Video: The Great Migration - Whistler

Aug 4, 2013 at 18:00
Aug 4, 2013
by Tom Forbes  
 
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Each year, thousands of mountain bikers travel from far and wide to reach the mountain biking mecca, Whistler, BC. Some make the last-minute choice and hop on the next plane out of Australia. Others plan their trip for years. It's not easy to survive in such a place. Hard-earned money constantly flows from your pockets to fuel the lifestyle you crave. At the end of the day, a quick scan of your surroundings will assure you it's worth it.

Riding top of the world trail in whistler bike park.

Tom and I started planning a video early July, shortly after I had arrived. The wait began for both my rotator cuff injury to heal, and for a change in weather from the smoking hot, sunny days. Eventually we grew impatient and jumped on the first somewhat cloudy day. The weather shifted between sun and light cloud for a few days until finishing our shoot during an evening thunderstorm. We wanted to do something somewhat unique with the intro. Three hours of BBC Planet Earth clips later, and I had complied some appropriate samples.

Riding top of the world trail in whistler bike park.
getting stylish on drop in clinic in whistler bike park.
roostin on drop in clinic in whistler bike park.

Thank you to the following companies for their support:

Oak Bay Bikes
The Mountain Corporation
Atlas Brace Technologies
Five Ten

Video/Photos: Tom Forbes: www.tomforbesmedia.com
Rider/Words: Chad Kruper
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52 Comments

  • + 52
 When his back tire hit the stump i creamed
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 The Great Migraintion: Monday Blue
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 I still have chills
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 Must say I thought he'd puncture - what a sound!
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  • + 12
 rode every bike model garbonzo demo center had over 4 days. the Norco Aurum LE was by far my favorite bike. had a chance to ride multiple bikes in the same day- V10 , Wilson, Gambler, Glory etc.- the Aurum was by far the most playful, and the fastest out of them all. i felt like it had been specifically engineered for Whistler. it is literally f-ed up how brilliant a bike it is. stupid good.
  • + 14
 really? each to their own I guess. While my demo was broken I rented a few from GBB and just fell in love with the V10. I can barely look at my Demo any more though, I feel i've cheated on it.
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 It really is all personal preference, as a race bike no doubt the V10 is better, but on whistler trails, I much prefer a Demo to a V10.
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 just did the same a couple weekends ago. hated the Wilson for some reason but liked both the glory and flatliner. didn't get a chance to ride the Norco though - but borrowed a friends older one for a couple runs and really liked it
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  • + 13
 David Attenborough to start a video, sick touch. Nice edit.
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  • + 10
 Some day I will ride whistler! Guess I'll have to stick to virgin for now. Anyone who lives in whistler lucky!!!
  • + 6
 Ill switch with you for a month you come to whistler ill go to Virgin
  • + 1
 how bout you come live in calgary and ill live in whistler?
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  • + 8
 If he's not careful, he's going to take someones eye out with that back tyre!!
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 aghh this is an amazing video but makes me mad because the time i went to whistler my derailer broke and had bad luck and crashed on all first three runs and was only there for one day lets just say it makes me mad now to see what i missed out on because i thought it wasnt worth risking more for but now i look back and think what was i thinking the best bike park in the world and you didnt even ride A line. Agh i hate me somtimes still sick video man
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  • + 4
 Tree tap at 1:31 was dialed!

Dude can ride!
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  • + 2
 just been there 1 week ago, Whistler is sooo beautiful! This video makes me wanna go back asap!
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  • + 2
 Isn't easy hold a live in Whistler, and now i should say some thing smart and wise... whatever I going ride!
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  • + 3
 very nice edit!! what song is?
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 Thanks, song is Flashback by Uppermost
  • + 2
 Whoo hooo! Fast and loose. Sick video. Nice use of the introduction with that Attenborough cat, and working in the soundtrack to 'Sunshine'...it gets heavy rotation for trailers, but only because its awesome.
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 I like the fact that I have hit many of the same lines, but at like 1/4 the speed. Means that I have lots of time I can spend in Whistler and never get bored.
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  • + 2
 I bet he went through 3-4 rear hoops with that edit! Killer video!
  • + 6
 Or none but that's okay too
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 I liked the intro, it was relatable after finally being there
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  • + 3
 "I only ride park!"
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  • + 2
 Fantastic !! This is awesome !
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 Going to Whistler Early September for a year!!!!!
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 You'll love it bud! Wish I didn't have to go back at the end of the summer for a Uni Degree. Will be 3 years until I live here again! Frown Just summer holidays in the meantime.
  • + 1
 That's the system I'm on as well!
  • + 1
 I know, well I live in the flattest part of England in a place with not much happening. The word overwhelming springs to mind. I can't effing wait.
  • + 1
 ah man, you live in the Fens? I lived there for 12 years, so glad I wasn't so into biking back then otherwise i would have died.
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 Live in Peterborough, not for much longer Smile
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  • + 1
 nice photos & riding!!
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  • + 0
 If he does that all season then his rear wheel is going to be slachered beyond belief
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 The only time I've ever replaced a wheel was on my very first mountain bike. Trying to learn 180's. Otherwise, my bikes finish the season with true wheels.
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  • + 1
 Awesome edit! I need to go to Whistler soon!
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 V O D BITCHEZZZ
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 i be there sept 14 for a week could not wait !!
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 No tyres were harmed in the making of this video
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  • + 1
 Talk about some crazy control over a bike! This guy has got mad skills! Wink
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  • + 1
 sweet edit. How did you get the shot at 0:15?
  • + 1
 Thanks, i was zoomed in quite a bit from on the gondola for that shot
  • + 1
 I thought you were tracking alongside it ... Couldn't figure it out ! Nice work
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  • + 1
 i miss living in the woods .
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