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Snapshot: Episode 4, North Vancouver with Sterling Lorence
7 Nov 2016
Views: 13,321    Faves: 101    Comments: 4


In this Episode: Sterling Lorence grew up on Vancouver’s North Shore and has witnessed (and contributed to) nearly two decades of progression in mountain biking. Alongside legends like Wade Simmons and Eric VanDrimmelen, Sterling started riding and photographing the trails in his backyard. Shooting photos is a different world today than it was back then, especially considering the technology and riding style, but the Shore still provides infinite inspiration. Combine that with the passion Sterling has for shooting photos of locals like Thomas Vanderham, and the result is not only beautiful, but the process is rewarding.

Photographer Sterling Lorence capturing the action as Thomas the Kid Vanderham flies past.

North Vancouver mountain biking trails

Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the world's best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

Watch previous Snapshot episodes:

Snapshot // Episode 1: Whistler, BC with Robin O'Neill
Snapshot // Episode 2: Squamish, BC with Reuben Krabbe
Snapshot // Episode 3: Pemberton, BC with Blake Jorgenson



Freehub Magazine Issue 7.3, the Sea to Sky Photo Book, is now available on newsstands and at FreehubMag.com.
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MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @sterlinglorence / @tvanderham

Next Exit: Copper Harbor, Michigan - Video
26 Oct 2016
Views: 9,104    Faves: 67    Comments: 6


Copper Harbor is the northernmost town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and might be considered the definition of “Off the beaten path.” However, to its population of barely over 100 year-round residents, that’s just one of the many factors they love about it, along with the tight-knit community, backdoor access to adventure and seriously stunning views of Lake Superior.

The mining and logging industries brought a decent crowd to the area throughout the 19th century, but once the resources fell off so did the population. What remained though were the logging roads and mining tracks, scars from the resource extraction that would eventually sprout area’s first singletrack. Back in the day, a crew of hardcore locals would embark on color tours, grueling rides (on fully rigid bikes) that connected old double tracks throughout the Peninsula, often 70 or 80 miles.

With that, the spark of mountain biking had ignited in Copper Harbor, and with the help of the Keewenaw Adventure Company and funding for paid trail building, it has become one of the area’s driving forces. Today, there’s over 35 miles of singletrack, making the most of the 500-vertical feet available, and the network has been ranked as one of IMBA’s Silver Level Ride Centers. All of this is proof that a passionate community can create an amazing riding experience with hard work and dedication—no matter how far off the path it may be.

Photo from Freehub Magazine s Next Exit Copper Harbor Michigan Photo Margus Riga

Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

Produced by Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity Research
Supported by Pure Michigan, Diamondback, Clif Bar and evo

Copper Harbor mountain biking trails


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @TetonGravityResearch / @diamondbackbikes / @CLIF / @evo

Freehub Magazine Releases the Sea to Sky Photo Book
18 Oct 2016
Cover and Table of Contents for Freehub Magazine s Sea to Sky Photo Book. Cover photo by Robin O Neill TOC photo by Blake Jorgenson

Issue 7.3 // Freehub Magazine's Sea to Sky Photo Book

To say the Sea to Sky Corridor is well-known within the mountain biking world would be a vast understatement, as it is more often regarded as the epicenter of that world than anywhere else.

The four communities—North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton—litter a single, 100-mile stretch of highway in southern British Columbia and have a reputation that has created an inescapable vortex in a short period of time. And the undeniable draw? Simply the vastness and variety of trails. From the legendary tech on the North Shore to Squamish’s granite slabs to the Whistler Bike Park to rugged steeps in Pemberton, each area is renowned for a reason.

So with the Sea to Sky Photo Book, our goal is to offer a taste of each in a visual guide that pairs with TrailForks to let you know what to expect, get you to the trailhead and provide a unique insight on the area. Four local photographers, Sterling Lorence, Reuben Krabbe, Robin O'Neill, and Blake Jorgenson covered their four respective regions, working with locals and pros alike. This issue is an effort to capture the community and drive of those who have both helped create and continue to purvey the stoke that is effervescent in mountain biking’s Mecca, the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Sterling Lorence | The North Shore, British Columbia

Geoff Gully Gulevich your favorite mountain biker s favorite mountain biker. His skill and style are obvious as demonstrated here on 5th Horseman and if you spend five minutes with the guy you re guaranteed a good time. Photo Sterling Lorence

The North Shore has a heavy history, as it’s where mountain biking ascended to new heights (literally) along with new levels of tech and thus lots of progression. Sterling Lorence has witnessed much of that progression, as he’s been shooting photos on the Shore for nearly two decades. In order to showcase the variety of what’s the Vancouver’s North Shore offers, Sterling teamed up with locals Andrew Shandro, Geoff Gullevich, and Thomas Vanderham to show why this legendary spot has turned out more than a few celebrities.

