2013 has been wild. I finished my degree and had one of the best summers ever, followed by the scariest crash in my life – blacking out from fear is a pretty insane experience.
Breaking my femur in multiple places is hardest thing I’ve had to go through in my life so far. Broken bones are something lots of people deal with, but the ramifications are really high with this injury.
Frame-by-frame of my crash. I knew right away I was off line and prepared for hitting the cliff. Photo sequence courtesy Ian Tetzner.
Maintaining enough self-motivation to work out almost everyday, stay on top of my physio, and have the healthiest diet possible has been a struggle. Especially knowing I’m still months away from walking.
Road rides followed by a physio routine have been keeping me sane.
The constant pain is physically draining, particularly at night. Many days are lonely, spent alone at my parents house (I’ve got netflix dialed). The inability to work and having to deal with things like medical bills and insurance is stressful. At the 6-week mark, x-rays showed signs of delayed healing – that was a very overwhelming moment.
I purchased a bone stimulator to help assist healing in my “high-risk” fracture. My dog thinks it’s neat.
It’s been a tough battle this past couple months but I’ve grown stronger from it. It also puts into perspective how lucky I am to have biking and an awesome group of family and friends in my life for support. Which I appreciate now more than ever. I’m stoked to switch things up come January. 2014 is going to be rad, can’t wait for a fresh start.
It’s never good when one of our Team riders goes down but it’s good to see Mark’s doing the best he can to get back on the bike. You can follow Mark’s recovery and send him some healing vibes through Instagram or Twitter.
NSMB Team rider Mason Mashon joins Mike Hopkins, and Simon Buzacott to find their summer fun at Whistler Bike Park.
Yet another video that just makes us miss the bike park…
As the chips fell into place and everyone was able to make the NSMB Team trip to the BC interior, we had been anticipating some more time on the lake with wake surfing lessons for all from veteran wave slasher Mason Mashon. Revelstoke wasn’t initially on the agenda, but in the weeks approaching the trip we were able to line up local guides and accommodation to make the most of our two-wheeled time. After a successful morning shooting at Rubberhead in Salmon Arm, we loaded up into the team Tacomas and blasted deeper up the Trans-Canada highway to Revelstoke to meet up with local photographer Bruno Long as well as local guide and local ripper Lorraine Blancher, and head straight for the Boulder Mountain riding area.
Boulder Mountain was developed as a sanctioned shuttle access riding area by the Revelstoke Cycling Association beginning in 2010. While at first one might think a sanctioned trail network means it’s built with safety in mind, the Team shredders were immediately greeted with man-sized gaps on a newer trail, Hotdog Hallway. The old school Shore boys saddled up on a log with some cold Cariboos and let the young guys get their fix of airtime. After this session it was up the hill for some DH descents, and let me tell you: it was rotor deep on the fall line with tech to keep the old schoolers happy and plenty of sick corners for those of us in the middle. Bruno then joined Matt Dennison and the Team boys to shoot on a lower trail in the woods while we banged off a couple more laps of the upper trails.
We wrapped up our long day’s riding at Boulder with delicious tailgate pizza on Lorraine’s recommendation, then headed in to Revelstoke and lined up our accommodation at the Regent Hotel right on the main drag. Weary feet were put up to rest for just a short while before we were lured out by the creatures of the night… as it turns out, Revy’s got a bit of night life and, as we found out, a sweet bowling alley. We awoke bright and early and headed for what was to be the crown jewel of the trip – but you’ll have to wait for the third installment of our Team trip to read about our exploits there…
Scoping some big jumps immediately upon arrival at Boulder Mountain. Photo Morgan Taylor.
The Hotdog Hallway is not the tight and twisty experience some desire, but it’s a good place to get loose. Photo Morgan Taylor.
This log provided a great opportunity for the rest of us to get loose. Photo Morgan Taylor.
As the trains began. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Mark Matthews prefers to be sideways. Photo Bruno Long.
Mason Mashon, always stylish. Photo Bruno Long.
Stephen Matthews getting warmed up. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Paul “how flat was my table” Stevens. Photo Bruno Long.
Really flat, Paulo. Photo Bruno Long.
