Patryk Biegalski

Joyride 150 - Awesome way to spend a rainy Saturday

Most people think that Joyride 150 is strictly a BMX park but, as David and I found out, this description does not do it justice. The place is an enormous, indoor cycling extravaganza. It has it all: a pretty nice XC track with some climbs, descents, rock gardens, moguls, tight turns, and various other challenges; great jumps, pump tracks, skinnies, logs, and all manner of obstacles to ride over for riders of all ability levels. So David and I armored up and headed out...

We loved the part of the park displayed in the vids below. The long log was my personal obsession and after falling off numerous times I found that I got to the point of riding it pretty consistently. The secret to riding narrow logs is staying relaxed, looking far ahead, and carrying good speed. Near the end of the day I thought I was pretty hot shiz rolling down that thing, till a nine year old kid asked me about it and then rolled through on his first try. That brought me down a peg. Honestly, I saw plenty of kids under ten doing things I would never attempt. David was better than I was thanks to his years of dirtbiking experience...

 

We moved on to the spongy pit where we could practice getting some air without the additional worry of having to stick the landing...

 

The vids show less than a quarter of the place and I can honestly say that in four hours of riding I never got bored. Next time I will bring a GoPro and film the XC track. Joyride 150 is a place where you can come for a workout, for improving your skills or just having a blast. Here are some more deets:

 

Location: Markham

Price: $28 for a day pass (10am to 10pm) + $5 (one time) registration fee.

Bike rental if you want one of their dirt jump bikes is $15 although the bikes are single speed and rather heavy. I was more comfy on my own bike in all situations except for jumps. Helmets and elbow and knee pads can also be rented although I bought my own at Cycle Solutions for $20 for the elbows and $20 for the knees. Most of the riders forgo these safety measures but I've messed up my elbow before and felt more confident for the extra protection. Also, flat pedals are a must unless you're a pro mountain biker because you come off the bike so many times you need to be able to get the foot out quickly and catch yourself.

So did it hurt? Honestly, I have a few good scrapes and bruises, and one time I jammed my front wheel and went over the handle bars onto some rocks and knocked my hand pretty good; but generally, as most of the difficult sections are not high off the ground, falling off is not the end of the world. Most of the time I was able to either get a foot down or ride off the obstacle if I screwed up. I'm also exhausted, mostly from the adrenaline pumping all the time. However, I'll be back and soon. This place is awesome!

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