Featured Trails:

5th Horseman Shuttle

Ladies Only Loop

Boogieman Loop


Reuben Krabbe | Squamish, British Columbia

Riding flat loose corners with grace requires a balance of speed and control but it can be overdone. Going wide on Some Over There the extra view and exposure doesn t distract Silas Krabbe from the task at hand. Photo Reuben Krabbe

Although Squamish might be best known for its rock climbing, the unassuming small town has trails that hold their own in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Its reputation might not be as boastful as its neighbors, but that’s how the locals prefer it. Reuben Krabbe is a photographer who has put his time in on the Sea to Sky Corridor, but chooses to live in Squamish for the access and low-key scene. Joined by Silas Krabbe, Dennis Beare, Sid Slotegraaf and Stephen Matthews, Reuben proves that even though Squamish is under the radar, it’s up to (if not beyond) par.

Featured Trails:

Boney Elbows Loop

Half Nelson Loop

Somewhere Over There Loop


Robin O'Neill | Whistler, British Columbia

Built in 2014 by Dave Anderson and Paul Stevens Micro Climate is a relatively new trail in the Whistler territory. Dave originally discovered the line while skiing and the final product turned out a little rowdier than intended. Sarah Leishman is just fine with that. Photo Robin O Neill

The pilgrimage to the Sea to Sky is often in the name of Whistler. The Whistler Bike Park has singlehandedly proven what a bike park can be, and is constantly setting the bar. While chairlift access and Top of World laps might be the draw, the valley's surrounding trails are as impressive as anything in the park and can be just as puckering. Robin O’Neill grew up in the Whistler valley and the surrounding mountains gave her sense of appreciation and wanderlust that has been a driving force in her photography. She gives a little glimpse of the magic in the Whistler Valley with Spencer Wight, Jesse Melamed, Yoann Barelli, Katrina Strand, Sarah Leishman, Dylan Wolsky in front of the lens.

Featured Trails:

Micro Climate Loop

Cheap Thrills Loop

Top of the World


Blake Jorgenson | Pemberton, British Columbia

While Mount Currie is officially named after John Currie a pioneer settler in the valley it s called Ts zil by the Lil wat Nation who believed the face was etched by a giant two-headed serpent. Hailey Elise Ollie Jones and Andrew Baker ride Tower of Power with some serious history in the background. Photo Blake Jorgenson

The mountains that surround Pemberton are two parts inspiring and one part intimidating, a mix that is also quite often found in the area’s trails. The small town is the northern end of the Sea to Sky Corridor and holds quite a few gems that are less often sought after, all with an epic backdrop of Mt. Currie. Blake Jorgenson is a veteran in the mountain bike photography world, so it says something that he chooses to call Pemberton home. Along with Ollie Jones, Andrew Baker, and Hailey Elise, Blake puts Pemberton’s rowdy trails on display.

Featured Trails:

Tower of Power Loop

Rudy's Loop

Cream Puff Shuttle


Dropping off the summit of Whistler Mountain is a surreal experience the alpine chair ride the 360-degree views and the 5 000 feet of world-class singletrack that follows. Spencer Wright throws a little dust on Top of the World one of Whistler s most iconic trails. Photo Robin O Neill

Freehub Magazine Issue 7.3, the Sea to Sky Photo Book is on newsstands now or subscribe to have Issue 7.3 along with 3 more issues delivered directly to your door. Pinkbike readers save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount.


