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Best of 2018 - Tim's List

Words Tim Coleman
Date Dec 26, 2018

I find these articles fun to write. Many of us like to reflect on the year that has been, on the good times and the bad. What did I do well, and how can I improve. For me 2018 was an amazing year. My greatest achievement was being a significantly better rider in the EWS Whistler this year than in 2014. While I take deep satisfaction from that achievement, it pales in comparison to the enjoyment I had this year with the amazing friends and family in my life. So a huge heartfelt thanks to everyone that put a smile on my face this year.

NSMBA Fivers

Our local beer league enduro series seemed to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018. There were long queues to register, and many of the events reached their cap of 200 racers. And even through the growing attendance the event remained true to its origins. There were some folks cheating (I still think there should be more public shaming for this) but for the most part everyone was out to have a great time and celebrate our riding community. Folks from all walks of life and abilities were coming out on a Thursday night to go for a ride, push their limits, and enjoy our local trails. Special thanks to Brian, Maya, the sponsors and all the volunteers for their selfless contribution. Thanks to Dan Shaw for making sure the course every week was in perfect shape. I love the Fiver series, the community, the spirit, and hope it continues for years to come. Both of the pictures below are from 2017, but they perfectly sum up the spirit of the Fiver World Series (it's seriouz biznez).

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A community and atmosphere that is infectious

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Providing the best beer league racing on the planet (not entirely fact checked, but I'm pretty sure this can't be beat)

South Africa

I was born and raised in South Africa, coming to Canada in my teens. I hadn't been back since. A best friend from high school in South Africa was getting married, so my wife and I took three weeks off to tour around the country. We started in Cape Town, attended the wedding outside of Durban, and finished off at a game reserve in the northern part of the country. Although the travel there is expensive and takes forever, it was relatively cheap once we were there. The people, the food, the culture, and of course the game parks are all wonderful. The trip exceeded my expectations, I have so many wonderful memories, and I can't wait to go back. 

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It had been 20 years since leaving South Africa. 

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And the game adventures were better than I remember.

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Cape Town and the surrounding area offers amazing views, food and culture. 

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And the penguins are always so much fun to hang out with.

Whiskey Advent Calendar

In it's second year the Whiskey Advent Calendar group kicked off version 2.0. Two of the gents in the group are starting Container Brewing and hosted the group in their new location. There was a catch, the place was gutted because they had just taken possession and were in the throws of building out the brewery. Sundown Beer donated a keg of barrel aged stout that was amazing, the whiskies were poured, we played indoor ball hockey, the room was full of grins. It was an amazing night I won't soon forget.

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Double Best Of; the man behind the NSMBA Fivers, at the Whiskey Advent Calendar pouring.  What!?

Big Boys Day Out 2018

Whistler might be one of the very few locations a ride like this can happen. The concept is simple; I lead a bunch of friends down some of my favourite trails in Whistler. My intent is an homage back to the free ride days, ride difficult trails and features that push your comfort zone. There was minimal climbing this year, as the group hit up a number of my favourite trails that are accessed by the Whistler Bike Park chair lifts. Particular kudos to the crazy Frenchman Anthony, who lead the charge on the scary rock move below. I never would have attempted it if he hadn't done it first. It's probably the scariest feature I rode all year. À votre santé you crazy man.

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This move terrified me when I rode it in the shoot for the Pivot Firebird

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A year later, and we lapped this feature 5 or 6 times

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Riding this feature could be one and done for me. The G-Out at the bottom is rather severe

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After a day of pushing our respective comfort zones, we all walked away and had an amazing celebration at the Trailforks party

Honorable Mentions:

Best Bike; Norco Aurum HSP

Best Bike Part; Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix Ultra Soft tire, Rock Shox Boxxer fork, We Are One Agent wheels, Julbo Race 2.0 glasses

Best Piece of Clothing; Patagonia Atom Jacket, Bell Super DH

Best Party; Don and Jenine's Wedding tied with Ryan and Ellena's wedding. 

Best Ride Locale; Whistler ... again

Tags: Best Of, 2018
Posted in: Editorial, Features

Comments

T-mack
+2 Beau Miller Tim Coleman
T-mack  - Dec. 26, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

I'll be there for BBDO 2019. I won't be at the Fivers due to cheating tho :(.

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Timmigrant
+1 Beau Miller
Tim Coleman  - Dec. 26, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

You have some unfinished business you need to attend to. I'm looking forward to it already.

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nouseforaname
+2 Beau Miller Tim Coleman
Nouseforaname  - Dec. 26, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

What cheating Tim? The folks who shuttle to the top for the Seymour races?

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Tim Coleman  - Dec. 26, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

Oh yeah, I was guilty of that once. That was filthy, I felt dirty, it won't be a regular occurrence!

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cooperquinn
+5 DMVancouver Beau Miller Andrew Major Tim Coleman Pete Roggeman
Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 26, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

For the love of God, or whatever deity you choose to worship or not: PLEASE STOP BRAIDING TRAILS IN THE FIVERS. 

I'm sure you're really fast. And that your cool line cuts full tenths of seconds out of your overall time. Congrats. 

But the fine individual who built and/or maintains that trail now has to go spend hours of their volunteer time fixing your sh*t. And, if you're wondering why the selection of Fiver trails is somewhat limited, this is absolutely a factor. Some builders don't want Fivers on the trails they're permitted to work on. Because they don't wanna deal with it. 

So, while I'm not a proponent of Name and Shame.....

Straighten up and fly right, folks. Fiver racing is the least-serious " " "racing" " " on the planet. CTFO.

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+2 Beau Miller Cooper Quinn
Tim Coleman  - Dec. 26, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Well said Cooper!

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+1 Tim Coleman
RNAYEL  - Dec. 27, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

"Arcteryx Nano Jacket", the Nano jacket is by Patagonia.

Unless I'm missing something. Also, what Cooper said.

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Timmigrant
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Tim Coleman  - Dec. 27, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Oh dear! That's a mistake. I meant the Arcteryx Atom!

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earleb
+4 DMVancouver AJ Barlas Tim Coleman Andrew Major
earle.b  - Dec. 27, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Cool in on the double. Stoked that people are pumped for the Fivers. 

Cut lines suck, really wish we could get it across to people that they just shouldn't be taking cut lines.

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ChazzMichaelMichaels  - Dec. 27, 2018, 12:10 p.m.

Would it be possible to ram in some waratahs on the apex of said corners, or is rusting steel pole a potential lawsuit in Canada?

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AJ Barlas  - Dec. 27, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

We'd need that everywhere! It's not only happening at the Fiver's and similar beer league events, unfortunately. I wish people would just ride corners instead of trying to straighten everything. :(

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+1 wizardB
Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 29, 2018, 10 a.m.

I've proposed burying braiders unceremoniously in their braids as a warning, and to help rehabilitate the area. 

Unfortunately it was voted down.

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