Racing downhill, I gear down madly for the steep climb ahead. My quads burn as I churn up the ascent. Cranking hard to the top of a ramp, my heart pounds as my wheels leave the ground – airborne! – and come to earth again with a satisfying crunch. Perfect jump!
Mountain biking in Alberta attracts enthusiasts and Olympic hopefuls from around the world. Whether you want to aim for glory, test your skills in a challenging bike park, or just hit the open trails, get ready for some serious fun.
At Canada Olympic Park’s mountain bike park, the kids play on the pump track before practicing drops and skinnies in the Skills Centre. Whenever we’re in Canmore, we ride the extensive trail loops at Canmore Nordic Centre, hoping to spot an Olympic athlete in training. In the northern Rockies, we ride at Athabasca Lookout Nordic Centre. Both places have trails for all abilities and spectacular views of the Rockies.
We’re staking out our spot early along the Tour of Alberta route. The world’s elite cyclists will ride the 850 km route from Edmonton to Calgary, September 3 - 8 in 2013, and we’ll be there to cheer them on!
Last year my brother rode the TransRockies Challenge. This August, he’ll face the ultimate challenge in the North Face Canadian Death Race near Grande Cache, where I’ll be waiting for him at the finish line.
Trails and Parks