Cumberland Trails Survey

survey-imageThe Village of Cumberland and the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) mountain biking association, in cooperation with the Department of Recreation & Tourism at Vancouver Island University, is conducting a survey to describe the characteristics of trails users (both local and tourists) and their opinions on trail management in Cumberland. The results will be used to support the further development and management of the trails network in the Cumberland area. The results will be published in a report for the Cumberland community.

Tell us about your Trails experiences in Cumberland and Enter to WIN a uniquely Cumberland prize package worth over $450!

Find the survey at the link below.

Island legend passes away

Maybe it’s something in the water, the trees or the sea air, but Vancouver Island has brought forth a long list of cycling talents. Most of us will agree, a giant has fallen with the loss of Stevie Smith, but his legend will live on with mountain bikers across this island and around the world. 

Devinci Cycles – May 10, 2016

Canadian Downhill Legend Steve Smith Dies at 26

Rider’s drive, determination, and love for living will be remembered by all those whose paths he crossed

World Cup sensation Steve Smith passed away this afternoon after suffering a massive brain injury resulting from an enduro motorcycle accident in his hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was 26 years old.

Today we lost a great person, who taught me about myself and influenced many,” says Devinci Global Racing Team Manager, Gabe Fox. “Stevie was a fierce competitor, an honest friend and a rider who made me proud on countless occasions. I am honoured to consider him my friend for so long.

At UCI MTB World Cup, MT ST ANNE, Quebec canada
At UCI MTB World Cup, MT ST ANNE, Quebec canada

Smith hailed from Vancouver Island, where he sharpened his mountain biking skills on the rainforest trails of Mt. Prevost. A force on the Canadian downhill racing scene for years, he became an international household name in 2013 after pocketing World Cup wins at Leogang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. Those efforts culminated in the World Cup overall title the same year—downhill racing’s ultimate achievement.

Smith is revered by fellow competitors and loved by friends, family and fans, who’ve been following what had been an explosive start to the 2016 season. Pushing past injuries that led to consecutive sidelined seasons, The Canadian Chainsaw was back in podium form this past April for the UCI WC Mountain Bike opener in Lourdes, France, where he finished in second place.

A driven athlete and fierce competitor, Smith was humble and grounded off the track. He was a notable influence on all young and aspiring Canadian gravity racers and others around the world. He was also a key mentor to friend and DGR teammate, Mark Wallace.

I would not be anywhere on the bike without Steve,” Wallace says. “Most importantly he taught me to be confident in my abilities, race my bike properly and take risks. As training partners, we pushed each other to the limit.

Downhill at the 2013 Leogang UCI MTB World Cup Finals, Austria.
Downhill at the 2013 Leogang UCI MTB World Cup Finals, Austria.

At home, in his close-knit Vancouver Island community, Smith was known as a consummate outdoorsman. This is where he spent time fishing, camping, and sinking birdie putts on the golf course. His spirit was infectious and inspirational. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his close family and those he positively affected. Steve Smith is survived by his devoted mother, Tiann, sister, Kara, his uncle, Eric, niece and nephew, Myla and Luke, grandmother, Judi, and girlfriend, Caily Schenkeveld.

His family remembers him as a great warrior.

Steve was the most successful Canadian Gravity Racer of all time,” Fox says. “His passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts here at Devinci.

, during the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup, round two Cairns, Australia.
, during the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup, round two Cairns, Australia.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the “Stevie Smith Legacy Fund” Funds will be earmarked for a Tiann Smith initiative, assisting talented young athletes.

Cumberland harvesting to begin this week

ACTIVE HARVESTING to begin late this week – see maps below.
V063 will have a significant impact on riding during operations as the road up above Sykes Bridge will be very active. Trails affected: 42nd ave, Teapot, and Climbmax.

V002 will impact Trent Canyon, and some of Trent River trail.
Operations will take place Monday-Friday 5am to 10ish pm for approximately 6 weeks.

Please respect all posted signage.

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It’s back! Mount Washington Bike Park is a go!

We are very excited to announce that, following a three-year hiatus, the Mount Washington Bike Park will reopen this summer for lift-accessed mountain biking!

