Editor’s Note: Singletrack 6 is a six-day mountain bike race showcasing the best riding in a variety of mountain bike communities in Western Canada. Here’s a look at stage 5. For full results and more info head to singletrack6.com. All photos are courtesy Singletrack 6.
Day 5 of Singletrack 6 began in the heart of Kicking Horse Country, in Golden, BC. Serving as an access point to no less than six National Parks (Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke, and Yoho), scenery and terrain are all-time.
With the support of local government and the Golden Cycling Club trail builders, this town of 4500 is mad for mountain biking.
After a night in Kimberley, riders were transported via HWY 95 on a 235km shuttle north to Golden. The 31km day began in downtown Golden as riders rolled out to sample a host of pristine trails expertly-built and maintained by the Golden Cycling Club.
Mountain Shadows trail network was first up. The stage started in the Town Center at Spirit Square, and after some road climbing to spread the group out, riders converged on the “Grand Opening” on Schacher Trail, a brand new, machine-built singletrack climb up the slopes of Mount 7.
A major effort for the Golden Cycling Club for years, the professionally-built trail is a major asset to the town’s collection of trails.
From there, it was on to the Mount 7 DH trail for the timed descent, a fast and steep bomb down to the main Mountain Shadows network.
Trails like Cliff Side and Rock About provided for one of the more technical timed descents of the whole week.
Riders then made their way back into Golden with a finish in Spirit Square on the banks of the Kicking Horse River.