Autumn is a time of change. More of a transition than a season, the fall puts summer to rest with cold temperatures, short days and rain. Jolted out of the lazy, idyllic atmosphere of the prior months, fall is usually an abrupt slap in the face, a reminder that winter is just around the corner.
I raced the soon-to-be infamous Whistler 4 Kings race on the weekend. Infamous; meaning that tales of this race will soon be blown to mythical proportions, inspiring some and frightening many. There are many tales of mountain top bike failures, facial stitches, cramping bodies and fragile psyches. Above these horror stories, though, will rise the […]
Your breath sharply taken away as you dive into the alpine pool, ringed on all sides by the remaining winter’s snowpack, ensuring the temperature in the water remains just above freezing. The crystal clear water reflects the azure sky, streaked with high altitude clouds. As you submerge into glacial bliss, the last three hours of […]
I have been a guest of the Canada Olympic Park (COP) and their Kona Groove Approved Bike Park in Calgary for a week each summer for the past 5 years, hosting a performance bike camp for youth. This week is a unique chance to immerse myself in the cool grassroots mountain bike scene that has […]
I should preface this piece by stating that I am no experienced Enduro racer, rather one that has participated in several races, and likes the idea of a race that is like a ride with friends, but against the clock in the fun sections. The burgeoning excitement over this new style of racing is contagious, […]
I recently road-tripped up to Kamloops for a weekend of riding. I was invited along by a small crew led by Seb Kemp, who was writing a story on the Loops for Dirt Magazine, and Reuben Krabbe, who was capturing the images for the article.
I had not been to […]
I moved to Vancouver in the fall, four years ago. I had been riding hard all season, from big rides in the BC Interior to big mountains in Switzerland, to big bikes in Whistler. I was excited to live in the city, and explore new trails, ones that I had read about when I was […]
I am not a cross country racer. It had been a long time since I had been herded, cattle like, into a start corral, nervously listening to the PA count down the seconds until the whole mass of spandex and bicycle pour out onto the course and into the suffer zone.
I guess that […]
The McKenzie River Trail (the MRT) is situated in Central Oregon, on the west side of the Cascades. This mountain range, predominantly made up of dormant and not-so-dormant volcanoes, does an efficient job of stopping the moisture from the Pacific Coast. On the west side you have temperate rainforests and old growth timber, and a […]
Head buzzing from the wine, stomach full of cheese, meat and bread, I careened haphazardly down the mountain, the Rhone Valley far below and a group of howling bike riders in the exact same boat as I following closely behind.
We were mid-way through an eight day sampling of some of the finest Swiss […]