The Growth of Mountain Biking in Corner Brook

In mountain biking, it’s all about the struggle of the climb to enjoy the ecstasy of the ride back down.

The West Coast Cycling Association has been working hard for years to build local trails in the Corner Brook area, including the Ginger Route and now Curry Climb. It’s a labour of love, with a lot of volunteer hours and planning behind the scenes. This week the association got a huge boost to make the trail building climb just a little bit easier

Dru Kennedy

The federal government has provided $32,707 to work on the Curry Climb area trail system, which will be about 5.6 km, in total. This funding comes from the Innovative Communities Fund administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and will go towards hiring workers, as well as buying equipment.

Currently, there is a team of four workers who’ve been building the Figure Eight portion of the trail.  To give you an idea about how much work goes into digging out those  paths, a volunteer builder can do about 1-3m of trail per hour.

For the past summer the West Coast Cycling Association has had a worker on the trail, as partially-funded through the Canada Summer Grants program. The rest of the money has come from cyclists and mountain bikers like you! All of the profits from our summer events, such as Impact Road Race, Corner Brook Triathlon, and Bike ‘n Brew have gone towards paying our trail workers.

But, even though we have this additional funding, we still need your help. The best way to support the association is to either come out to our events or come to our weekly trail building in the summer. Trail building is also a great way to give back to the mountain biking community and learn what goes into all those sweet berms you’ve been riding down.

Let’s all enjoy the sublimity of the climb towards making the West Coast a mountain biking tourism destination because the view at the top is pretty amazing.