RPM Cycle–Beta Canada Fall Tour of Nova Scotia: VALLEY Rec Ride
NSORRA is kicking off this new recreational ride series in the Annapolis Valley; home to . This event is hosted by Patrick and Susan Foote who are also our representatives on the Board of NS Trails and sponsored by and .
All participants must pre-register by Friday, September 10 at 6pm; there will be no onsite registration. To register, go to
- $25 per Adult
- $15 per Youth (14 to 16 years of age, supervised by adult)
- $60 for a family (2 Adults, 2 Youth)
As per our previous blog - – there will be two separate rides based on skill level.
: 2915 Prospect Road, Cambridge, NS, B0P 1G0
Parking is limited to 25 vehicles so registration will be closed when that number is reached. Riders are asked to carpool when possible.
This ride will be staged from the Foote family’s home and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. The route will take riders through open hilly fields with beautiful views of the mountain, double-wide woods roads and beginner wooded trails. Riders should have trail riding experience on beginner trails and be ready to have some fun with a new group of riders in the beautiful valley landscape! There may be some opportunity for riders to try out some more technical single track with support of experienced mentors if they are interested and there is time.
The group will loop back to their start point to enjoy a barbeque with their fellow riders from both the family/novice ride as well as the intermediate.
Intermediate Introduction Route parking/staging area
Longitude/ latitude: 44°59'58.1"N 64°31'36.4"W
Parking is limited to 30 vehicles so online registration will be closed when that number is reached. Riders are asked to carpool when possible.
This ride will be staged to begin at the South Alton Ride Park. The morning portion will take riders across the Valley using a series of ATV, powerline and fire road trails that will end at the Family/Novice staging area where the BBQ social will be held. Riders can expect to initially encounter a stretch of rocky and somewhat muddy terrain that may be a challenge for some. The terrain quickly opens for some powerline/fire road riding. This leg of the ride will take 45-60 minutes to complete.
The group will loop back to the Foote family home to enjoy a barbeque with their fellow riders from both the family/novice ride as well as the intermediate.
In the afternoon, the group will be led through the Foote family’s series of single and double track trail where riders will be challenged to overcome a variety of obstacles and terrain. The afternoon route will be adapted to rider skill level and preference following the morning ride. The terrain is varied with rock gardens, hill climbs and descents, tight terrain from intermediate to expert with lots of open ATV trails to break the ride up or provide an alternate route as needed. The length of this leg will be approximately one hour.
The ride will end with the 45-60 minute ride back to the South Alton ride park consisting of mostly fire road and powerline trails, ending with a short section of muddy/rocky terrain.
Ride Day Schedule
09:30 Rider Check In: All riders will check in at assigned locations based on skill level ride to ensure an accurate count for the ride. Participation waivers must be signed.
10:00 Rider Safety Meeting: Safety and etiquette will be reviewed for the ride. Lead and sweep riders will be introduced and an orientation to the trail will be given so all riders understand what is to come on the day’s ride.
10:30 Ride Begins: Riders will be separated into their respective group to ensure they embark on the route appropriate to their level of ability and preference for the ride. Each group will start their led rides with sweep riders in place to assist/coach as needed.
12:00 BBQ lunch/social: Barbeque social is included in the cost of the ride which will include a hamburger or hot dog, snack, and beverage. Morning ride will end prior to the start of lunch allowing riders to use the bathroom gear down as needed and socialize with the other riders.
1:00 Intermediate ride continues (optional guided ride for family/novice riders).
3:00 Ride ends: All rides will end no later than 3:00 pm, however afternoon ride times will vary based on location and group preference/ability.
- You must be an NSORRA member to participate in the Rec Rides. Go to and click on Become A Member.
- The Valley Rec Ride has two start points, so please ensure you review the route information and select the best option for your riding ability/preference.
- All riders will meet at lunch for a barbecue consisting of a hamburger or hot dog and a drink.
- Bring a lawn chair and plenty of water and snacks for the day.
- Please note: all riders must be over the age of 14 .