Picture this: endless challenging BC mountain biking single track, bike loving locals, amazing watering holes, a super unique place to stay, great coffee. Sounds like heaven to me. If you are a mountain biker, you need to get to Cumberland, an incorporated village municipality in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. True it is not easy to get to, but also not that hard either. It’s not really on the way to anywhere, except other great riding destinations like Campbell River, Powel River and the entire Sunshine Coast (via ferry.) If you have not had a chance to explore British Columbia, get your planning pencil out and be sure not to miss Cumberland.
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Awesome Trail Building:
Featured for years as a destination on the famed BC Bike Race, Cumberland is pretty unique. Park City it is not. There are no 5-star hotels, fancy restaurants or celebrity sightings. This town of less than 4000 has access to some amazing purpose built (and by built, I mean crafted) single track thanks to the United Riders of Cumberland. This non-profit works with private land owners to build and maintain trails in an active logging forest, which is no easy task.
Great Riding/Great Weather:
With a wide variety of trails right from town in the Cumberland Forest to those a little further on the Forbidden Plateau you can get your flow on, climb your brains out and even get techy on classic BC wooden A-frames, wall rides and teeter totters. They ride year round here with a mild coastal climate. There are even reflectors on some trails to aid vision while riding during early dusk in the winter months. If you prefer park riding, then Mount Washington Bike Park is not far.
We were lucky enough to have a quick visit to Cumberland earlier this summer and got to ride with Campbell River local Mike Russell. Check out a few of the sights from Cumberland, BC below and start planning your adventure NOW!