L’Instinct dans les montagnes Monashee
Notre plan initial était de se rendre avec Wade Simmons et Kevin Calhoun dans les montagnes Monashee près de Revelstoke, en Colombie-Britannique, pour tourner la vidéo automnale de notre tout nouveau Instinct MSL. Nous voulions mettre en valeur la polyvalence de ce vélo grâce à deux riders totalement différents : Kevin est un coureur sur le circuit cross-country pour notre équipe Factory Team, alors que Wade est on ne peut plus connu pour sa contribution à l’essor du vélo de montagne « freeride ».
Évidemment, il arrive que Mère Nature n’envoie pas la température souhaitée ! Une vague de froid a entraîné plusieurs averses de neige durant notre aventure.
Malgré la température difficile à certains moments, nous savions qu’il s’agissait d’une incroyable opportunité d’immortaliser ce moment unique où l’automne laisse place à l’hiver. Finalement, autant Kevin, gravissant des montagnes à l’aube, que Wade, dévalant les pistes enneigées, ont prouvé que les conditions changeantes étaient parfaites pour mettre en valeur la polyvalence de l’Instinct!
Nous remercions l’équipe au Sol Mountain Lodge pour leur aide dans ce projet. Leur chalet était notre camp de base et les sentiers, même enneigés, ont été très appréciés! Nous reviendrons assurément pendant la saison chaude.
Merci de nous suivre. Love the Ride!
The Staycation: Une Aventure sur L'Ile de Vancouver
Les athlètes de Rocky Mountain aiment voyager partout dans le monde et pouvoir utiliser leur vélo dans des endroits uniques et grandioses. Partout où ils vont, d’un coin perdu d’Argentine jusqu’à la Grande Muraille de Chine, en plus d’un nombre incalculable de lieux entre les deux, ils rencontrent des personnes qui rêvent de rouler un jour dans notre coin de la Colombie-Britannique.
C’est pourquoi cette année, Thomas Vanderham, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons et Andreas Hestler ont décidé de requinquer leur amour pour notre coin de pays en explorant l’Île de Vancouver au large des côtes de la Colombie-Britannique.
Gorgés par trop de café le matin et trop de bière le soir, ce fut un superbe voyage qui a définitivement contribué à nous remettre en contact avec nos origines. La question ne se pose même pas : nous reviendrons pour continuer à explorer l’abondant réseau de pistes sur l’Île et pour retrouver les gens que nous avons rencontrés en cours de route.
Photographie par Margus Riga.
Rocky Mountain's riders are a diverse bunch, and we take pride in that. Our Altitude platform is equally diverse, so with this Fourtitude video we set out to explore what four very different riders could bring to the Altitude 790 MSL.
Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich all ride the 5.18 lb Altitude 790 MSL frame in the video. The Ride-9 system allows them to set their geometry and suspension rates up in a variety of ways. Wade runs it slackest; Thomas runs it in slacker & progressive (forward & down, aka "Vanderham Mode"); both Dre & Gully run the bike neutral & progressive (furthest down).
Wade wanted to showcase the kind of "steep & deep" technical riding that he enjoys on a daily basis. These natural steeps lurk on Vancouver's North Shore, but rarely see bikes that aren't full travel downhill rigs. We're pretty sure The Godfather would be stylish on an old 10-speed too, but it's always humbling to see him bring flow to the burliest lines.
Andreas "Dre" Hestler is an Olympian and has plenty of experience racing TransAlp and Enduro events, so it's no surprise that he coaxes blistering speed out of the Altitude. For Fourtitude he took it to Squamish, where he gunned for some Personal Bests on one of the nicest trail networks around.
Thomas Vanderham likes to take each new bike to Kamloops - a landscape he knows and loves, and the Altitude was no exception. For its maiden voyage he took it out for some true trail blasting, from corner slashing to his patented whips.
Geoff Gulevich is better known for his slopestyle riding, but he was excited to bring his playful approach to the Altitude. He decided to shoot his section on a short road trip through Oregon, where he had a few tricks up his sleeve.
The Road to Rampage
Rampage is, in our opinion, the pinnacle of modern freeriding and words can't describe the intensity of being there in person. Yet, behind all the glamour and media attention of the Finals are countless hours of planning, traveling, digging, testing, sculpting and refining the ridiculous lines that epitomize the competition. This is a short film about all the blood, sweat, and beers that happen behind the scenes of Rampage.
An Argentina Adventure
Sitting on the edge of the Andes, Bariloche is famous for its Catedral ski resort, the biggest in South America, and for its notoriously rugged backcountry terrain. After bouncing around various ideas of where we should take this year's Rocky Mountain adventure, we dug deeper and discovered that Bariloche has a burgeoning mountain bike scene with killer trails and passionate locals. That, and Argentina's warm sunshine in February sealed the deal.
The trip wasn't about finding big hucks, shredding scree slopes, heli-shuttles, or filming for a feature movie. It was about finding a true mountain bike adventure and sharing it with close friends.
So, we pulled together the team of Thomas Vanderham, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas "Dre" Hestler, as well our very talented friends Margus Riga and Ambrose Weingart to capture the trip's visuals, and headed to the Southern Hemisphere. With the help of our amazing guides, Martin "Cepi" Raffo, Bojan Magister, and Gonzallo Serenelli, we found the adventure we had hoped for and much more. From the friendly and welcoming locals, to the jaw dropping natural beauty surrounding Bariloche and its world-class trails, we'll remember this trip for the rest of our lives.
When we travel together with our bikes and gear, we use the term "Shock and Awe" for the airport check-in experience. Seven guys with seven overweight bikes and gear bags is a sight to behold and Air Canada's check-in staff have come to know us well. Our trip down to Buenos Aires was smooth and we had a fun (too fun) night there before heading to Bariloche the next day. There, we met our amazing guides and we had enough time to get a quick rip in to work the cobwebs out from two days of travel.
Our first day of riding had us giddy - we knew we'd stumbled upon something big. It was so gratifying to come so far and be rewarded with such great riding and awe-inspiring terrain. The riding above the Catedral bike park had us feeling like we were riding on Mars with jagged red rock spires in the distance. The next day we climbed for two hours up to a refugio, which is a mountaineer's hut staffed year-round. With epic views of the lake and the Andes, we descended into what seemed like a natural bobsled track full of little drops and rock gardens. Another all-time day and further confirmation we hit the motherlode.
When we were above Catedral, we could see a snowcapped Volcano in the distance. We were told that soon we'd be riding almost all the way up the it in coming days. A three hour climb through rainforest, past huge waterfalls and incredible vistas put us into a glacial moonscape. We climbed and hiked in dense fog over volcanic rock up to over 7000 feet. Out of nowhere a refugio appeared, a welcome sight for a bunch of cold and tired guys. After a late night and lot of red wine, we were greeted by a bluebird morning and the realization we were on the edge of a massive glacier and in the middle of a mountain bike playground.
Right outside of the town of Bariloche is some of the sweetest ribbons of singletrack any of us had ever experienced. Not only that, but directly in town is a top quality shuttle zone that had us saying "one more run" over and over.
With the trip winding down, we simply had to get one dawn patrol ride checked off the list. We ascended in pitch-black darkness with headlamps to the top of a 3000 foot ridge and waited for the golden light to appear. The sunrise was worth the suffering. On our last day, we rode with locals on their home shuttle trails and it turned out to be the most fun day of the whole trip. Their warm spirit and big passion for mountain biking rubbed off on us and it was the perfect end to an unforgettable trip.