What’s up with the Fat Bikes?

The newest and greatest fad for trail use? I have heard avid cyclists say that it’s a “must have”, so they can continue cycling all through our winters.

Check this out benefits of riding a Fat Bike in the winter:

Even Horseshoe Resort is providing an opportunity to check out fat bikes as they celebrate Global Fat Bike Day this Saturday December 7th by offering no charge trail passes and Fat Bike demo rides to all those who want to experience winter cycling! Joining them will be Norco Bicycles, Muskoka Outfitters and Total Sport Midland; purveyors of all things Fat Bike. Also on hand will be the Ride Guides and Horseshoe Guides to answer any questions about riding in the winter. Come experience a groomed test track right on the base of the hill and a selection of trails to test your skills.

http://www.horseshoeresort.com/opening-day

See you on the trails!

Copeland Forest… in the fall

We are just amateurs, but recently discoverd mountain biking… What a great way to see and enjoy our local landscapes. One great place to visit is the Copeland Forest.

Stopping to take a picture of the gorgeous fall colours

The Copeland forest, located in Central Ontario close to Barrie and Horseshoe Valley Resort, is one of the loveliest forests in southern Ontario and is comprised of 4,400 acres. It is full of lush undergrowth, towering old pines, unusual wildflowers and ferns, and hectares of maples, oaks, beeches, birches and evergreens.  Depending on the time of year, you may glimpse interesting wildlife like wild turkey, kingfisher, wood ducks and red-winged blackbirds.  The forest is home to more than a dozen species of sedges and numerous wildflowers.  There are natural views of a duck pond, beaver lodge and the Coldwater River.

Wetland along the 3rd line

The forest offers a variety of trails, some are very easy and others are way too technical for the beginner mountainbiker. None of the trails are marked, so you will need a very good sense of orientation, or a good GPS.

Single track trail in the Copeland Forest

Hikers can follow the white blazes of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, which winds through the Copeland Forest on the Ganaraska Trail’s 600 km route from Port Hope on Lake Ontario to Glen Huron, near Georgian Bay.

For more information on the Copeland Forest, check http://www.couchichingconserv.ca/copeland-forest/

Fore more information on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, check http://www.ganaraska-hiking-trail.ca/

For more mountain biking information, check the website of  the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club at http://www.scmbc.ca/.

Enjoy!!