Kurt and I headed over to the Hartland Dump to checkout one of Victoria’s local trail systems. The fact there is a landfill in the area isn’t obvious by the quality of the trails or the beauty of BC’s lush vegetation.
This bike park has an extensive and thankfully well marked trail system. You can buy detailed maps at LBS as well as using a system of trail markers shown in one of my photos below.
I was blown away by the fact we saw only two other groups of riders the whole time we were on the trails…keep in mind it was a holiday long weekend in Canada so that would typically be a heavy day for use of recreational facilities.
Hartland is only 12kms on quiet roads from my house so if I’m feeling motivated I could ride there and back…or I can have a leisurely drive of 15mins. My closest high quality riding in Calgary was 90mins away so this totally rocks!
The riding here is a bit different than in Alberta…the vegetation is a lot more lush and we were riding in the trees most of the time. The dirt holds more moisture making it tackier with less rock and more roots than in Alberta.
We found two stunt parks at Hartland…one for beginners and this expert level one.
One issue I’ve got to deal with is learning to take better low light photos. Based on my riding so far it seems pretty clear I’ll be shooting in about half the light I would typically in Alberta so new techniques are in order.
Since mountain biking in Victoria is a year round activity I should get lots of opportunity to get my photography sorted and wear out some bike parts…=-)