September 20, 2017
We dragged our bikes all the way out east, but have barely had a chance to get on them until arriving in Halifax, and were we ever ready to ride!
We chatted to some locals and received some beta. They told us to check out Fight Trail and Whopper Dropper, but warned us how technical the trails are. After explaining we are from Ottawa, most agreed it shouldn’t be an issue.
We headed to Fight Trail first. It sits beside a new subdivision and the trails weave across the rocks through a recently burnt forest. The rocks are grippy and you can really speed up in some sections.
The trail offers lots of step up and step downs, all with smooth lead ins. I took one big step down and as I landed a heard a “ping”. Another broken spoke! This time, on the front wheel. I wrapped it around the other spokes to prevent it from snagging and kept riding.
The demanding trails finally put an end to our day though. After just 3.5km my wheel was so far out of true that it was starting to rub on the fork.
Our ride was short, but the trails seamed amazing. Can’t wait to go back and ride the rest of them.
After getting my wheel fixed at a shop in Dartmouth, we headed over to Whopper Dropper. It gets its name from the Burger King at the trail head. Perfect for a greassy post ride snack (we passed on that part).
The start of the trail works its way through a newly cleared area where a Walmart is set to be built (thanks for ruining bike trails Walmart!). Once through the clearing you start riding on big rocks, similar to what the Fight Trail has to offer. Then, you get into the forest and ride techincial rock and root climbs and decents before coming out to a big power line cut. This is where we lost the trail. We headed down the power line both ways but couldn’t find more single track!
We made the call to follow our tracks back the same way. The 10km out and back was a fun and very technical ride.
Neither trail network is marked, signed or offers maps. It would probably have been smarter to ride with locals. The Halifax bike scene is definetly on the up and has a pretty amazing start to great mountain biking.
We look forward to coming back to be riding the trails again! Hopefully without breaking parts and getting lost!