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....

Nanaimo Children Benefit from Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation Partnership with Pink Bike and “Share the Ride” Initiative

For Immediate Release:  30 Nanaimo children will receive bikes, helmets and locks this August thanks to the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation’s partnership with Pink Bike. Pink Bike’s Share the Ride program raises money to provide disadvantaged children with the opportunity to experience the joy of riding by equipping them with bicycles and basic riding essentials. “The Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation is excited to partner with Pink Bike again for Share the Ride this year to provide bikes to 30 children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to have a bicycle,” said Michelle Corfield, founder of the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. The bike giveaway will take place on August 4th at the Stevie Smith Bike Park during the intermission of the Red Bull Pump Track Qualifying Races. The bikes will be distributed by professional riders with all of the children receiving the donations in attendance. To determine the recipients of the local donations, the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Association developed a set of criteria based on the founding principles of the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. In addition to promoting physical activity, wellness and environmental sustainability, Share the Ride strives to give kids their first taste of independence, raise their self esteem and inspire them to believe that anything is possible. Since the program was created, Share the Ride has raised over $150,000 in donations and has brought smiles to hundreds of children around the world. To learn more about Pink Bike’s Share the Ride initiative, please visit  https://www.pinkbike.com/sharetheride. For more information about the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation and its partnership with Pink Bike, please contact Michelle Corfield at michellecorfield@shaw.ca. Following the tragic passing of Canada’s most accomplished downhill...
Fernie Stoke. Riding Fernie with Vince Mo

Fernie Stoke. Riding Fernie with Vince Mo

Vince Mo…   “Monstrous climbs reap epic views. Not many come greater than this one high up on Mount Fernie” Rider: Phil McLachlan Trail - Stupid Traverse “The mighty Western Red Cedar once dominated the landscape in Fernie. Many were destroyed by forest fire, however the old remnants are still a stunning head-turner.” Rider: Pat McGee Trail - Project 9 “When daylight drops into dusk, even the most straightforward trail can transform into different beast when illuminated by a head beam.” Trail - Eco-Terrorist “Stoke levels are high, cardio fitness and leg strength is low in the early season (in personal experience). It’s a perfect day when you can squeeze in a handful of lift-assisted runs at Fernie Alpine Resort without ever having to face a climb.” Rider: Jennifer Peterson & Josh Springle Trail - Mr Berms “Race events at Fernie Alpine Resort are a huge highlight on the summer calendar.” Trail - Rumplestumpskin “Summer days eventually make way for cooler mornings, golden landscapes, and tacky dirt to throw into - what is there to not love about fall time riding? ” Rider: JF Des Lauriers & Jennifer McHugh Trail - Swine Flu “Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the popularity of fat bikes seem to be on the rise here. Fantastic volunteers and trail grooming means you don’t ever need to stop riding here even when your buddies are out on skis and snowboards.” Rider: Mady Wassick Trail - Sidewinder   Think you have what it takes to be our next #mtbBC Guestagrammer? Email us at media@mountainbiking.bc! ...

Announcement: Inaugural Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium​.

The International Mountain Bike Association Canada (IMBA - Canada) and the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) would like to announce the inaugural Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium. The symposium will be taking place October 12th through 14th, 2018 in North Vancouver, British Columbia and for the inaugural theme we have chosen “Building a Diverse Mountain Bike Community”. Our organizations wish to host a timely conversation on the need for us all to work collectively towards ensuring mountain biking is seen as an open and inclusive recreational pursuit. We want to introduce new perspectives, outline why this is an important issue and help create a cohesive vision for building a diverse mountain bike community. Keynotes, presentations and panel discussions will be hosted on the following topics: Privilege and the Mountain Bike Community, Building First Nations Relationships, Adaptive Mountain Biking, Supporting Youth Voices, Encouraging Female Representation and Reducing Barriers to Participation. Space will be provided to facilitate conversation and answer questions through the delivery of discussion groups and workshops. We’ll also be making time for ad hoc conversation and reflection through some organized trail work and numerous group rides! We wish to be a spark that ignites further conversations within individual communities on how each of us has a part to play in ensuring mountain biking is seen as an inclusive and open space for all - building a diverse mountain bike community one rider and trail at a time. We hope that you will join us this fall for this exciting and important discussion! Please fill out our questionnaire if you are interested in attending and if you would...

