SIMBS x Nolan riding trail maintenance day

January 29, 2023

We are stoked to have the Nolan Riding Teams come together with SIMBS to build and maintain the Hartland Trails.

The Trail

After being ridden for 14 years, it was time to refresh Torpedo run. Our task was to fix the drainage issues and reroute the trail around the large pool of water that collects on the trail every winter. Half of the Nolan Riding volunteer crews started excavating the new drainage while another crew buffed out the entrance to the trail and built a rock wallride feature.

If you’ve ridden Torpedo run in the winter, you are probably familiar with the large pool of water that collects only a couple of meters down the trail. With the guidance of the SIMBS Trail Builders, we dug drainage points and used the dirt to build a large berm and elevate the trail out of the swamp. With these new features, the trail will stay dry and help riders flow through the top section with more speed.

Nolan Riding SIMBS Volunteering

SIMBS Maintaining trails

With dirty hands and a feeling of accomplishment, it was time to go home. One last group photo on one of the sections completed that day. Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered their time to complete trail maintenance, making the trails better. We can’t wait to ride the full trail once it’s done!

How to Join Trail maintenance Days

The South Island Mountain Bike Society builds and promotes riding in the Greater Victoria area. If you’ve ridden the Hartland trail network, consider becoming a member. It only costs $35 to become an annual member and all funds raised go directly back into developing and trail maintenance in the local networks. You can view memberships here: SIMBS Membership

Torpedo Run – Hartland

After the addition of the new Middle-Earth Climbing trail, Torpedo Run is going to see a lot more traffic. SIMBS is restoring the full trail making it the wide, flowy blue/black trail it was when it was first built. If you are interested in volunteering your time and helping with this project, visit SIMBS to see events and volunteer days.


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