Mountain Experience Ride

Every year in early June, Horizon 100 Cycling runs the Mountain Experience Ride.

This is a multi-day event held in British Columbia to give Saskatchewan Cyclists an opportunity to experience ascents that are not available closer to home.

A paved section of the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.

In 2019 the Mountain Experience Ride will return to the “Silver Triangle”, the historic silver mining region of British Columbia. The ride will take place over for four days, Monday June 3rd through Thursday June 6th. The trip from Nelson to Saskatoon is best done over 2 days so having the ride bracketed by two weekends allows for less hectic travel.

This ride is limited to 20 participants as this is the maximum that the Lemon Creek Lodge can accommodate.

A full description of the ride and route follows. Registration information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Riders will meet in Nelson the evening of Sunday June 2nd where we will stay at the Mountain Hound Inn located in downtown Nelson (621 Baker St.). This recently renovated hotel caters to outdoor enthusiasts and has a room for ski and bicycle storage.

Monday morning we ride west on Highway 3A along the Kootenay River to the junction with Highway 6 where we turn North along the Slocan River. Monday’s ride is 61kms long and ends at Lemon Creek lodge , a beautiful rustic lodge situated just off Highway 6. Along the way there are several possibilities for lunch stops at restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries.

Monday’s ride can be completed on the Highway, but if you are looking for a more relaxed day, you can travel 46 kms of the day’s route on the Slocan Valley Rail trail, a shale/gravel surfaced railroad bed converted to a walking/cycling trail. Be advised that the surface of this trail is more suited to touring bikes with wider tires.

Climbing out of Slocan

Tuesday’s ride runs North for 41kms from Lemon Creek to New Denver. The route, passing through Slocan and Silver, takes us high above Slocan Lake providing breathtaking views. After a 9 km descent into Silverton, riders can rest and let their brakes cool before continuing to our next overnight at the Valhalla Inn (509 Slocan Ave, New Denver).

At only 41 kms, Tuesday’s ride will get you into New Denver with plenty of time to take in the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC). This National Historic Site is dedicated to telling the story of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were forcibly relocated during World War II. Much of the site has been preserved in it’s original condition making the site a very worthwhile visit. More info on what to do in New Denver can be found on the village website.

Wednesday we take Highway 31A across the Selkirk Mountains to a lunch stop in Kaslo on Kootenay Lake and then on to Ainsworth Hot springs. We will spend the night at the Ainsworth Motel (3595 BC-31, Ainsworth Hot Springs). The ride from New Denver to Kaslo and Ainsworth, is 68 kms. There is an optional side trip to visit the silver mining ghost town of Sandon, a 12 km round trip for a total of 80 kms for the day. The road into Sandon is graveled but most of the gravel roads in this part of BC are very firm shale.

Thursday we leave Ainsworth and complete our loop back to Nelson, with another night at the Mountain Hound Inn. This is a fairly short day at 48 kms, and should leave lots of time for exploring the many restaurants, bars and coffee shops the city has to offer. The movie “Roxanne”, starring Steve Martin & Darryl Hannah, was shot entirely in Nelson and walking tour brochures are available to guide you many of the shoot locations.

Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to and from Nelson. This is a 12 hour trip from Saskatoon and car pooling is recommended.

Accommodation is estimated to cost $250 to $300. Costs will be finalized once participant numbers are confirmed. Riders are responsible for the cost of all meals and other activities. If you are leaving a vehicle in Nelson, we will park in the Nelson City Parkade located at 420 Vernon St. a cost of $8 per night for a total of $40 for the duration of the ride. Costs for admission to the Nikkei Internment Memorial centre and the hot springs in Ainsworth is listed in the links above.

REGISTRATION

Registration in the 2019 MER ride required a $150 deposit toward the accommodation. The remaining funds will be collected once the full costs of accommodation are known. There is also a service fee of about $10 collected on registration, so the total cost at registration will be about $160.

Note Registration is being handled by CCN.

Note that you must be a member of the Horizon 100 Cycling Club to participate. Information about joining Horizon 100 is available HERE.


ROUTE MAPS

PDF route maps for each day of the trip can be downloaded from the following links:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4