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Primary Activity Mountain Bike
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Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
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The History of the BlackSheep Mountain Bike Club
In 1998, mountain biking was already an internationally recognized sport in its own right. It was an Olympic medal sport, had an international governing body (since 1990 in the USA!), and dozens of national governing bodies all over the world. There were even movies and magazines dedicated to the sport. But Thunder Bay, a place with such great mountain bike terrain, still had no real mountain bike series of which to speak. Sure, there were races every once in a while, but there was little care put into them and the attendance reflected it. Mountain biking, with all of its success, was still considered a "fringe" sport, the ugly cousin of road and touring.

The local high schools had a great mountain biking series, but it ended in early June. Some students would scratch their racing itch during the summer months by travelling south of the border to compete in NORBA and MNSCS races. They would return from these intensely fun, big, well run, well marked, and competitive races with tons of prizes only to get depressed by Thunder Bay's meagre offerings.

So, in 1998, a group of high school aged riders started a ten race points series with local shop sponsorship, and called themselves "The Black Sheep" after the 1970s TV show about WWII fighter pilots (and because it sounded cool). It was an instant success. How could it not be?

Fast forward FIFTEEN years . . .
The BlackSheep has changed a lot over the years. Although cross country MTB events are still our most popular, we run a successful downhill race series, regularly scheduled group rides and help build and maintain the trail network. Riding is at an all time high in Thunder Bay and you can see 'sheep prints' all over the place.

2013 also saw the re-establish Blacksheep's out-of-town competitve side by the reconvening of The Squadron Race Team. Under the expert guidance of our trained coaching staff, members of this elite race team have competed at some of the top races in Ontario Cup and Minnesota race series and come away with a slew of hardware.rnrnJoin us!

Supported/Adopted Trails

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Nearby Trail Networks

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Centennial Park & the Bluffs 19 trails
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4 Reviews for Blacksheep Mountain Bike...

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 Awesome mtb club!
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 its a really great bike club
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 Great trail crew, always putting in the hard work!
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 Great sense of community
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