BRMC btw.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Lsu09OP1NFxR-newoGPo6A?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y2MvT0yusXI/SaNlOlKeAUI/AAAAAAAAA_M/CevGnh33-jg/s800/20080713BRMC%252520037.JPG" height="537" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/BlackCanoeDog/TheBRMC?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">The BRMC</a></td></tr></table>
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o7rO39i80ei2Sb2OJX6DKw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vFMzYSF75PM/SaNkr8ARGOI/AAAAAAAAA84/t13UvttdmNQ/s800/20080713BRMC%252520007.JPG" height="537" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/BlackCanoeDog/TheBRMC?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">The BRMC</a></td></tr></table>
    https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...127?source=pwa

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    Also Hardwood is probably better choice for your Friday over Torrance Barrens. TB is fabulous Apr-mid June and mid Aug until snow flies. But heigth of summer the Deer Flies rule in there...not fun!
    https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...127?source=pwa

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