United Riders of Cumberland

United Riders of Cumberland or UROC is a local Cycling BC affiliated mountain bike riding and racing group in Cumberland, BC. Host of events such as Island Cup XC and DH races, the Twelve Hours of Cumberland, weekly group rides for both the guys and gals, and other mountain biking events, they are always interested in new members for the club. Come join the fun.

Cycling BC Insurance

As a club who participates in the Island Cup Race Series we are affiliated with Cycling BC. Registration and membership can be made through www.cyclingbc.net

Perk Package

10% off at Dodge City Cycles, Trail Bicycles, Mountain City Cycle, Riding Fool Hostel, Simon’s Cycle, 0 water bottle, tube, insured group rides, UROC sticker, excellent events, discount on custom cycling orthotics at Cumberland Chiropractic, free beginner entry for 1st race hosted by UROC and bike fit and suspension set up by Dodge City Cycles.

Welcome to CVMTB

Comox Valley Mountain Biking
Comox Valley Mountain Biking

Come out to the Comox Valley mountain bike trails and enjoy what this time of year has to offer. The Valley boasts some of the most varied on Vancouver Island, with XC, DH, Shuttle Runs and Lift accessed riding.

Check out local hot spots such as Forbidden Plateau, Cumberland and Hornby Island. Bring your friends and stay at The Riding Fool Hostel. Check out some great pub food and live entertainment at the historic Waverley Hotel and in the summer check out the lift accessed riding at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Be sure to bring your friends, a selection of bikes, spend the weekend and have some fun.

Updated Trail Info

New mountain bike trail maps for both Forbidden Plateau and Cumberland have been updated and are now on sale at Dodge City Cycles and the Riding Fool Hostel. Check out the online Cumberland trail map here and the online Forbidden trail map here.

We just made some changes to our mountain bike trail info, check out the Trails link above for more info, and maps for various island regions. Additionally we have added new a new Trail Conditions forum to update trail status in the regions.

Vancouver Island couple tweet entries for Specialized’s new Trail Crew

Following on the launch of Specialized’s new 2010 lineup of bicycles, a promotion was created to bring some avid bikers into the big “S” family in what’s being called the Specialized Trail Crew. A blog post provided the details http://www.specializedriders.com/blog/1/post/show/2384

“We’re looking for a few good riders. More specifically, we’re looking for a few avid mountain bikers. People who ride a lot, can tell a good story and lead group rides. Riders who respect and are respected by their riding buddies.”

Quick to note this amazing opportunity both Colin and Teresa wrote up their applications for this awesome contest.

“Having ridden Specialized bikes for many years, this was a great opportunity” the author for cvmtb.com noted. “I wore out my last specialized with many travels around BC, over Vancouver Island and even Europe. For the last few years I have been mapping many of the trails throughout Vancouver Island and thanks to a great warranty on my old M2 I now do so on a Specialized Rockhopper.”

His partner Teresa also raved about this amazing opportunity. “A chance to demo a 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR for a year and all I have to do is write about it? Is this for real? Those were my exact thoughts when I heard about this contest so I figured, why not?” Teresa currently rides a 2007 Stumpjumper FSR Expert, part of the Designs for Women line of bikes.

Specialized has harnessed the world of social media with this contest. “The directions: Get on Twitter, and send an @reply to us at @iamspecialized with a link to a blog post you’ve written or a video you’ve recorded that tells us why you’re the right guy for the job.” They are posting entries on their Facebook page at http://bit.ly/186CLA

Twitter has taken the cycling world by storm this summer with Tour de France tweets from riders such as Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer and more. In Glasgow 200 riders and in Dublin 1000 joined Lance for an impromptu ride from a tweet.

You can find Colin’s entry at http://bit.ly/CDJQu and Teresa’s at http://bit.ly/13wRa1 and check out more about the 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper line at http://bit.ly/114lR9

Comox Valley Mountain Biking.com is a local Comox Valley community site offering trail info, forums, maps, weather info and more for trails across Vancouver Island.

Specialized Trail Crew – “Looking for a few good riders”

“We’re looking for a few good riders. More specifically, we’re looking for a few avid mountain bikers.”

Wow what an opportunity! Use of a brand spanking new 2010 Stumpjumper FSR from the biggest name in cycling? To someone other than a “PRO” none the less! Although I have had many many years in cycling, have worked hard and offered my time to the sport I’ve never been sponsored! So I guess I better write up a nice little bio to make it impossible for the nice boys and girls at the Big “S” to pass up!

