The Yukon is not the best known riding destinations in the world. In fact before about two weeks ago, I didn’t even know mountain biking was popular in the far north of Canada. Being offered to part in a filming trip with Ride Guide in the Yukon Territory was not something I was going to turn down. With little knowledge of the area and 10 days of riding sitting on my plate, the one thing I was sure about was that I was in for a treet.
Flying out of Vancouver was Ryan Leech, Josh (our cameraman extraordinaire) and myself on a riding/filming expedition out of Whitehorse YT. There were a few things stereotypes made me expect such as bugs, cold, and perpetual light . . Turns out only one of these was fully true. There were a few bugs along the way but not the fist sized mosquitoes I was expecting, As for cold, well it was around 30C all week (86F), but as for light I was correct. Having a sunset at around 11pm meant that riding was possible just about any time between 4AM and midnight. Where else can you do that?
While staying in Whitehorse we were put up at Boreal Mountain Biking where I had my first opportunity to stay in a Yurt. The Yurts were not what I expected. With hardwood floors, leather couches and a full kitchen, we were being wined and dined in the lap of luxury. If you are ever heading to Whitehorse check out Boreal, in addition to accommodation they provide catered meals and Sylvain, the mountain Bike Guide Extraordonaire.
The riding in Whitehorse is nothing short of incredible. From fast rolling descents to technical rock faces, wide open alpine to tight forest singletrack there really is a little bit of everything. The only thing that was consistent for each type of trail was that there were spectacular views the whole way. If you are looking for somewhere to fit the ultimate all-mountain adventure while experiencing the views of a lifetime, the Yukon is it!
While the mountain biking was fabulous through the entire trip, Ryan made a point of bringing his trials bike as well to hit some of the local hot-spots. Even riding trials it was hard to miss the scenery, it is everywhere. In addition to riding the local terrain, Ryan conducted a trials demo for the local kids or all ages in Whitehorse in conjunction with the Bike Your Brains Out helmet promotion.
Whitehorse truly is a world cycling destination. From epic trails and incredible views the Yukon has it all. To see more photos from the Yukon check out flickr.com/norcobikes.