Chilliwack trails to host the best in mountain biking this weekend

Six members of the provincial team will be checking out some of the single track trails on Vedder Mountain.

Former MTB racing champion and bike guide Ricky Federau is taking members of the provincial mountain bike team up riding on Vedder Mountain Saturday

Some of the best mountain bike riders in B.C. are coming to Chilliwack this weekend to check out the local trails.

Former racing champion and bike guide Ricky Federau is taking members of the provincial bike team up Vedder Mountain Saturday to showcase what Chilliwack has to offer.

“It’s a big deal because the team is mainly riders from the Squamish and Whistler area,” he told The Progress.

Federau, 33, grew up in Abbotsford, but has lived in Chilliwack since 2006. He made the national team, won championships and raced for 10 years professionally before launching his own MTB coaching and guiding business last year.

“The mountain biking is just incredible around here,” he said simply. “It really is world class, and there are so many trails on the mountain.”

Areas like Squamish and Whistler are known in the biking community, and many riders come from there and train in those communities as well.

Six members of the provincial team will be checking out some of the single track trails on Vedder Mountain.

“These guys are as good as it gets and they’re coming here to ride. To me that’s huge.”

Federau’s new business, Valley Bike Guides, is joining the 1 per cent for trails effort started by Sam Waddington, owner of Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors.

Last summer, one of the guys on the provincial MTB team, Rhys Verner, who came in second at the nationals, came out for a ride with Federau, and was completely blown away by the extensive trails and terrain he saw on Vedder Mountain.

“He went back home and told everyone, and now they are coming back for more. I think it’s a great story for Chilliwack about how good the riding is out here.”

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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