With the near arrival of spring, mountain bikers are beginning to prep their bikes for another rad riding season. Due to the semi-arid climate in Kamloops, the spring thaw begins earlier than other areas in BC, creating ideal conditions for early spring riding. If you’re ready to get your shred on, here are the areas that tend to thaw out first.

Being on the south-facing side of the Thompson River, Lac du Bois Grasslands (or Batch, as the locals call it) tends to thaw out before other areas in town. The early conditions create the perfect moisture and consistency for unreal traction on the climbs and descents. The 20km of cross-country trails will reward you with wide-open spaces, and views of Kamloops and the Thompson Valley. This area has gentle rolling hills and for your first few rides of the season is forgiving on the legs and lungs.

As the weather turns warmer, “The Ranch” starts its thaw off process just in time for bikers to enjoy the park. The diverse trails are incorporated with winding berms, flow, and intense jumps for easy to intermediate riders. Take the XC Climb up complete with fun switchbacks to reward yourself with a thrilling ride down. If you’re all about the descents, Mostly Mental Shuttles has your back. Take a shuttle ride to the top for $4 per ride or $20 for a punch card. Shuttles run 7 days a week from 12-6pm starting April 3.

Keep a watchful eye, the next areas for spring riding include ​Kenna Cartwright ParkPineview Valley then Harper Mountain.

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