Cumberland Climbing Trail Project

News Release For immediate Release April 4, 2018 Climbing trail will be added to the Cumberland trail network Cumberland, BC – The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) will be working towards the addition of a non-motorized climbing trail approximately 4km long that will allow users to access the upper part of the trail network without having to travel on resource roads. The network’s popularity with both local trail users and visitors continues to grow, with an estimated 100,000 trail visits in 2017.  “Currently, there is no climbing primary trail or series of trails that connects the main entrance of the trail network to the upper network area,” said Erik Holbek, UROC President. “This means trail users either have to climb up trails where there is fast moving downhill traffic or climb up resource roads that can have regular industrial traffic.”  While Cumberland’s trail network features over 100 km of singletrack, there are few uphill primary trails. “This climbing trail will serve as an important travel corridor for all trail users of the Cumberland network, as it will offer a safer, more enjoyable experience by shifting traffic off the regularly used resource roads and away from downhill trails, while also allowing UROC to properly plan and implement a trail experience that is consistent with existing best practices,” said Nathan Kwan, UROC Trail Manager. “We are hoping to have the trail laid out and planned this year, then begin construction in 2019.” Holbek said “the Cumberland trail network is an incredible recreation asset for locals, with users of all ages enjoying access to the trails and surrounding forests. At the same...
The Moment Public Release

The Moment Public Release

It’s hard to imagine what mountain biking would be without the influence of freeriding on the sport. Our favourite web edits, our local mountain bike parks, our baggy shorts and pretty much everything else we consider as part of “normal” mountain bike culture has been influenced by freeriding in one way or another. Yet, it’s not often we think about how it all came to be. Until now. Skateboarding has “Dogtown & Z-Boys”. Surfing has “Riding Giants”. Freestyle Motocross has “Unchained”. And now, 20 years in the making, freeride mountain biking has its own film about its origin story and how it influenced mountain biking. After a world tour that included over 50 sold out shows in 7 countries, “The Moment” is now being released to a global audience on iTunes and Vimeo on Demand.  Enjoy!    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/themomentofficial...

Female Directed “The Moment” to Close Whistler Film Festival

Whistler, BC (November 8, 2017) – Darcy Hennessey Turenne, award-winning
director from British Columbia, is poised to launch her new documentary THE
MOMENT. Closing the Whistler Film Festival, December 3rd, her latest documentary
feature film uncovers the origin of Freeride Mountain Biking, it’s provenance in
British Columbia, and the rebellious group of backwoods adrenaline junkies that
changed the course of a sport that nobody wanted.

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...
Riding Squamish with Guestagrammer Cecile Gambin

Riding Squamish with Guestagrammer Cecile Gambin

What I love about riding in Squamish is the diversity of trails and how green and vibrant the forest is. As a rider, I find it fantastic, with the rocks, roots, moss, slabs, trees, jank, off-cambers, and steep hills working to test me physically and technically. For the photographer in me – well, it’s eye candy.

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....
Exploring Cumberland and Hornby Island with Stephen Shannon

Exploring Cumberland and Hornby Island with Stephen Shannon

Growing up in the West Kootenay, Steve Shannon developed an early love for the outdoors. He began skiing at age two and by high school was firmly addicted to exploring the mountains around home by a variety of means. From those early childhood past times, his appetite for adventure has only grown. His interests have led him around the globe, from racing his dirtbike in the International Six Days Enduro in Chile and Greece, to photographing races in Romania and Mexico. Recent adventures have taken him rafting the Grand Canyon, skiing in Iceland and Norway and mountain biking in the Nepalese Himalaya and Canary Islands. Cedar bridgework highlights Munday’s Child, named after the longtime local builder. Framed by moss laden trees, this lower elevation trail is a visual delight. Trail: Munday’s Child Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby Fireweed in full bloom and the Beaufort mountains lining the horizon. 50:1 is fast and flowy through one of the many cut-blocks in the Cumberland Forest. Trail: 50:1 Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby Following an old abandoned railway, Short Line and Steam Donkey provide a gentle climb up to Vanilla, Truffle Shuffle, Bear Buns and more. Remnants of the railway are still hidden on the side of the trail, some more obvious than others. Trail: Short Line Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby One of the signature descents in Cumberland, Bear Buns is a must ride. It’s quite a climb up to the top, but the reward is a descent full of features. Rocks, roots, berms and flow - this one gets the heart pumping! Trail: Bear Buns Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby...
Exploring Nelson with Guestagrammer Mark Mackay

