Toonie Ride #1

The kick-off Toonie ride was a banner event despite the monsoon weather that determinedly soaked everything and everyone. All were troopers – dogs, kiddies,

riders, Sovereign boys, and MTBcoers. Twenty four riders turned out and it’s only upwards from here.

For that that made it out, here are your times from Toone Ride #1.   Remember, it’s not a race, we just keep track of the times for safety purposes…

Place Name Class City Shop Time
Race #1
1 Annie Bergen w 0:53:40
2 Sheila Gariepy w 1:28:42
3 Stacey Smith w DNF
1 Jason Backman 0:47:24
2 Jason Stebbings 0:49:18
3 Bryce McEwan 0:50:40
4 Manuel Zuppiger 0:50:41
5 Philip Akins 0:51:59
6 Kyle Stafford 0:53:55
7 Christoph Zuppiger 0:54:40
8 Lance Carroll 0:54:55
9 Dave Walsh 0:57:15
10 Jeff Zeitz 0:59:20
11 Martin Stewart 1:03:50
12 John Paterson 1:10:35
13 Ryan Olar 1:10:36
14 Nathan Kemila 1:18:07
15 Jared Kayal 1:37:30
16 Braden Kayal 1:37:30
17 Darren Straegger 1:55:42
18 Cole Straegger 1:55:43

Next Toonie ride Wednesday June 8th.  Hope you can make it!

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Trail Ambassador Rewards Program Launched

Is there someone in your club who always goes the ‘extra mile’? Someone who does more for advocacy and trail maintenance than everyone else combined? That is the sort of person we are looking for!

Renegade Cycle Solutions is teaming up with IMBA Canada to reward your unsung hero, your trail maestro, your volunteer extraordinaire with an X-Fusion Velvet RL fork. In fact RCS will be dishing out TWO awards, one to the best of Eastern Canada and one for the West.

Nominate your club member by July 31st, 2011 and tell us why your nominee should be an X-Fusion Trail Ambassador. Winners will be announced in September and featured in IMBA Canada’s Trail News newsletter!


  • Current IMBA Canada members are eligible to make a nomination for the award.
  • Write 250-300 words on why your trail maestro deserves the title of X-Fusion Trail Ambassador!
  • Login to the website, and submit your story here.
  • Post photos to accompany your story in IMBA Canada’s facebook album “X-Fusion Trail Ambassador Nominations”, or email them to rachael.raven[at]

Please send any questions about the program or application process to [email protected] .

Contact: Rachael Raven
IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator
[email protected]


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Girls Got Skills Clinic – May 7th & 8th

Girls Got SkillsDates: May 7th & 8th, 2011
Location: Kelowna, BC

  • 2 Days –  $250 (*$225 for MTBco or IMBA Canada affiliated club members)
  • 1 Day (Sat or Sun) – $175   (*$150 for members)

This May 7th and 8th, on the spectacular trails of the Central Okanagan around Kelowna, we’re proud to present the return of our wildly successful women’s specific clinic.  In association with the local bike club, MTBco, this clinic is a 2 day course  designed to improve the confidence and abilities of women riders of all levels, abilities, and disciplines.  By focusing on a solid foundation of balance, progression is fast and easy.  The coaches are highly experienced world class athletes with lots of experience not only riding bikes off road, but also in teaching these skills.

This early season course is ideal for women of all ages and abilities looking to widen their riding horizons.  Maybe you’re hungry for a little payback when you go riding with the guys, or you’re wanting to be able to keep up with your kids, or just sharpen some skills that lost their edge over the winter.   This camp will give you those opportunities and more, and all within an atmosphere specifically tailored to the specific needs of women.

With a brand new skills park in Kelowna, we will also be able to incorporate some dirt jumping and more advanced skills for those that wish to progress in that direction.

The camp includes top notch instruction, lunches, and membership in the local Bike club, MTBco.  Your participation in this camp will help the preserve the awesome trails of the Central Okanagan.

Our schedule looks like:

Day One – Fundamentals

  • Neutral Positioning
  • Ready State
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Shifting Basics
  • Braking Basics
  • Descending (Intro to Steeps)
  • Roll Down Lunge (Flat to Steep Transitions)
  • Basic Wheel Lifts
  • Level Lift (Bunny Hop)

Day Two – Specialized Skills

  • Terrain Evaluation
  • 1/4 punch & 3/4 Punch
  • Straight Line Riding (leading to elevated stunts)
  • Climbing Basics
  • Slow Tight Turns and Switchbacks
  • High Speed Cornering
  • Manual Front Wheel Lift (leading to drops)
  • Dynamic Riding (“The Wisdom of the Spastic Monkey”)


Lorraine Blancher


A highly experienced coach, Lorraine is a former Canadian National DH Team member and National Champion.  Her resume includes multiple regional and national titles, and she has been coaching skills camps for several years.  A Kelowna local from birth, Lorraine is also a veteran of the World Cup circuit, and is still pushing the boundaries of the sport.


june-14_1Barb Haley

Barb might be new to coaching, but she has many years of racing experience, and has been featured in several freeride bike movies.    Barb really wants to make you a the raddest you can be, and it’s pretty tough to not believe in someone who brings this much fun to the trails.



Candace Webb


You’ll know what that means once you meet her.  Mad energy, and one of the best and brightest coaches ever.  If you’re not having fun learning with Candace, let us know and we’ll call a doctor.



Recommended Accommodations

The Hotel Eldorado is a beautiful hotel set right on the lake, and they’re offering a discount to camp participants.

