MAN­I­TOBA

GRAND BEACH PRO­VIN­CIAL PARK

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY OLIVER EVANS

Ad­mit­tedly, I’m a to­tal roadie. So you might won­der what author­ity I have to write about moun­tain bik­ing. But the trails in Man­i­toba are where cy­cling started for me, and per­haps this op­por­tu­nity can serve as a trib­ute to where my love for two wheels was born.

Even af­ter stop­ping rac­ing moun­tain bikes, Grand Beach re­mains my favourite place to ride when tak­ing a break from the pave­ment. A grow­ing num­ber of Man­i­toba’s cy­clists have taken great care of the trails there, cre­at­ing even more routes to ex­plore.

Only 100 kilo­me­tres from down­town Win­nipeg is Grand Beach Pro­vin­cial Park. Lo­cated on the east shore of Lake Win­nipeg, the Park is home to a mul­ti­tude of trails, which are, in turn, home to a moun­tain-bik­ing sta­ple of the Man­i­toba cy­cling com­mu­nity. The moun­tain-bike trails are lo­cated at the cross-coun­try ski area near the east gate of the Park.

There are many op­tions for rid­ing, as the trails of­fer a mix of sin­gle­track and dou­ble­track, sand, steep climbs, rock gar­dens and flowy dirt sec­tions through­out the for­est. One of my most vivid mem­o­ries of cy­cling there (apart from cracked frames, asthma at­tacks, bears and snow) is of rid­ing through a sec­tion of for­est where the ground was en­tirely rust-coloured due to a blan­ket of dried ev­er­green nee­dles. It was beau­ti­ful.

Af­ter rid­ing, you can light a fire in the warm-up shacks if it’s cold or head into the town of Grand Marais to grab some curly fries at Lanky’s, then hit the beach. I might even sug­gest camp­ing in the Park to take full ad­van­tage of the area.

Drew Ro­manovych at Grand Beach Pro­vin­cial Park, home to a mul­ti­tude of trails of­fer­ing a mix of sin­gle­track and dou­ble­track, sand, steep climbs, rock gar­dens and flowy dirt sec­tions

through­out the for­est

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