Bike Minded People Chapter Three: Devyn Pelley

Bike Minded People Chapter Three: 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...
Bike Minded People Chapter 2 – Tyler Maine

Bike Minded People Chapter 2 – Tyler Maine

In the always-quiet, sometimes dark and dank, but always flowing forests of the Fraser Valley, it might appear as if very little is happening. With world renowned riding hotspots only a couple hours up and down the highway in either direction, it’s surprisingly easy to pass through the valley without the thought of stopping for a ride. But for those in the know, something special resides in these woods. And this is precisely why Tyler Maine calls the Fraser Valley home. Tyler Maine, Santa Cruz Bicycles’ Western Canadian Brand Manager found a home just below the trails of the Fraser Valley in the winter of 2005, almost by accident. After a few years of being immersed in a bike-centric lifestyle as a shop employee in Calgary, Alberta, Tyler was dreaming of the mountain town lifestyle celebrated in places like Smithers, Golden and Revelstoke. It was by fortunate coincidence that a store customer, named Radek, invited Tyler to visit Chilliwack on the terms of a work offer that winter. When Tyler found mid-December trail riding, and the pace of life he’d been imagining, he packed up his 4Runner and hit the road to become the first employee of a small mountain bike website, called Pinkbike. With mountain biking growing at a steady pace, Tyler found his job at Pinkbike exciting and dynamic. He was creatively challenged and constantly building new connections around the cycling community. And to this day, Tyler remains incredibly appreciative of his opportunity to be involved in building what has grown to be a media behemoth. But at some point, after over a decade in that role,...
Bike Minded People: Chapter One – Claire Buchar

Bike Minded People: Chapter One – Claire Buchar

“It can be a bit tricky to explain, and I suppose it depends on who’s asking,”admits Claire.“But I’m a graphic designer and a mountain bike athlete.” In addition to the obvious professional titles that Claire Buchar may sign beside her name, she’s also a coach, dog mom, role model for young riders, and a lover of life on two wheels. With a deep love for her riding community and the natural world that surrounds her, Claire has fashioned her own version of living the mountain bike dream in Whistler, B.C. Claire grew up in North Vancouver and spent much of her youth bouncing around between nearby locations. And although Whistler may be where she collects her mail and rests her head, it’s within the wild tangle of ocean, fresh water, forests and mountains of the Sea to Sky region where she truly feels at home. “I’ve got deep connections and strong relationships with so many people in this region, but somehow, the forest still feels even bigger to me. These forests have taken care of me. I really mean it.” In the Whistler community, Claire is mentor for young riders through and through.While Kovarik Racing offers a channel to provide guidance for young riders with the dreams of racing careers spinning in their heads, Claire provides care and attention for riders of all sorts. “People lean on me like I know what I’m doing. And I really appreciate that… I mean, its cool they they think of me that way, but I’m definitely still learning a lot myself.” And although she’s mostly left her racing career in the rear...
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...
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...
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,...
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...