Exploring the Sunshine Coast with Brice Shirbach

Exploring the Sunshine Coast with Brice Shirbach

This week guestagrammer Brice shirbach shares some amzing places to ride in the beautiful Sunshine Coast area.  Brice began riding as early as he can remember, and spent his formative years breaking bikes while flying down ATV trails in the mountains of Western Maryland. Many years ago, Brice combined his passion for riding with his passion for photojournalism and video production, of which he studied in both high school and college, and began to focus on producing content centered around mountain biking. Today, he is devoted full time as a professional rider and a professional content creator, working in editorial, photographic, and video mediums and works hard to encourage people to explore the planet and seek adventure aboard two wheels. Brice and his wife Megan are parents to two amazing boys, Logan and Henry. Powell River is home to the happiest trail dogs I’ve ever ridden with. They often seem more eager to hit the trail than they’re two-legged and two-wheeled partners! For me, the Sunshine Coast might be home to the best trails I’ve ever ridden. This is a photo of me leading local legend Gary Jackson down E-Line above the town of Sechelt. It’s the combination of the people, the landscape, and the nature of the trails themselves that speak to me in ways very few other places ever have. E-Line in Sechelt offers up steep chutes, glorious loam, and stunning views of the Strait of Georgia. Paul Hodgson leads me through a stunning rainforest in Robert’s Creek. Many of these trails are built on a fall line, often following the same paths taken by loggers a...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devin Knopf

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devin Knopf

Growing up in Kenora, Ontario, Devin Knopf was in love with bicycles in their many shapes and sizes. Spending the bulk of his time Cross Country racing, while finding inspiration in the blooming free ride scene out west, Devin was – unknowingly – building a unique ability for performing and enjoying himself in any situation, regardless of wether he had the right bike for the terrain.

A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

Photos and Text by Cécile Gambin We live on the North Shore and one night over spaghetti dinner our five year old claimed he wanted to explore the trails around us. ‘C’est fantastique!!’ I replied. I whipped out my cell phone, tapped on Trailforks and together we poured over the possibilities. Looking for an easy single track without a steep climb or descent - was this too tall an order within the Sea to Sky corridor and the lower mainland? Are there trails here suitable for the beginner rider? We eventually found and chose a handful of single tracks within a 50 km radius of our home that included flatter terrain with a splattering of rocks and roots mixed in for fun. Our friends always asked about our trips and we happily recounted our adventures – showing them pictures and battle scars with excitement. Our enthusiasm for the sport is perhaps why I am often questioned by parents and beginner riders who want to get into the sport but don’t know where to go. We understand – having just moved into the province – we were not familiar with the trails. We asked our mountain bike friends but most didn’t understand the needs of young children. Beginner riders of all ages lack the skill, the confidence, the determination and the mental focus and, in many cases, the strength to ride many of the trails found along the Sea to Sky route. While ‘Bobsled’ on Fromme Mountain in North Vancouver may be easy for an experienced shredder it may not be the case with a novice rider. So where did we go? What...
7 Photos That Capture How Fun Northern BC Trails Are

7 Photos That Capture How Fun Northern BC Trails Are

This week Ryan Creary shares some new photos from Northen BC. Ryan grew up on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. This was where he first discovered mountain biking; he used to race on the rooty and soggy coastal bush trails around the province’s local circuit. After university, Ryan migrated west to British Columbia, and he now calls Revelstoke home. The high alpine trails that surround the town are one of the reasons he loves Revelstoke so much. “I love to ride my bike both up and down; it’s like ski touring for me. Revelstoke is surrounded by long logging road climbs with amazing downhills and some of the best high alpine singletrack in western Canada”, he says. Ryan is very passionate about the outdoors, and when he’s not taking photographs, he spends his time biking, kayaking and climbing in the summers. A long time contributor to Bike Magazine and many other mountain bike publications around the world, Ryan has been a full time professional mountain sports photographer for almost 20 years. Always on the hunt for exquisite light, moody scenes and unique angles - “I’m intrigued by the subtle moments of the activities I pursue as well as the cultural side of mountain sports.”   Graham Woolsey speeds into a berm after a brief september storm on High Roller Trail, Valemount, BC. Jay Starnino and the fall colors of Turduken Trail, Valemount, BC. Glenn King flying high on Presidants Choice Trail, Pidherny Recreation Site. Prince George, BC Rain , snow or sleet won’t stop the Burns Lake Crew from shredding. Randy Stewart coming in hot on...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

