The life of a pro mountain biker is exactly as amazing as you think it is. Maybe better. For last summer’s edition of the Dream Ride, we told the crew at Toyota BC that we wanted to give the winners something unique: a taste of the pro mountain biker’s lifestyle. Set them up with a fresh trio of Altitudes from Rocky Mountain and a sparkling Toyota Tacoma to use for the weekend and send them down the road to a weekend of riding with Thomas Vanderham and the NSMB crew. We wanted a quintessential British Columbian mountain bike destination. Glacier-topped mountains, high alpine riding accessible by truck, and good vibes in town. Could we have chosen a better destination than Revelstoke?
Waiting at the end of the road was a log cabin. You would only call it modest if your last name rhymed with Drumpf. When Dream Ride winner Brett Grayston and his two pals showed up, we were there waiting for them. The fridge was full of beer, the steaks marinating, the hot tub flipped on. Party mode engaged. And the riding hadn’t even begun.
The cabin, the partying, the beer and the steaks were all great, but the main event was the alpine riding that laid in wait for our crew. With our guide and longtime pal, Jonny Smoke leading the way, we spent the next couple of days fending off rain clouds (unsuccessfully) while we ticked off some Revelstoke classics like Martha Creek – a 5,000′ alpine descent – and Frisby Ridge, which starts up high in marmot territory and drops you into the forest after an endless ribbon of sweet dirt.
We all started to get cold so we decided to pin it down the trail as fast as we could. Thomas was leading the pack and I made it my goal to try and keep up with him. -Dream Ride winner Brett Grayston
Brett sent along a few words to describe the weekend:
Wow! It’s hard to sum up how amazing this weekend was. It was a life-changing experience that will not be forgotten. It was literally what the name of the trip was called, a Dream Ride weekend. When I got an email saying that I had won the trip, my jaw dropped. I thought it was to0 good to be true as I rarely have won anything in my life.
I don’t think reality set in until we were in the Toyota Tacoma, heading to Revelstoke. The trip included a Toyota Tacoma for the weekend, Rocky Mountain bikes to ride, a mansion to stay at in Revelstoke, good company, food, and beer. Did I mention that Johnny Smoke was the guide and that we got to ride with Thomas Vanderham and the nsmb crew?
The weather during the trip was a mixed bag. We shuttled Martha creek on the first day which had picturesque views and the amount of vertical that we got to ride was insane. The trail was technical single track with gnarly sections that seemed to go on forever.
The second day we got to ride upper Frisby Ridge. As we reached the top the sky opened up on us. It’s amazing how fast the weather can change when you’re in the mountains. We all started to get cold so we decided to pin it down the trail as fast as we could. Thomas was leading the pack and I made it my goal to try and keep up with him. When we all converged at the bottom of the trail, we were all covered in mud and all you could see were smiles. Everyone was discussing which corners they had drifted and we were giving each other high fives. Both days were some of best riding that I have ever done. After we were done riding we headed back to the place where the nsmb crew cooked us amazing dinners while we relaxed. Thanks to everyone that made this trip possible. Not only was the riding incredible, but we got to meet some amazing people. The three of us had a fantastic experience.
When we all converged at the bottom of the trail, we were all covered in mud and all you could see were smiles.
It’s road trip season. Our Tacoma is going to be hitting the road all over BC. Where are you off to?
If you need a guide for your next riding trip in BC (and beyond) we highly recommend Jonny Smoke and Bush Pilot Biking.