Video: BC Builders: Retallack

Nov 14, 2012
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Freehub Magazine in association with Pinkbike.com, Art Barn Film and Cycle Devinci went on a journey in this one-off episode to showcase a portion of the mountain biking culture in British Columbia. This episode conveys the strength of one BC mountain bike community that helps drive and fuel modern riding. ‘BC Builders’ expresses the process, passion, and function behind building and riding on progressive trails at a professional level. The intention was to capture the power and fulfillment of both builder and rider in the quest for creating and riding new terrain. Retallack Lodge was the perfect venue as they are currently building a new trail system that helps support both the local bike scene and the mountain biking community as a whole. Take a look at the people that help make this all possible.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  Sunset on Powerslave after a half-day of epic riding in the Retallack Lodge tenure outside of Nelson, BC.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  Thanks to a recently-established moto trail, Ian Morrison rips a long, alpine descent from the top of Reco Peak.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  Follow the dust trail that follows the rider. Ian Morrison riding Powerslave, a Retallack land tenure trail outside Nelson, BC.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  Ian Morrison navigates the rocky upper reaches of Riley McIntosh's heli-accessed Powerslave outside of Nelson, BC, with several thousand vertical feet of singletrack left to go.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  A scrub clinic with Ian Morrison on a jump line above Retallack Lodge.

Photo by Colin Wiseman
  Ian Morrison dropping into the forest on the middle section of Powerslave outside Nelson, BC.

Photos by Colin Wiseman

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65 Comments

  • + 62
 ..andddd back to reality of school and work for me
  • + 14
 same here...... I'd rather go ride....
  • + 8
 feel like I'm in Canada, aaaaaaaaaaannnnd its gone.
  • + 5
 I was stoked to see Ian in this
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 Place looks awesome.. Love the uplift!! Is the helicopter included in the room charge?
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  • + 30
 well done guys, thats an interview vid done right, with people that really care about what there doing not trying to hype themselfs up or anything. People that could give a rats ass if you knew what they were doing, people that truly love the sport. Keep killin it guys!
  • + 5
 My sentiments, exactly... That opening line was priceless
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 this place is a national treasure.
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 Riley is Legend...wait for it...dary!!!
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  • + 28
 builder should have discount for their bikes, they do a lot for the sport then some of the weekend sponsored racer ! if a company sponsors builders i will consider greatly this company when i need something new
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 Shout out to all trail builders and dirt jump dirt jump diggers. To all of the riders that don't build or dig,start helping out. Like my buddy Vic from CIRCUIT BMX says "Build your fun" it will set you free.. Keep shredn.
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 Builders rule! Many thanks to all those dedicated souls who bring us fresh tracks.
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 That's what I want to do every day of my fuckin' life.
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 is it easy to get a permission to cut down all those trees? because in Poland if you cut down a tree you have to pay 10 times the worth of it or something like that. what people arent aware of and is a kind of a "death law" (a law nobody restricts) you can't even take out the branches and tree parts outside the forest even if they were on the ground
  • + 5
 Well you try not to cut down trees. Build the trail around them. Not gonna fall a huge ass live tree for a bike trail. Usually only cut them down if theyre dead but still standing because it will most likely fall on the trail one day and you'll have to cut it out anyways.
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 All I have to say is killer! Sunset shot... damn my eyes!! I almost cried I miss it that much....

But one question... how many times do they have to mention "outside Nelson BC"? It aint "just outside" Balfour is just outside, or even Kaslo is just outside but Retallack... is "just down the road":-)
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 Powerslave is in Retallack's tenure, but you actually fly out of Nelson and end pretty close to town as well. Hence, outside of Nelson BC. That said, it's a sketchy ride out in the dark down the highway if you take your time and shoot too many photos/video...
  • + 1
 i heard losing keys on powerslave is a pretty popular thing to do as well
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 Powerslave is right outside nelson but nowhere near retallick. A little confusing as one photo indicates he's riding "powerslave" in Retallick's land tenure, unless they also have tenure up giveout creek road where powerslave is or they have named a "new" powerslave trail at Retallick?
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 from what i understand, the trail (or at least parts of it) is in their tenure--their tenure is big. And if anyone finds a set of keys on it, send me a message.
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 thanks to all the people who are building and fixing our trails! Smile
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  • + 4
 really nice vid. hoped to see the stunt you were building with this special formed log.
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 What a perfect video. I enjoyed everything on it. Nice interviews and watch Ian was an awesome end. Refreshing, compared to other videos. I only wish i could build a trail legally like those guys.
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 So cool to "meet" the trail builders. Neat to see their appearance in movies like Strength in Numbers, and then see a nice follow-up interview like this. I'd really enjoy more of these.
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 These guys really are the saints (Martyrs) who might never get one high 5 out of it, but keep on anyway because they genuinely love the sport. Infinite props guys
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 Sorry this is late. But they are Gods.
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  • + 5
 Happy Birthday Riley!
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  • + 0
 Make a shirt with a trail building theme and the text "powerslave".
i'll wear it when im going to the pub, people will come up to me and say "powerslave? that's iron maiden, right?" then i'll say " no, it's a mountainbike trail! MOAHAHAHAHA!!!! (really evil laugh)"
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  • + 2
 killer boots boys...killer boots! When I saw a long haired devinci shredder in a article about the kootenays, I was expecting to see Evan Schwartz...where you at Evan!!!
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  • + 4
 Epic piss shot
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 pista with a vista
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  • + 3
 great video, really awful song man.
  • + 4
 Exactly what i thought. Cool people cool insight cool riding. Music was terrible. Cant always have it all i suppose! Defo makes me wanna hit bc some day.
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  • + 2
 Good trails don't build themselves!
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  • + 2
 This is the area that Matt Hunter rides in the Specialized enduro vid
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 build your own fun! the world needs more dedicated diggers like these guys
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  • + 1
 if I was wealthy. . . I'd live that way too. Proves you don't need to be rich. It just makes it easier if you are.
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 Wow. Great production B-Watts and Chris! Nice work. VOD for sure. And thank you Riley and crew for that amazing trail!!!
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 finally normal, dynamic, "alive" music that fits mountain biking videos perfectlyBig Grin
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 damn, I wanted to comment another this vid but accidentally I put my comment here, sorry
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  • + 1
 The virgin run down a trail i've built is my favourite part of mountain biking.
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 I'm here in Kelowna BC sick riding, unfortunately not been able to ride as much I used to Frown 2013 should be a blast!
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  • + 2
 is that top section of trail featured in a semenuck video from a year ago?
  • + 1
 it was more then a year ago but ya its a few of those old jumps
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 Give the name of the last song?
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 Fireshrine by Purity Ring. I also suggest Crawlersout, Lofticries and Amenamy.
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 Fineshrine by Purity Ring
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 Art Barn catches the spirit of BC
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 Favorite video this year. Love Purity Ring.
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  • + 2
 i love building trails just as much as i love to ride
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  • + 1
 this is why i really need to visit my family in bc
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  • + 1
 its the same place where nwd filmed the segment of Brandon Semenuk
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  • + 2
 Awesome Video.
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  • + 2
 pure awesomeness!!!
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  • + 1
 Powerslave is an awesome trail. One of my faves
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 first song? plase
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 1st song - Grand Cormore by Southern Shores (from Halifax, NS)
2nd song - Fineshrine by Purity Ring (from Halifax, NS)

Halifax represent.
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 Awesome name
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 Video of the year!
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