Passion – “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept”

Burnt Bridge Circa 1992
Burnt Bridge Circa 1992

Hmm… a strong liking or devotion… I guess then you could easily say I have a passion for mountain biking which rolls back many years. My first true mountain bike was a Raleigh Safari in 1984 at age 10. While it was brutally heavy, clunky and downright slow (as most mid 80’s bikes were), It gave me freedom to explore the many local trails and overgrown logging roads which had not seen the likes of this two wheeled contraption. The family property became a location for building trails and getting muddy. I was hooked.

My first paying job was working at a local North Vancouver bike shop as a mechanic. This was just around the time that racing events started to appear and I competed in my first downhill in 1989. More racing, the introduction to technology such as suspension and clipless pedals, and even riding down the backside of Haleakala Volcano on Maui spanned the next number of years, continuing to ignite my passion for the mtb. I didn’t experience the ride of a Specialized mountain bike until 1992 with my purchase of a S-Works M2 Team from our local bike shop. In glorious red with yellow lettering this was the bike of legends. Ned Overend was already one of my heros, and now I had “the” bike!

The M2 instantly became my trusty companion. We travelled through Europe, met the Tour de France outside of Geneva and joined the Festival du VTT in the French Alps. For many years we rode the trails in and around Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Dallas and to the 1994 World Championships in Vail Colorado where met Mr. Overend. Either loaded with paniers or lightened up for climbing prowess it would handle it all.

A setback in my riding occurred in 1995 when I tore my knee skiing. I was told it would be months before I should try riding, but only 2 weeks post op I was back on the bike, just coasting and lightly pedalling my way back to health. I spent many days rebuilding my strength in the knee and my M2 kept me on the trails.

A sad time came just recently when my trusty companion showed signs of the many miles of joy. It was a cool spring day and I had just finished washing my M2 when I noticed a small crack in the chainstay. Sure enough she was done. After thousands of miles, many great memories, gut busting climbs and epic downhills it was time for her to go to the great bike heaven in the sky.

I called up my local dealer who sold me that bike 16 years earlier and after some calls, a new 2006 Rockhopper frame was on it’s way to my door. While the M2 was sad to be missed, this new Specialized fit like a glove. It was amazing to see that after all these years, while my shape has changed, the fit and ride of a Specialized was still the same!

Riding in Squamish BC
Riding in Squamish BC

In the last few years, I have focused less on personal racing but more in advocacy and trail information in our local community. Both with my M2 Team and now with my Rockhopper, I have mapped thousands of miles of trails in and around Vancouver Island, developing maps for our local riding community and creating a community mountain biking website. Involvement in the Island Cup Mountain Bike Race Series, organizing trail days, meetings with local forestry companies, government bodies, and businesses to help with advocacy and keep trails alive and well are my current duties. On top of all this, each July I spend a week of my summer volunteering with the medical team for the BC Bike Race, helping many racers achieve their goals to win or just finish this amazing event. It’s also shown the worldwide popularity of Specialized bikes. Likely the most common bike on site, the many FSR variations seen at the race are the amazing evolution from the original mass produced mountain bike, the Stumpjumper.

When I saw this opportunity to be a charter member of the Stumpjumper Trail Crew, I felt this urge to submit my story. I’ve been in the process of figuring out a road trip that would include stops in San Francisco, Oregon, and many other fabulous riding locations, one stop being the world headquarters of the big “S” in Morgan Hill. Who would have thought such an opportunity to join this Crew might unfold!
My “passion” continues to drive me to the trails, and as pressure builds to close trails and restrict access, fuels me to continue my work to protect the future of mountain biking in my home town and hopefully around the world!

You can find my site for the local Comox Valley mountain bike community on www.cvmtb.com

Weekly Riding in the Comox Valley

Not sure where to ride? Looking for some new riding partners? Check out some of the local riding groups heading out on our local trails each week. Check with the hosting organization regarding requirements for participation.

  • Black’s shop rides – Black’s Cycle – 250-339-7011
  • UROC mixed rides – Dodge City Cycles – 250-336-2200
  • UROC ladies rides – Dodge City Cycles / Riding Fool Hostel – 250-336-2200 / 250-336-8250
  • Cruiser rides – Trail Bicycles – 250-334-2456
  • Simon’s Shop Rides – Simon’s Cycles – 250-339-6683

Looking for a ride on other days? Want some help finding trails suited to your skill level? Why not check out the Guided Mountain Bike Tours with Island Mountain Rides.

  • Guided rides – Island Mountain Rides – 250-702-3940

Also don’t forget some of our local events including Lucky Thursday’s at Mount Washington Alpine Resort throughout August.