Video: Kirt Voreis at Retallack

Jan 30, 2013
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Gunnar Oliphant was up at Retallack with the Voreis', taking a break from film school, and shooting some stuff with Kirt. Check out what they put together.

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Now first of all you need a little bit of background for my story. Kirt and I are always working on projects it seems, we toss around ideas, and eventually we make them happen and tick them off on the great list. One of the shots Kirt and I have discussed for a while is a huge tree ride. We had talked about finding the perfect tree, one that was big enough, and shaped like a perfect quarter, and then doing a wallride on it. Basically a Reuben, all the way up to 180 so you land pointing straight down. This fall while he was riding up at Retallack, Kirt finally found what he thought was a really great tree.


After Interbike I pinned it up to Retallack to meet Kirt. It's about an 8 hour drive from my place, but Kirt assured me it would be worth it once I got there. And the note on the door when I arrived confirmed everything I've ever thought about Retallack, it's pretty much an awesome place. Eight hour drive solo, get into Retallack at around 11PM, everyone's asleep. But no worries...

Retallack

Just what you want to see at the end of a long drive! The next morning we were up reasonably early to make ourselves breakfast, and go take a look at what Kirt had built. We cruised up the hill ways, and took a good look at it. While Kirt worked on detailing the run in, I worked at scoping angles. I found what I wanted fairly quickly, and then came the task of cleaning it up. There were a good number of branches that needed clearing from my shot, and even in the shots above there are still some branches that need to go. Kirt was planning on going pretty high up into the tree, and I wanted to see all of it through a little window in the trees. The whole process took a few hours, and involved at least one trip back down to the lodge for things that we'd forgotten. Finally it was mostly ready, and as I was setting up lights Kirt decided to do a few run-ins. Then a practice run to see how the tree felt. The first run was a little awkward, not nearly high enough, which made it harder to get around. The second run was going to have to be a lot more committed. Second time around was higher, but still awkward, and as Kirt came down his front tire didn't hit the log, sending him straight to his face. It was one of those falls that could be really bad, or that you could just shake off and walk away from, and Kirt ended up somewhere in the middle of that range. Not noticeably injured, but he was seeing double and worked his neck pretty hard. We waited a bit, hoping he could shake it off, but it just wasn't going to happen. So feeling a little dejected we headed back down to the lodge for dinner, and a long soak in the hot tub to try to soothe Kirt's stiff neck.

  The moment before Kirt hit the ground. The shot we were ultimately trying to get would have had him at least a bike length further up in the tree, facing down, both wheels touch.

Come bed time Kirt looked like he had a bad case of whip lash. He was walking around with his head held stiffly, trying not to move it. We discussed a few options, but decided that even if Kirt was feeling a bit better in the morning, he'd probably still not be up to hitting it again. It was a hard decision to make, winter was coming, and Retallack was in the process of shutting down mountain bike operations before the winter season set in. If we didn't get it now, we wouldn't have another chance til next summer some time and we'd both come a long ways to get here. Leaving empty handed wasn't really part of the plan. To try to leave with something, Kirt's wife Lindsey and I discussed shooting some Alpine trail stuff in the early morning. The days were already getting longer, so we wouldn't have to be up insanely early, but it was still going to be a cold early morning. Loading up the quad with my camera bag and Lindsey's bike took several cups of coffee, and by the time we got up into the higher valley my hands were numb in spite of the DH gloves I was wearing. It only took a few extra twists and turns though, and a bit of route finding (no, not really) before Lindsey and I were at the foot of Recco peak, just a short while after sunrise. Here is a selection of what we got.

Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC
Lindsey Voreis rides her bike in the Alpine above Retallack Lodge near Kaslo BC

Sometimes you put a lot of work and time into something, and it just doesn't work out. Whether it's an injury, or the weather, or something that just physically isn't going to work, there are many reasons. The important thing is to not stress about it too much, it's just part of the business. The worst thing you can do is try to hang onto something or force it to work when it doesn't. Kirt and I have plans to go back and get this next season, but we'll have to see how our schedules go. Not that it's ever a hard decision to go to Retallack...

