Non-profit Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club repairs an underused trail and elevates access for all riders.
The temperate climate of Vancouver Island means our lifestyle is synonymous with the outdoors. With our terrain, mountain biking is one of the most popular and fast-growing recreational activities in the region. Enhancing the accessibility to mountain biking trails elevates the experience for visitors and locals alike, while better preserving the trails themselves and the adjacent natural habitat.
Due to age, a jump trail in the Doumont Trail Network near Nanaimo had fallen into disrepair. It had several old wooden trail features that had rotted, rendering parts of the trail unsafe. In addition, it featured terrain and obstacles that were only appropriate for expert-level riders, severely limiting the number of people who could enjoy the trail.
The funding through 4VI covered construction labour, materials, equipment costs, wayfinding, pit toilets and machine time. With the financial support, the Club was able to rebuild the trail and replace or update the old wooden features. The trail, affectionately known as “Bob’s Your Uncle”, is now graded as Black Diamond with no mandatory jumps.
Morgan Deno, President of Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club, says the changes have been well received by all levels of ridership.
Now, Bob’s Your Uncle offers a higher-level rider an ability to experience a challenging trail while the less experienced riders can use it as a progression trail.
~ Morgan Deno, President of Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club
The work is now complete, and the renovated trail is safe for riders to enjoy and expand their abilities while being immersed in the beauty of the region.