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Apr 03, 2017 Return to Headlines

Ride the Trails Less Travelled in Coquitlam

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 3, 2017 – The secret is out – Coquitlam’s wild backyard is gaining recognition among riders as an up-and-coming mountain biking destination.

Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain are on our doorstep, offering a variety of trails and a West Coast style of riding: think tree roots, rocks and hand-built wooden features.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker or more of a Sunday afternoon cruiser, Coquitlam’s vast network of trails offers plenty of options for each riding style. Here are some suggestions to get started. 

JOIN A BIKE GROUP
If the idea of heading out into the wilderness on your own sounds intimidating, Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (Torca) offers group mountain bike rides twice monthly (this month on April 6 & 20). Riding is free if you sign up as a member for $20/year.

If road biking is more your speed, Tri-Cities Cycling is “cheerfully accepting” new members. Try out a couple of rides with the club before deciding whether to join. www.facebook.com/groups/TriCityCyclingClub/ 

TEST YOUR SKILLS
Get off-road and test your abilities on some bike skills trails. One circuit located at Leigh Park (1254 Soball St.) is great for younger riders, with bridges and obstacles to test your skills. Another one to try is the BMX Jump Park on the southeast side of Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station) – a competition-level BMX track that includes a primary and beginner circuit. Note: Mundy Park's skills park is temporarily closed due to construction. www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

BIKING EVENTS
Torca 500 Trail Race and twice-monthly rides: Watch for details on the website for these April events. www.torca.ca

Wheel 2 Heal 2017: This fundraising event for Eagle Ridge Hospital takes place May 6 at Town Centre Park (Lot E). Options include a 15 km trail ride, 40 km trail ride or a 100 km road ride. www.wheel2heal.ca   

MEC Vancouver Century Ride: A 50 km or 100 km ride on May 28 starting and ending at Pinetree Recreation Centre (near Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station). events.mec.ca/event/165836/mec-vancouver-century-ride 

Bike to Work Week: The Tri-Cities HUB is involved with this event, taking place May 29-June 4. bikehub.ca/tri-cities

Take a Kid Mountain Biking: Mark your calendars for this free event that takes place each September at Mundy Park. Leaders teach the kids new skills and then take them on a guided ride through the park. www.torca.ca

GET HERE AND AROUND
Bikes are allowed on SkyTrain, although there are some time restrictions, so check TransLink’s site ahead of time. www.translink.ca

Riding on roads? For bike route information and maps, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cycling 
For trail maps, check out www.trailforks.com and www.coquitlam.ca/trails

RESPECT NATURE AND BE BEAR SMART

While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also, be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears. www.coquitlam.ca/bearsmart

More information: 
Related images are available for download: https://flic.kr/s/aHskSUJnvz 

For more great events, information about biking and other recreational activities, pick up Coquitlam’s 2017 Travel & Experience Guide at any City facility or read it online at www.coquitlam.ca/explore 

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Media contact:
Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca