The United Riders of Cumberland is a registered non-profit society that manages and advocates for the Cumberland trail network.

2020 PLATINUM SPONSORS

UROC promotes and supports the local Mountain Bike Community in the Comox Valley.

Through trail advocacy, volunteerism, promotion of the sport and fundraising, we are able to encourage participation for all as well as maintain and build the local trail infrastructure.

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2020 Membership

Membership with UROC supports trail access and maintenance, and allows you to participate in all UROC activities from our race events and group rides to community programming.

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The Cumberland Trail Network in current times

The vast majority of the Cumberland Trail Network is on private industrial forest lands, with the remainder of trails on forest/watershed and/or park lands owned by the Village of Cumberland. The land owners have agreed to allow for trail building and trail use on these lands, but under the expectation of certain rules, requirements and processes including solid management plans and sufficient insurance coverages. After years of discussions and advocacy by UROC, the Cumberland Forest Trails agreement (the “Agreement”), a first of its kind agreement established by the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) and the land owners in 2016, created a unique solution that allows the public to recreate on private industrial lands that had been previously closed to recreational use.

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The New Climbing Trail is OPEN!

We did it! The Climbing trail is complete and open for use.

The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) completed the five-kilometre climbing (ascent only) trail, which allows users to access the upper part of the trail network without having to travel on resource roads.

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UROC holds 12th AGM

Early March, we held our 2020 AGM, at which we enjoyed a presentation by UROC president, Evan Loveless, about the accomplishments of the previous year and what we can look forward to in the coming year. We said goodbye and thank you to two of our long-standing board members, Mike Manara and Ally Greer, and welcomed aboard two new members, Mike Tunnah and Adam Silverstein. After the formalities, we socialized with our community over CBC beer. The AGM was our best attended yet, and the energy in the room built upon our passion and motivation for accomplishing our goals for 2020.

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Meet Francoise. You know how sometimes you meet someone who is so amazing and inspiring you just want to hang out with them and soak them up? Francoise is one of those people. And don't let her diminutive stature fool you - she is a strong and skilled rider who takes to the trails almost every day, rain or shine. And she's been riding for decades! She rode when the only wheel diameter choice was 26 inches, when your shocks were your bent knees and elbows and the only way you could lower your seat was with an allen key. We wanted to know a bit more about Francoise and what makes her such a force. When did she start riding, why she rides, how the trails have changed over the years and what advice she'd have for new riders? "I've been mountain biking since around 1983 and I have never been without a mountain bike since. Back then there were trails all over the Comox Valley and I used my bike to commute to work in Courtenay from Comox, cutting through the Lanyon Forest which is where Crown Isle is now. I loved the freedom of exploring and rarely having to ride the road. I didn't own a car, which was good since I preferred to ride.""When I started working in Cumberland in 1995, I soon discovered there were trails to be explored. There weren't as many riders in those days, let alone women. The trails now are more refined, and the logging has changed the trails as well.""Mountain biking is the best form of self-care for me and I was very fortunate to be nursing in Cumberland with fantastic trails at the doorstep of my workplace. I also used to need a break from kids and family obligations to ride. When I see moms hitting the trails, I can appreciate the effort it takes to organize childminding to swing a ride. There's a reason this sport has become so popular and has made Cumberland a destination”.

"My advice to anyone who wants to get into riding is to make sure the bike fits properly and invest as much as you are able, so you enjoy it more. Also, don't go to the difficult trails in the beginning, so you don't get discouraged."
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