Trials Riding in Port Moody


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Under the Moody Street overpass, a unique sport is being practiced that many commuters wizzing by on their way to work never notice.

It’s called Bike Trials. It’s summed up simply as the art of controlling your mountain bike over and around obstacles. The sport grew as an offshoot of motorcycle trials, where you essentially do the same thing with a motorbike.

It’s one of those things that is hard to explain unless you can see it in action. I came across this video on Youtube showing some of the guys at the park in action.

The Port Moody Rotary Trials Park was the first urban trials park built in North America. It began when a staff member noticed some kids practicing on some concrete blocks in front of Port Moody City Hall. Realizing there had to be a better way, local businesses were enlisted to get the materials together, and the park opened in 2001. The story is told in greater detail on the City of Port Moody website.

One of our best home-grown talents in the world of trails riding is Ryan Leech. You can see a story about Ryan’s outreach program in schools known as the Trials of Life, done by local outdoors writer Jack Christie on his website.

So the next time you are stuck in traffic under the Moody Street Overpass, have a look and see the amazing athleticism and skill on display in our little corner of the world.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the link and the great mention in the story Jon, much appreciated.

    Just wanted to share the news that the Port Moody Rotary Trials Park will be receiving a well needed facelift over the next couple months. The Tri-Cities trials riding community is excited about the continued support from our friends at the Rotary Club. Ride On!!