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Video: Peak to Creek - Episode 4
24 hours
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With the corridor cleared and a plan in place, meet the full build crew as they descend upon Retallack Lodge. Watch as the crew battle stubborn stumps and chase elusive dirt as they put in the first 3km of the Peak to Creek trail.

Peak to Creek is an educational, on-the-ground, mini-series showcasing the process, passion and man-power behind professional-level trail building, from start to finish.

Episode 5 will be released December 30th on FreehubMag.com, with new episodes releasing every two weeks.

Stay up to date with the series and latest episodes on the Peak to Creek page at FreehubMag.com/Peak-to-Creek


Mentions: @retallacklodge, @RockyMountainBicycles, @Maxxis

Buy One Gift One Free Subscriptions
8 Dec 2014

This holiday season treat yourself to a Freehub Magazine subscription and we'll send a gift subscription to a person of your choosing FREE! Order by December 12th to get it there by Christmas with standard shipping. Give a gift that brings the best stories and images from the world of mountain biking to your door 4 times a year. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

With the newest issue hot off the press, you can look for stories that are dedicated to 'Escape & Adventure'—getting lost on two wheels and exploring the unknown. Check out some of the stories from the issue that ships in time for the holidays.

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Glaciers, geysers, hot springs and angry volcanoes. Wade Simmons, Stephen Matthews and Chris Winter pedal deep into the land of ice and fire, under the gaze of stony giants. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Glaciers, geysers, hot springs and angry volcanoes. Wade Simmons, Stephen Matthews and Chris Winter pedal deep into the land of ice and fire, under the gaze of stony giants. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson


We often dismiss backyard exploration as not even worth the effort. But when its the Uinta Mountains out your door, down-home adventure can be as exhilarating as the most far-flung locales. Eric Porter and Ian and Neil Provo set up camp underneath a star-studded night sky in Utahs Uintas. Photo: Ian Provo

We often dismiss backyard exploration as not even worth the effort. But when its the Uinta Mountains out your door, down-home adventure can be as exhilarating as the most far-flung locales. Eric Porter and Ian and Neil Provo set up camp underneath a star-studded night sky in Utahs Uintas. Photo: Ian Provo


Trout: its whats for dinner. Brook trout, although native to the eastern side of Canada and the US, populate many higher lakes and streams in the west. The Uintas are no exception. Photo: Ian Provo

Trout: its whats for dinner. Brook trout, although native to the eastern side of Canada and the US, populate many higher lakes and streams in the west. The Uintas are no exception. Photo: Ian Provo


A farmer and his mule transport goods in Tegucigalpa, Honduras capital. While over 60 percent of Hondurans live below the poverty line, the country has a surprisingly prevalent and passionate mountain biking scene. Photo: Justa Jeskova

A farmer and his mule transport goods in Tegucigalpa, Honduras capital. While over 60 percent of Hondurans live below the poverty line, the country has a surprisingly prevalent and passionate mountain biking scene. Photo: Justa Jeskova


Alftavatn means Swan Lake for the whooper swans that were hunted in the area in the early 1800s. While no water fowl are visible, Stephen Matthews and Chris Winter find plenty of views along the lakes expansive shores. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Alftavatn means Swan Lake for the whooper swans that were hunted in the area in the early 1800s. While no water fowl are visible, Stephen Matthews and Chris Winter find plenty of views along the lakes expansive shores. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson


At 172 scorching miles, the Epic Israel is not your traditional pilgrimage. Its brutal length through the Holy Land is sure to test both your strength and faith, whatever that may be. Photo: Alon Ron

At 172 scorching miles, the Epic Israel is not your traditional pilgrimage. Its brutal length through the Holy Land is sure to test both your strength and faith, whatever that may be. Photo: Alon Ron


Recently I got into shooting photos of people at the conclusion of an epic adventure, to try to capture the jubilation, relief, exhaustion and sense of achievement from what we have just completed. In 2012, we rode a 12-day out-and-back through the Uttrakahand region of India, a steep mountainous area tucked under the Himalayas at the edge of the Nepalese border. I shot a portrait of each of our nine-rider team, two minutes after we rolled out of the very last descent on the last day. Then I set up my Leica M9 and handed it to one of the group to shoot me. Somehow I look like I have just finished a Sunday ride, so that clearly did not work this time around.