Exploring Nelson with Guestagrammer Mark Mackay

Born and raised in the remote north Scotland, Mark’s untameable sense of adventure and determination to fulfil a teenage dream led him to the rugged and majestic coastal mountains of Canada’s west coast. Mark’s photographic journey is only just beginning ; yet , he has graced the pages of most major mountain bike magazines worldwide. Based in British Colombia’s breathtaking sea to sky corridor, a Disneyland for the outdoor enthusiast, Mark feels passionate about the world around him and focuses on photographing moments that inspire others to live their dreams

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Creekside Zone Expansion

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Creekside Zone Expansion

WHISTLER, BC July 18, 2017 – After many years in the planning and approval process, crews finally broke ground on 15 kilometres of new mountain biking trails in the Creekside Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Once complete, the first phase of the Creekside expansion will include five new trails, designed to appeal to a variety of ability levels and riding styles, and will increase the amount of lift accessible riding in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park by 20 per cent. It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June 2018.   “The new trails in the Creekside Zone are being built to be suitable for both all-mountain and downhill mountain bikes,” says Brian Finestone, Whistler Mountain Bike Park manager. “The goal is to create a variety of experiences that will be welcoming for intermediate riders as well as trails that are challenging enough to keep advanced riders coming back for more.”   The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with...
Exploring the North Shore trails with Tristan Deggan

Exploring the North Shore trails with Tristan Deggan

From a family of artists, Tristan Deggan has been educated in Canada and in France where he has spent six months of every year since he was born. His interest in photography started at an early age and has grown ever since into what is now a full time profession. As a child his time in the Auvergne was spent roaming the countryside on his bike, peering through his macro lens at the abundant insect and plant life which served as a base for him to expand his photographic horizons to every aspect of photography and now more recently, videography. His work shows his intimate relationship with the rolling hills of the Auvergne, the seascapes of British Columbia and the rugged wilderness of the Okanogan Highlands of eastern Washington State. He works as a full time photographer & videographer in Europe and North America based out of Vancouver, Canada.   To come to the North Shore and not ride Ladies is like holidaying in Italy and not visiting Rome. You’d be stupid not to. This trail was started in 92 by Digger, who set the style for trails on the North Shore and inspired others around the world to follow into the freeride movement. Trail: Ladies Only   Ever thought to yourself what it would feel like to ride a roller coaster on a bike? Kirkford is the place for you if you have. A new school, pristine flow trail carved into the flank of the East side of the mountain is a must do. Trail: Kirkford, Fromme Mt, North Vancouver.   On the East side of the mountain, Kirkford trail can be...

Trans BC Presented By Stages Cycling – Day One Fernie: Straight Out of the Gate

Revelstoke, B.C.— Day one of the 2017 Trans BC Enduro presented by Stages Cycling gave racers a taste of true BC steeps and tech— straight out of the gate— with four stages visiting both sides of the valley overlooking the Elk River. Although Fernie is world-renowned as a powder destination with over 30 feet of snow annually during the winter season, these slopes provide the foundation for sheer, rocky descents that set the tone for the coming week. “The first day is all about getting the cobwebs out— and not to break yourself or your bike,” said Josh Hall (Pemberton, B.C.) Masters Men 40+. “But the stages were sick. I have never ridden Fernie, and it had a bit of everything— big steep sections, sketchy sub-alpine lines through the woods, and even some flow at the end as it mellowed out. It’s going to get harder to hang onto the bars as the week goes on. I can see the wear and tear on the body getting significant.” Riders began their journey on the flanks of the Lizard Range in-bounds at Fernie Alpine Resort, where they sauntered up the Elk lift for part of their transition and pedaled across one of Fernie’s five legendary bowls before dropping straight into Bike Thief— a black diamond descent by B.C. ratings. While the trail moniker may lead you to believe you should ride it like you stole it, racers were cautioned to begin their day with restraint with six long technical days ahead. “We dropped right into what the whole day was going to be about. There was nothing blue about it,” said Robin O’Neill (Whistler, B.C.) Open Women. “All of the trails...
Riding Revelstoke with photographer Bruno Long

Riding Revelstoke with photographer Bruno Long

Riding Revelstoke with photographer Bruno Long Bruno Long is a professional adventure sports photographer based in Revelstoke, BC. Originally hailing from New Brunswick, he quickly left the East Coast behind after graduating from university and began his hunt for tall mountains and deep snow. After a 7-year stint in Jasper National Park, he relocated to Revelstoke with the hopes of carving out a life as a photographer in the Columbia Mountains. Working numerous jobs to help feed his healthy outdoor activity addiction, he also worked tirelessly on crafting his skills as a photographer and occasional writer. In the past several years, that hard work has paid off, with Long becoming a regular contributor to many ski and mountain bike magazine worldwide, including becoming a Senior Photographer with Bike Magazine and Forecast Magazine. The jumps on Boulder Mountain’s Hotdog Hallway were created with a small amount of money and a large amount of effort. Many hours were spent cutting, digging and shaping this area to give the Revelstoke DH community a nice set of jumps to improve their overall jumping skills. Local ripper Stu Dickson shows that all the hard work eventually paid off with a great set of large tabletop jumps in a beautiful setting. In the fall, a local trail area very close to town slowly turns into a beautiful little oasis. The CP Trails are a quick hit directly prom town and are home to a few special spots full of deciduous trees that leave the entire area glowing yellow with leaves. Turn that photo into a black and white image and you are given a unique...

