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FMBC’s Rain Guide

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The temptation to ride when trails are wet is BIG, doing so
will not only cause premature trail erosion, potentially permanently closing
trails, but will cause energy and precious cash to be spent on trails to only
be maintained not improved. Basically STAY OFF WET trails, stay at home read
a book, bake your wife cookies, resist the temptation please stay off the wet
trails.

As a general rule. If the pavement is wet, or even has wet spots. DONT RIDE
ANY TRAILS. Then, after it has stopped raining there are certain trails to
avoid for longer periods than others. They are:

Stove Trail
Lower Red Sonja
Phat Bastard
Erics Trail
Bridgeview connector/Sherwoody
Black Forest
Eco Terrorist
R-Trail
Splitting Bears
Red Sonja
Hessian
Coal Discovery
and more !

For those of us that live in Fernie, remember that we are lucky enough to
live in a place where we have world class singletrack is in our backyard. By
not riding in the wet weather you only help yourself by sustaining a valuable
community resource.

FMBC

Alps. DH. Wade. Joe.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Downhill Mountain Biking in Switzerland. This is the ultimate DH trip in the Alps. Ride trails that few people know about from the Verbier area, up the Rhone Valley to Zermatt, with lift-accessed riding that’s comparable to Mavericks for surfers or Alaska for skiers. We’ll have days with 20,000+ feet of descending and might even hit more than 100,000 vertical feet of descending over the week. Guided by Joe Schwartz.

Alpenrock DH will take you to another level. “Switzerland is mountain biking’s Shangri-La. Epic descents on flowy singletrack, through ancient villages, a capuccino, back on the bike, jump on the gondola and do it all over the next day.” – Mitchell S.

The Itinerary:

Day 01 Meet your guides at Geneva airport and transfer to Verbier. Shuttle Backyard Booty.

Day 02 Fantastic day of lift-accessed descents in Verbier. The last 5000-foot descent to our hotel is unreal.

Day 03 Shuttle day on Rolling Orgy, Medieval Flow and more. Lap it up.

Day 04 More action on the Verbier bike park. The record in one day is 22,000 feet of descent.

Day 05 Ride Crans-Montana and it’s high alpine berms, rolling jumps and lunch on a patio.

Day 06 On our way to Zermatt we’ll ride two shuttles that are off the charts fun and really, really big.

Day 07 Each lap in Zermatt provides 4500 ft (1500 m) of descent. We’ll choose a lift and hit it.

Day 08 Another day of DH bliss in Zermatt. With 29 peaks above 4000 m, the views are unreal.

Day 09 Transfer to Geneva for your flight home.

To book your DH holiday: http://ridebig.com/trip_switzerland_alpenrock.php