Author Archives: "Seb Kemp"
Mountain biking is about the experiences you have on and off the bike, the jokes that are shared, friendly races between mates, waking up with sore legs yet wanting to get back on the bike…and getting into situations that you wouldn’t if you stayed at home playing it safe.
This video is about bringing you the pleasure of the road and the thrill of the trails. Although the video’s backdrop is the back roads of British Columbia, we want to remind the world that adventure can be found on your own doorstep; you just need to get off the couch and seek it.
Today was a boat day. We took three to jump from Vancouver Island to Saltspring to Pender to Saturna Island. The Southern Gulf Islands, along with the San Juan Islands in U.S. waters, form an archipelago of hundreds of islands and islets….There could be a lifetime of discovery here.
Before setting out on this trip I knew that every little town in B.C. had great singletrack. I even suspected that they had bustling mountain biking communities. Nevertheless, I’m astounded by how deep the passion and ambition runs in every town we visit.
We spent most of the day looping the green and gold treasures that wind through the forests, but the real riches we discovered were the down-to-earth people who seem to experience mountain biking sremoved from the baloney that distracts us from what really got us into mountain biking in the first place: time spent communing with our surroundings and the people we share that space and time with.
The Sunshine Coast dirt, made famous by the Coastal Crew, is the stuff mountain bikers’ dreams are made of. But beyond the bounty of gold dirt, the thing that makes this place so special to ride is that there are trails: carved-and-cared-for-by-mountain bikers trails.
The mountain biking that most people experience and fall in love is radically different than the image of energy drink-fueled aerial tricksters, cowboy huckers, and jock-like racers that dominates the media. Most mountain bikers I know are under represented….This trip is about bringing the pleasure of the road and the thrill of the trails back into people’s lives.
Is anyone else nervous that the star of Enduro has flared up too brightly, too quickly and will burn out just as fast? Certainly in North America there is far too much talk and excitement, especially when very few people have tried Enduro or even know what it is.
It’s been a busy week in bikes. Not much of it happy news.