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @trailforks / @sterlinglorence / @ReubenKrabbe

Next Exit: Revelstoke, British Columbia - Video
3 Oct 2016
Views: 7,853    Faves: 83    Comments: 11


Surrounded by the Selkirk, Kootenay and Monashee Mountains, Revelstoke, British Columbia prides itself on its access and surrounding terrain. Just like many other mountain bike-crazed towns, Revelstoke has roots as a ski town, with nearby Mt. Mackenzie holding ski jumping competitions in the 1960s via a single two-person lift, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort opening in 2007. The community that soon after flocked to Revelstoke for the ski bum lifestyle is the same one that made the push to make the trails what they are today. Once a way to simply pass the summers (and get a little extra loose), mountain biking in Revelstoke has evolved into a lifestyle in its own right.

Trails (In order of appearance): Mt. Cartier Summit Trail, The Rooster, Martha Creek (Sale Mountain) Trail, Frisby Ridge.

Casey Brown and Marty Schaffer descend down Mt. Cartier. Photo Paris Gore
Casey Brown and Marty Schaffer descend off of Mt. Cartier. | Photo: Paris Gore

Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

Thank you to our partners Teton Gravity Research, Devinci, See Revelstoke, evo and Clif Bar.

You can watch Episode 1 of Next Exit, which explores the community of Sun Valley, ID here.


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag

Between the Layers: Jill Kintner's Quest for Queen of Crankworx - Video
5 Sep 2016
Views: 5,632    Faves: 22    Comments: 2


The Queen of Crankworx is a competition that spans three different parts of the world and often four or more disciplines of mountain biking. Winning it is no small feat. From Rotorua, NZ to Les Gets, France to Whistler, Canada, points are stacked at each event of each stop, always with a heavy competition field. Jill Kintner put her focus on the Queen of Crankworx title for 2016 and was in the lead coming into the last stop at Whistler, only needing a few solid results to secure the title. The pressure is certainly something Jill is used to, and much of it comes from her own drive and mentality, but at the biggest contest of the year, it’s impossible to not be a little nervous.

Learn more about Jill Kintner in her profile, All the Layers, in Freehub Magazine Issue 7.2. Pinkbike readers save 40% off with our Shared Reader Discount!

Screen grab from Between the Layers Jill Kintner s Quest for Queen of Crankworx


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag

Snapshot: Pemberton, BC with Blake Jorgenson - Video
23 Aug 2016
Views: 5,595    Faves: 59    Comments: 2


In this Episode: Blake Jorgenson has an impressive resume as a professional photographer. From the days of Kranked and shooting the first tracks down A-Line, Blake has since witnessed a lot of change in the mountain bike world, along with the shift from shooting film to digital. He’s adapted in fine fashion but is one of the few photographers still shooting film at all, something that says a lot about both his style and intentions. Most importantly, what hasn’t changed is his approach to shooting photos - enjoying the experience is the priority.

Blake Jorgenson capturing the action.

Blake capturing the action.


About the Series: Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the world's best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

Snapshot Pemberton BC with Blake Jorgenson image

Blake looking back on some of his most iconic photographs.


Pemberton mountain biking trails


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag

Defining the Cup, Episode 3: Sun Valley, ID with Teal-Stetson Lee - Video
8 Aug 2016
Views: 4,317    Faves: 4    Comments: 1


In this Episode: After a crash in New Mexico at the last SCOTT Enduro Cup, Teal Stetson-Lee heads to Sun Valley with a minor shoulder separation, unsure if she’ll be good to race. Once she feels things out on the bike, Teal decides to sit out of the race in order to make sure she doesn’t push her injury and helps support her fellow riders instead. Whether it’s dog duty or driving the shuttle rig, the sense of community and support among the athletes is what makes the whole SCOTT Enduro Cup much more than a race.

Read more about the Sun Valley area in "Almost Famous: The Rebirth of Sun Valley" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.2, on newsstands now. Pinkbike readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Pinkbike Shared Reader Discount.


Teal Stetson-Lee and Rowdy
P: Teal and her new buddy, the aptly named, Rowdy the dog.

About this Series: In the simplest sense possible, racing is all about who’s the best. However, the end results or final rankings are not always what’s important, it’s that personal limits are pushed, and everyone is competing for themselves, not just a spot on the podium. Defining the Cup is a series that follows three racers, Amanda Cordell, Stan Jorgensen and Teal Stetson-Lee, along three stops of the SCOTT Enduro Cup, documenting their personal experiences and racing philosophies.

Teal Stetson-Lee in Sun Valley ID.
P: Teal enjoying the miles of singletrack in Sun Valley, ID.


