Three Days Riding in the Rockies

This October I took a road trip to Canmore, Alberta to participate in the first ever “Bike Pack Summit,” a conference that focused on adventuring riding or mountain bike touring (multi-day trips on a mtb). I drove and rode some of the most spectacular scenery that western Canada has to offer including Mcbride, BC,  Jasper National Park, the Columbia ice fields, Banff National Park and Canmore. Join me while we Ride the Wild!

A beam of light passes over my bike during an early morning sunrise stop at McBride’s Beanery 2 Bistro.

During World War 2, this glacier was only a few hundred meters from the parking area on Highway 93 South.

Crushed by a glacier and beaten down by the wind, these moraines consist of hard packed, frozen sand and gravel.  You can easily ride along the wind packed peaks.

Looking at the terminal moraine. The glacier is just beyond this point.

In Canmore, bike shops serve coffee (sell the farm honey were moving to Canmore). Meet Adam Zeddy a mountain bike and coffee sales guy at Bicycle Cafe CanmoreHe served me an awesome double Americano that was smooth, full bodied and had a caramel finish. Needles to say, I had coffee there every day!

The Canmore Bikepack Summit was hosted by Rebound Cycle. We gathered in a big tent beside the bike shop for talks and refreshments, each day.

This gathering of adventure nuts, long distance racers, back country riders and expedition junkies was colegial, informative and fun. We had sessions about bike break downs, nutrition, long distance routes, gear,  riding with kids and the always contentious issue of trail access. The group rides…well check out the photos they tell it all.

The view from Rebound Cycle.

Crossing the Bow River while riding the Legacy Trail.

A Group ride traffic jam.

When I smile like this I’m really happy!

The Three Sisters mountains and a Fatbike.

I pushed my bike up this section for approx. 1 km before realizing that I was on the wrong trail. Needless to say, I never caught up with the group ride.

I thought this washout would be a great shortcut back to the valley bottom.

Between a rock and a great place!

If your interested in learning more about multi-day mountain bike trips into the backcountry then attend next years Canmore Bikepack Summit. Go to their Facebook page for more info.

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley also has some great trails to explore. Browse Four to Explore Trails in the Okanagan on Flightnetwork.com’s travel blog and plan your next adventure to this hot and dry part of the province.