111 Comments

  • + 106
 Take note kids - that's how you ride a trail. Voreis is the man.
  • + 60
 and I'm pretty sure that tree was born to be ridden
  • + 41
 Love seeing people rip everything so hard on a 5 inch travel bike!
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 Sickest shredding ever! But since when is kirt on specialized?!
  • + 6
 Kirt's Allride project has been with Specialized for quite some time now
  • + 9
 Kirt is one of the best all-around riders to ever ride a bike and he's still trying stuff that others haven't done before. I hope someday that tree shot happens... it would be way too sick.
  • + 1
 That's some of the best trail riding I've ever seen but damn, it's weird to see him on a specialized!
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 @scottsecco: **Lindsay** Voreis is killing it too.
  • + 6
 Wish everyone would abandon most slow-mo. This edit and others like it that only use small bits and pieces truly show how insanely hard and fast people like voreis shred. Absolutely loved the whole edit
  • + 3
 I've had the opportunity to do a couple of shuttle runs with Kirt on one of my old local DH trails, the guy is amazing to ride with. Talking to him about the lines he takes and his explanation on how to commit to and ride them is almost scientific. I'll never forget that experience.
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 Anyone notice the fast-mo? Sure bikes, scenery, etc. is cool and I don't doubt Kirt is a very fast rider... But, it seems to me a fair bit of this edit is sped up. We're all used to the contrast between slow-mo and true speed, but I see from the dust and plants that quite a few of these fast bits are actually sped up. Totally unnecessary and annoying.
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 ^Maybe it's the DSLR look that's fooling you? Wink
  • + 5
 or maybe its just fast riding,and good camera work?
  • + 1
 Super legit and rowdy! That is how you ride a bike!
  • + 1
 Santa-Cruzing that's either a really unfortunate first post or it was some member on this site was too scared to post up a really dumb response. Either way, this is hilarious.
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 Unfortunate 1st post if not true. 3 clips that have been sped are at :46, :56 and 1:02 - and no trail audio. Perhaps it's because I'm watching on a Cinema HD display with decent graphics card. Or perhaps, those quick to give negs are on phones and tablets. Turn fanboy filter off and don't be afraid to have a critical eye. No film student would ever speed things up, right?
  • + 1
 Kirt is one of my 5 top shredders. That dude. That bike.. Insane riding!!!
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  • + 28
 Shit... I broke my Jaw again after dropping it on the floor... what Kovarik did on DH rig in Summer of Summit 4&5, Voreis did on a trail bike here... Definition of aggressive riding? Definition of Creative trail riding? Trail riding with style? Nu school XC? - You name it! But everything fits, what an angry beast - LOVE IT!

Thank you for showing us to what level can you take ridig a bicycle in the mountains.
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  • + 12
 Haha, rather surprised when the lyrics was in Swedish...Never thought I'd hear a cozy swedish love song and see Kirt Vories ripping!
  • + 11
 thought they were playing the song backwards Wink
  • - 5
 Hey gunners1! Don't f*ck with the language of vikings, valkyries, elves, gnomes and trolls. One night you will wake up and a hairy beast will stand in the middle of your bedroom mumling "knulla munnen, knulla munnen!"
  • + 16
 Ohh, that escalated quickly...
  • - 12
 mnah only joking, I just like snusktroll-rape idea Big Grin
  • + 2
 Yeah, that was surely joke of Waki. Smile man!!! Smile )))
  • + 1
 Surprised me to Smile
  • + 5
 snusktroll-rape is nothing to joke about. i think we all remember the snusktroll-rape of '96. so many innocent lives....
  • + 1
 I have just been reminded that "munknullare" species of trolls do not come from Sweden but from Norway. Thor has eradicated them as filth mungers and spies of mountain giants of Jotunheimen as well as servants of Danish King.

