New 'N' Improved Network--Cyclists from the valley and beyond have been enjoying the expanded Lillian Lake Recreation Trails network that has almost doubled in size.

New ‘N’ Improved Network–Cyclists from the valley and beyond have been enjoying the expanded Lillian Lake Recreation Trails network that has almost doubled in size.

Mountain bikers in the Columbia Valley are making the most of new trails created at Lake Lillian this year, with that success resulting in a push for even further additions to the cycling trail network in the not-to-distant future.

Starting this spring, the Columbia Valley Cycling Society (CVCS) unveiled an additional 13.8 kilometres of trails to the network at Lake Lillian for mountain bikers from within the valley as well as visitors to utilize. Originally, the trail network at Lake Lillian was only approximately 10 kilometres long, containing several difficult stretches where novice mountain bikers would have to get off their bikes and walk to avoid potential injury.

Now the trail network is more than double the original length, and riders have a plethora of trails to choose from that accommodate novice riders as well as more experienced riders looking to work on some of their weaknesses on the trails.

David Lammerse, director of trail development for the cycling society, said that the additions to Lake Lillian have been in the works for over two years now and officially opened in the spring with proper signage that indicates to riders the different trails and difficulties associated with them.

Mr. Lammerse said that trail additions such as these are beneficial not only to the cycling community but also to Upper Columbia Valley as a whole.

Its a good economic stimulus, he said. Its really good for health and wellness for community members and those who come to visit, as well as the economic spin-off benefits of our community.

Mr. Lammerse said the club is looking at adding more trails in the future and notes that they are a way of making use of the many aspects of the valleys environment.

It stimulates more users, quite honestly because we end up meeting the needs of more people, he said. Theres a little more variety. With enough trail you turn an area into a destination. Every area, because of typography and geology, the trails quite often have their own character. The more you build the more you develop the feel of the area.

Visit www.columbiavalleycyclingsociety.org/trails-2/ for the valleys cycling areas promoted by the CVCS.