Imagine pointing your tires into the unknown, fearlessly releasing the brakes and shredding down a well-crafted trail in the deep wilderness of Northern B.C.
For Chris Stromgren, a Salmon Arm Senior Secondary School teacher and coach of the High School Mountain Bike Team, that is soon going to be a reality.
Stromgren is the winner of this year’s Mountain Biking BC Seven-Day Giveaway Contest.
Stromgren was selected among 10 random finalists who had to convince a panel of judges in 500 words or less why they should be the chosen one for this incredible experience.
Stromgren has been a committed rider and racer for many years and has given back to the sport by establishing a very successful high school youth mountain bike program in Salmon Arm, which has won back-to-back provincial championships. He currently serves as commissioner for mountain biking with BC School Sports.
His passion for adventure, and mountain bike road trips in particular, make him the ideal candidate for this weeklong odyssey into the wilds of the North.
This year’s trip will feature riding near Prince George, Fort St. James, Terrace, Smithers, and Burns Lake.
Stromgren gets his students out helping with trail maintenance and building and several have gone on to work with the Shuswap Trail Alliance summer trail crews in the past.
He has long been a supporter of mountain biking, trails, and getting young people active and outside here in the Shuswap.