Monday, September 27, 2010

Bikes, lights & desert heat...Vegas...

Last week was the Interbike show in Vegas where the North American bike scene meets up annually. The main purpose of the event is to showcase next year's cool bike stuff; retailers place orders, shake some hands, bro down - you name it, it was there. I'm sorry to say that i didn't take one single photo from the event which upon retrospect was lame. I connected with lots of friends who work in the bike industry and met some great people. Actually, there's one photo in here from the show - of Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Richey Schley getting inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. You'll recognize them from the fros...remember the Fro Riders?? Then you step out into the hot desert air and get swept up in the lights and action of the other world that is the sad world of the Vegas strip...

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

old school

There's something cool about old black and white photographs from the 50's of stylee people and their bikes.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Trim the fat

This video rules. The only word spoken is "whoooo" and there's no music needed. Rumour has it that this trail is in Revelstoke. It's in BC for sure. Who cares really? That's the beauty of it. It's straight up riding goodtimes with some innovative shots by Freeride Entertainment and solid riding by Matt Hunter.

Matt Hunter Descends 5000 feet of singletrack from on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


woke up this morning to a steady drizzle and intermittent showers off the Pacific. ride was planned for 9am, no worries though, it's Saturday. pour a fresh cup of strong coffee from my french press, go for a walk with the baby and see what the day will bring. 11 am text comes in, "it's clearing, let's go." drive across the bridge and the showers return, start the climb in the rain. bummer, but im on my bike so im happy. the forest is beautiful, full of mist and soul. the rain stops and the roots are greasy like bacon grease. pop out of the forest into bright sunshine. great ride, great friends...riding rules!


Joe and Jonny, top of the climb.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jordan Manley

I just went for a great ride on the North Shore's Dark Side trails with the very talented man behind the lens, Jordan Manley. Do you like photography as much as i do? Jordan has talent, and man can he ride a bike too - he's like a sword-wielding ninja attacking the forest with me chasing him down the mountain! Check out this slideshow of his that appeared in the 2009 Pro Photographer Showdown:

And while we're at it, sit back and enjoy this little ski travel doc created by Jordan.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The one?

Could you answer the question "what was your best ride of all time?" Is it possible to accurately respond? Was it the group that you were with? The fresh bike between your legs? The epic location? Or the conditions perhaps? Tough call eh? It must be a combination of all these things and more, the perfect storm of mountain biking good times. It's like skiing, where numerous times over a season you nail a morning, or a perfect powder line in the trees and catch yourself saying to someone..."that was the best day ever!"
A ride that sticks out for me in recent years and has to be one of the best...if not the a ride i did in Peru with Wayo Stein and a group of animals from BC in April 2009. This one was mostly downhill, 56 kms long, with sections of the juiciest singletrack you could imagine. It was a burly approach, a way to long, way to crazy road in the Andes, but of so very worth it. I will go back and ride this trail again. OMG! Trust me on this one. Anyway, here's a photo of some of the crew that day nearing the shores of the Pacific and the end of the ride. Soon after this photo was taken i took a pretty big header too....I was punched!

YT & AK: that's a wrap!

A big thanks to the group who joined us on our first official Midnight Sun trip recently in the Yukon Territory and Alaska. From all reports and looking at the was a total success despite some fiesty fall weather. And more thanks to guides Ray Warner and Devo, the owner of Icycle Sports in Whitehorse, for leading the group up and down the mountains and across the landscape...cheers!!
Stay tuned for next year's dates and details...
 Top of the world!
Fall colours...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Silver Fern: a New Zealand road trip

11 nights & 12 days. What can be packed into this limited time? In the country of New Zealand as it turns out, a whole lot. This new trip promises to ride a good chunk of NZ, undoubtedly one of the planet's most beautiful places. From the rugged, high snowy peaks of the Southern Alps, to the Canterbury Plains and seaside singletrack near Christchurch, to beautiful Nelson, then over to the capital Wellington and it's rolling green hills, to Lake Taupo's geothermal landscape of volcanos, to Rotorua's vibrant Maori culture and lush old-growth singletrack and finally into Auckland for final night festivities and the flight home. A road trip from one end to the other, are you in? It's XC with a little all-mountain sprinkled in and in the heart of the southern summertime. Silver Fern, come join us next March!
photo: Derek Frankowski

Thursday, September 09, 2010

This week on the front lines, Midnight Sun...Yukon Territory & Alaska

Internet has been sporadic at best on our Midnight Sun trip, but guide Ray Warner has squeaked out a few update images from the high north...
 The group approaching the Samuel Glacier.
 Setting sun in Kluane National sky at night, mountain bikers delight...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

What's in the bag?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Yukon and Alaska week

This year's highly anticipated Midnight Sun trip starts this Sunday in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Missed this year's trip? Here are some pics to get you dreaming about joining us next year in the pristine and beautiful high north with great fall colours....

Lifecycles teaser...whoa!