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Mountain Biking at Carcross, Yukon, in 2001

by Murray Lundberg

    On August 31, 2001, I worked with my next-door neighbour, the late Wayne Roberts, and a writer-photographer team from Bike magazine, who were in the Yukon working on a feature on mountain biking in the Yukon. Here's my version of the scenes that appeared in the March 2002 edition of the magazine. The main trail, now (2018) known as the Mountain Hero Trail, was being promoted by Wayne, who operated Fireweed Hikes & Bikes and coordinated this day on the mountain.

    As the initial force behind mountain biking at Carcross, Wayne Roberts was variously recognized and ridiculed in the early years for what was commonly called "Wayne's World." For a 2007 update on the mountain bike trail-building program at Carcross, see Mountain Do by Mark Koepke.

Mountain biking on Montana Mountain, Yukon.
Above, unloading people and bikes from my pickup, at the 5,500-foot level
on Montana Mountain.

Below, the 1905-era mining pack trails provide great biking routes
high above Tagish Lake.
Mountain biking on Montana Mountain, Yukon.

We had sun, we had rain, and we even had snow showers for a few minutes.

Below, rain showers and the White Mountain Range make a dramatic backdrop for a rider. From here, they dropped down to the South Klondike Highway on a trail that follows one of the best-preserved aerial tramways in North America (featured in a Riding the High Wire, published in 2001 by the University Press of Colorado).

Mountain biking on Montana Mountain, Yukon.

Photos are ©2001-2018 by Murray Lundberg