Recently I got into shooting photos of people at the conclusion of an epic adventure, to try to capture the jubilation, relief, exhaustion and sense of achievement from what we have just completed. In 2012, we rode a 12-day out-and-back through the Uttrakahand region of India, a steep mountainous area tucked under the Himalayas at the edge of the Nepalese border. I shot a portrait of each of our nine-rider team, two minutes after we rolled out of the very last descent on the last day. Then I set up my Leica M9 and handed it to one of the group to shoot me. Somehow I look like I have just finished a Sunday ride, so that clearly did not work this time around.


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Video: Peak to Creek Episode 3
3 Dec 2014
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As the snow melts and the scouting concludes, out come the chaps and chainsaws as the crew begins to bring the Peak to Creek trail into reality. Watch as Matt, Brian and Mike clear the corridor to prepare for the full build crew to come up and start throwing dirt.

Meet the Saw crew Matt Barrett & Brian Malley

Meet the Saw crew Matt Barrett & Brian Malley



Peak to Creek is an educational, on-the-ground, mini-series showcasing the process, passion and man-power behind professional-level trail building, from start to finish.

Episode 4 will be released December 16th on FreehubMag.com, with new episodes releasing every two weeks.

Stay up to date with the series and latest episodes on the Peak to Creek page at FreehubMag.com/Peak-to-Creek


MENTIONS @RockyMountainBicycles @Maxxis @retallacklodge @FreehubMag

Video: Peak to Creek - Part Two
18 Nov 2014
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With snow on the ground, the Peak to Creek scouting team takes to the woods - exploring the history and terrain Retallack has to offer. Watch the continued birth of a trail in episode two of our six part Peak to Creek series.

Peak to Creek is an educational, on-the-ground, mini-series showcasing the process, passion and man-power behind professional-level trail building, from start to finish.

Episode 3 will be released December 2nd on FreehubMag.com, with new episodes releasing every two weeks.

Stay up to date with the series and latest episodes on the Peak to Creek page at FreehubMag.com/Peak-to-Creek
Video: Time Machine
12 Nov 2014
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After a slow start to the season due to suffering a broken hand at a local Enduro race, Britney White returned to the saddle with a vengeance. Motivated to make up for lost time, she dedicated herself to her bike and getting back to race form. Britney spent the rest of the summer timing her laps in the woods, crushing most people’s race pace on her “training” runs.


When Britney’s not hammering trails on her downhill bike, she’s training on her Enduro bike or hitting the dirt jumps at the Burlington Bike Park. Next year’s plans include racing and additional video projects. Britney would like to thank her sponsors, Fox Suspension, Transition Bikes, Spank, Profile Racing, IXS, Continental Tires, Shimano, Chris King, Disidual Clothing, Coal Headwear and AlleyCat Bike Shop.


Mentions: @foxracingshox @TransitionBikeCompany @spank-bikes @ContinentalMTB @shimano @iXSsports @chriskingbuzz

Video: Peak to Creek - Episode One
10 Nov 2014
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From Google Earth and topo maps, to boots on the ground and three meters of snow. Watch the birth of a trail in Episode One of our six part Peak to Creek Series.

Episode 2 will be released November 18th on FreehubMag.com, with new episodes releasing every two weeks.

Stay up to date with the series and latest episodes on the Peak to Creek page at FreehubMag.com/Peak-to-Creek


Mentions: @retallacklodge @FreehubMag @kinbad

Freehub Magazine: Making a Difference one Subscription at a Time
7 Nov 2014

At Freehub Magazine, we are giving thanks this month by giving back. When you subscribe to Freehub Magazine anytime through November 30th, we will donate $10 of that subscription to World Bicycle Relief. All donations to WBR are being matched $ for $ during November and December so every subscription will be doubled in impact meaning for every bike we raise, two will be distributed.

Our goal is to raise the funds to send 20 bikes to Africa, by the end of November. Your subscriptions will help us reach that goal. Get (or give) the gift of mountain biking's coffee table quarterly and help us provide the gift of two-wheels to communities in need.

