9.0 miles
1,908 ft
-1,903 ft
1,652 ft
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BC Bike Race, The Mega Volt

Stage 2: Tech Gnar Challenge

Full Maple Madness Loop with plenty of tech

Detailed Description
BC Bike Race, The Mega Volt - Stage 2: Tech-Gnar Challenge is a 9 mile expert race route located near Duncan British Columbia. This e-bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 1,908 ft with a max elevation of 1,652 ft then descends -1,903 ft.
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39 Reviews & Comments

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fiekaodclked (Jul 31, 2022 at 6:37)
I love this trail. I'd rate it as very similar to Miss Fire at Whistler Creekside. Very steep but lots of slabs. Upper Maple Syrup should be no problem if you're used to riding North Vancouver black trails.
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heckler999 (Jul 17, 2022 at 21:40)
Very good trail but anywhere other than BC it's fair to say this is double black. The crux, near the top, is a steep rocky section- fairly short but anyone coming up expecting blue is in for a bit of walking (prob a few other spots as well). Anyone expecting DH is in for some walking as well- only the other way.
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colchilibeck (Apr 2, 2022 at 13:33)
I would agree with the previous comment. I found it a touch more difficult than upper with the chunky tech and more climbing. If you don’t enjoy climbing, you won’t be happy on this trail. But that doesn’t mean it warrants bad reviews! It’s still a great trail with a lot of spots that can get you into trouble. Worth checking out in my opinion!
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gasman5 (Mar 25, 2022 at 16:39)
Fun trail with rock rolls and some sections of good flow. First time down may be worth scoping out a few sections before diving in. I noticed more berm work than the last time on it, hence some good flow sections. Thanks for the work! Maybe easier for some folks than lower Maple Syrup. Combo makes a good, strenuous descent.
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gasman5 (Mar 25, 2022 at 16:35)
Fun trail for sure! Found a touch harder than Upper Maple Syrup as some of the chutes were rocky and footy and required focus (but fun!) versus Upper with steeper but less chunky rock sections. And yes, there is some climbing which seems challenging by the time you get to it. Excellent trail!
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colchilibeck (Aug 3, 2021 at 17:52)
Trail Upper Xylem
A great end to the whole Xylem series. I loved every bit of that climb.
If you like climbing, you will like these trails.
A huge shout out to anyone who has worked on the trails at Maple Mountain. Amazing work!
  • + 0
colchilibeck (Aug 3, 2021 at 17:47)
Trail Middle Xylem
Lower and upper xylem are solid blue climb trails.
Middle is a hard blue and I found much more difficult than the others.
If you have strong legs definitely give it a go!
Maybe take a bear bell? There was a big black bear that scared the crap out of me lol! Mind the wild life!
  • + 2
colchilibeck (Aug 3, 2021 at 17:39)
Rode maple mountain for the first time today. Amazing work trail crew!!!
This trail is a single black in my books. It was very dry today which made it a little sketchy at points. But very doable if you are a confident rider.
Yea there are some climbs but not as bad as some reviews make it sound. If you like climbing, do the full xylem trail and enjoy upper maple. Then to get some flow cut across to Phloem and enjoy that amazing trail!
  • + 0
Mulay7 (Nov 11, 2020 at 11:30)
How is this a black
  • + 4
Rathalos (Sep 1, 2020 at 18:45)
I did upper maple today for the first time. And yep like everyone else mentioned its definitely not a Double Black. I'd say single Black for sure, and its not an easy Black when its dry out.
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Robib19 (Jun 16, 2020 at 22:30)
I am coming to maple mountain later this week does any body have a good sugustion of a trail after upper and lower maple syrup
  • + 4
Jeffob1 (May 27, 2020 at 23:22)
Def not a double black as others have said. Rate as a hard blue and light black. No sections to get stuck or into trouble with, if you ride hard blue and light black trails. Worth the climb. Lots of fun smaller rock rolls and chinky spabs to ride down. One section is steep near the too, can be ridden or walked if needed.
  • + 2
jamesgreenfield (May 8, 2020 at 12:11)
One of Vancouver Island’s best. Hard blue with a straightforward fall-line black section off the top and some really nice easy- black rock roll downs. Not a double black. (It’s a BC Bike Race trail!)
  • + 1
jamesgreenfield (May 8, 2020 at 12:05)
A wonderful combination of old school and new school, blue with a few bits of easy black. And yes there are fairly steep climbs along the way so be prepared. If you only ride Hartland or one quick lap on Tzou it could feel like a lot of pedalling and a bit techy (hence some of the earlier negative comments) so judge yourself accordingly before dropping in ...
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simonconde (Apr 16, 2020 at 19:31)
Who rated this a double black?
Blue/ black at the most!
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fish (Oct 30, 2019 at 17:45)
Its closed off during the weekdays for logging
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dirtworship (Oct 28, 2019 at 11:32)
Super fun tech trail. I would agree mostly this is a hard blue, but there are definitely a couple mandatory areas pushing this to a harder rating.
  • + 2
dirtworship (Oct 28, 2019 at 11:29)
This is a super fun trail, lots of twisty turns and rock rolls. Definitely still has some tough climbs to keep it interesting. A perfect example of the varying terrain the island has to offer.
  • - 1
BryceBorlick (Aug 10, 2019 at 9:09)
Blue descent with climbs that bump it to single black.
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RKELLY (Jul 14, 2019 at 16:07)
Not much up involved in the trail. Really easy single black diamond trail. Not a dubble black!
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DarrenBlois123 (Jul 4, 2019 at 19:27)
Don’t turn left at the first sign you see at the end of lower maple syrup that says solar coaster⬅️, that’s not solar coaster, It’s a little farther up on the left.
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Brentical (Jun 16, 2019 at 18:22)
Trail Upper Xylem
Awesome climbing trail. So fun.
Thanks for the amazing work done here
  • + 3
Brentical (Jun 16, 2019 at 18:18)
I think it's double black because of that one steep loose section with the big corner in the middle of it.
Fun ride for sure, I love all the little steep rock rides on it.
There's a little pedalling involved in some sections but really it's mostly downhill.
If you cut across to the flow trail where lower maple syrup starts you get some super fast downhill Burma, love it
  • + 0
Sylvmarie (May 21, 2019 at 20:25)
More of a blue trail rather than green, but super fun!
  • - 1
KWStefanyk (May 6, 2019 at 22:31)
Lower portion has been taken out due to recent logging
  • + 0
japage (May 3, 2019 at 22:11)
Was there 2 weeks ago and Lower MS was closed for logging.
  • - 1
vanislebiking (Apr 14, 2019 at 21:47)
Feels very enduro and not very downhill. Very technical but but certainly not black. Every time you hit the bottom of a drop it’s climbing again.
  • + 2
yvonnem SIMBS (Nov 16, 2018 at 0:25)
Trail Story Trail
This trail is great for families with kids learning to ride because it's pretty smooth, not many roots.

