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Horseshoe Resort Re-Opens Bike Park for Another Adrenaline-Packed Season

May 7, 2014

Ontario’s most comprehensive biking destination adds tons of new features for 2014

BARRIE, ON, May 7, 2014 – Horseshoe, a Skyline Resort, is kicking off the spring/summer season with the re-opening of their recently expanded lift-access mountain Bike Park on May 17. With 20 km of Ontario Cup certified on-site cross-country trails, 400 hectares of single track mountain bike trails through the Copeland Forest and a pump track, Horseshoe’s Bike Park is the perfect spot to get revved up and hone your biking skills, no matter your age or level of expertise.

Horseshoe Resort has added loads of new and exciting features to the Bike Park for the 2014 season and will continue the expansion throughout the year.  The new additions include Horseshoe’s Bike Barn which offers guests bike rentals and repairs, a bike trail expansion featuring connecting downhill trails and cross hill benching trails, a Joy Ride 150 skills course, as well as additional beginner/intermediate cross country terrain to the Ontario Cup loop and a junior learn-to-ride track.   Also new for 2014 is a partnership with Ride Guides, the premier provider of cycling adventures in Ontario, making them the resort’s official bike guides.

“Horseshoe has quickly become the premier biking destination in Ontario,” says Jonathan Reid, Director of Partnerships and Events at Horseshoe Resort.  “While most biking destinations only offer downhill or cross-country, Horseshoe offers the best of both worlds on our vast and connecting trails through the Horseshoe Valley. With so many great events coming up this season including the Superfly Racing O-Cup XC Championships, this season at the resort is one bike enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on.”

As the summer training location for Canadian World Cup athlete Cayley Brooks, Horseshoe has the hills and drills to help cyclists train and improve their skills. New for 2014 are discounted passes for provincial and competitive bike teams training on the resort’s expansive trails. The resort is also introducing the Horseshoe bike team, led by renowned bike and Nordic coach, Andrew Doble and in partnership with bicycle manufacturer Norco.

Throughout this season, Horseshoe is hosting a roster of cycling events for riders to take part in:

  • May 11 – CycloFemme, an annual Mother’s Day ride that unites cyclists around the world, empowering the future of women in cycling
  • May 31 – Cycle Camelot, a one-day cycling event benefiting Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre
  • June 21-22 – Centurion Cycling, a unique cycling event featuring distances of 25 miles, 50 miles and 75 miles
  • June 21-22 and August 23-24 – TUF Rack O-Cup Downhill Series, a race with four individual stages with a combined timing for the overall results
  • Real Deal Racing Cross Series every Tuesday night in September and October
  • September 21 – Superfly Racing O-Cup #7 XC Championships, one of Canada’s premier XC Mountain Bike racing series
  • November 5 – Real Deal XC Classic

“We select only the best venues in the province to host the Ontario Cup Series,” says Sean Ruppel of Superfly Racing. “Horseshoe has a wicked combination of technical hilly trails and high-speed flat courses, making it perfect O-Cup terrain.  Competitors are in for a fun and challenging race.”

Riders can bike all day for $29, or get a half-day pass for $21. Seasons passes are available from $114. Guests can bring their own gear, or rent from the resort’s new Bike Barn, equipped with everything needed for an awesome day of riding.

Take advantage of Horseshoe’s Bike & Bunk package starting from $199 per night based on double occupancy. The package includes accommodation, breakfast and a one day bike trail pass per person.

For more information, visit http://www.horseshoeresort.com/mountain-biking  or call 855-938-6645.

Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style. Born and raised in Ottawa, Marc now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter

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  1. Nice to see continued investment.

    But I do wonder why anon would put a pump track at a gravity oriented bike park. The one at Blue was only ever ridden by riders on their way to a trail… who’s going to take a hard tail DJ bike to Horseshoe just to ride a pump track? I’d rather see that effort put toward trail features.

  2. “TUF Rack O-Cup Downhill Series, a race with four individual stages with a combined timing for the overall results.”

    This doesn’t sound like downhill to me?

  3. They have more going on there than just DH runs. Lots of camps and clinics as well as the development of XC program. A pump track is a much better overall addition than on trail feature I think. These resorts are introducing lots of new people to the sport which is great for cycling in general.

  4. True, not sure way it’s worded that way to be truthful. As far as I know it is a DH. i haven’t heard of an enduro being added at this point. Would be nice though 🙂

  5. That is what I was thinking as well. Would be really stoked to try an Enduro. Wasn’t able to make it last year and this summer is booking up quickly!
    Any hints that an Enduro might happen (and when)?

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