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You can donate at Freehub's World Bicycle Relief page here: fundraise.worldbicyclerelief.org/freehubmag.


By partnering with microfinance institutions in Africa, World Bicycle Relief has helped provide 3,500 bicycles to merchants through short-term loans. The bikes provide a reliable source of transportation for farmers to bring milk and produce to local markets. These bikes can carry more weight, and have less chances of breaking down, meaning merchants can sell more goods, and make more profits.


Through World Bicycle Relief's Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program, over 24,000 bicycles have been provided to students, teachers and education workers throughout rural Africa. The effects that two wheels can have on a student's life are profound. Bikes reduce the time and effort for students who commute long distances, and both grades and attendance rates consistently improve among students who have received bicycles.


World Bicycle Relief has helped provide 23,000 bicycles to healthcare volunteers caring for people with HIV/AIDS, and children who have been orphaned by the disease. The bicycles have enabled volunteers to increase patient visits by up to 40 percent, and allow peer-to-peer educators help spread HIV/AIDS awareness.


The Buffalo. This bike is specifically designed to endure the rugged roads, and demanding needs of African farmers, students and healthcare volunteers. Designed, produced and assembled in Africa, the Buffalo is easy and low-cost to maintain, with spare parts readily available. World Bicycle Relief has also trained over 900 field mechanics, ensuring bike owners have access to proper repair and maintenance.

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Video: Peak to Creek Teaser
28 Oct 2014
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Peak to Creek is an educational, on-the-ground mini-series showcasing the process, passion and man-power behind professional-level trail building, from start to finish.


We hand picked a crew from the United States and Canada to construct an all-mountain bike trail, that showcases the hands-on experience and dialogue that embodies the process of building one of the world's most versatile trails. From the high-alpine summit of Reco Peak at Retallack Lodge to the streams and forests of valley bottom, this dirt-and-callus-filled chronicle will showcase how trail construction brings people together as a team to create a unified vision—and some badass riding.



Episode 1 will be released November 4th on FreehubMag.com, with new episodes releasing every two weeks.

Stay up to date with the series and latest episodes on the Peak to Creek page at FreehubMag.com/Peak-to-Creek


Mentions: @FreehubMag @retallacklodge @treelinesnw

Video: Huntin' For Bigfoot
14 Oct 2014
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We hit the road with Humbolt locals, Tsering Alleyne and Kyle Warner, to explore the Northern Coast of California surrounding Arcata. What we found were an abundance of amazing trails with little to nobody riding them... a mountain bikers dream. Read the full article in Freehub Magazine issue 5.2, and watch the amazing journey here or on the newly launched Freehub mag.
Freehub Magazine: NEW Crankworx Whistler Print Partner
8 May 2014

Since its inception in 2009, Freehub Magazine has sought to capture the most authentic and beautiful aspects of mountain biking. To further these efforts in 2014, we are proud to announce Freehub’s role as a print media partner for what is possibly our sport’s most colorfully cultural event, Crankworx Whistler. There are few mediums that can tell a story as genuinely or stunningly as print—we will therefore use the timeless, high-quality pages of our magazine to document the figures, faces and festivities that surround Whistler from August 8 through 17. From the event’s heritage to the competitors’ backgrounds to the final scores, Freehub will be there to tell the stories that continue to unfold at Crankworx Whistler.

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With our summer issue printing just days before the festivities, Freehub will be unveiling our most recent dose of mountain bike culture at our on-site booth during Crankworx. We encourage readers to stop by to shake hands, say hello, grab an issue and hear more about what’s on Freehub’s horizon for 2014.


Perhaps no other event in mountain biking has seen as many milestone moments or started as many pro riders’ careers as Crankworx Whistler, and we are excited and proud to be the print voice of that legacy, and to support both riding in the Pacific Northwest and in communities around the world.

Have a great summer, and we’ll see you at the bottom of Fitzsimmons.

