Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cypress After Fromme

Whooie, what a day! As you can see from the previous post, I rode a pretty killer lap on Fromme with the Brodie Boys, Andrew & Bruce, and then headed to Cypress for some laps with Alex & Lindsay.

We first hit up Sex Girl which is a killer stunt trail, with a few steeps on it, and a wicked hard switchback section, ending out with some fun flow corners. I love that trail.

Then we went back up and did a marathon ride down Sterl's Trail which is always good times. Unfortunately for Alex, he did not have his best ride ever. Lots of bike attacks, and skinny bail-outs causing his first experience on the trail to not be his best. Thankfully he does see the potential in the trail through his clouded hatred of the ride.

Greatest thing about today of all; no flats! I am hopeful that my bike is back in love with me, and is going to be good to me the rest of the season.

The Brodie Boys

Just finished some rips with Spicer and Summers up on Fromme. The ride up was a hammerfest. Spicer is an ex-Canadian National mountain bike champion, so he just doesn't know how to go slow. My god I've never been to the top that fast; under an hour!

They took me up to a secret trail that has no name. It's short, but totally fun. Nice an loamy, natural and fun. It pops you out at 6th switchback, so we headed back up again. Past 7th Secret; to drop into Bookwis;, which is another loamfest of a trail. A super fun morning!! Now off to Cypress for an afternoon rip with Lindsay and Alex!

Welcome to Cambodia

Tonight Andrew took Alex, Terry, Dave (Alex's neighbor) and I to a secret trail on Seymour called Cambodia. It was a heck of a hike in to get to it, but was pretty worth it due to it's super loaminess. Below are some photos from the riding on it I took with my iPhone, hence the super blur.

I got another flat this night, I'm beginning to think my bike hates me. Maybe it can sense that it's for sale?

A Ride Down Ned's

Below are some photos I took from our ride on Ned's tonight. What a gong show for me; a flat and a broken chain. Before those things happened, the ride was rocking good fun! It was just Alex, Lindsay & I ripping it, so we were of course cruising quick.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Crankworx 2009

This was yet another great long weekend. This time a big crew (Lisa, Don, Alex, Lindsay, Scott, Katherine, Gina, Iz, Terry & I) spent time in Whistler.

We had a great place rented in the Blueberry Hill area before the Village that slept us all comfortably.

The majority of us arrived Thursday night, and had a good night of catching up.

Friday was a day spent in the park. Wow it was busy! We knew from the get go that this weekend would not be a weekend dedicated to tons of runs, as it is insane during the Crankworx weekend. We did a few runs though, and it was a good day, just a bit overcast.

Saturday Iz, Terry & I took advantage of the demonstration tents and hit up an XC ride on 'Kill Me Thrill Me'. It was super fun! Iz & I both demoed top-of-the-line Specialized dual suspension XC bikes (mine a Stumpjumper, hers a Saphire) that weighed around 25lbs! Terry rode a Giant bike, and Lindsay rode her own bike. The trail was epic! So fun, super flowy, and the climbs were actually enjoyable, challenging but fun! The trail was only about 5kms long, so the total ride was around an hour.

We spent the afternoon watching the craziness that is the 'Slopestyle' event. Guys launching themselves off of crazy stunts, doing ridiculous tricks. Very cool to watch indeed.

The night was debauchery as expected, starting at Merlin's with burgers and beers, and ending late back in the Chalet.

Sunday was a few more laps in the park for Terry, Lindsay & I while Isabelle did an 'all-mountain' ride with a group of her MuddBunnies firends.. Terry took out a Giant Reign SX for a spin, as that's the bike he's leaning heavily towards purchasing next year. I'm looking at the Giant Faith 0.

After our laps on the course, Scott, Terry & I went up and watched the Pro. Men race the DH course. They were CRAZY fast; very impressive stuff.

Click here to see all the photos Iz & I took.

Crankworx '09 DH Race Photos

Sunday, August 9, 2009

3rd Annual Road Ride to Halfmoon Bay

For the third straight year, Terry & I rode our road bikes to the Sunshine Coast. This time our party increased by 2 more, and we had a peloton of 5 with Alex rejoining the ride, long with Lindsay and Isabelle coming along as first timers.

Saturday the weather was a bit overcast, but that was alright as it kept the heat down. The ride to Terry's aunt Patti's is a bit more uphill there than home, which is good in my opinion as you're pretty tired after riding around 80kms no matter how you cut it.

When we arrived Patti treated us to a welcome home as always, with some beers and relaxing while we all took turns showering. Dinner was amazing again (she's not giving us any reason to stop this tradition) with pork tenderloin in a blackberry sauce along with yummy potatoes, a couple of different salads, spinach and grilled vegetables. Dessert was ice cream, and some wafer cookies, which you can not go wrong with!

We all turned in pretty early (I am sure I was asleep by 9) as we were tired to say the least.

Sunday we were put to work before our delicious breakfast as Terry's parents had some split wood delivered. The five of us made short work of stacking a bit over a chord of wood, then devoured blackberry pancakes with scrambled eggs and bacon on the side.

The ride home was a bit nicer weather as even the sun made an appearance.

All in all, a ride I enjoy doing, and look forward to annually!

Check out all of the photos by clicking on the one below.

Team Rebec & Kroes (aka: team awesome!)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Floatplane Biking from Warner Lake

What an amazing gift Isabelle gave me for my birthday (back in March) this weekend. Terry, she & I left early Friday afternoon in Phil's truck (thanks Phil, wish you could have come!!) headed for Tyax Resort on Tyaughton Lake. The reason being that Isabelle booked a floatplane mountain bike trip for us from Warner Lake back down to Tyax Resort.

We got to Pemberton on good time, had a great meal there and then headed for the Hurley Forest Service Road to get through the pass to the resort. It was a heck of a trek, as you can see by the video below.

The photos (link below) show the forest fires that were occurring at the same time too.

We arrived around 9ish and set up camp, then hit the sack as we had an early morning Saturday.

We woke up on good time, about 7a, so that we could eat and get our things together for the plane. We loaded up our bikes into the plane, and off we went into the sky! The plane was a 1961 De Havilland Beaver built in Toronto we were told, and it was so loud! The take off was smooth as butter, as was the flight and the landing. Two others and our guide had gone up on an earlier flight and we met them at the trail head.

Note: The Sopranos' theme by Alabama 3 called 'Woke Up This Morning' is used as the theme tunes for this as that is what the pilot had playing in our headsets!

The ride itself was epic. Such amazing singletrack, the photos and videos don't do it justice!! I can see why The Collective boys filmed some of 'Seasons' there. Simply awesome! It was a 6.5 hour ride, my goodness that was the longest ride I've done in a long time, and in fact ever.

Sunday was a lazy day. We spent it on the lake, paddling around and exploring the shore. Dinner was great; imported Vij's Indian curry, mmmmm.

Monday we had to book it back through the pass as the main highway through Lillooet (the way we planned to return, even though it added time) had been closed due to forest fires. Even the pass was only being kept open for a short time due to the fires on the Valley side. Check out these shots to see how close we were coming back, craziness!!!

A Little Video of the Fires

We made it unscathed, and stopped in Whistler for a quick valley ride on 'A River Runs Through It', both my and Terry's first time on them. It was capped off with a dip in Alta Lake at Rainbow Beach. Perfect day, perfect weekend, all perfect!

Click here to see all the photos from the trip.

Click here to see all of my videos on YouTube, and thus all of the other video from the trip.

Click here to see all of Terry's photos from the trip.

Click to see the photos taken by our guide, Claire