Take the Plunge, Co-Ed Mountain Bike Retreat
September 16 – 21, 2016. Squamish, BC.
Powerhouse Plunge: a winding, rocky and technical mountain bike trail featured in the Test of Metal. This iconic trail has long ago proven itself as a primary driver of the economic impact of mountain biking in the Sea to Sky corridor.
We invite you to Take the Plunge next fall. Put the cherry on your mountain biking season and enjoy some fabled west coast singletrack! Join certified Mountain Bike Instructors Audrey Duval and Doug Topp for purposefully guided mountain biking, yoga and delicious food in one of North America’s premiere mountain biking destinations; beautiful Squamish, British Columbia.
This 5 day retreat is all about discovering new trails in the surrounding coastal mountains and taking advantage of your hard-earned fitness near the end of the season. We’ll hit world famous flow trails, tackle big climbs, and session some challenging technical terrain, but most of all we will do a lot of riding! We’re confident you will leave the retreat with new friends, an expanded skillset, and a tremendous appreciation for the incredible MTB offering in the Squamish area.
Take the Plunge is a genuine opportunity for experienced riders who want to push their limits and round out their season with an engaging and fun filled experience!
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- 4 Guided Rides
- 5 Night Accommodation in Squamish
- Optional departure day guided ride or gondola hike
- Return ferry to Sunshine Coast riding
- Skillfully guided yoga
- Max 5:1 rider to guide ratio
- Transportation to Squamish
- Two dinners out: one in Squamish, one on Sunshine Coast
Early Bird: May 31th – $1750+GST
After June 1st – $1885+GST
Early Bird: May 31th – $2150+GST
After June 1st – $2285+GST
Deposit – $500 to hold your space, non-refundable.
Full Payment due June 1, 2016.
Questions? Or want to Register? Please contact Audrey Duval at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Doug Topp
Doug has been on a mountain bike since the early 1980’s when the first mass production rigid frames made their way to Banff. Does anyone remember the Marushi MT-15?
He cut his teeth on the trails surrounding the Banff townsite, on old animal paths on Tunnel Mountain and the front side of Mt Norquay. No one was building MTB specific trails back then, especially in Banff National Park, but an everlasting love for the sport was born! After a hugely disappointing backcountry closure to mountain bikes in 1996, the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance was formed, and by ’98 Doug was an active participant in their local MTB advocacy efforts. He was one of the primary drivers in developing the user group’s relationship with Parks Canada, and despite some difficult times in the early days, it flowered over the years, evolving from advocacy to maintenance and eventually actual trail construction.
Highlights of Doug’s MTB background include a seat at the table in Ottawa for Parks Canada’s 2010 National Mountain Bike Assessment, a long term run as president of the BVMBA, and being chosen by his peers to design and lead the construction of the first ever MTB specific trail in a Canadian National Park. A firm believer in approved building and access, this is his favorite example of how far a small organization of bike enthusiasts can go when they buy into working hand-in-hand with their land manager.
Doug has a deep coaching background, with over 20 years of active experience as a certified coach in several sports. He loves to travel with his bikes, and is one of the original recipients of the Town of Banff’s SHINE Award. He calls Squamish home, and is excited about the opportunity to show you his coastal playground!