How the hell will I link it now to Kirt raping a mountain on a Specialized?
  • + 2
 WAKIdesigns. How come your comments always getting repped hard negative? Every article it seems.
  • + 5
 Oh you have 650B in your name, havent you answered that question before you asked it?
  • + 2
 hey WAKI, chill out dude, have a bong or something
  • + 1
 soo many bad swedish words in theese replies
  • + 1
 C'm on - You got to give me credit for being rude to Danish... Or you are more troubled with people with knives sneaking on thin ice over Bottenhavet?
  • + 1
 dude.. you're on fire Big Grin
  • + 2
 WAKI, you seems to know abit of theese kind of trolls, you havent been assaulted by a munknullare?
ive heard its a bad experince and will haunt you for life
and the the danish thing, keep it up hehe, and why sneak over bottenhavet when they just need to cross the swe/fin border?
  • + 1
 Yea I know a lot - Since 2005 my second name is Glenn... being able to say la tRoll, not tHoll makes me proud
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  • + 10
 Such amazing riding. What a beast! This right here is what mountain biking is all about! BOOM
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  • + 7
 The band is Dungen and yes they are Swedish and it just so happens they (and Kirt and Gunnar) kick ass. I for one applaud the use of this jam instead of the usual crap most bike videos use for background music.
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  • + 5
 Even with all the new iterations


The Stumpjumper is still the master of biking Middle Earth.


One Bike to rule them all, One Bike to find them, One Bike bring them all in the darkness and bind them.

