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  • A Canada Day Epic in the Chilcotins

    July 19, 2017

    Norco Bicycles are proudly designed right here in Canada, where our testing ground is truly world-class. Canada’s 150th anniversary inspired Norco sales rep Pat Mulrooney to take four friends and their bikes to BC’s Chilcotin mountains to experience the rugged natural beauty that Canada is known for. Pat is talented behind the camera lens, and captured the highlights of this multi-day adventure.

    Words by Pat Mulrooney.

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-23

    We live in such a young nation and in terms of the global spectrum we are just getting started. If I were asked to pick my favourite thing about Canada it’s an easy answer: Space! We have vast amounts of open and unspoiled space. All you have to do is head north from most major Canadian cities and you’ll find almost nothing all the way to the arctic circle. I try my best to visit these remote places as often as possible. Our Canada Day tradition usually involves a big week-end of riding South Chilcotin single-track and this year would be no different. Friday night we headed north from Squamish to begin our adventure.

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-37

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-1We met at Tyaughton lake in preparation for our big ride. Summer nights at the cabin are tough to beat.

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-4Saturday morning, the five of us headed up the Relay Creek drainage. The skies were clear and the temps were hot.

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-9From the Relay Creek cabin views of the golden coloured hills begin to open up.
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-20It’s always cool to spend a moment at the Graveyard Valley War Memorial Protectorate and consider the Canadian history that took place here.
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-30Without fail I usually see or experience something new in these mountains on every trip. This day along Tyaox Creek we witnessed a bunch of Rainbow Trout spawning in this small alpine stream. Amazing to see this at 2000m above sea level!
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-35Shaun took a turn flying the flag in some nice evening light!

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-44
    We took in some evening sun and enjoyed a few beverages at the pass.
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-48The wild flowers along Manson Creek were outstanding.
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-52After an 11.5 hour day we rolled into Tyax Adventure’s Bear Paw camp where we had reserved accommodations! If you want a world class back-country experience make your own reservation now!
    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-55Busy parking lot.

     

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-71The next day we decided to take it easy and do a 20km ride with a 1300m climb and descent…

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-74The views of Truax and Dickson helped ease the pain in our legs.

     

     

    South Chilcotin Relay to Bear Paw to Tyaughton Canada Day Long Week-end July 1,2,3 2017-96We managed to put in 122 hard back-country kms over the three days. It was a fabulous way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. Great friends, great trails, great mountains and a GREAT country! Strong and Free….


     

    Pat Mulrooney’s blog expands the story with even more pictures. You can find it here!