Whip left… Photo Bruno Long.
Whip right… Photo Bruno Long.
Paulo with the nac. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Mark with another highly impressive whipping. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Man train to the bottom. Stephen. Paulo. Mark. Mason. Photos Morgan Taylor.
We hopped into the 6-seater Polaris UTV and blasted up for some upper laps. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Matt did some shitty steadicam work that didn’t make it into the final cut. Photo Morgan Taylor.
While Cam looked like he was about to start a Harlem Shake. Photo Morgan Taylor.
We could literally do this all day long. Photo Morgan Taylor.
It really wouldn’t get old. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Trevor rode his derailleur straight into a rock that all but said “smash your derailleur here”… Photo Morgan Taylor.
And rode the day out chainless. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Bruno and the boys were out getting rad. Photo Bruno Long.
Stephen Matthews. Photo Bruno Long.
Mark leads the boys through the fun and flowy Boondocker. Photo Bruno Long.
Lorraine called in an order at the Village Idiot and went in to town to pick it up – thanks Lorraine! Photo Morgan Taylor.
A group well fed and tired out from riding great trails. Photo Morgan Taylor.
Stay tuned for our last installment soon!
And in case you didn’t catch Matt D’s video from our trip, it’s time to get Wild n’ Out…
It was great to catch up with friends in Revelstoke; the riding was sweet and we’re looking forward to releasing our next photo set with Mason Mashon behind the lens…
NSMB Team and Norco Bicycles rider Paul Stevens got together with fellow Whistler ripper and Rocky Mountain rider Fanny Paquette to film this short spot for Tourism Whistler. In this past weekend’s Whistler Funduro – an ironic name considering it was organized by Clark Lewis, known for his punishing course designs – Paulo grabbed 2nd and Fanny was 1st in the women. Congrats guys!
As summer winds down in Whistler the cross-country riding only gets better. Cooler days and overnight moisture means the trails are in top shape and as the autumn colours paint themselves throughout the forest it makes for some really stunning rides.
In this video local riders Paul Stevens and Fanny Paquette head out for some early morning shade laps in the Cheakamus region followed by some beauty afternoon-sun laps up above Green Lake on “White Knuckles” and “Shit Happens.” Throw an après session in there and it turned out to be a perfect autumn day of Whistler riding.
It doesn’t snow in the valley until November… keep pedaling!
Paul and Fanny enjoy the solitude (and excellent dirt) of an autumn day riding in Whistler. Photo Spencer Craig.
Words and video courtesy Whistler Insider.
Whistler’s Valley trails are rideable beyond bike park season… what’s your favourite loop?
A few weeks ago we released Wild ‘n Out, which featured riding from our recent team trip to the BC interior. Did you miss it? Here it is again:
But photo galleries were also promised, and photos you shall have. Part one corresponds with the first couple days of our trip in Salmon Arm. Long known as a house boating mecca (in other words, getting trashed on big slow boats in the middle of Shuswap Lake and “docking” with other boaters), it would be unfair not to mention the other outdoor pursuits on offer in Slammin’ Arm: climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing, fishing – all good ol’ BC boys’ faves. But, and this is with all due respect, we didn’t think there was riding of note there before we started planning this trip. Sure, we assumed there must be some good XC loops (what town in Western Canada doesn’t have those?), but none of us really thought Salmon Arm was a true MTB destination.
Then a chance conversation Cam McRae had with Matt Hunter revealed that it was one of the Kamloops native’s favourite places to ride, and we knew we had to give it a look. We spent our time riding the Rubberhead trail area (I almost don’t want to link to it so it remains so unspoiled) and it… delivered. For speed, berms, tight sidehill Jedi action and hound-dogging your buddies in the trees, it was just the ticket and the perfect way to get the blood flowing at the start of the trip. We have to hand it to the folks at the Shuswap Trail Alliance – they’ve done a great job with their local trails and now that the word is out, they can expect more traffic coming their way.
