What’s better than a sweet rip through the forest.
Um, nothing, If you said anything else, you failed.
And what’s better than riding YOUR bike?
Again, nothing. There is nothing better than riding YOUR bike.
However, testing a new bike comes pretty close–especially if you’re on the market for a new bike, or if you like super sweet high-end bikes, or if you’re like me and you just like everything about bikes.
If only there was a way to test a new bike, and maybe have some PANCAKES IN THE FOREST with a bunch of bike minded people (see what I did there)…
Or if there was a way to try a skills park created by Joyride 150, while rocking out to music by the Red Bull event team…
Or if there was a way to take a Ride Guides skills session, while checking out some awesome bike stuff…
And if only you could do all of this with your kids, at Durham Forest (one of Ontario’s best trail systems–with over 125 km of awesome trails).
Well you can: The Durham Mountain Bike Association Demo Festival.
So, while last weekend was the official start of the Spring season (with the Homage to Ice), this event is the officialler (and very AWESOME) start to the Spring season, and I have no doubt it is going to be one to remember.
“Who is going to be at the Demo Fest?”, you might be asking. The better question is “Who isn’t?”
Bike shops (by the way, each is a link to their web site):
- Santa Cruz
- Rocky Mountain
Plus a bunch of other cool bikey and food-like merchants, manufacturers, and what have you.
And the best part is, it’s FREE. Yep, totally free. Well, it’s free for DMBA members. What, you’re not a member yet? No seriously, you’re not a member? Well, if you aren’t a member (although you should be) you can get a DMBA membership here. A basic membership is $31.
If you’re on the fence about membership, or having to pay an admission fee, think about this. Not only does DMBA promote our sport and maintain our trails, they have assembled a ridiculous number of exhibitors (who are sure to bring some pretty choice rides–bikes most of us usually don’t get to a chance to taste). Plus, all the cheap, cranky people won’t cough up the coin, so they won’t be there to rain on our parade. Really, 10 bucks is a pretty sweet deal. Sometimes you gotta pay to play, and I can’t think of a better recipient of some well needed funds.
Oh, and who doesn’t like group rides. DMBA group rides are awesome–but you gotta be a member.
Speaking of rain, Durham Forest is a jewel in the rain. It’s sandy and has great drainage. With over 125k trails, and encompassing Dagmar, Glen Major, and Walkers Woods, Durham Forest is my go-to for mountain biking nirvana. It’s about 40 minutes away from my home, and always great for a sweet, technical, heart pounding, gut busting, ride. Oh look, a map to Durham Forest. Thank you Trailforks!
If you haven’t ridden Durham, or if it’s your place, the Demo Fest is going to be awesome. And it’s not just demo rides. There’s a bunch of other sweet things happening that day. Check out their full site for more information: DMBA DEMO FEST.
Here are some more facts that you need to know
- DMBA Demo Fest is Saturday May 6th, 2017 between 10am to 4pm
- Durham Forest is located at 3789 Concession Rd. 7, Uxbridge, Ontario
- There’s parking for 500 vehicles.
- Registration is required to participate: DMBA members are complimentary, non-members are $10 (under 16 years of age free with paying adult or DMBA Member).
- Registration fee includes access to all manufacturer demo booths to test premium bikes, and entry into amazing prize raffles.
- Food is available for purchase, including pancakes, and lunch options from local businesses: The Copper Branch, Hy-Hope Farms, The Merchant of Meat, and Primal Pizza.
- It’s best to register before you get there. Do that here.
Full disclosure. DMBA called this event to my attention, and gave me a few passes for friends, and a few more for the Epic Boom Prize Giveaway. I’ve been a DMBA member for a while now, ride regularly at the forest, and was planning to write about the event in any case, but I think it’s important to be open about things like this. I’m writing about this event because I think it’s going to be awesome. Period.