MENTIONS: @SCOTT-Sports

Exploring Sun Valley, Idaho - Video
25 Jul 2016
Views: 7,443    Faves: 34    Comments: 1


Next Exit // Episode 1: Sun Valley, Idaho

Episode 1: Sun Valley, Idaho might be best known for the first chairlift, but the small town on the edge of the Sawtooth National Forest has slowly become a biking mecca. In 1988, the area hosted the NORBA National Finals, but the fame was short lived. A steady evolution of mountain bike enthusiasts and committed community members has since led to 400-plus miles of singletrack right out of town, lift accessed trails on Bald Mountain and the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, a weekend of epic racing and unparalleled good times.

Sun Valley: Bald Mountain biking trails
Series Description: Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

Continue the story in Freehub Magazine Issue 7.2. Pinkbike readers save 40% on subscriptions.

Images for Exploring Sun Valley Idaho - Video

Images for Exploring Sun Valley Idaho - Video

Next Exit is co-produced by Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity Research in association with SCOTT Bikes, Visit Sun Valley, 10 Barrel Brewing and evo.

Photos: Paris Gore


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @parisgore

Snapshot: Squamish, BC with Reuben Krabbe - Video
18 Jul 2016
Views: 13,440    Faves: 96    Comments: 8


In this Episode: As an action sports photographer, some days often end up being more about documenting an activity rather than actually doing it. Reuben Krabbe, a Squamish local and renowned photographer, has been focusing on packing light and documenting from right beside the riders to authentically capture in-the-moment action. Joined by Stephen Matthews and Sid Slotegraaf, the trio pedal out the door to ride some classic Squamish granite and shoot photos for Freehub’s upcoming photo book.

Reuben Krabbe behind the lens for Snapshot Whistler BC with Reuben Krabbe

Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the worlds best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

Squamish mountain biking trails


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @ReubenKrabbe / @stephen / @Slotegraaf

Defining the Cup, Episode 2: Angel Fire with Stan Jorgensen - Video
11 Jul 2016
Views: 5,806    Faves: 14    Comments: 2


Defining the Cup // Episode 2: Angel Fire, NM with Stan Jorgensen

In this Episode: At the second stop of the SCOTT Enduro Cup in Angel Fire, NM, Stan Jorgensen takes a day to scout the course and race the area's inclement weather. An early morning and quick times on the first race day make for a good start to the weekend, finishing the day with a relaxing afternoon casting the fly rod. Day two gets off to a rough start when Stan goes down in a rock garden, resulting in an unplanned visit to the medic’s tent and a few scrapes, but no damaged spirits.

Pinkbike readers save 40% off a one-year print subscription to Freehub Magazine with our Pinkbike Shared Reader Discount.

Stan gets some practice laps in before race day at Angel Fire Bike Park which served as stop two of the SCOTT Enduro Cup.

About this Series: In the simplest sense possible, racing is all about who’s the best. However, the end results or final rankings are not always what’s important, it’s that personal limits are pushed, and everyone is competing for themselves, not just a spot on the podium. Defining the Cup is a series that follows four racers, Amanda Cordell, Stan Jorgensen, Teal Stetson-Lee and Sonya Looney, along four stops of the SCOTT Enduro Cup, documenting their personal experiences and racing philosophies.


Angel Fire Bike Park mountain biking trails

MENTIONS: @SCOTT-Sports

Snapshot: Whistler, BC with Robin O'Neill - Video
21 Jun 2016
Views: 14,892    Faves: 81    Comments: 4


In this Episode: Robin O’Neill learned to bike and ski in the Whistler Valley, and both sports gave her an endless appreciation for the beauty the area provides. Nowadays, she’s a professional photographer making a living by capturing that same beauty. In search of images for Freehub’s Photobook, Robin heads out to Micro Climate, one of Whistler’s premier trails, with Jesse Melamed, Dylan Wolsky and Sarah Leishman. The weather’s a bit variable, but a little artificial lighting goes a long way and being in good company makes for inevitable success.