My son (5.5, strong for his age) walked the ups and rode most of the down bits.
  • - 2
cottonmouthdug (Aug 11, 2018 at 16:58)
Double blue square at best. It is also classified as a downhill trail which is very misleading. Every descent is met with more climbs
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Lukemarshall (Jul 4, 2018 at 15:29)
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cdgordon (Jun 11, 2018 at 19:51)
since when is this a double black diamond? you may need to be fit to enjoy maple syrup, but it certainly isn't technical enough to be rated a double black.
  • + 5
Maje SCC (Apr 25, 2018 at 21:32)
Rode this trail today for the first time and ran into a couple of the builders putting down some sweat equity. Thanks fellas, great trail, I'm tired!
  • + 2
Stasher CTSS (Apr 27, 2018 at 13:00)
Thanks for checking out the trails Maje, those would be the hardworking builders of the CTSS. Hope you had a great ride.
  • + 8
tashi (Jan 3, 2018 at 10:22)
Hey guys, thanks for the wicked trail! Just thought I'd balance out the bitchin' a bit and let you know that there are still riders out there that like pedaling their bicycles, can navigate a super simple network of fire roads, and don't act like trails are products for our approval and consumption. Keep up the good work on Maple!
  • + 4
Stasher CTSS (Jan 30, 2018 at 11:50)
Thanks for your support Tashi. We are constantly striving to maintain and develop trails to meet all types of riding and terrain. We will be improving signage, trailforks info and more trails on this mountain in the near future. Cheers
  • + 1
Flarix MMBA (Sep 5, 2017 at 15:05)
awesome ride down the mountain lots of technical rocks and drops very fun. My only problem was there was a little to much uphill for a ride down the mountain and once you start the trail you cant get off until you get to solar coaster and there is an unmarked trail to take down to a dirt road. Seems like an awful long ride with no middle ways in or out in case of emergency.
  • + 5
Stasher CTSS (Jan 1, 2018 at 19:44)
Hi Flarix, the mountain will be fully signed in the near future, our previous signs were vandalized and stolen. There is an exit point between Upper and Lower Maple Syrup which is the m600 logging road. This is the quick and safe exit off the trail. This trail was specifically designed to be a technical enduro trail and now a downhill flow trail so yes, it is a work out on the legs and lungs for sure.
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    5 miles
  • Distance down
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