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...
Riding Prince George with Graeme Paterson

Riding Prince George with Graeme Paterson

Growing up in a small town in the Kootenays (Nakusp BC), Graeme was always on a bike. It was a major part of his childhood and remains a key component in his life as an adult. He has lived in BC all his life and therefore feels he have been blessed to ride all of the best zones in the province. With that said, Prince George (Graeme’s hometown) is quickly becoming one of the leading mountain bike scenes in the province. The riding community in Prince George is top notch and the local trail building team has quickly become one of the best in the province and this week Graeme shares it with us with his photography.

Major Improvements Coming to Manning Park Resort: Five New Cabins and Fresh Pavement

Major Improvements Coming to Manning Park Resort: Five New Cabins and Fresh Pavement

Five premium cabins are to be built this summer, with a planned total of 25 new cabins to be constructed over a 5-year period. Complete road paving will be done around the Resort from the highway exit to the Pinewoods building. Guests will enjoy the finished renovations and refurbishing of Pinewoods Dining Room and accommodations. Kevin Demers, owner of Manning Park Resort, announced these major capital improvements scheduled for this spring at Manning Park Resort. Resort guests have frequently requested more cabin accommodations, particularly in peak seasons; “We turn away a lot of families during our busy seasons,” Demers says referencing both outdoor recreation visitors as well as the growing number of weddings at the Resort. “The ‘cabin market’ is growing more popular every year.” “Gathering your family or friends to stay in a cabin in a beautiful park is an incredibly Canadian experience and it creates life-long memories,” adds Mike Barker, general manager of Manning Park Resort. “We are delighted to announce the short term plan of 5 new cabins starting immediately, with a longer plan of building 25 in total.” The new premium cabins will sleep up to 12 people, with 2 complete bathrooms. They will each feature a loft and a large covered deck. Most cabins will be located near Windy Joe’s Hall, with some planned around the existing cabins. Work begins this week on the premium cabins with the first footings and foundations being poured. Demers plans a phased approach to building the cabins, scheduling 5 cabins to be built per year, over the span of 5 years. By the time all the cabins are...

Cumberland Mountain Bike Association Hiires Trail Manager

News Release For immediate Release January 5, 2017   Cumberland mountain bike association hires Trail Manager   Cumberland, BC – The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Nathan Kwan as the association’s new Trail Manager.  “As its first ever paid position, the hiring of a Trail Manager is a key milestone for UROC ,“ said Erik Holbek, President of  the United Riders of Cumberland.   “Our organization and its responsibilities have been growing, in part due to our new Land Access Agreement with the Village of Cumberland and private (forest) land owners,” said Holbek. “The demands on the volunteer board are becoming too great to fully capitalize on our opportunities. Through the continued support of our local businesses, the Village of Cumberland, the CVRD, and our members, we are able to fund this part-time Trail Manager position.”   In addition to meeting the obligations of the Land Access Agreement, Kwan’s role is to help UROC plan and implement trail maintenance and enhancement projects, implementing signage projects and work towards continual improvement of the trail network. The position will also be an important connection between the association and key partners related to trail management. “As UROC continues to take on a leadership role in local outdoor recreation, the Trail Manager will help us increase our capacity to administer and maintain the trail network”, said Holbek.   “I’m excited and honoured to join the UROC organization that has been doing strong work in the community advocating for and facilitating recreational mountain bike activities,” said Kwan. With a deep passion for mountain biking, Kwan’s goal is...
Tannins & Trails; Big Reds & Single Tracks in the South Okanagan

Tannins & Trails; Big Reds & Single Tracks in the South Okanagan

This was not our first visit to the illustrious wine country of British Columbia’s South Okanagan with bikes in tow, and we’d learned a few hard lessons last year that paid off in spades on the second attempt. If you read no further, heed only the warning of Puncture Vine and bring plenty of tubes along for the ride.

Explore Vancouver Island Through the Eyes of Photographer Dave Silver

Explore Vancouver Island Through the Eyes of Photographer Dave Silver

This week Guestagrammer: Dave Silver. Originally from Toronto and based in Nanaimo, Dave loves the lifestyle and year round riding on an ever evolving network of incredible trails there. You will always find him shooting/riding mountain bikes in the summer and skiing in the winter.

WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2016 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC  7 DAY GIVEAWAY

WINNER SELECTED FOR THE 2016 MOUNTAIN BIKING BC 7 DAY GIVEAWAY

VANCOUVER, BC – Over 2,000 entries were received from over 30 different countries for this year’s week long mountain biking prize trip to British Columbia. This year’s lucky winner is Jacqueline Odermatt from Flims Waldhaus, Switzerland. Jacqueline has invited her Canadian friend, Michelle Davies, to share this unforgettable adventure.
Jacqueline 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. Jacqueline impressed our judges as a passionate and motivated bike girl from Switzerland who loves to ride technical singletrack and wants to encourage more women to be adventurous and explore trails on their mountain bikes.

Exploring Vancouver, Coast and Mountain Region with @margusriga

Exploring Vancouver, Coast and Mountain Region with @margusriga

Meet our first #mtbBC Instagrammer of the week, @margusriga! Not one to document from arms length, photographer, Margus Riga enjoys being in the middle of the action. Whether he is spending days unassisted exploring the backcountry or tirelessly navigating the steep slopes of Red Bull Rampage, his shared experience with the athletes allows for images that communicate an authentic story.