I was feeling sympathetic for Brock last weekend as he stepped from his yellow car, and pulled a rather large and fuzzy winter hat over his head. He had been in Kamloops for nearly three days specifically to shoot some photos and yet his memory card was empty. Miscommunication and broken cell phones lead us to this unfortunate situation. And conditions were not prime. Brock needed to hit the highway within an hour. It was cold, windy and starting to rain. I was tired and lacking motivation. To round off our list the sky had just clouded over thick and gray. Having already been out for a cold morning ride, hot chocolate and a warm blanket seemed a lot more inviting than a photo shoot. But Brock had his back pack loaded and an eager smile on his face. Game on.
by Dylan Sherrard on Nov.04, 2010
It was practice day for the riders who were in qualifiers. Everyone was over shredding one side of the mountain and I felt like I needed to work my way down my line which was a couple ridges over. I hiked my ass to the top of a line I had built this year which also incorporated some old moves from 2008. I was making my way down under the radar from the rest of the crowds aside from a couple camera men. I made my way down a couple gnarly patches and came to one of the final stepdowns in the line. I had hit this thing before and thought I had the speed all figured out.
When made my final entry into it, I gave it a couple extra pedal strokes just to be on the safe side. This ended up being my downfall. Since the tranny of this jump was short and steep, those 2 extra pedal strokes were enough to clear most of the landing. While I was rolling in I noticed that the run-in felt much faster than before and as I took off I knew instantly that I had WAY TOO MUCH SPEED. I saw the landing disappear underneath me and knew I was going to be in for a heavy landing. I can’t really remember how my leg would have snapped but I suspect it was from digging into the ground so deep that my foot caught in the dirt or a rock OR When I crashed I may have impacted on a rock somewhere at the bottom.
by Mike Kinrade on Oct.22, 2010
Whoever you are.
As you know, the park is now closed in Whistler…
As you might not know- I’ve moved to North Van! Horrrayyy!
I’ve been checking out the local trails and learning (slowly) how to shore ride.
Pretty excited about that!
I wish the N. Shore had a ride night like Whistler’s “Loonie Rides”.
Maybe we should start one up.
Here are some photos from the summer~
by Bethany Parsons on Oct.14, 2010
Mr. Daniel Barham and I have been working together on a couple of projects this year and images are starting to make it into print. This month’s issue of Singletrack UK has a nine page article loaded with Dan’s photos and my words from a 10-day trip to Peru. If you can get you hands on the mag consider checking it out. While you’re at it you may as well scope out Dan’s recently updated website and join his facebook page.
Double in Sept ’10 Bike Mag
by Strahan Loken on Sep.15, 2010
Sometimes I think it’s killing me. But more often I like to think I’m killing it. Plans change as fast as the weather. One minute its raining and the next its shining. In either case its all good. It’s hard to keep a balance between working, riding, and riding to promote myself. And it keeps getting harder. Especially since there are no definitive lines between the three. Working means not riding, but still promoting. Riding means riding, working and promoting. Promoting means working and riding. Working in a bike store, as a bike coach and being a rider certainly keeps me busy. It seems that I never have a full day off without some sort of project I need to work on. But then again I don’t have an office or a suit, so perhaps I have a lot of days off? I’m not complaining by any means. I’m extremely grateful to have a life filled with passion and aim. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to work on media projects with Sun Peaks Resort and Lone Wolf Productions. The kind of projects that help me fill in those definitive lines and remember how much I love doing what I do. Killing it.
by Dylan Sherrard on Aug.27, 2010
Recently snapped a couple pics of my bikes.
Banshee Legend MKII w/ Atlas FR goodies, Evolve post, and Sniper grips.
Banshee Rune w/ the super light and backcountry burly SIXC bar and crankset, Atlas AM stem, Dues post, and Sniper grips.
Both these bikes destroy their respective genres! I’ve become accustomed to referring to the Rune as my “magic bike” since it performs so well in so many situations. One day we’ll be happily accumulating long miles of backcountry exploring together while the next day we’ll throw down some downhill shuttles and stunts. Here’s a quick video from the Island Cup #1 in Cumberland where I pedaled the access road a couple times and poached the race course before shooting photos in the afternoon.
The Legend is obviously a pure downhill machine, but it still manages to feel nimble and active on the technical moves and jumps. Here’s a quick edit that Aaron LaRocque and I put together as part of a series of videos he did for Banshee bikes. You can check the rest of them here.
Of course the family album wouldn’t be complete without a couple snaps of my one-week old baby boy. Stoked on the new job title of “Dad”.
by Strahan Loken on Jul.10, 2010
Matt from the North Shore Bike Shop in North Vancouver, BC just sent me these photos of some awesome Banshee custom builds he’s been working on. These bikes look great & best of all, they’re fully decked out in the latest Race Face components…
Give Matt at North Shore Bike Shop a call for your next custom build.
by Jon Hadfield on Jul.05, 2010
Alan Hepburn, Mike Zinger and I went to Whistler for the weekend, here are three photos from the trip. Video to come soon.
by Jarrett Moore on Jun.24, 2010
I got to ride the Airdome the other week. Here are two photos thanks to Paul Clarke. Enjoy!
by Frankie Vass on Jun.21, 2010
The past two months have been quite busy with racing. This weekend I am heading up for the fourth BC Cup race at Arduum, it is the steepest and most gnarly course on the circuit, so it should be fun.
Two weekends ago was the North Shore Smackdown DH. That course is probably my favorite track to race, just because it is so fast and rough. I had a decent race run and ended up 4th in the U17 category.
I also got out to take some pictures for my sponsors last weekend, so here are a couple shots. Thanks to Greg Cooney for the photos.
by Forrest Riesco on Jun.17, 2010