The BCBR Experience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2017 Day 1 – Cumberland With the countdown to the BC Bike Race on, it’s time for us to release the first of our seven-part video series showcasing the communities we visit. Through these edits we will share the unique culture and history of each, as well as, the 2017 course maps for our daily stages! These short stories will touch on the evolution of mountain biking here in BC and what has catapulted our province to a top destination for mountain biking globally. This project was made possible with a grant through British Columbia’s new Marketing Co-Op program. With the province’s support, we are thrilled to have the platform with which to share these communities, which have been such a big part of our success as an event, with the world. In each segment, we will talk to some of the colourful characters who have had a role in the continuing development of mountain biking in their towns. From our Cumberland course designer and owner of the Riding Fool Hostel, Jeremy Grasby, to Dream Wizards and legendary trail builder, Ted Tempany, and even the Godfather of Freeride himself, Wade Simmons, we have a wide array of stories to share about what makes mountain biking happen in our backyard. BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll In just 22 days, racers from 33 countries will arrive in North Vancouver for the BC Bike Race! The action will kick off on July 7 with the first stage in Cumberland before continuing to Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler! Last year’s winner and the...
Exploring Whistler with Guestagrammer Justa Jeskova

Exploring Whistler with Guestagrammer Justa Jeskova

This week we featured photographer Justa Jeskova. Justa was born and raised in communist Czechoslovakia.  In 1998, she decided to follow her dream and moved to BC, Canada because of hockey instead of starting her work career as Wood Sciences and Technology Engineer.  She ended up discovering mountain biking after making the move to Whistler when she photographed her first Crankworx. Eight years on, she no longer chases hockey players and still can’t change a bike tire but what she lacks in mechanic skills is made up by her passion behind the lens and innate ability to hunt down money light. Follow Justa’s work at: Facebook: Justa Jeskova Photography Instagram: @justajeskova Web: https://www.justajeskova.com/       Lost Lake Park has an extensive network of biking trails, great for beginner and intermediate level riders and close to the Whistler village. If you are new to mountain biking, these are great trails to start on. And some of the first to open up for the season! Trail: Lost Lake trails Riders: Candace Shadley and Shalene Shelly Caption: Whistler’s must in my opinion. The first purpose built mountain bike alpine trail offers breathtaking views while you enjoy advanced singletrack at full speed. It is accessed through the Bike Park and requires an additional ticket to access it. Unfortunately riding it at sunset like this shot requires a few strings to be pulled. Trail: Top of the World Rider: Steve Storey When trails get muddy in Whistler, you head to Howler. One of the best trails to ride when Whistler’s getting poured on. The dirt here sheds water well and stays grippy even when others are...
Moms Riding the Fernie Lucky 7’s

Moms Riding the Fernie Lucky 7’s

Jikke Gyorki, a Fernie career mother of two, talks about her participation in the Fernie Lucky 7’s. What category are you riding in the Fernie Lucky 7’s and why? I’m riding in the Women’s 40+ Solo category because I like the challenge and to be able to do it on my own terms. To me it’s a big goal to achieve by myself. How old are your kids’ and are they riding? We have two boys aged 7 and 4. Both boys have been riding since before they were two. We are fortunate to live in a place that is a true mountain bike destination. What is your experience with mountain bike racing? My first race was the bike segment of Tears and Gears Duathlon in Fernie in September 2015. I decided to start racing casually to give me the push I needed to get on my bike more regularly and get fit. A friend of mine did the running segment. Doing your first race as a relay team is great because you then have ‘team’ support and excitement. When you’re a career family with little kids life is busy so making a commitment to a race is a great motivator. My first race was awesome. Though you are nervous to start, once you get going a new mental mindset comes on that pushes you to do your best. It’s a bit of an adrenaline rush. I finished and was happy with my result, and it felt great. All the event organizers and race support that is set up really makes it fun and supportive all around. After my first...