NEW­FOUND­LAND

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - EPIC SHRED­DING BY RYAN D. BUTT

New­found­land and Labrador are eas­ily Canada’s best-kept moun­tain-bik­ing se­cret. With a wide va­ri­ety of ter­rain spread across the eclec­tic prov­ince, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one and then some.

The East Coast here of­fers brag­ging rights – tell your friends you’re rid­ing the east­ern­most trail in North Amer­ica. The North Head Trail be­gins and ends at the iconic Cape Spear light­house, with a mix of easy to mod­er­ate ter­rain. Re­turn, it is ap­prox­i­mately 10 kilo­me­tres long.

Or head to the west coast of the prov­ince for a rip along the Gin­ger Route in Cor­ner Brook, a part of this amaz­ing trail lov­ingly carved by vol­un­teers who have served up hours of sweat and ded­i­ca­tion over the past few years. The pas­sion for dirt here de­liv­ers renowned B.C. flow to At­lantic Canada with an epic money-shot trail over the Bay of Is­lands via the Curry Climb, which then re­wards you with a roller­coaster des­cent. This route is ap­prox­i­mately 3.5 kilo­me­tres with easy to mod­er­ate sin­gle­track.

When win­ter takes over, an in­tri­cate net­work of snow­mo­bile and walk­ing trails in­stantly be­come a fat­biker’s par­adise. Hook up with lo­cal rid­ers for mem­o­rable ad­ven­tures in Gros Morne Na­tional Park. Some have even ad­ven­tured deep into the snowy back­coun­try there for a shot of spec­tac­u­lar Western Brook Pond, the Park’s largest lake amidst the Long Range Moun­tains.

In short, New­found­land of­fers great rid­ing all year ‘round for stoked thrillseek­ers look­ing for their next epic shred. Com­bine amaz­ing sin­gle­track with epic coastal views as well as in­fa­mous Mar­itime hospi­tal­ity, and you’ve sum­ma­rized the awe­some rid­ing this prov­ince has to of­fer.

New­found­land and Labrador com­bine amaz­ing sin­gle­track with epic coastal views and Mar­itime hospi­tal­ity.

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