Sweat. Smile. Repeat.

Today’s motto while discovering mountain biking. What an awesome first experience it was to ride in a perfect setting; Mont Oak in Bromont. I was privileged to have a friend guide me as well as lend me a Canondale bike. We met in the parking lot of Mont Oak, conveniently located behind a bakery Canaël on Shefford Street. There are chemicals toilettes as well picnic tables.

Mont Oak has 20 single track trails that are perfect for beginners and intermediate riders as well. They even have an initiation trail for beginners which was perfect for me to get comfortable on the bike.

First trail was up the Wam Bam, getting comfortable with the gears and also realizing I was somewhat out of shape. It didn’t matter as I was simply enjoying myself while discovering new limits. My guide Seb, was all about keeping it fun and being patient. He explained riding techniques and made me feel comfortable so if ever the trail got too technical, I wasn’t shy to walk it. My new summer goal is to ride down the Affrodiziak trail before the end of the season.

One of my favourite trails was the Yakattak as I got to experience berms for the first time. Banked turns, called berms, are a common feature of bike parks and local trail networks. How much you lean the bike over depends on how steep the berm is and how fast you hit it. On one of the berms I leaned the bike too much and fell as I was coming out of the berm itself. Then again I heard somewhere that when you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall, otherwise you’re not riding hard.

Mont Oak is managed by Les Amis des Sentiers de Bromont which is a non profit organisation who’s goal is to preserve and develope trails in a natural setting. It was founded in 2003 by local residents that care about nature and the development of the mountain. There are approximately 1200 member’s.

As I want to continue discovering the beautiful trails of Mont Oak, I’m happy to become a member for $80. Their website has lots information as well as links to the map trails. http://sentiersbromont.org

By becoming a member, I directly contributed to the development of natural trails as well as the development of active transport in the community of Bromont.

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