„Sea to Sky“: Richie Schley's favorite trails
British Columbia in Canada offers an amount for mountain bikers, this is for sure. However, to gain an overview in this bike Eldorado, we have asked Richie Schley for his favorite trails along the "Sea to Sky" highway and have elicited the following tips from him.
#1 - The Green Monster
`The Green Monster’ one of the newer additions to Whistler’s vast trail network outside of the bike park, is about a 30 minute climb from the bottom of the valley up a beautiful dirt road canopied by lush forest. Once you get to the trail, it starts with some very short up and downs with some traversing, until it points you straight into the fall line weaving you through some incredibly steep and technical rock faces, that are thrilling, challenging, but totally ridable. This could be the best bang for your buck ride of thrills verses effort, that Whistler has to offer. Perfect ride for the E1.
#2 - A-Line
What is there left to say about this trail, A-Line is arguably the most famous bike trail in the world. 3km of non-stop jumps, drops and huge banked corners. Although almost all of the jumps can be rolled over this trail is not for beginners, and caution should be taken not to cause accidents with other faster riders. Remember this is the most ridden trail in the world. Easily one of the most fun trails ever.
#3 - Tramp Stamp
Tramp Stamp in Britannia Beach, BC is a tiny little mining town on the way to Whistler. Don’t let its size or how fast you pass it on the highway fool you, as the hills there have some of the gnarliest steep rock face riding anywhere on earth. Inspired by Trials motor bike riders, the mountain bike community got together and build some of the most exciting trails I have ever ridden. The one I am featuring here is called Tramp Stamp, it has several very steep and some exposed rock rolls. Some of the steepest, most impressive I have ever seen on an actual trail. It is 800 meters of climbing up and older road to get there and a loop from Tramp Stamp to Chuck Norris(which might be even a little bit more difficult to ride, but is more in the forest) to Blue Balls, back to the car is about 13 KM, but straight up and straight down. The photos should give you an idea of how gnarly the rock drops are. Pucker up and don’t bring anything less adequate then an E1.
#4 - Pretty Slabs
Pretty Slabs in Britannia Beach has endless moments of greatness that bring you out into the open to see how spectacular the west cost of BC really is, with epic views of Howe Sound, but while you are int he forest, it is so green and serene with wall to wall moss carpet, that you would think there are elves living around every tree. This trail is a piece of a group of trails referred to as Disney Land, built by Trials motor bike riders. It is 1000 meters of climbing up and older road to get there and a loop from Pretty Slabs to G String and finishing with French Beaver back to the car is about 17 KM, but straight up and straight down. The photos show how spectacular the views are of How Sound and how gnarly the rock drops are. Pucker up and don’t bring anything less adequate then an E1.