“You should have been here yesterday” is as chilling a statement as any for a skier. Dedicating time and money to traveling somewhere new and exciting, only to be skunked by mere hours is a painful position to find yourself in. On the flip side, “Your timing is perfect”, is music to the ears. Last […]
Eagles soar overhead, and I fixate on countless coves I wish to build my dream cabin in as we sail across the scenic Strait of Georgia to the isolated northern Sunshine Coast on the BC Ferries Queen of Burnaby. Powell River is a town that has ridden the tumultuous wave of boom and bust for […]
I hate road trips. Especially trips to awesome new zones to go bike riding. They are a blur of teases: quick, sneaky peaks into great scenes that you previously didn’t even know existed. One short day of checking the area out, maybe a few if you’re lucky, and you are on to the […]
I usually try to avoid the opening weekend of the Whistler Bike Park. Some reasons for my refusal to participate in this annual event are a paltry few muddy trails open, huge lines and the fact that other Sea to Sky venues are in mint shape this time of year, including, well, everywhere else.
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 […]
With the arrival of spring comes the introduction of new trails, poking up out of the melting snow like so many April flowers. They may have been lovingly crafted over the previous summer, granting a lucky few passage before the winter took hold, or they are a result of a trail builder’s many dark, wet, […]
The GranFondo Whistler ride begins at dawn deep in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The ride (race for some) extends up the Sea to Sky highway where it ends eventually in the alpine mecca of Whistler. The dawn start meant an abrupt wake-up in the dark, a fumble around for the necessary gear for the […]
“Like a kid again” is a phrase that is often uttered in vain by people who are, well, not kids. Youthful vigor is an elusive state that once gone, is hard to grasp. Heck, companies like Viagra rake in the cash hand over fist marketing the re-creation of this young state of mind, albeit with […]
A race, in its most basic form, breeds heroes. These heroes usually take the form of the champions, the athletes that rise above to conquer his or her field, besting all contenders.
The demanding format of the BC Bike Race allows for new heroes to emerge. These are the folks that may not be […]
Have you ever pictured heaven for mountain bikers? If you have, it probably involved smooth, rolling singletrack, lush green shrubbery, perhaps a vista or two. And it never ended, just kept on going and going and going…..
Day 2 of the BC Bike Race in Campbell River had singletrack sections that probably could rival […]