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Video: Wet & Busted
5 May 2014
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Riders Kelend Hawks and Geoff Gulevich spend one wet Washington day riding the local trails around Whatcom County. Take a ride with these two as they get wet and busted on some steep Northwest goods. Thanks to Gravit Digital for making this project happen.
Video: Watch Freehub Magazine Issue 5.1 Being Printed
15 Apr 2014
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Spring is upon us. The final winter storms are rolling through, and it seems Mother Nature is re-opening trails on a daily basis. For the office-bound, the desire for the long, sunny days of spring is quickly becoming an obsession, and just in time for that April madness Freehub Magazine is stoked to announce the release of Issue 5.1, hot off the presses and shipping now.

Caption: Upon arrival in Real de Catorce, a crowd of kids swarmed the crew, wanting to give them a try. Jamie Goldman demonstrates proper form while his excited students watch. Photo: Tyler Roemer , Artwork: Shawn O'keefe

Caption: Upon arrival in Real de Catorce, a crowd of kids swarmed the crew, wanting to give them a try. Jamie Goldman demonstrates proper form while his excited students watch. Photo: Tyler Roemer , Artwork: Shawn O'keefe


From donkey shuttles and ancient cobblestone streets in Mexico with Jamie Goldman and Carson Storch to enduro champ Anka Martin’s home on New Zealand’s South Island, Issue 5.1 takes readers around the world. You’ll meet Woody Keen, North Carolina’s outdoor guru and trail master. You’ll visit some of the Pacific Northwest’s lesser-known trails on British Columbia’s Hornby Island. And, with stunning photographs and elegant words, you’ll get a full dose of mountain biking’s soul, wherever on the globe that may be.

As a way of saying thank you for your support over the past few years—dedication that has helped us expand to four issues a year for 2014—we are offering all Pinkbike readers a 40% discount on a one-year subscription, a deal that will keep all of this year’s issues coming straight to your door.

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Caption: After nearly a week of equine shuttling, the ride back to Real de Catorce in a 1956 Willys Jeep was a welcome return to the modern...well, a relative return, considering the cobblestone roads were built in the 18th century. Photo: Tyler Roemer

Caption: After nearly a week of equine shuttling, the ride back to Real de Catorce in a 1956 Willys Jeep was a welcome return to the modern...well, a relative return, considering the cobblestone roads were built in the 18th century. Photo: Tyler Roemer


Caption: Jamie Goldman traverses the scree-covered hillside above Real as the surrounding Catorce mountains glow in the distance. Photo: Tyler Roemer

Caption: Jamie Goldman traverses the scree-covered hillside above Real as the surrounding Catorce mountains glow in the distance. Photo: Tyler Roemer


Caption: Woody in the effin clear cut near the kids skills area, DuPont State Forest, NC. Photo: Kristian Jackson

Caption: Woody in the effin clear cut near the kids skills area, DuPont State Forest, NC. Photo: Kristian Jackson


Caption: Sometimes it is hard to tell a deer trail from a bike trail, given the overwhelming blanket of moss that coats Mt Geoffrey. Darcy Turenne finds the fall line on a nameless mid-mountain line. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Caption: Sometimes it is hard to tell a deer trail from a bike trail, given the overwhelming blanket of moss that coats Mt Geoffrey. Darcy Turenne finds the fall line on a nameless mid-mountain line. Photo: Colin Wiseman


Caption: For Anka, traveling and riding go side by side, as do her and her bike, which for over a decade has taken her to some of the worlds most beautiful places. On another trip to some exotic locale, Anka has reason to be all smiles. Photo: Sven Martin

Caption: For Anka, traveling and riding go side by side, as do her and her bike, which for over a decade has taken her to some of the worlds most beautiful places. On another trip to some exotic locale, Anka has reason to be all smiles. Photo: Sven Martin


Caption: Roots are not a problem when you are airing over them. Series Pro Champion Charlie Sponsel sends a techy section during the Chuckanut Enduro in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Brandon Corneliusen

Caption: Roots are not a problem when you are airing over them. Series Pro Champion Charlie Sponsel sends a techy section during the Chuckanut Enduro in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Brandon Corneliusen


Caption: While riding the 12,000 foot ridge of the Continental Divide to Grizzly Peak, near Loveland Pass, CO, everything to Matt Thompsons right flows to the Atlantic and everything to his left to the Pacific, and a bold drop to either side, whichever the ocean. Photo: Dave Trumpore

Caption: While riding the 12,000 foot ridge of the Continental Divide to Grizzly Peak, near Loveland Pass, CO, everything to Matt Thompsons right flows to the Atlantic and everything to his left to the Pacific, and a bold drop to either side, whichever the ocean. Photo: Dave Trumpore


The trails are clear and the dirt is calling, so look for Freehub Magazine Issue 5.1 on newsstands and in bike shops near you, or subscribe today at 40% OFF to have it shipped directly to your door. The sun is here—now get on your bike.