Before we get to the pics, we have to throw out some thank-yous to some people that helped us pull this trip together. Darren Robinson and the Shuswap Tourism Board did a lot to get us organized, including setting us up with accommodations at the Podollan Inn, which had friendly staff but also deserves mention for their pillowy soft beds – they were soft like ducks stuffed with marshmallows (and firm enough for bad backs). The Podollan’s restaurant, Table 24, hosted us for dinner one night and you’ll see from the photos that it was just what we needed after a full day of riding and shooting. Lastly, we may have mentioned it already, but it was great to have Dylan Sherrard along to hang out and be the rad individual that he is. Thanks, buddy, we would have only taken half as many wrong turns without you.
So grab a mug of something and enjoy Morgan Taylor’s shots. Remember to click on the images to call up our image viewer and see them in full size.
Loaded up in the two Team Tacomas we were keen to lay tires to dirt on the Rubberhead trail network. Kamloops shredder Dylan Sherrard joined the party to show us some of his favourite trails.
Mason, Mark, and Dylan each display their own versions of beating the heat.
You know you’ve escaped the city when you’re rolling up an ungated shuttle road. Team riders Stephen Matthews and Mason Mashon soak up some morning rays.
We may have overdone it on the first lap though… the brand new truck came down with a flat. You know what that means…
Beer O’Clock! A team was quickly dispatched to practice what they’d seen watching NASCAR all those years…
We focused more on riding that first morning, and less on shooting – so this is the first riding shot of the trip. Canoe Beach is a must do when you’re in Salmon Arm.
Not bad at all…
This is the life. (Good job on the photobomb, kid.)
After the much-deserved lake time we headed back to the Podollan Inn for dinner at Table 24 and an excellent local ale from Crannog Brewery. Shuswap Tourism rep Darren Robinson (left) might have told a joke, or Cam may just be basking after a day of sheer awesome.
Tales of the afternoon’s exploits quickly gained momentum.
Roggey was back on the big bike and loving it.
That last beer tasted like another, and was accompanied by some sort of rabbit appetizer. Tasted like chicken?
The main course was freaking amazing though. Prime rib always does it.
We headed back up the hill to grab some shots before the sun disappeared. We didn’t know how long we’d have, and it turned out to be very short indeed. Paul and Stephen kept spirits high while Mason lined up the shots.
Paulo brushing shoulders with golden grasses.
Stephen dropping in as the sun said its final goodbyes.
You might recognize this section from the Coastal Crew’s film, From the Inside Out.
Paul Stevens and some more shrubberies.
Sherrard always having fun on the trails. Stump slash above Shuswap Lake.
We decided to head back first thing in the morning when the sun had done a full 180.
Stevie came along for the ride in spirit.
Now that’s a bike pile.
Our trusty old Tacoma might be showing signs of shuttle days outwardly, but we still love it just as much as ever.
Suiting up for a lap on some freshly cut singletrack.
Paul’s zebra goggles were the envy of the group.
Mark can’t be faulted for putting his socks on sideways… there’s always next time.
We dropped in and started scheming on turns and side hills.
The boys played rock paper scissors to decide who would ride in the dust bowl. Mason won.
A terrible photo but a good example of how hard these guys shred. Stephen’s front tire is on the lip while Paul has yet to land.
Pump, pump, pump, turn. And repeat.
Matt’s steadicam work can be admired in the Wild ‘N Out video.
Mason and Mark topping a lofty rise and into another sweet berm.
Side hills for days. Sometimes blue trails are the most fun.
As evidenced by Paul and Stephen in yet another photographic masterpiece.
Any trail is a blast when you have a creative viewpoint.
Mason’s Undead is still going strong.
And still trying to kill him on occasion. Overzested it.
Salmon Arm trail builders, we’re really sorry about this corner. Holy crap was it fun though!
The sun came out and we started to get antsy for a cold beverage. Spotty light was cited and we rushed for the trucks which hosted cold Cariboo.
Having a good time on Salmon Arm singletrack.
Paul and Stephen beat the heat.
And when the riders disappear all that’s left is a lonesome Matt Dennison on another sweet corner… we’ll catch up to them in Revelstoke!
Salmon Arm was a great start to the team trip and we’ll definitely be back to sample the goods again. Stay tuned for the steep and deep of Revelstoke…