Exclusive: Introducing Bike Magazine’s Heavy Pedal Tour 2013

Natty and Trey are back on the road, in search of bike parks, adrenaline and that post-ride glow

By Natty

Natty and Trey are on the road again as pilots of Bike Magazine's Heavy Pedal Tour 2013--hitting the best bike parks in the west, drinking quality beer and making the rest of us wish that we were them.

Natty and Trey are on the road again as pilots of Bike Magazine’s Heavy Pedal Tour 2013–hitting the best bike parks in the west, drinking quality beer and making the rest of us wish that we were them. Photo by Devon Balet

Trey and I had spent 15 happy, though kind of soggy, years in Olympia, Washington when we decided it was time for a change. We wanted to jump out, explore the world and ride great trails all over the country. So we hawked our furniture on Craigslist, cleared out the garage and sold the house. We traded all of it in for a Ford F-350 and camper, and then we hit the road.

We’d already been on the road a year and a half when we got the call last summer to pilot Bike Magazine’s 2012 Heavy Pedal Tour, which took us all over the western United States in search of the best bike parks. Countless resorts, chair lifts and jumps (not to mention thousands of miles driven) later, we took a break for the winter.

Sedona, it turns out, is sublime in the winter.

Here's where we spent the summer--Sedona. Only one thing could drag us away--well, make that two things: Whistler and the offer to hit the road on Bike Magazine's Heavy Pedal Tour 2013

Here’s where we spent the summer–Sedona. Only one thing could drag us away–well, make that two things: Whistler and the offer to hit the road on Bike Magazine’s Heavy Pedal Tour 2013

That’s where we chose to put tire to dirt and escape the doom and gloom of another Pacific Northwest pea-soup winter. On the other hand, nothing can compete with the divine “brown pow” that Whistler Bike Park offers in summer. We were, in fact, at Whistler sampling said pow when we got the call from Bike saying “Heavy Pedal Tour 2013 is on like Lebron!”

Natty, enjoying some of what the Whistler Bike Park has to offer.

Natty, enjoying some of what the Whistler Bike Park has to offer.

HPT’13 is the only thing that could have possibly torn us away from the gravitational force that is WBP.

Accordingly, we packed up our rig and set our sights on Winter Park, Colorado, more than 1,000 miles due South/Southeast. Fortunately, our long drive was broken up with a stop at Orcas Island, Washington, for Natalie’s BFF’s wedding (congrats, Sara), and an overnight visit in Portlandia with our great friends Lanette and Paul (co-owners of Cycledog.com).

Every great bike road trip needs a beer sponsor. Well, it just so happens that HPT’13 is lucky enough to have Alaskan Brewing Co. on board as our main sponsor. So stoked! The new Freeride APA is insanely good.

HPT12

We have 10 bike parks across the western states on our itinerary this summer. Our research indicates that these bike parks have been seriously stepping it up to meet the demand of riders who crave the most fun possible on two wheels. Mountain biking and road tripping is our passion. We can’t wait to share our story from the road with you.

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