Four generations of freeride: the 2017 Rocky Mountain team
We're excited to announce that Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, and Geoff Gulevich have all renewed ties with Rocky Mountain for 2017. They join the returning Carson Storch to round out our freeride program. The team will ride the Slayer, Maiden, and Altitude—and Carson will get a custom slopestyle bike cooked up in our North Vancouver prototype shop.
Wade Simmons, the Godfather of freeride, said “I’ve been with Rocky Mountain over 20 years now, and I’m stoked to be continuing on the program. We’ve got some fun adventures planned and I’m looking forward to sending it into the coming years. I need to show these young punks a thing or two!”
Thomas Vanderham continues to push the boundaries of big mountain riding, with appearances at select FEST events and in several film projects on the horizon. His precision and focus have also made him invaluable to the Rocky Mountain engineering team, and he works closely with them to develop and refine our bikes.
Geoff Gulevich maintains his globetrotting ways, with plans to log a ton of airmiles in 2017—both on and off the bike. His “Gullyver’s Travels” series will take him off the beaten path, and hopefully not feature too much male nudity.
Returning this year is Carson Storch. The young American athlete had a breakout year in 2016, with a podium spot and best trick at Rampage, and we’re fired up to see what he has in store in 2017.
After a long and storied career at Rocky Mountain, Brett Tippie is moving on in 2017. The Director of Good Times has been an iconic member of our family, and his signature laugh and unparalleled stoke will be sorely missed. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Tippie, and we’ll see you (or at least hear you) out on the trails!
Rocky Mountain helped usher in the birth of freeride, and we’re proud to have every generation of freeride represented on our team. They continue to push the sport and inspire people to get out on their bikes—we couldn’t ask for better ambassadors for our brand.
Love the Ride,
—Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Photos by Margus Riga, Paris Gore, and Ale Di Lullo.
Dumbing Down the Shore
Wade Simmons finally speaks out on what he calls the "de-gnarification" of Vancouver's North Shore.
With apologies to Keyser Söze.
Featuring the new Rocky Mountain Pipeline
Starring Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Eric Lawrenuk, Andreas Hestler, and Todd "Digger" Fiander
Created by Union Co.
Produced by Brian Park
Thanks to the NSMBA for all their work
Photography by Margus Riga
Getting Fat in Gstaad: Snow Bike Fest 2016
The Swiss Mountains of Gstaad had more than enough snow to make the second edition of Snow Bike Festival a great success. Also responsible for the famous Cape Epic Race organization in South Africa, Herman Coertze’s team made everyone feel like a pro.
Photo by Dirk Belling.
Close to 100 riders came to race and enjoy their fat bikes at the three-day stage race. We had a big contingent of international Rocky Mountain riders, from the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Canada. Our very own Brett Tippie flew all the way from Vancouver, BC to be the event's official Director of Good Times.
Photo by Dirk Belling.
Despite all the fun, the Rocky Mountain riders brought home some top level results. Hielke Elferink from the Netherlands won all the stages and the women's overall on her Blizzard, taking home a massive 6 kg Toblerone for her efforts. Johann Tschopp from Switzerland took the KOM and second place overall on the men’s podium. Congrats both of you!
For more info visit Snow Bike Festival on Facebook.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas
As bike people it's easy to get caught up in our own hype. We all want shiny new stuff, but there's more to this sport than the latest-and-greatest. This Christmas lets be thankful for all friends, all trails, and all bikes.
See you in the mountains, and Love the Ride.
-Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Starring Jason Lucas as himself, and Brett Tippie as Santa.
Written by Matt Dennison and Kaz Yamamura.
Cinematography and editing by Matt Dennison.
Narrated by Alex Farnham.
Special thanks to Wendy Dennison, Leo Zuckerman, Zac Moxley, and Cyrel Gonzales.
Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?
We have to admit, we were hesitant about the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry by storm (pun intended). There were definitely a few raised eyebrows in the office when we started designing and testing one.
Wade Simmons was an instant convert though; "everyone thinks they're so f@#&ing cool and serious, but it's really just about having fun on your bike anyway." And soon enough, the other guys stopped returning their test bikes on time.
FAT FREE came out of a few days of experimenting and shredding the Blizzard in BC's coastal mountains. It opened all our eyes to the spectacular terrain that's available for fat biking, and it proved to us that the only limitations for these bikes are our own preconceived notions.
If it was ever even a question, the answer is yes. You can and should freeride a fat bike.
Riders: Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, & Brett Tippie, with appearances by Andreas Hestler & Fraser Vaage.
Filmed by: Liam Mullany, Connor Macleod, Chris Fisher, Brian Park, Fraser Vaage, & Andreas Hestler
Music (Main): "Outta Mind" by Night Beats, courtesy of The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Thanks to: Black Tusk Snowmobile Club, Tony Cailes, & Dylan Auld
Photography: Fraser Vaage & Brian Park
Visit bikes.com/blizzard to check out the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. We built it for aggressive, trail-style riding on snow, sand, and other soft terrain.
The Staycation: A Vancouver Island Adventure
Rocky Mountain's athletes enjoy traveling all over the world to ride their bikes in unique, beautiful locations. Everywhere they go—from the backcountry of Argentina to the Great Wall of China and countless places in between—they hear people share their dreams of one day riding on our home turf in British Columbia. That’s why this year Thomas Vanderham, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas Hestler decided to reinvigorate their love for home by exploring Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from our North Vancouver headquarters.
Fueled by too much coffee in the mornings and too many beers in the evenings, this was a great trip and one that certainly helped reconnect us all to our roots. There's no question that we'll be back to continue exploring the island’s rich trail networks and connect with the many amazing people we met along the way. Love the Ride!
Words by Andreas Hestler. Photography by Margus Riga.