Trail Conditions!

If you haven’t been out for a ride around recently, it’s a pleasant mix of snow, mud, ice, and debris. In other words, the exact conditions that tend to degrade our trail system when people ride at this point in the year. To help us have 5 months of good riding ahead of us, and to save hundreds of man-hours of work by the trail committee, we are asking everyone to stay out of Shuniah for the time being. Thanks so much everyone (you’ll thank us in a month or two when the really good riding comes along!)

Paradis Classic: Saturday May 7th!

Greetings flock!

Our first event of the season is coming up quick! For those that aren’t aware of the Paradis Classic, it’s a gravel road ride to get everyone excited for the upcoming season. It’s not a race, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a great way to emerge from hibernation! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ride starts at 10 AM from 885 Harstone Drive in Stanley (Please park on the side of the road)
  • Choose from either a 30 km gravel/paved  or a 10 km out and back course
  • BBQ will be held shortly after the ride

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE! Early bird registration ends April 30th (that’s THIS COMING SATURDAY) at midnight.

We look forward to seeing you out there!


Because we’re trying to do things a little bit differently this season, getting this schedule out has taken a little extra time. You can check it out here, but note that it is subject to change as our bigger events are still in the planning! Also:
MEMBERSHIP IS ONLINE AND THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS ONLY 4 DAYS AWAY! Register before May 1st and use that money you save to fix your bike!

EXPO 2016

If you haven’t been keeping up with our road-biking allies, the Thunder Bay Cycling Club will be hosting their annual EXPO on Tuesday April 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Come on down to Superior C.V.I (333 High Street North) to chat with our fearless vice-leader Mark and his trusty side kick to tell you about the huge things we have planned for this season.
Oh, and a quick side note: they usually draw names for door prizes, and we all know how much you like prizes.

Registration is UP!!!

Greetings flock!
Just a reminder that registration for the upcoming season is open! If you register before the end of April, you’ll save some of that cold hard money that you will need halfway through the season to rebuild your bike! While we’re at it, try spending that money at some of our wonderful sponsors of which the Blacksheep would be nothing without!

Ontario Summer Games

Blacksheep is again looking to put together a competitive MTB team for this summer’s OSG, being held in Mississauga August 11-14. If rider requirements follow previous years we will need 3 boys and 1 girl born in 1999 or 2000. We are looking for athletes who will commit to the event, and attend Blacksheep training sessions specific for the OSG.

If you are interested, please contact Paul via a Facebook message to this page, or email to

Check out the photos of our 2014 OSG Team in Windsor at…/OntarioSummerGames2014Mounta…

Once available, general OSG information will be available at

A Few Updates


First off, we’d like to officially thank Liam Heney for stepping up to the plate. Because of him, you will once again have a DH series this year (insert thunderous applause)!

There are also several individuals that have stepped up and are offering to help out, and you will certainly be seeing them around when the trails dry up (shout out to Katherine Morency and Simon Haslam)!

If you recall, two weeks ago we asked you for what you wanted in terms of racing and events this year! A whole symphony of crickets was arranged to fill the resulting overwhelming silence we received. That being said, it’s not too late to give us your ideas if you want us to try something different! And no, we can’t afford to pave Shuniah mines yet.

How does turning every race into an extended Keith Ailey Classic sound to everyone?

See you on the trails!

Fatbike Social Rides Cancelled

With the snow conditions changing from being a winter-wonderland to more of a wet and sloppy mess, we regretfully have cancelled our remaining fatbike social rides, including the one scheduled for this Wednesday. This does, however, mean we’re getting closer to our oh-so-loved mountain biking season! If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here.

See you soon!

Recreation Survey

Let our voices be herd, fellow Blacksheep (no word pun too great)!

The city is asking for people on their input about recreational services and what people prioritize. You can fill out their survey that takes about 10-15 minutes here. This is the last day to do it, so crack at it!
Let’s show them just how many of us there are, and maybe we’ll see some changes on the trails!

Thunder Bay, Ontario