“Yeah, I do have a really cool job,” says Sam, with a smile on his face and the late evening glow of the Sun Peaks alpine light on his cheek. “I won’t argue with you about that!” Sam grew up in Bowral Australia, a little town south of Sydney that all of his Canadian friends love to mispronounce. And despite living in relative proximity to a highly populated area, Sam’s childhood and upbringing happened with wide open spaces and freedom to wander as the backdrop. While those characteristics weren’t particularly noteworthy for Sam as a young lad, those are the characteristics that he now credits for sparking the pursuit of the mountain lifestyle he now lives, eats, and breathes at Sun Peaks Resort. On a family ski trip after finishing high school in 2007, Sam happened upon a quiet mountain town called Sun Peaks, where he felt a special attraction.“It was nice and laid back, man,” Sam notes. “There was a tight knit community vibe and that was something I wanted to pursue.” Sam returned to work as a lift attendant for a few seasons between 2008 and 2010. And although he loved the dirtbag lifestyle of that position, Sam left once more to pursue a degree in tourism management - a credential he was certain could be instrumental in finding longer term, more rewarding work in the kinds of places he wanted to live. As luck would have it, Sam’s schooling landed him the kind of position he was hoping for, and brought him right back to Sun Peaks. His time away provided reflection and certainty that Sun...
BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devyn Pelley

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Devyn Pelley

The city of Kamloops needs little introduction in the mountain bike world. The long swift turns and glittering golden hills that litter the Kamloops landscape are the components of many a great riding film, photo, and story. And while the fast paced trails are what typically garner all the glory, the slower pace of life and the laid back community vibe are the other reasons that Devyn Pelley calls Kamloops home. Devyn first found himself in British Columbia after applying for general undergrad studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Despite one of his education options being a full ride music scholarship, Devyn didn’t feel excited about any of the obvious paths that were available to him in Georgia, USA.BC had world class riding, and bike industry career options that pulled him north and kept him on Canadian soil after his schooling was completed. With a position at Race Face providing ample opportunity for growth, Devyn began falling in love with the BC riding community, and the bike industry in general. At some point during those years of living and working in the lower Mainland, Devyn made a short trip to Kamloops that decided his next move. “I just remember the speed of the trails and feeling the smaller town vibe. Everyone was so friendly. And then I rode a trail near Savona, and I was just hooked.” Devyn’s work life kept him on the coast while he dreamed of moving to Kamloops. But when his wife, (who happened to grow up in Kamloops) found work as a teacher in the city, the changes took care of themselves. Devyn...

Finding ‘The Real Stoke’ in Revelstoke, BC

Revelstoke, BC is an outdoor recreation paradise. You name it, they have it. They even have some of the worlds best coffee and beer shops in this relatively small town of 7,230 people. This past weekend Revelstoke hosted the first ever Enduro World Series North American event in Canada. It was organized by the Canadian Enduro Series in partnership with Tourism Revelstoke, Revelstoke Cycling Association, Mountain Biking BC and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. A true partnership as highlighted by this effervescent community. The Community. This is really what separates Revelstoke from any other destination; the trail club here is super strong and they’ve really taken a 10,000 foot view of their master planning. You can see this when you ride here, there is every type of trail experience. You have high-alpine ridge rides like Keystone, flowy blue jump trails in the MacPherson network, steep-tech-gnar on Boulder mountain, helicopter biking on Mt. Cartier and then BC’s newest bike park at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (opening this year). With the recent explosion of everything ‘enduro’, it’s been an interesting ride to see how this transition has helped shape the riding experience and the ever expanding networks that the Revelstoke Cycling Association manages. For this event every racer was asked to become a member of the Revelstoke Cycling Association garnering approximately $10,400 in membership revenue for the RCA! If you’d like to donate or become a member of the RCA, you can do that here. Revelstoke holds a place in many peoples heart. It truly is about the ‘place’ once you come here you never, ever, want to...
WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2019 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC “BIKES AND BEER” 7 DAY GIVEAWAY

WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2019 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC “BIKES AND BEER” 7 DAY GIVEAWAY

