Sunday, May 30, 2010

Live in Vancouver? Slideshow & short films next Thurs!

Come out and get inspired to ride. Photos from around the globe and short video clips. Read about it on NSMB. Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cloudraker in the Swiss Alps

I just got an email from a Swiss friend, Raphael Faiss, who's guided some of our Cloudraker trips in years past. His email was simple, "incredible ride," was all it said with the photo below and the photo above attached. Indeed Raph, that was an incredible ride. I remember that particular trip...it was mid-August and the weather was particularly fiesty. Usually we get a few tough moments weather-wise...a rainy morning or full day of drizzle or maybe even some fresh snow in the highest rides. On this trip it was nasty for what seemed like seven out of ten days. I remember leaving the Cabane de Mont Fort one morning (after spending the night) and it was pissing rain, cold, and almost snowing. Ouch. We started the day with a traverse and then a very very long downhill to the Rhone Valley far below. By the time we started the descent my fingers were frozen, fortunately by the time we arrived at the van it was hot and sun was out. The photos above and below are a few days later, just before dropping into the famous Brazilian descent. What trumps my memories of the tough weather was the group. Despite the challenges we pulled together and gelled like old friends, helping each other up and down the big mountains, laughing at the tough moments and buying extra rounds of beers at the end of each day. If any of you from that group are reading this...thanks for the great rides. And to all of you who've joined us on our Cloudraker trip over the years...thanks for joining us! We pioneered some of the rides in the Valais region believe it or not. Cloudraker has always been my favorite trip, it's not always easy, but it sure is worth it...And thanks Raphael for taking time to be such a great companion in your backyard. Maybe one day i will be able to keep up to you on the climbs!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Trans Portugal

Friends just got home from the TRANSPORTUGAL multi stage race that crosses Portugal from the North to South over 9 stages totalling approximately 1150 km. Hmmmmmm, that's 127 kms per day by the way, a whole lot of mountain biking! The race starts in the city of Bragan├ža and finishes in Sagres in the Algarve with only 60 participants max at the start line. Do you want to do the 2011 version? It sounds tough, but beautiful! Check out these great photos by Carlos Dias. Makes me want to go riding in Portugal!

Live in Calgary? You could win a spot on our Alpenrock DH trip...

If you live in Calgary and are looking for a new bike...buy a Trek from Calgary Cycle and you'll be entered to win a spot on our famous Alpenrock DH trip with Joe Schwartz. The odds are pretty good that you'll be riding sweet singletrack in the land of cows, cheese and big, big mountains...see you in Geneva!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ride with Joe in the Alps

Some sweet views from Big Mountain guide and teacher extraordinaire Joe Schwartz, summer 2009. Former pro mountain biker with mad skills, professional heli ski and mountain bike guide,  cultural aficionado, French speaker, master mountain bike instructor and the kind of great guy that you want to hang out with...could Joe be the ultimate guide? Want to ride with Joe this summer? I think we might have a few spots left on our Alpenrock DH trip.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ten things about mountain biking in Whistler

Thanks to our friends at Chromag for this...

Monday, May 17, 2010

not a bad day. more Brendan...

Brendan Semenuk and his Rock Shox in Durango

Smooth like butter. It's such a pleasure to watch Brendan rail the Colorado dirt with impressive precision yet natural slackness.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

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