Also, the Days Inn is very central and is also offering a special rate.  Just mention that you’re taking the clinic with Bush Pilot Biking and MTBco, and you will get the special rate.

Sign Up

Signup is open now over at Registration.

Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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Take Action: Parks Canada Survey on Cycling in the Mountain Parks

Do you live and ride in Canada’s beautiful western provinces? If so, Parks Canada wants to hear from riders like you!

Parks Canada is conducting a survey on cycling in Western Canada and in Mountain Parks such as Jasper, Banff, and Revelstoke.

Jasper National Park

Fill out the survey before January 24, 2011 and you’ll get the chance to win one of three sweet prize packs, valued at $250 each.

Data from the survey will help Parks staff to understand the growing trend of mountain biking and road riding in its Parks, and determine how the cycling experience might be improved in the future.


Clubs and retailers! Help us get the word out: invite your contacts to take the survey.

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Christmas Party, Tuesday, December 14th

Come on by McCulloch Station on Tuesday if you’re not doing anything else (there’s no Canucks game, I checked).

This is a  totally informal gathering of frothing mountain bike enthusiasts, dedicated to their sport and their community.  Please join us for some refreshments and a viewing of Digger’s last movie “The Last Digg”, as we celebrate the year that was in the Kelowna bike scene.

Admission is a non-perishable food item for the local food bank, althouth we’d appreciate a little donation to the club too (How does $5 grab ya?). Any proceeds go back to the trails.

Oh, and we’re giving away the movie and a crumpled poster too, both of  ’em autographed by Digger.   Serious collectors items here, kids.

Get there when you get there, we’ll have the show on around 8:30 or so.

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On line help for cyclists

File Photo: Daniel Hayduk-Castanet

Kelowna area cyclists can now get bike route and pathway directions using Google Maps.

At the beginning of December, Kelowna joined Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg , Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa and Gatineau as the first cities in Canada to have the Google Maps “bike directions” application available to them.

“This is an amazing tool that helps to reinforce the City’s commitment to make active transportation a realistic option for people,” says Mike Kittmer, City of Kelowna Active Transportation Coordinator.

Bike Directions, which has been available in the United States since March, uses colour coding to flag safe routes for cyclists.

The directions feature provides step-by-step, bicycle-specific routing suggestions similar to the directions provided by the driving or walking modes of Google Maps.

You can now enter a start location and end destination into your computer or smart phone, and instantly obtain suggestions for recommended cycling routes. Recommended routes will include on and off-road bike lanes, streets designated as bike routes, and other roads that connect them.

The new cycling tool is in the introductory phase and the cities involved will be continually working with Google to improve the service.

To visit the new Google cycling route application for Kelowna, visit

From Castanet

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Unique bike stolen from Cyclepath

by Rachael Kimola – Castanet
Nov 13, 2010 / 10:00 am

A very unique bike has been stolen from a Kelowna business.

Two thieves broke into the Cyclepath store just before midnight on November 10.

RCMP staff Sergeant Bob Rueter says they stole a yellow Aaron Ross BMX bike and a white Fox 40 fork.

"The total value of the bike is about $2,000 and the fork is worth about $2,300," says Rueter.

He says they don’t have a good description of the two suspects.

"One was wearing a white sweater, the other a red sweater and a black hat."

Officials at Cyclepath say the stolen bike was very unique.

"It is the only one we brought in, and unless someone has purchased it elsewhere, it will be the only one in the Kelowna area," say store officials in an email to Castanet.

They say the bike has blue rims and handle bars.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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Gillard Trail Day – This Sunday

Could this be the final trail day of the year?  Quite possibly.   Gillard needs some love, so try to make it out and help the trails.  Bring yer bike, ’cause we’ll be riding after the day is done.

The usual format.  Bring any hand tools you might have (shovels, rakes, gloves, buckets, etc.).  We’re meeting at the lower parking area up the Gillard FSR, which you access from Chute Lake Rd.

See you there!

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Postill Trail Day – Oct. 17th

Summer’s over, the bike park is closed, and it’s time to show the local trails some love.  Trail maintenance and clean up in the morning. Lunch at noon.  After lunch, suit up and test out the results of your hard word with a fun chainless DH event, courtesy of our friends at Union Cycle.

If you have your own hand tools (shovel, pick, rake, 4 gallon buckets), please bring them along with snacks and drinking water.

Meet at the base of the Postill trails, which are up Postill Lake Rd.  Take Old Vernon Rd. to Postill Drive, then turn left on Postill Lake Rd.  The trailhead is just after the bridge.

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Final Toonie Ride – 2010


Record turnout...40 riders!

The final Toonie of the season, and a lot of firsts went down.  Another attendance record, with 40 riders coming out.  Our first real women’s field with 6 ladies out, so we’re actually listing their results separately.  And also the first DNF with Stephen Ushy finding the limits of his 29’r on the loose dirt of Smith Creek.

Once again, with shorter days we ran the shorter course. Except for four guys from Kelowna who rode the long course anyway, just cause they could.  Meanwhile, Aeron and Anthony blew off the usual ride to go and hit some sweet jumps, and Pip Akins ran the course with daughter Eloise in the stroller.  Decent time, too.

HUGE thanks to Mike Smolak for making this happen, and also to all the bike shops that came out and cooked up some tasty treats for all the riders.  We’ll definitely be doing this again next year, and we’ll be making a few adjustments too, so if you have any suggestions, just send them to [email protected].

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