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This immaculately maintained mountain biking facility in Gravenhurst has everything you could ever dream of, and then some. No matter the day, the trails at Buckwallow are always in top form thanks to the tireless efforts of Mike McLaughlin and his team. The trails here are primarily rocky, but not the kind of rocks you avoid. Instead the entire trailbed may be a single rock formation for as far as the eye can see, creating incredible and technical riding that you may never have experienced elsewhere.

At Buckwallow, the trails are suited for all rider levels which is why we use this facility as a home-base for our Skills Boot Camps. No matter your technical skill level, something at Buckwallow will challenge the pants off of you. By the time we leave, you will be a better rider. Our guided rides here always turn into a mini private skills camp where you can learn to master some of the sweet obstacles this place has to offer.

WHAT TO BRING

Here is a list of what you need to bring with you

Making sure you bring a good, high-quality Mountain Bike with you is hugely important to the success of your riding adventure. Riding on safe equipment is paramount and we want to make sure you have a great time out there. For those without a mountain bicycle, or perhaps a sub-standard bicycle, we have a wide selection of affordable, high-end rental bikes available.

We have put together the following recommendations to give you a little guidance towards bike selection. Also, we understand that some people may have different mountain bicycle configurations, such as a single-speed or a fully-rigid and in those cases we ask that you contact us and make us aware of the bicycle type you intend to ride so that we can better advise you of your options. Again, if you have any doubts or questions feel free to reach out – we’ll be glad to help!

  • Your Mountain Bike MUST be in good working order
  • Tires are at least 1.9″ Wide and are knobby
  • We recommend you use a bicycle with Disc Brakes
  • We recommend you have a suspension fork (80mm-160mm)
  • We recommend at least a 2x front chainring configuration
  • We recommend at least a 9x rear cassette
On top of your mountain bike, there are a couple of other items that you will need to bring for your safety. Without these items, you will not ride and that will be sad for everyone. If you don’t possess these items, we can help you out by renting them to you for the duration of your ride:
  • Bicycle Helmet approved by CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell B90/B95
  • Water Bottle(s) or Hydration System
  • Protective Eyewear / Glasses
On top of the critical safety items, there are a number of other items we recommend you bring with you if you have them – they will make your experience more enjoyable:
  • Riding Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
Whenever you are venturing out on a ride, you should always keep spares of parts which are more prone to failure. Here is a list of the spares that we recommend you bring with you on your ride. Remember, if you have a mechanical failure while you are in the bush, it is usually a long and boring walk out:
  • Inner Tubes (2x)
  • Masterlink / Speedlink / Powerlink
  • Derailleur Hanger
It is important to make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather. Mountain Biking is a strenuous physical activity so you also want to be sure the clothing you are wearing allows for good breathe-ability. when in doubt, dress in layers which can be easily removed and stowed. Some areas of the trail can be prone to poison ivy at different times throughout the season, so you will likely want covering on your lower legs to help prevent exposure. Another key clothing item is padded riding shorts. These shorts can help save your butt from a couple hours of saddle punishment, and we highly recommend them.

TOUR LOGISTICS

Where are you heading & how are you getting there?

Departure Point

Buckwallow Cycling Centre is located at 1064 Reay Rd. in Gravenhurst. Your GPS will likely be wrong, please don’t follow it. The first entrance on your left is the main parking area. Your guide will meet you over by Reay Hall (Big building with a front porch) on the eastern most side of Buckwallow’s parking area. The washrooms are located off the main parking lot.

Departure Time

Please meet promptly 15 minutes before your designated start time. We will use this time to make sure all of our paperwork is sorted and we perform our safety checks. This will make sure we maximize the time we have available on the trails. If you have somewhere to be later that day, be sure to let us know so we can make sure you are out of the bush and on your way when you need to be.