Maybe that's why Gwin submitted to the siren's call of the all powerful S?
  • + 2
 Funny, just sold my stumpjumper to get a rune. The one bike that rules them all. Stumpy evo Didn't work for me but if you weigh 160 it's fun to ride
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  • + 5
 Kirt Voreis has always astounded me on what he can do on a bike...sooooo fast and creative..you Sir are an Artist and the trails are your canvas!
I made it up to Bend, OR this year (Kirt's home town I think)..skied there many times but never mt. biked..well finally did some mt biking....Endless, Amazing trails, Awesome breweries and overall Good Vibes...Thanks for the GREAT VID-KEEP EM COMING.
  • + 1
 I'm from Bend. It gave me biking.
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  • + 5
 Damn, this man flies! I love his riding, sooo intense and aggressive! I do truly wish I could go down a hill like him.
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  • + 2
 I used to ride strictly cross country and had zero technique.... then I started dh and learned to corner and pump and that keeping your wheels in the air is often the fastest, smoothest way on a trail. Now I try to bring that flow and vibe to every style of riding because, as my boyfriend says, "a bike is a bike... you can rip any trail on any bike if you know how to ride".
Watching Voreis trail ride is the epitome of that. The way he rips trails is how it feels in my head when I'm riding even though I know I'm nowhere close and it'll take years and years to translate that to the rest of my body.... Awesome video!
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 Nice, Kirt has always seemed to be a stand up guy willing to try new stuff no matter what it might be (street, dirt trails ect). I dug out my VHS copy of "Headliners Transcontinental" that has a young Kirt talking about how he was honored to ride with legends and hopes to become one himself. To that I say... mission accomplished Kirt, mission accomplished.
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  • + 4
 And i worried if a stumpjumper could handle all the trails... silly me. sick vid!!
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  • + 3
 That vid should be the end all of this wheel size/ travel argument. So sick!!
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  • + 4
 Immaculate trail bike steeze.
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  • + 0
 Fast and loose. If that style works for you and your havin fun all the power to ya. Personaly i like to keep the dabs to a minimum.
That said Kirt Rocks! He gives it his all 100% of the time.
Id give the edit a 5 out of 10.
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 Why am I in here on the computer right now? I should be out there killing myself trying to ride that hard.
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  • + 2
 IsI it just me or do people who are shredding on ST bikes look like they are waaaaaay more skilful and having waaaaaay more fun than any other time??
  • + 1
 It's just you.
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  • + 1
 Holy cow, that was just too damn cool. Now that's my kind of riding. Kirt, you da man and Lindsey, you da bomb. Keep up the good work.
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  • + 1
 KV is the King of Stoke. Love the look on Ian's face at the end.
Also ... that the vid is exactly 4:20 with the out takes. :-)
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  • + 2
 Bwah ha! Good ole Specailized Sidewalls!!! Pieces of Shit!! Worst Sidewalls in the Biz..
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 I really like how it has pretty much become mandatory when filming Kirt, that the sounds of him riding are always in the shots.
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  • + 1
 Too bad bout that tree, woulda been awesome. Not surprised he split "the captain" ... Even i can split those, they are paperweight xc race tires...
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  • + 1
 Sweet trip! Excellent riding and footage. I like leaving the natural audio in my videos, too. I like how you did that here.
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  • + 4
 that riding was badass!
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  • + 2
 Kirt and Lindsey are the real deal! Ride with them if you ever get the chance. Allride and Cogwild are not to be missed.
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  • + 3
 Who need Downhill bikes, All-Mountain rocks!
  • + 2
 I love riding AM and XC bikes more than DH Smile
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  • + 1
 Wow...sick video and riding! Love the helicopter with all the bikes being dropped off...that's how you start out a great day!
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  • + 2
 SICK riding! Pushing to the edge of crashing the whole time!
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  • + 2
 well he made that bike his bitch! nice riding! Smile
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 I have a stumpy EVO and was considering a downhill Bike to add to the stable, but now I see I don't need one Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Never really like specialized and these new ones are getting proper cool and techieSmile awesome riding too
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  • + 2
 Sick stuff Kirt...hope to see you at SGC again this year!
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  • + 2
 Oh bike seat, how I miss you! Cry Curse you darn snow! Madder
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  • + 1
 Sweet zombie Jebus! You don't see that level of control and skill every day. Sheeeeeit... tup
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  • + 1
 Fixing A near blow out with a rapper, Classic! Try that next time that happens, Hope it doesn't though!
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  • + 2
 wait shit hes doing that on a stumpy...? thats awesome!
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  • + 1
 THIS is MTB ! Looked like so much fun. Ripping through the forest on an all mountain bike, thats whats up!
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  • + 1
 BLAM BLAM BLAM! Awesome video. Amazing riding!
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 VOD for sure tommorow or some other day
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 The tire boot...... Genius
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 and /but fluently aggressive style of riding makes me wanna go....
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  • + 1
 Thats how enduro riding should be! voreis - great style!
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 Kirt & Lindsey are my hero's!
NIce work guys : )
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  • + 1
 I'm gonna watch that again!! Love to the single crown
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 Foot plants! I'm trying tommorow.
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  • + 1
 Damn, compare to europe he lost 5euros by filling up fuel :-)
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 DH bikes needed? I think not.
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 So awesome on a 5" travel bike!! nice!
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  • + 1
 i'd like to see a session of danny macaskill on that tree
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 I saw that thumbnail and had to know what was going on...
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  • + 2
 Stumpjumper Evo babeeyyy
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  • + 1
 thats a ton of bugs at the top damm
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 shredder!! can anyone else do it that well?
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 Wozzers! That was sick!
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  • + 1
 rad! voreis is the master of little bike shredding
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 Kirt is amazing on a bike, so creative and aggressive. so good.
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 Kirt Thanks for keeping the dream alive!
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 Shredding that Stumpy mad, so gnar Smile
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  • + 1
 Awesome riding...What was pokey?
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 "OH! something was pokey....oh it's, it's just one of these" hahaha
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  • + 1
 dude rides the piss out of that enduro! gnarly!
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 BTW, what is the bike?
  • + 4
 Specialized Stumpjumper maybe
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 by bike of course!
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 whats the main song?
  • + 1
 Dungen! My favorite Swedish psych rock band! The song is on the Ta Det Lugnt album.
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  • + 0
 Amazing riding skills - completely annoying music...
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 That tree was sweeet
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