NSMB team rider Mark Matthews is a bona fide booster. His riding in Rupert Walker’s video short filmed up at the Whistler Bike Park turned heads (as usual). When it all goes right, he sends his Demo into orbit and brings it down as gently as a kitten in a room full of 3-ply. But when it all goes Pete Tong, that amplitude translates into some frightening ground rush. Thankfully he crashes with impressive skill, too. Here are a few shots that didn’t make the cut, for obvious reasons.
Do Mark’s misses make you cringe, or is back flipping big doubles in the woods just routine now?
NSMB Team rider Mark Matthews has settled in to his summer digs in Whistler, and is back in the bike park styling up every jump out there. This past week it was pouring rain, but that didn’t stop Rupert Walker from hooking up with Mark to put together a fun little edit for Chromag.
The Whistler Bike Park is amazing right now. The trail crew’s efforts and the lucky wave of warm weather have helped shape some unreal trail conditions. The dirt is tacky and there are some fresh sections of trail new for 2013 that scatter the lower mountain.
Even in the pouring rain, Rupert and I had an awesome time shooting this video. Filming in the bike park is awesome because it’s easy to capture footage that’s fast, flowy, and fun to watch.
Mark’s style is super fun to watch… keep an eye out there for him in Whistler!
As I drove out of the snow and in to the rain, my wipers were on full speed, and I was beginning to wish that my goggles had the same settings for their lenses. It was one of those days where you take a deep breath before you get out of the car, and move as fast as you can, in a vain attempt to dodge the inevitable – getting soaked to the bone. It was one of those days where you finish riding and could not be any wetter, where you spray your bike and then yourself, because your shoes are already overflowing with muddy water with every step. One of those days where your teeth are filled with grit, from smiling through every puddle. In other words, a typical winter day on the Shore!
Morgan rocked up also sporting the new Aurum, and the bikes looked so good in the truck, that we couldn’t say no. And besides, if he was prepared to stand in the rain with a camera all day, I was more than ready to get up there and ride past him a few times, even if it did mean losing the goggles as well as the feeling in my fingers and toes for half the day! Andrew Baker was also out, shredding hard, keeping smiles on our faces, and afterwards, making sure that I didn’t drive back up to Whistler as wet and cold as when I finished the ride. Thanks buddy!
Tips for riding the wettest day of all time:
Tip #1: Avoid spray from your tires by taking your wheels off the ground and covering your face with your arm.
Tip #2: Always bring the best tool for the job…
Tip #3: Don’t forget your goggles!
Tip #4: Jump over the slippery roots.
Tip #5: Ride it like it’s dry!
Tip #6: Remember, it’s never too wet to land sideways!
Did Paulo leave out any tips for riding in the wet? Bring it on in the comments below…
My experiences riding on Cypress are completely and will forever be divided. No other mountain on The Shore presents me with such uncertain outcomes, every ride is a different animal entirely. The mountain’s terrain presents everything from fast technical riding, to creeper rock lines and drops – it’s really a downhiller’s dream. Matt Dennison and I managed to schedule a shoot that aligned with good weather, and we got an early start to a personal favourite trail. Although it’s fun to point and shoot rock faces, I’m always a fan of carving into rich dirt, and zig-zagging my way through the forest.
The trails on Cypress demand a bit of respect, and they tend to bite back. I’ve had a few spills on the network that have left me with my tail between my legs and not wanting more. I like that though, the feel of intimidation, not the real pain itself. A lot of the features here put you in your place, and they make you think twice.
I’m pretty happy with my division of DH/AM bike time this winter. Through North Vancouver’s winter months, when the snow line was low, I felt quite fortunate to be regularly riding my AM bike. But as the snowline receded, my DH bike beckoned and it anxiously was brought out into daylight. I absolutely love getting back on my downhill bike after an extended period of AM riding. Everything about them screams possible, and as the speed of the ride increases, so does the opportunity for fun.
With the beautiful start to Spring we’ve had, it’s tough to spend any amount of time inside looking out. I hadn’t done a filming project with Matt since last season, and it’s always inspiring to see how he all puts it all together. Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you on The Shore!
Dirt surfing and helicopters – does it get any better? Great job boys!