Devinci Global Racing’s top athletes recently met in British Columbia, where they gave fresh bikes and new race kits a proper workout across a bevy of the province’s best trails. Heading into the first World Cup in Lourdes, France, the 2016 DH squad will once again be led by Steve Smith who, after a hard-charging offseason, is hungry to be back hunting podiums. “I’m stoked to be coming into the races feeling fit and awesome on my bike again,” he says. Here, Smith joins last year’s breakout sensation Mark Wallace and Norwegian newcomer Brage Vestavik to rip rainforest laps from Vancouver Island’s Mount Prevost to Squamish and Cypress Mountain on Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. DGR Enduro elites, Damien Oton and Theo Galy, who just pocketed a 3rd-place-team finish at EWS #1 in Corral, Chile, also make an appearance, with filmmaker Rob Parkin and photographer Sterling Lorence capturing the high-wattage riding.
“It was great to have the whole team in Vancouver,” says Wallace. “We got in tons of riding on the new bikes and it was cool to hang with everyone in a non-race environment—that doesn’t happen often.”