Terrace Off Road Cycling Association’s HuB project is close to completion

Terrace Off Road Cycling Association’s HuB project is close to completion

Additional grant funding means the pump track will be asphalt instead of dirt

A major upgrade to Terrace’s off-road cycling facilities is nearly complete, thanks in part to $156,000 in extra funding.

Tyler Wilkes, President of the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA), presented an update on the project’s status to Terrace council on Aug. 10. He said that the project, known as the HuB, is a “family and youth oriented mountain bike skills area located in the heart of Terrace.”

“This is an important part of the trail network for TORCA because it is located right behind the Sportsplex, it’s meant to increase accessibility, reduce that barrier of having to go out and drive to the trailheads,” Wilkes told council.

In total, the HuB project consists of 2.5 kilometres of new and rehabilitated trails and a skills area. The final major component of the project that still needs to be built is a pump track.

“Its a track of banked corners and bumps that essentially is made to be ridden without pedalling, the idea is you pump your bike through and so it’s a great, safe place to practice handling your bike,” said Wilkes.

Wilkes said that 75 per cent of trail work is complete, including one uphill trail and two downhill trails.

“It all started off in April in the middle of COVID we were all sitting around going ‘What is going to happen to the world, what are we doing? We have all this money we want to do our project’ and we were worried there was no way we were going to get it done,” said Wilkes.

Then, he received a phone call from Axis Mountain Technical, a mountain construction company offering to start work on the trails.

He estimated that 15,000 sets of tires have gone down one of the new trails since it opened in June, based on data from a mountain biking app called Trailforks, which allows users to log their rides.

TORCA enlisted a professional design company to set up the asphalt pump track. It will be constructed over the course of the next four weeks, directly beside skate park and behind the Terrace Sportsplex.

Wilkes said that the project will be very close to completion by winter, and minor trail work could continue in 2021 should it be needed.

TORCA’s original budget for the project was $134,000, which swelled to a fully-funded $290,000 due to additional grant funding and donations.

Several community donations played a role in funding the project alongside an $84,000 anonymous grant and $100,000 from the provincial government’s Rural Dividend Fund.

“We really give out a huge thank you in particular to the local businesses and grant organizations in Terrace, they’re smaller amounts of money maybe but that’s the money we can get more readily and use as leverage for the big Rural Dividend Fund programs,” Wilkes said.

READ NOW: ‘Busier than we’ve ever seen’: Mountain biking around Terrace jumps


@BenBogstie
ben.bogstie@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital took in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health as part of a provincial agreement. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria hospital takes in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health

Royal Jubilee Hospital takes patients as part of provincial transport network

Haleigh Callison during a photo shoot for the Toronto Furies when she played professionally in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. (File photo)
Former Smithereen frustrated with COVID-deniers following horrific bout with the disease

Haleigh Callison hopes people will follow precautions and tone down the rhetoric

India farm protest Dec. 1 2020 (Jake Wray/Terrace Standard)
Demonstrators gather in Terrace to support farmers in India

Many farmers are protesting changes to Indian agriculture law

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Nov. 19. (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
52 positive COVID-19 cases now associated with LNG Canada site outbreak

Eight cases still active, 44 considered recovered

Terrace RCMP have arrested Kenton David Fast, who was unlawfully at large. (Terrace RCMP Photo)
UPDATE: Terrace RCMP arrest man who was unlawfully at large

Kenton David Fast was arrested on Dec. 1, 2020

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation at the legislature, Nov. 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Hockey team brought COVID-19 back from Alberta, B.C. doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads for out-of-province travel to stop

B.C. Premier John Horgan on a conference call with religious leaders from his B.C. legislature office, Nov. 18, 2020, informing them in-person church services are off until further notice. (B.C. government)
B.C. tourism relief coming soon, Premier John Horgan says

Industry leaders to report on their urgent needs next week

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
B.C. Mountie, suspect airlifted by Canadian Armed Forces from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

An 18-year old male southern resident killer whale, J34, is stranded near Sechelt in 2016. A postmortem examination suggests he died from trauma consistent with a vessel strike. (Photo supplied by Paul Cottrell, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
“We can do better” — humans the leading cause of orca deaths: study

B.C. research reveals multitude of human and environmental threats affecting killer whales

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

BIG SALMON ranch in Washington State. (Center for Whale Research handout)
Non-profit buys Chinook ranch in hopes of increasing feed for southern resident killer whales

The ranch, which borders both sides of Washington State’s Elwha River, is a hotspot for chinook salmon

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

Most Read