David has been an avid cyclist his entire life, swapping between road, mountain and occasional cyclocross. He moved to Victoria in 2009, and was immediately captivated by the incredible riding that the region has to offer. He is trained as a Community Initiation cycling coach under the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program. In 2015 he began leading bike tours, and in 2016 North 48 Bicycles was launched.
David at provided an exceptional experience right from the booking. He was in touch immediately after booking to confirm proper sizing and fit for my rental bike. When I arrived at the shop my bike was set up per my measurements and everything from water bottles to nutrition was provided for me. Our tour took us to the Highlands for some climbing and great views. David clearly communicated what was coming ahead and made sure the tight turns on the descents were executed at a safe but fun speed. Most importantly I felt safe – as a single female traveller it is nice to have a local on your side. Great conversation, multiple eagle sightings, & coffee en route made for a fabulous day. I will most certainly be looking to book again my next trip to Victoria. Thanks David!
The experience was positive. I learned a little about Dave through the website which was helpful to understand his experience and favourite ride. I was able to text with the staff to get additional details/clarify any uncertainty. Feedback for considerati
A truly wonderful experience. David hailed Victoria as the 'cycling capital of Canada' and it was evident to me as to why this was the case. The scenery was stunning and we had excellent conversation, with all of my questions being answered about the area
With so many amazing riding opportunities in Victoria, it's difficult to choose just one, however when customers linger over the route maps in my shop, I tend to steer them towards Sooke and Metchosin, to the west of Victoria. Riding out in this area is incredible, with no end of ocean vistas and quiet, cool northern deciduous rainforest. There seems to be just the right amount of climbing, the road surfaces are great, and the traffic is quiet. That being said, the ride which we start most frequently is the Peninsula loop. The full loop is 100 km with 1,000 m of climbing, and along the way there are amazing ocean views, panoramas of the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker, northern deciduous rainforest and rolling farmland. The thing that makes this ride so popular though is that it can be easily modified en route to shorten up the distance if the legs aren't cooperative, or to include the full distance, it can be taken at a slower pace with intermediate stops for coffee along the way - three hours or five hours, it's different every time!
While a spirited group ride, with an emphasis on chasing Strava PRs, can be a lot of fun, I really enjoy riding with people who are new to road riding, or who don't have much group riding experience. A little coaching is sometimes all that is needed for them to turn their riding into a much more enjoyable experience, to develop more confidence on the bike and return home a better rider than when they arrived in Victoria.