5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

Discover BC through the eyes of its locals photographers!  This week, we’re featuring Vernon through the eyes of Dylan Sherrard.   This week we are riding in Vernon with Noah Brousseau! “Vernon is a mountain bike playground. It’s so cool to live here with trails out the back door, Silver Star just up the road, and the lake just around the corner. My summer days spent riding at home are the best. I’m stoked for you to follow along this week.” “It gets so hot around here in the summer. Some iced coffee, a little water melon, and a cruise up to Silver Star sure helps make the air feel cool. The chairlift carries us for fast and cruisy laps while the trails are smooth and flowy. There’s so many lines here and the summer breeze is exactly what I need. I love it.” “Summer light in Vernon is crazy. Sometimes, when theres a fire in the hills somewhere, we get this wild pink light buzzing through the evening. When I’m flying down a single track and carving turns above the lake, the glow doesn’t even feel real.” “Summer is so good around here. This is the first year I can remember than I’ve got some free time to spend close to home, and I’m definitely making the most of it. Laps in the park, floating in the lakes, pedalling into the evenings… I don’t want to be anywhere else.” “It’s nuts when you realize there’s only so many summer days left before fall. But this summer in Vernon and Silver Star have been legendary, and it’s still not over yet. I’ll...
Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of Ryan Creary

Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of 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.” “I just love the old burns and different color hues in the Okanagan - Jay Starnino speeding down Jabbarocky on the Rose Valley network.” Kelowna, BC “Jay Starnino and Sabrina Gauthier heading down the Connector Trail towards Rocky Screech at sunset. Crawford Trails at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park - Kelowna , BC Being based in Revelstoke and getting to ride rainforest trails, its a real treat to hit the Okanagan’s semi desert like trails....
5 Photos That Capture the Beauty of Riding Kamloops

5 Photos That Capture the Beauty of Riding Kamloops

There are few places in the world  that can compare with Kamloops. This weeks guestagrammer Dylan Sherrard shares some of his favourite photos of Kamloops BC.   In Kamloops, this spring was slow to come. A long shoulder season, a cool evening breeze an desaturated skies created a larger than average itch for the drying of the trails to arrive. But finally, one dark and stormy night, the concrete skies gave way to warm wind and soft light and suddenly it was go time. The Kamloops Bike Ranch is where the party always starts. The kids who frequent the park are on a whole new level. And the positive impact of growing up with the infrastructure this park provides is glaringly obvious each time their tires begin to turn. At the Ranch, the arrival of the season is celebrated with events such as the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops Freeride Camp and the River Beaver Classic. As riders gather from far and wide to party in the park, they set the stage for the long and wonderful season ahead. When the warmer breeze comes blowing through the valley, it paints the hills a most glorious scene. The firing greens and golds are fleeting moments in the story of the year, but this season, they seemed to last forever. And the trails continued on rolling that way. We enjoy the classic laps that never grow old and dive in to the turns of the new trails we’ll spend the coming years keen to learn. The skies are warm and wild in colour, the rain keeps the trails incredible, and every evening we chase...
Riding Penticton

Riding Penticton

Penticton’s mountain bike scene has always been healthy and vibrant, but like its residents, it has preferred to be more riding and building, with less talking and show. Despite this, word has spread about it’s 4 distinct and extensive trail networks. Each of these being unique to each other with different terrain styles, and ability levels. Conveniently all trail networks in Penticton are mere minutes riding time from the city centre. The headliner is the legendary Three Blind Mice trail network which has hosted the BC Enduro Series 3 out of the past 4 years. One year being a double-day with so many trails to sample.

Brew Loops Pub Crawl 2017

Brew Loops Pub Crawl 2017

Dark skies and the threat of downpour could not dim the spirits and mob mentality of hundreds of cyclists as we gathered at Pioneer Park for the annual Brew Loops Beer Festival, Bicycle Pub Crawl. For onlookers and folks out of the know, it must have been quite the site. Over two hundred people gathered in the park, on bicycles, all prepared to celebrate the season. It was almost overwhelming. And it made a cool October evening appear as wild and exciting as a hot summer day. I saw leather jackets, mohawks, and jean vests. I heard gangster rap bumping from bluetooth speakers strapped beneath saddles. And before I could digest anymore of the scene, it was already time to roll. The bike gang embarked along the tunnel of autumn tones that bench the Thompson River in the longest train I’d ever scene. Bobbing and weaving between the reds and yellows that line the River’s Trail, and flooding the patios of any nearby pubs, I wondered how any of this was possible. The entire cycling community of Kamloops, from every imaginable demographic, riding bikes and drinking beer together. Maybe it was magic? It certainly felt like magic, as the train rolled in to Riverside Park and pulled out onto the pier for our final stop of the tour. Shortly after our arrival, the clouds all tore apart and the most glorious of gold skies illuminated the valley. We tipped back our final glasses beneath the setting sun, and set off on the home stretch before the light was done. And just as our train began to cross the bridge,...
Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with Guestagrammer @dylansherrard

Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with Guestagrammer @dylansherrard

Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with guestagrammer @dylansherrard Dylan grew up in the Yukon, transplanted to Kamloops, and lives a life absorbed by bikes. As a man of many hats between Specialized Bicycles, Bicycle Cafe Kamloops, Shred Hard Summer Camps at Sun Peaks Resort, and multiple media outlets, Dylan juggles his many roles with the common goal of using bicycles to inspire a positive lifestyle.   Sun Peaks Resort leaves the lift turning till 7pm every night, all summer. The final few evening laps before the sun sinks into the horizon are guaranteed to be cool, but rarely to be calm. Rider - @kye_melnechuk Trail - Barn Burner at Sun Peaks Resort There is a very distinct moment toward the tail end of August at Sun Peaks when the light and the colours have all softened and Autumn is clearly coming in. Rider - @lyndensandy  Trail - Route 66 at Sun Peaks Resort Cool and breezy in the alpine bloom. Rider - Blaise Trail - Ain’t No Scrubs at Sun Peaks Resort What could possibly be more a more perfect way to manage a hot summer day, than relaxing by the lake? Maybe riding up the mountain to relax at a quiet alpine lake, and then crushing a couple thousand feet of singletrack on your way out? Rider - @sara7rose Trail - Altitude at Sun Peaks Resort It’s all good, it’s all gold. @kye_melnechuk only stops hot-lapping when the light runs out. Rider - @kye_melnechuk Trail - DH at Sun Peaks Resort A cool and foggy morning is a rare sight during the summer months at Sun Peaks. A...
Exploring Kelowna with Guestagrammer Niall Pinder

Exploring Kelowna with Guestagrammer Niall Pinder

Niall Pinder is an adventure sports photographer who spent the last five years in Kelowna, currently living in North Vancouver.  “I’ve been riding mountain bikes for the past 24 years, and my goal is the capture the freedom and adventure of mountain biking in images. A group ride in March a few years back with some really good friends.  Smoke from a controlled burn was sitting all over the valley, and we were riding through the burning slash.  Unplanned, but it was a really unique and fun day for shooting and riding.    Slik 50 trail, Rose Valley, West Kelowna / rider Geoff Sanz.A One of the neat things about Smith creek is that every so often you poke out the these beautiful views of the valley.  Anthony pinned it through this section, which in Smith Creek style is sketchy dust and pebble on hardpack. Holy Pail trail, Smith Creek, West Kelowna / rider Anthony Evans. I have always liked this shot because it sums up Vapour Trail perfectly:  you can absolutely fly down it and catch these amazing sunset views.  It’s just such a fun trail to race your buddies down. Vapour Trail, Crawford, Kelowna / rider Dave Shearer.   This was shot during filming of Kelowna Harvest.  This trail was unsanctioned when this was shot, but MTBco has put in countless hours advocating for the Gillard trail system, and the area is finally sanctioned.  Its a huge step for Kelowna mountain biking, because its an amazing riding area with great lines and big woodwork.   Yo Mama trail, Gillard, Kelowna / riders Matt Monod and Anthony Evans....
Shred Hard Summer Camp 2017

Shred Hard Summer Camp 2017

I dive deep into the dog days of summer. Wild flowers paint the forest, the laps keep coming, and the light seems to last forever. The season is energizing. I do all that I can to share the buzz of the summer with everyone around me. And the absolute pinnacle of sharing begins each morning at Shred Hard Summer Camp.

The River Beaver 2017

The River Beaver 2017

Words and photos by Dylan Sherrad It was a long and laid back beginning to the spring season in Kamloops. The typical ‘hit the ground running’ sensation the locals are familiar with was exchanged with a considerably mellower preload into things. That slower pace made for a nice match in the land of easy going, smooth rolling single track, while the locals leaned in to celebrate the coming of spring at The River Beaver Classic. You could say the River Beaver Classic was a long time coming. But growth in the world renowned riding destination of Kamloops has always taken place in a relaxed and organic fashion. So for those of us who live here, the inception of a multi disciplinary festival and a bike culture celebration at the Kamloops Bike Ranch felt as if it was right on time. In recent times, the Kamloops Bike Ranch has exploded in size and infrastructure. Under the watchful eyes of the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre and the massive forearms of legendary builder, Brad Stuart, the Ranch has developed into a truly world class venue for riders of any discipline.   Having a world class facility like the Kamloops Bike Ranch as a local playground has instilled an easy-to-see sense of camaraderie and community amongst the riders who frequent the park. They take nothing for granted as bicycles bring them together. They don’t only take care of their jumps, they take care of each other, too. And their arms are always wide open to new or visiting riders.    Friday Night Lights When the River Beaver Kicked off on Friday night, swarms...
Five Things You Need to Know About Valemount’s New Bike Park

Five Things You Need to Know About Valemount’s New Bike Park

Rolling into Valemount, British Columbia, there’s simply no denying the natural beauty of this quant locale, reputed as gateway to the towering, imposing, legendary Mount Robson. The village spreads from the base of Fox Mountain, itself the meeting point of three major ranges, and just across Fox River lays the Valemount Mountain Bike Park, a community affair managed by the Valemount & Area Recreation Development Association.