The NSMBA Trail Badger Challenge Is Back for 2021

Since the NSMBA’s Trail Badger challenge went down to resounding success last year, it’s back for 2021, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

As a store with deep roots in the North Shore cycling community, we’re proud and super stoked to support this event for the second year in a row. With more riders out on the trails than ever before it’s super important to us to be able to support our local trail organisation, the NSMBA, and give back to the trails. This of course starts with joining as a member of the NSMBA – the more people that join, the more the NSMBA can afford to do, and the more our voices can be heard as a community of active cyclists.

Sadly it looks like we won’t be able to hold any large scale events again this year, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun out there as a community – the Social Badger Challenge being just one of them. The Social Badger Challenge is all about challenging yourself rather than others, so get out there and push yourself to ride something new, or to ride more trails than you normally would. But most importantly, go enjoy our amazing trails!

Celebrate the amazing work the NSMBA have done with the Social Badger Challenge

Social Badger Challenge

From the NSMBA Website:

Get ready for the NSMBA’s 2021 Spring/Summer “Social Badger Challenge”!

What is the Social Badger Challenge? 

The “NSMBA Social Badger Challenge” is a series of ride challenges through the badge system on Trailforks. Not sure what a Trailforks badge is? Click here to find out!

How does it work?

Every Sunday for the next 8 weeks, we will be revealing a unique badge that you will have 1 week to unlock (Sunday to Saturday). Each badge will be unlocked differently but keep in mind that speed is not a factor so keep it chill and braid your hair, not the trails.

In order to unlock a badge, you must log your ride(s) on the Trailforks app, or sync your ride from Strava. If you complete the badge’s challenge, the badge will automatically be granted to you and show up on your profile.

If you have logged a ride and Trailforks is not picking up that you rode a certain trail(s), you can correct it by following the steps in this video:

For every badge you gain, you will be entered to win some fabulous prizes from each badge’s presenting sponsor (listed below). Prize winners will be messaged through Trailforks. Everyone who completes a badge will also get a free and unique sticker that can be collected at each sponsor’s location!

Please note that while anyone can unlock the badges, you must be a NSMBA member to be eligible to win any prizes. You can grab your membership HERE

The specific details of each badge will be linked below and released every week on Sunday morning.

Get ready to become a badger.

With some fresh work on Pennzoil on our Sept 4th trail day it’s running sweet ahead of the Social Badger Challenge!

Challenge/Badge Dates

UPDATE ON DATES: Due to Fromme being closed from May 21st-24th, we have decided to shift the Social Badger Schedule forward by one week. So the challenge will start on May 30th. 

Each specific challenge/badge and route details will be released every Sunday starting on May 23rd. You have one week to complete the challenge. Click the links below to see each badge’s details.

May 30th – June 5th: Two Mountain Slalom – presented by Obsession: Bikes

June 6th – June 12th: See More Badgers / Where the Badgers Fromme – presented by Steed Cycles

June 13th – June 19th: Lynn Valley Bikes

June 20 – June 26: Norco North Shore

June 27th – July 3rd: Bicicletta

July 4th – July 10th: Endless Biking

July 11th – July 17th: Comor Sports

July 18th – July 24th: TBA

Steed Cycles Trails and Prizes

As we did last year, we will have some awesome prizes up for grabs. Completion of each of our two badges will enter riders into a draw to win a credit of $250 towards their choice of protection gear, and each rider that completes the badge can get their hands on some cool stickers in store.

Our badges for the challenge are:

See More Badgers:
Pingu, Pangor, Slash

Where The Badgers fromme:
Expresso – lower Expresso – Pennzoil


Don’t forget, it’s super important to support your local trail organisation, in our case the NSMBA. They do an amazing job of maintaining the trails and advocating for us mountain bikers. Without them we likely wouldn’t have the amazing trail system in the condition that it’s in and awesome events like this. Do them a favour and help them out by buying a trail membership!

Good luck out there everyone, we hope to see you on the trails!

Learn more about the great work the NSMBA do in our podcast with NSMBA president Cooper Quinn!

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