With the support of our new owners, Pacific Group Resorts ULC, the decision to reintroduce the Bike Park is the first step in our long-term summer development plan. We’ll be investing approximately $250,000 into the Park this year, with enhancements each year thereafter.

15-year Mount Washington veteran and Snow School Director, Mike Manara, will be our Bike Park Manager, taking the lead on the planning and development of the trail system. He is one of the founding board members as well as the current president of the United Riders of Cumberland. He also sat on the Mountain Bike Tourism board and has been an integral part of the planning and maintenance of the Cumberland trail system for the last 15 years.

The Bike Park will have trail offerings for all ability levels, from never-evers to advanced freeriders. Our goal is to take the fun and relaxed feel of the local valley trails and bring them up to mountain, and we’ll be looking to partner with the riding community to help make that happen.

We’re in the planning stages right now so the trail building will take place as soon as the snow melts. With a quickly-eroding snow base, we anticipate having the park operational in early to mid-July. Stay tuned for regular updates on our progress, along with details of opening dates and pricing.

We can’t wait to see you all back up here this summer!

Whistler has a renaissance, is Mount Washington having a resurrection?

Hot on the heels of a massive announcement at Whistler Blackcomb this week, Mount Washington prepared for their final weekend of winter operations. Hidden in the weekly video were subliminal messages which should pique the interest of Island mountain bikers.

See for yourself…

Let’s slow that down for you…



It’s been a little less than 3 years since the bike park announced it was closing… Does this mean we’re going to have lift accessed biking again on Vancouver Island?

ps… better snap up those used DH bikes on Craigslist before the prices jump!

Forbidden Plateau Logging Starts March 24th

UROC has been asked to communicate the following harvesting information from TimberWest. Although this area falls outside of the URoC – TW land use agreement area we will work with TW to minimize impact to trails where operationally possible and remove debris for trail reconstruction.

“We are planning to start road construction tomorrow (March 24th) in block CW001 near Forbidden Plateau, see attached map. Initially only the feller buncher will be operating in the block and road construction crews will follow within the next 2-3 weeks.”

Affected trails to include:

Upper Cabin Fever, Cabin Fever, Gecko, Two Sheiks, Screamin Deamon, Iron Horse.

Please follow any signage and please respect the boundaries of the logging and possible blasting activities.



Cumberland Land Use Agreement Signed!

Fountain Pen and Signature
Fountain Pen and Signature

A process which began almost 8 years ago has succeeded in the first comprehensive land use agreement on Vancouver Island. Historically eastern Vancouver Island was granted to Robert Dunsmuir for the creation of the E&N Railway.

Many hands later private forest land dominates the hills behind many island communities. The United Riders of Cumberland with assistance from the Village of Cumberland drafted an agreement with Timberwest and Hancock Forest Management which may become a guideline for other recreation groups on Vancouver Island.

More details to come shortly, but we would like to congratulate the UROC board on this great step forward.

Temporary trail closure on Forbidden Trails

All trails on Woodlot W0082 will be closed until further notice due to nearby falling.

No Entry on red trails within purple shaded woodlot area. Yellow line is road and harvesting location within woodlot
No Entry on red trails within purple shaded woodlot area. Yellow line is road and harvesting location within woodlot
  • Puntledge Plunge
  • Gecko
  • White Rabbit
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Peckerhead

Please respect signage and signs of active falling (chainsaws, machines) for your safety and the continued access to these trails.

We have had reports of people riding through the logging operations.

Please respect the landowner or we may lose access forever.

Call for submissions – Cumberland Mountain Film Festival

The Cumberland Mountain Film Festival showcases outdoor sports and adventure on Vancouver Island (such as climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, and mountain biking). Films should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and submitted in HD 720p format (if possible) to via Dropbox or a similar file sharing program.

Call for Film Submissions is now open. The deadline to submit films is February 14, 2014.

Please provide basic information such as the movie title, location, filmmaker, and contact information. All submissions will receive one free ticket to the festival. We appreciate the support and enthusiasm of all filmmakers, but due to the large number of films submitted, only films selected by the committee will be shown at the festival.

Once again, this event is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society

The 4th annual Cumberland Mountain Film Fest will be taking place Feb 27 and 28th, 2014 at the Riding Fool Hostel