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The First Taste of Summer

Mountain Bikers out of Hibernation

Words by Garrett Thibault. Photos by Brock Anderson.
May 9th, 2013

Summer has peeked its friendly face out early this year: dusty trails are out of hibernation and marking their territory with a familiar scent, the evening sunshine is allowing those of us who work late to attack the trails every day, and half-baked plans to find epic rides followed by sleeping under the stars are being fostered by 14 day forecasts full of nothing but sunshine. Without a doubt, this is my favourite time of the year.

Brock Anderson Garrett Thibault Whistler BC mountain bike Specialized Enduro

The freedom of being able to wake up at any point and ride for as long as I want always gives me a healthy glow.

Opening day of Whistler Bike Park is so close I can now see it marked on my calendar without flipping a few pages ahead. The days of waking up in the back of a Volkswagen will soon be a reality for me once again, maximizing the amount of shred I can squeeze out of each day, and the amount of laps I can wring out of a single pass.

Brock Anderson Garrett Thibault Whistler BC mountain bike Specialized Enduro

I won’t always be in the bike park. There’s so much fun to be had in the area, exploration is inevitable.

It’s hard to believe I’m already trying to find a time me and my friends can all get off work so that we can fill a couple cars to the brim and spend a few days on the mountains we only get to visit a few times each year. Aside from the stories, these trips always set us apart from our other friends by marking us with inconsistent patches of light brown on our arms and legs that body wash doesn’t help with.

Brock Anderson Garrett Thibault Whistler BC mountain bike Specialized Enduro

It’s always best to try new things when you’re in top form and the trails have stopped throwing mud in your eyes.

Bugging the boys with fancy cameras and schmancy film equipment to join me on the trails is another must starting now. I wonder if they noticed I haven’t seen them much since August. Offering to drive and promising bangers is usually enough to make them forgive me even if they have.

Brock Anderson Garrett Thibault Whistler BC mountain bike Specialized Enduro

Media boys can ride too. If you factor in a heavy pack full of expensive equipment it’s pretty bad ass.

In conclusion, I’m excited about the four months that lie ahead. I for one am hoping the weather doesn’t change much. A little moisture never hurt anyone, but save the downpours for the other eight months of the year.

Brock Anderson Garrett Thibault Whistler BC mountain bike Specialized Enduro

Endless summer sunshine in Whistler.


Here’s to another 6 months of sunshine! What’s your favourite lap these days?

  • Brother Lu

    Sweet Photo’s! Brock’s the man. The rider looks damn good to. Oh to be young again,waking up in the the back of a Volkswagen.

  • Bryce

    Its actually very refreshing to see a post that isn’t a regurgitated video.