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Mission on Two Wheels by Rocky Blondin

SUMMARY

Mission is a town with a growing and thriving cycling scene. Home to long back-roads with smooth pavement and little traffic, to hundreds of km of logging roads as well as hundreds of km of single-track trails in the City-managed Tree Farm License #26

Mission on Two Wheels by Rocky Blondin

It may not seem like it, but Mission is a town with a growing and thriving cycling scene. Home to long backroads with smooth pavement and little traffic,to hundreds of kms of logging roads as well as hundreds of kms of single-track trails in the City-managed Tree Farm License #26 - Mission has every cyclist’s dream ride on tap. From youngsters just learning to ride via Two Tired Tots, to elder cycling states people there is something for all ages too!

One thing Mission has in spades - hills. And that does lead some to think that Mission isn’t a cyclist’s town. However, the Mission Community Cycling Coalition (M3C) has a saying - Mission Cyclists Do Hills . And today’s cyclist has a secret weapon to climb up Grand St, or Frog Hill - E-Bikes. Electric-assist bicycles have hit the mainstream with all kinds of sizes and shapes and types of e-bikes to lend a hand gaining elevation. The best e-bikes are still bicycling at heart - they are pedal assist. You pedal, it powers. You stop, so does it. This means you still need to do the work, but you get a helping hand to make those mountains into mole hills.

Depending on your flavour of cycling, a day on the pedals is best-started downtown at the local bike shop. Get a coffee, a snack for your ride, and anything else you need for your journey - or try one of those e-bikes you’ve heard so much about on a demo ride. From there, you can check out Keystone Ave and Silverdale for some smooth pavement and hill repeats. Or else, if you love to gravel-grind, take a ride in Stave West and you can easily get in 50km of off-road riding with some amazing scenery and points of interest along the way. There are also dozens of km of logging roads to explore with some incredible views in Steelhead up Hunter Rd.

Finally - the trails. Mission has four main riding areas within the municipal boundary. Red and Bear Mountains are sister trail networks accessed at Mill Pond on Dewdney Trunk Rd. There is a local trail network adjacent to Heritage Park. And the legendary Woodlot trails are half in the Mission Tree Farm, with trails like Snakes and Ladders and Cabin Trail part of Mission’s mountain biking legacy. All maintained by volunteer trail builders and managed by the Fraser Valley Mountain Biking Association (FVMBA). Good people doing great things in the community.

Rocky was awarded Citizen-of the Year in 2020 for many reasons including his involvement in trail building and trail maintenance, as well as skill development for cyclists of all ages.
He is an advocate for both improved facilities and for safe road riding in our community and in the region.