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…
This is what happens when you take Mason Mashon into the bush with a shotgun.
Ooh! Yeah! Baaaaaaby!
One of the best things about long weekends is taking a day off on the weekend before. Double long weekend. Win. That’s exactly what Team NSMB did on the last weekend in July. Our mission? To check out some new trails, hang out at the beach, and drink some beers. We loaded up the two Team Tacomas with DH bikes, sandals, and a whole lotta beer, and headed up the Trans-Canada Highway. Wild ‘n Out in the BC interior.
We started off in Salmon Arm, and with the help of Dylan Sherrard were pleasantly surprised by the trails at Rubberhead. Super fun sidehill traverses and steep dusty chutes, all shuttle access and NOT bombed out. It’s enough of a revelation for Shore riders to find fresh trails, but a post-ride swim in Shuswap Lake right at the bottom of the trails confirmed we were definitely in vacation mode.
Two Tacomas full of DH bikes and we’re the only ones on the mountain…
Next we headed farther up the Trans-Canada to Revelstoke. We were greeted by local pro photographer Bruno Long, who had a bunch of local spots in mind to shoot with us, as well as local pro rider Lorraine Blancher. The momentum that had started in the Shuswap kept on rolling and the boys sent it for the lenses – until someone put a thumb through a ladder bridge. We woke up with one more shuttle driver and still a lot of stoke to go around, and had an epic day in the Blanket Creek area.
Mason and Mark letting you know just how they feel about getting steep and deep in Revy.
It’s not the easiest thing to line up the schedules of ten busy guys, local knowledge, accommodation, and so on. We’ve got a lot of people to thank for making this bonus long weekend extra-awesome and we’ll get to that in the photo stories – but as of now we think you’ll agree that it was mission: accomplished.
Are you wild n’ out this summer?
On after work shop rides, it is not uncommon to rant about certain experiences or customers from the day. On one such ride recently, somebody dropped the “E” word as we left the shop, which provided some good fuel for the rest of the evening. The subject of the ranting? The “enduro rider”. Now I am not talking about Jerome Clementz et al here, hence the quotation marks. I am talking about the guy who thinks he is an “enduro rider”. In breaking news, enduro is not a new sub-category of riding, any more than “all-mountain” (or all-marketing as it should have been called) was when that became the buzz term.
Shaun Fry leads the ride out of the shop and into the rocks, as the ranting commences.
Sure, enduro is a new and rapidly developing style of racing, and don’t get me wrong, it is great for the sport of mountain biking (with the exception of goggles paired with an XC helmet, but that’s another story). It is a super fun race format, tests a plethora of skills and fitness, and enduro racing has helped with the development of some exceptional bikes, which ultimately we all get to benefit from.
Going for an enduro ride on my enduro bike. Wait, haven’t I been doing this for years?
However, if you buy a 160mm carbon 650b XX1 specced bike next year (don’t worry, unless you want Specialized, your favourite brand will have one), and take it out on the trails, this does not mean that you are going for an “enduro ride”. And unless you are being timed on the downhill stages, and this is your race bike, it is not your “enduro bike”. Claiming enduro as a new category of riding (not racing) is, as Stephen Matthews so eloquently puts it, like playing baseball and calling it shmaseball. Riding up hills and racing your friends back down again is nothing new. It has been happening since mountain bikes had derailleurs bolted on to them.
Matt Delany leading the Arbutus Routes enduro train.
“Hot on your heels” Enduro winner Leonie Picton knows a thing or two about riding and racing bikes.
At Arbutus Routes there is a slight irony with the “enduro riding” buzz, as the majority of the staff are actually strong enduro racers, but after work, we don’t go “enduro riding”, we just go mountain biking, like we have been doing for years! Either way, we are happy to pedal past the guys on their “enduro ride” putting their goggles over their XC helmet at the top of the descent. After all, without them, what would we talk about on our shop rides?!
Luke Garside slaying an enduro turn.
This enduro riding thing feels a lot like mountain biking.
Do you like to pedal up hills with your friends and ride fast going downhill? You might just be experiencing enduro riding!