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In the Zone

Some great pre-ride inspiration before the weekend, brought to you straight from some great riders on Whistler Mountain.

Crash & Learn

A beautiful and important lesson equally applicable to clearing trail features on a bike: Mindful failure is perhaps the best way of understanding why success looks the way it does.

Guide: The One-Day Trip

Wake up at / before dawn in the tent you set up in your backyard the night before Load your bike and gear onto / into the most fun car you have Grab coffee at the best place nearby, enjoy the whole cup with breakfast on the patio outside (optional: plan the day’s route) Drive only […]

Finding Flow

“Achieving flow depends on more than just the mastery of technique. The delicate balance where ability meets challenge requires many factors to be in perfect alignment… Everything feels smooth, regardless of trail technicality, sometimes it even feels slow and its only a Strava sanity check that confirms you are riding fast. You are in the zone.”

Moving With A Trail

Watching and riding with guys like these is about a lot more than learning which way to turn at each intersection; their confidence will inspire you to loosen up a little more through each section, to see and try new lines, and in so doing connect you — even just for a moment — with a trail’s natural […]

Seeing the Trail for the Forest

It takes real passion to create something, especially in the face of adversity.  As communities of trail builders form around visionaries like Lorien and Mike, a collective confidence forms as well, and that’s when great things happen.

On Psyching In

Mountain biking is exciting for 3 primary reasons: The amount and variety of landscape and nature one can experience in a single ride is unmatched by any other sport. The sensation of speed through the trees and grass and fresh air as they form a tunnel around you and the blur of dirt beneath your bike. Virtually […]

On Light

It can change very quickly, when the whole forest becomes a single shade of green-brown under an imminent thunderstorm, or very gradually, as the sun progresses across the sky through a full day of riding.

Riding a ber.m right

Every once in awhile, on certain rides and in certain states of mind, it’s possible to feel like you’re watching yourself turn in as much amazing detail as this, and time slows down to meet the oddly patient desire to take it all in, and the only memory you have of it all is a residual sense of wonder and […]

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