Just for riders
The bike trails at Boler Mountain are exclusively for bikers so you shouldn’t have to worry about any day hikers getting in your way – though the odd rogue dog-walker might sneak on after hours. All the trails and features at this facility (including clear signage) are designed and maintained for mountain bikers.
Give biking a try
Boler’s 2.5km Yellow Trail is an ideal intro to mountain biking. The trail itself is easy enough not to feel intimidating but still challenging enough to be fun. There are some berms built into the track but no major drops. It’s hilly enough that you’ll pick up a little speed, but the terrain allows you to stay in control. Rentals are available right at the trail and Boler Mountain even offers an adult learn to bike program.
A high point
London isn’t really known for its hills, meaning Boler “Mountain” is a rarity in this region. You’re not going to find the same vertical on a ride anywhere else around here, even if it’s only 65m at its max. The Yellow Trail gives you a mellower ride with a vertical climb (and subsequent descent) of 32m. The climb isn’t hard and there are no aggressive switchbacks to get you up the mountain, which makes it an ideal warm-up loop for more advanced riders before they hit the higher Red Trail or Black Trail.
Throughout the summer, Boler offers a race series on Thursday evenings with four levels of competition (open, elite, sport and beginner). The beginner level races are two laps of the Yellow Trail for a total distance of 5km. The facility also hosts other events like a mountain bike festival and social weekend group rides. Details and dates are updated on Boler’s website.
No trip to London’s Byron area is complete without a stop at Byron Pizza. Grab a slice with your friends after your ride or call ahead for a pick-up order on your way home. This London establishment in only a 7-minute drive from the trails and well worth the trek.