NEW BRUNSWICK

THE BLUFF AND MORE

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY AN­DREW MCNAIR

The moun­tain bik­ing in New Brunswick is quite pos­si­bly one of the bestkept secrets of the North Amer­i­can MTB rid­ing scene! Given the small pop­u­la­tion (ap­prox­i­mately 750,000) of the en­tire prov­ince, the num­ber of awe­some trail net­works never ceases to amaze me. Af­ter all, these trails don’t build them­selves.

The cap­i­tal city of Fredericton boasts no less than five trail net­works, each con­sist­ing of a mul­ti­tude of trails for all lev­els of rid­ing. Buffed-out rolling sin­gle­track; rocky, rooty tech­ni­cal stuff or any­thing in be­tween – it’s all within a 15-minute drive of any­where in the city.

A few of my favourite trail net­works in­clude Woolas­took, which is ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes out of town; Is­land­view, a lit­tle closer to town; and MVP, just on the other side of town. The beauty of the trail net­works here is that they all have dif­fer­ent styles of rid­ing, so there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, which makes pro­gress­ing that much eas­ier for new rid­ers, but keeps the old-school tech­ni­cal folks in­ter­ested as well.

If you’re go­ing to travel to New Brunswick for an MTB va­ca­tion, on your itin­er­ary of rides, you ab­so­lutely need to in­clude “The Bluff” in Sus­sex, N.B. Just a lit­tle more than an hour from Fredericton, Sus­sex is a ru­ral agri­cul­tural town with a whole lot to of­fer for the out­door ad­ven­turer. The Bluff is a must-do ride for any moun­tain biker. It’s a right of pas­sage for New Brunswick rid­ers. The views of the val­ley as you ride along the ridge are breath­tak­ing and never get old.

Hav­ing rid­den in many dif­fer­ent spots through­out North Amer­ica, al­ways in search of the three es­sen­tials for a good bike trip – great trails, great food and great lo­cal beer (maybe not in that or­der of im­por­tance) – I can say with much cer­tainty that Fredericton, and New Brunswick in gen­eral, will not dis­ap­point. With more than 20 mi­cro­brew­eries in the prov­ince, five of which are in Fredericton, and a grow­ing “eat-lo­cal” cul­ture in many of the restau­rants, your ride will al­ways fin­ish with the re­wards you’re look­ing for.

The Bluff near Sus­sex, with breath­tak­ing scenery, is a must-do ride and a right of pas­sage for New Brunswick moun­tain bik­ers.

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