VANCOUVER, BC May 31, 2019 - Over 2,600 entries were received from over 30 different countries for this year’s weeklong mountain biking prize trip in British Columbia. This year’s lucky winner is Anthony Boussetta from North Vancouver, BC. Anthony has invited his good friend and riding buddy, Blaise Ratcliffe to share this unforgettable adventure. Anthony was selected among 10 random finalists who had to convince a panel of judges in 500 word or less why they should be the chosen one for this incredible experience. Anthony impressed our judges as a passionate and motivated rider who recently immigrated to Canada from France because of BC’s reputation for mountain biking. Anthony loves riding technical singletrack and can’t wait to explore more trails throughout the province. This year’s trip will feature a mix of old and new school trails as we explore some lesser known mountain bike destinations including Castlegar, Cranbrook, Invermere, Radium Hotsprings, Kelowna and Merritt. Some of these destinations are better known for their other world class products and experiences but they also happen to have great trails! The trip will run from June 20-27. Highlights during the trip will be posted on Mountain Biking BC’s Facebook page and Instagram. Mountain Biking BC would like to express its thanks to everyone that entered the contest and especially to our...
The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

This trip is for anyone who has biked in the Sea to Sky a few times and is looking for some new ride ideas. Or for someone who lives in Vancouver and rides the Shore lots, but doesn’t have a huge interest in the bike park or typically venture much past Squamish on the weekends. If this sounds like you, then hopefully you will find something inspiring in the routes and photos below. 

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

Too busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you what to do, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too. If you are already a “local” these might still be worth checking out, we could have some refreshing ideas for: rides, coffee, beers and apres eats. Or just skip to the comments below and tell us what a S*** job we did. This third installment, the Front Country Adventure, serves to satiate your appetite for adventure, while not totally draining your wallet. We cannot say the same for your legs and your lungs, this is a big weekend of riding that will test even the fittest of mountain bike enthusiasts. If this doesn’t sound like your style, don’t worry, our fourth and final itinerary for the Frequent Visitor is toned down on the pedaling, but still packed with some rad local trail insight, so stay tuned. The itinerary you are about to read contains some of the most technically challenging trails in the Sea to Sky corridor, and should only be attempted by riders with advanced to expert technical abilities. We aren’t kidding, this...
Exploring Northern BC with Ryan Creary

Exploring Northern BC with Ryan Creary

Ryan grew up on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. This was where he first discovered mountain biking; he used to race on the rooty and soggy coastal bush trails around the province’s local circuit. After university, Ryan migrated west to British Columbia, and he now calls Revelstoke home. The high alpine trails that surround the town are one of the reasons he loves Revelstoke so much. “I love to ride my bike both up and down; it’s like ski touring for me. Revelstoke is surrounded by long logging road climbs with amazing downhills and some of the best high alpine singletrack in western Canada”, he says. Ryan is very passionate about the outdoors, and when he’s not taking photographs, he spends his time biking, kayaking and climbing in the summers. A long time contributor to Bike Magazine and many other mountain bike publications around the world, Ryan has been a full time professional mountain sports photographer for almost 20 years. Always on the hunt for exquisite light, moody scenes and unique angles - “I’m intrigued by the subtle moments of the activities I pursue as well as the cultural side of mountain sports.”   Big things are happening in Valemount.. some of the sweetest flow and berms of the whole trip. Jay Starnino rolling fast on the High Roller Trail, Valemount, BC. I had no idea how good the trails would be in Prince George..fast flow, technical and a plethora of built up features. As good as anywhere in southern BC. Glenn King, local ripper gave us the tour. Presidants Choice Trail, Pidherny Recreation Site. Prince...
Backcountry Adventure in the South Chilcotins

Backcountry Adventure in the South Chilcotins

oo busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you where to go, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too.

Riding Through Ash & Renewal

Riding Through Ash & Renewal

The last two years have been tough on the psyche watching the clouds of smoke and ash build up across the province and in the air around us. With 2017 and now 2018 being the two worst years on record for wild fires, it is understandable to worry as to how our communities, and the trails we love to ride, can withstand the onslaught. In August, amongst the fires and towering clouds of smoke that ranged across the interior regions of BC and as far east as Manitoba, myself and my colleague and friend Thomas Schoen joined up with journalists and professional riders Julia Hoffman and Daniel Schaefer, and professional photographer Paul Masukowitz from German Bike Magazine. They had come to BC to travel and ride with Thomas and myself and to learn about our work through the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program and First Journey Trails.