Horseshoe Resort Biking Programs Offer Adventure for All Ages
By Bryan Dearsley
There’s no doubt about it: biking is not only one of the best ways to see some of the finest scenery Ontario has to offer, it’s also one of the very best ways to get in some exercise at the same time. And thanks to some of the province’s leading resort destinations, there are a variety of ways to enjoy the many benefits of cycling, whatever your fitness level.
A personal favourite, and undoubtedly one of Lake Country’s most exciting cycling experiences, can be found at Horseshoe Resort in Oro-Medonte. This popular all-season resort in Horseshoe Valley, just a short drive from both Orillia and Barrie, boasts some of the best mountain biking Ontario has to offer. In addition thanks to its impressive network of downhill mountain biking trails, there’s also direct access to the lush Copeland Forest, a huge 4,400-acre protected area in Simcoe County that’s crisscrossed by hiking trails and biking trails.
Horseshoe Resort biking adventures also include a lift-access bike park with plenty of mixed cross- country and downhill terrain that makes the most of the property’s many natural assets, along with easy access to over 800 km of pristine paved roads. Also of interest to new mountain bikers is a pump track, ideal for honing fundamental cycling skills such as balance, agility, coordination, and speed.
Horseshoe Resort Biking Programs
Once the basics are mastered, cyclists can test out and hone their technical skills and endurance on the faster-paced cross-country terrain, while experienced riders can jump right in and enjoy the network of lengthy forested trails and downhill runs of the lift access bike park. While hardcore downhill bikers will want to check out the resort’s website for details of upcoming events – such as Ontario Cup cycling competitions, which have been held at Horseshoe in the past – road cycling enthusiasts have had the opportunity to compete in the frequent Centurion Cycling events staged here. (Horseshoe is also just a short drive from the region’s other top-rated biking trails at the Hardwood Hills bike centre.)
For those new to the sport, Horseshoe has much to offer. In addition to providing top-notch bike rental equipment for those just getting started, the resort offers coaching for both on-road and downhill biking, from amateurs just getting started to those wanting to compete, as well as for all age groups. Guides are also available for those wanting to explore the surrounding countryside, or who are wanting to adopt cycling as part of a fitness routine.
To learn more about mountain biking at Horseshoe Resort, visit their website at https://horseshoeresort.com/biking/.
Bryan Dearsley is Editor-in-chief of Luxury Orillia.