April MTB conditions Canmore

 Assessing the damage - photo by Paul G

Assessing the damage - photo by Paul G

Back in Canmore, recent snows had come and gone - we went for a mtn bike ride on Reclaimer, and into the Nordic Centre. Reclaimer requires a ride up the Spray Lakes Road, but at the moment that road is fairly quiet and not too dusty. Reclaimer is a downhill descent, and tons of fun! It was totally dry - but it is a fairly steep trip. After that we went into the Nordic Centre to do Soft Yogurt, which is a short but very fun rip - ending on Devonian Drop, which is a very short steep pitch. All good so far. On EKG, which is a favorite, there were sections of muddier track - especially near where the ski tracks were melting away. That said - not bad! We took Coal Chutes (black) down, and it was fine. But Georgetown is still very muddy.

Above picture is moments after a crash that John took. Clipped a pedal on a log that immediately flipped him over for a chin landing. Aside from some scrapes and bruises, he got lucky landing in mostly soft dirt mixed with roots. A reminder that mtn biking has it's moments! Generally not as soft to crash in as a meter of snow.