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B-Line  

Whistler Bike ParkLast Update: 1/10/2017
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.

Video Uploaded: 29/9/2017

Difficulty - Intermediate - A & B Lines
Slope - Moderate
Space - Open
Surface - Dirt - Gravel - Loose rocks on dirt - Rock - Rutted - Wood
Trail type - Single track

Notes:

Listen to just about anyone talk about Whistler Bike Park and they will tell you that B-Line is the best trail to warm up on, especially if it's your first trip to Whistler.

B-Line is listed as a "jumps trail" indicated by the orange oval around the trail difficulty sign, however if jumps aren't your thing don't let it put you off.  There are a few table tops but they are all easily scrubbed even at high speed.  

WARNING:  In my experience this is the only trail marking you should ignore on your trip to Whistler, everything else we found to be on the money and at least as difficult as the trail markings.  Black trails are seriously black trails, many of the Blue trails would get marked as Black at other bike parks.

B-Line is a pretty epic flow trail with a mix of big berms, medium berms and short traverses that link to make a very fun flowy trail.  

Many riders report that they don't need to brake on B-Line, personally I find that very hard to believe, however I am a lot heavier than most riders so I pick up speed quickly.  That being said for the most part the trail is at a nice gradient allowing for good flow and natural speed checking rather having to feather the brakes from top to bottom.  Once you have the trail sus'd it's unlikely you will need to pedal at all.

There were some areas of B-Line that got quite choppy with brake bumps and bomb holes and some of the faster open sections were extremely corrugated - however we travelled at a time when the trails were at their worst.

Comparing B-Line to other trails

Kosciuszko Flow Trail, Thredbo - Overall not as difficult as the Kozi, doesn't have the tech / rocky sections, not as steep, doesn't have the fast traverses.  Much easier on the brakes than the Kozi.  

Luge, Stromlo - Not as tight as Luge, berms are generally bigger and flowier, not a slalom run like Luge.  Probably faster average speed on B-Line and doesn't require as much aggression, nor pedaling.  (Not as intense as the Vapour Trail)

Barry and Planet Claire, Majura Pines - Not as steep as some sections of Barry and not as many jumps as Planet Claire but certainly similar in many respects.

Corners (the old Corners), Rotorua Redwoods - Similar to the top section of Corners from the shuttle drop off, quite open with big berms.  B-Line is quite a wide trail so it's not like the bottom of the old Corners trail.  (Not as steep or intense as the old Hucks trails, nowhere near as fast as Eagle vs Shark and doesn't have the long traverses) 

Challenge, Rotorua Redwoods - Similar in many respects but has much bigger berms and the jumps don't have the same kick as Challenge.

Exit, Rotorua Redwoods - Has a pretty similar flow in parts to Exit.

Other things to note

It's my biggest complaint about Whistler and the issue was probably made much worse by the time we went there, the lower section of the Fitz Zone is unpleasant and energy zapping.  At the time of riding it was so ridiculously blown out, trails like Heart of Darkness had massive bomb holes and brake bumps, the easier trails were so badly corrugated and loose that it was almost impossible to hold on at speed making it super sketchy, however it was steep enough that you could feel your pads disappearing if you kept it at a slow pace.

It was the only section that gave me arm pump during the whole trip.  If there had been a nicely maintained blue trail from the bottom of B-Line / Ho Chi Minh to the Village I reckon we could have done twice as many runs in a day.


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