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    Can someone recommend some good loops in the Vancouver area? 15-20 miles 2-3k of climbing is ideal. I'm up for whatever. Flowy stuff with small to medium jumps and drops welcome - but nothing crazy. I'll be riding a nomad.

    I'll be there 4 days as part of a 2 month roady. I'll be hitting the surrounding areas as well (Vancouver island, Squamish, whistler, pemberton), but just looking for recommendations in Vancouver proper for now.

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    City of Vancouver proper has virtually no riding, so you've got four areas close to Vancouver. North Vancouver has Mt.Seymour and Fromme, West Vancouver has Cypress Mountain, Burnaby Mountain has trails, and Eagle Mountain in Coquitlam. But long loops are not an easy thing to put together in this area, it's mostly pedal up a fire road or access road and then descend on a fairly technical trail. There are some flowy bits, but these are relatively short descents for the amount of climbing involved. Black diamond trails are definitely body armour and full face helmet territory. Even blue trails here are generally not all that flowy (unless you are Wade Simmons), the TTF's are just closer to the ground. Blue trails here are like black diamond trails most any where else, so you'd want to start on blues before deciding to tackle the black diamond trails, black diamond trails often have mandatory rock rolls or drops with no bypass, and by the time you discover that you can be committed.

    You might want to talk to the guys at Endless Biking (https://www.endlessbiking.com/all-mountain/) and it might even be worth taking a day's guided tour as they can help tune trail choice to your comfort and skill level. Then that can inform your subsequent trail choices for the next 3 days.

    (Wade making gnar look flowy)

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/mount-seymour/

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/mount-fromme/

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/cypress-mountain/

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/bu...mountain--sfu/

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/eagle-mountain/

    A bit further out in Abbotsford there's Sumas mountain that does have some longer flowier descents.

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/sumas-mountain/

    Squamish is the flowier location
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    thanks for the info. North and West Vancouver are plenty close for what I'm thinking about. I have heard that the trails are more challenging there, so good to get that confirmation.

    Maybe a tour is best. Any favorite trails I shouldn't miss?

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    Recommend tours with endless biking, but I can make some suggestions from what I've done the handful of times I've been there;

    Go to fromme ride expresso to bobsled then back up for 7th/leppard /crinkum crankum /kirkford /griffin. Then if you're still good go back to pipeline.

    Go to Seymour, try a double lap with good sir Martin up then Asian Adonis and john deer to go down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin267 View Post
    Recommend tours with endless biking, but I can make some suggestions from what I've done the handful of times I've been there;

    Go to fromme ride expresso to bobsled then back up for 7th/leppard /crinkum crankum /kirkford /griffin. Then if you're still good go back to pipeline.

    Go to Seymour, try a double lap with good sir Martin up then Asian Adonis and john deer to go down.

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    Thank you! I will check out EB, but good to have some routes nonetheless.


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    Second this, expresso is a fantastic flowy trail.

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    It's worth searching for some POV video of the trails. Here's one of Expresso which is more or less real time, about 8-9 minutes ridden at a moderate pace.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC5Q-1d37vk

    here's an edited highlight reel of Kevin267's list

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z75IgXBJ43k

    The loops involve a fair bit of climbing
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