Robin O Neill behind the lens for Snapshot Whistler BC with Robin O Neill

Snapshot is a Freehub original series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the world's best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

Whistler mountain biking trails

MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @robinoneill / @SarahLeishman / @Dylwik

Defining the Cup, Episode 1: Amanda Cordell - Video
6 Jun 2016
Views: 4,374    Faves: 14    Comments: 1


Defining the Cup: Episode 1: Moab, UT with Amanda Cordell

In this Episode: Amanda Cordell prepares for the first stop of the SCOTT Enduro Cup in Moab, UT with a few days of practice on the course. Some windy weather mixed with back pains force Amanda to abandon her camping plans and retreat to a hotel. After a good night’s sleep, she prepares for race day with stretching and a good breakfast before heading off to battle the course’s slick rock and sandy corners.


Amanda Cordell at the first stop of the SCOTT Enduro Cup in Moab UT.


Series Description: In the simplest sense possible, racing is all about who’s the best. However, the end results or final rankings are not always what’s important, it’s that personal limits are pushed, and everyone is competing for themselves, not just a spot on the podium. Defining the Cup is a series that follows four racers, Amanda Cordell, Stan Jorgensen, Teal Stetson-Lee and Sonya Looney, along four stops of the SCOTT Enduro Cup, documenting their personal experiences and racing philosophies.

Stay tuned for more episodes of Defining the Cup throughout the summer.


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag

Episode One: Made With Love, Devinci Cycles - Video
23 May 2016
Views: 24,638    Faves: 135    Comments: 7

Mountain bikes have come a long way in just a few decades and now a process that was once trial and error is a dialed system, equal parts science and art. Devinci Cycles, based out of Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a company that takes pride in their locally sourced aluminum, in-house fabrication, and rigorous safety standards, all of which culminate in high-quality frames with a well-deserved “Made in Canada” sticker. Take a look at every step of the process, from design to powder coating, in this episode of Made With Love.

Manufacturing—most people don’t think of it as glamorous, but there is an allure to it that inspires and drives creation. The process and production behind modern mountain bikes and their associated products is an art form in itself, one that captivates both bike nerds and bike jocks alike. Made With Love is a series designed to capture the literal nuts and bolts upon which our sport is built: The components and people that bring bikes from the assembly line to trail.

Stay tuned for more episodes of Made With Love throughout the summer.


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @devinci

Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding - Video
2 May 2016
Views: 20,910    Faves: 251    Comments: 19


The Sunshine Coast is slowly making waves in the mountain bike world. Just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver, British Columbia, the coastal towns have witnessed logging, fishing and mining industries both thrive and dive. In the midst of all this, there’s been an insurgence of trails everywhere, from logging road networks to old landfills, that have caught the attention of the communities and riders alike. Nowadays, the weekends see a mass-migration of bikers to Coast Gravity Park and pickup trucks filled with bikes getting on their second ferry to Powell River. Tourism has become the area’s newest industry, one that is welcomed by the communities and thankfully has no signs of slowing down.

This video complements our print story Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.1, which is on newsstands now. Pinkbike readers can save 40% on a one-year subscription with our Shared Reader Discount.

Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding

Gibsons mountain biking trails

Roberts Creek mountain biking trails

Sechelt mountain biking trails

Powell River mountain biking trails

MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @the-coastal-crew

Defining Home with Jill Kintner - Video
23 Feb 2016
Views: 13,850    Faves: 140    Comments: 4


HOME // Episode 3: Defining Home with Jill Kintner — Presented by Maxxis Tires

In this Episode: In the final episode of HOME, Jill Kintner rides one of her favorite backyard trails in the Chuckanut Mountains. She pins the straightaways and takes the high line in a fashion that can only come from knowing every turn of the trail. A little extra inspiration comes from a simple question: "What would Bryn do?"

“Home” is a term that has a very solid meaning, yet the concept itself has a very loose structure. Home is a place. Home is people. Home is a trail. Bryn Atkinson and Jill Kintner recently moved to Bellingham, Washington, where all of these aspects converge into a community that matches their own passion for riding. Some things about their new locale might take some getting used to—like 34-plus inches of annual rainfall—but it’s all these elements together that make it what it is: home.

Watch HOME // Episode 1: Defining Home with Bryn Atkinson.

Watch HOME // Episode 2: East Side Adventure with Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson.

Continue the story in Freehub Magazine Issue 6.4. Pinkbike readers save 40% on subscriptions.


MENTIONS: @FreehubMag / @jk33 / @Bryn-Atkinson


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