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Video: Geoff Gulevich is Twenty Seven Years Young
13 Feb 2014
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Freehub Magazine had a chance to ride with the boys for Gully's birthday. Twenty Seven years young and still killing it, Geoff Gulevich, Eric Lawrenuk, Brendan Howey and Nick Tingren had a grand birthday session at the Burlington Bike Park.


Freehub Magazine
Freehub Magazine Winter Vol. 4.3
6 Dec 2013
It's new issue time, and we are excited to release our first winter issue to date! Freehub Magazine has gone quarterly for 2014 thanks to the support of our readers and demand for more great stories. We have spent the last four and a half years refining our publication to create a one-of-a-kind mountain bike magazine that revolves around community and the people within it. Freehub strives to tell the stories of people on every level in the community, people chasing their dreams as riders, entrepreneurs, engineers, and travellers for the love of biking. This is 'Who We Are'.

While Katie Holden billy goats along a cliffside climbing trail in Vantage, WA, artist Shawn Okeefe uses his signature artistic style to add some off season chill to the winter Freehub Magazine cover.
  While Katie Holden billy goats along a cliffside climbing trail in Vantage, WA, artist Shawn Okeefe uses his signature artistic style to add some off season chill to the winter Freehub Magazine cover.

We are the ones with winter’s muddy war paint. And frozen noses and toes. With muscles burning in the cold and screeching, wet brakes. We are the ones soaked to the core, but driven with a passion there too. For this is what we do.

We ride—all year.

At Freehub, like you, we are riders—season in and season out. And that’s a great thing to be this time of year, because it means we don’t have to surrender to some so-called off-season. While others concede to winter’s cold, we don warmer clothes and pedal out into it. As darkness falls, we shine lights and get rowdier than ever. And when the trails are too greasy to ride, that’s when we dig and we build.

Sure, there’s a kind of seasonal rhythm dictating the mountain biker’s life. But there is no “off-season.” This—we’ve learned from you.

Over the last four years, your dedication year-round to mountain biking has fueled the soul behind Freehub. From building trail to advocacy initiatives, exploring new zones to slaying your own local grounds, you aren’t deterred by the flux of the seasons.

Because of all this, we’re excited to say that we’re expanding to four issues next year. Freehub stories have always reflected the community at its most core level, where passion, knowledge and the dream that is mountain biking, are shared throughout the year.

So a huge Thank You to our supporters, our friends, family and readers: We couldn’t do any of this without you. And we promise you this: As long as you continue to work day-in and day-out to grow the spirit and culture and sport of mountain biking, we’ll continue to grow with you. We are your year-round ride crew.

Adrienne Schofhauser, editor

Stories In This Issue:
Home | The Wanderlust Way of Craig Bierly
Lost Gold | Park City’s Growing Bike Culture
The Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes | Fat Tires, Snow Plows and a True Midwestern Winter
The Aura of Competence | Oversized Packages and Pedal-Philes at Dirty Finger Bike Shop
Wild West | Renegade Roots, Tough-As-Nails Terrain and Sedona’s Efforts to Become A World-Class Mountain Biking Destination
Youth Gone Wild | Paris Gore, from Yearbook Class to the World Cup

You can subscribe to Freehub Magazine for a 40% discount as part of our Shared Reader program with Pinkbike by following the link below. Thanks for your support, and happy trails.

SHARED READER 40% DISCOUNT off a ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION

Last light: Eric Porter rides the upper reaches of the legendary Wasatch Crest trail 4,000 feet above town as a setting sun melts the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Last light: Eric Porter rides the upper reaches of the legendary Wasatch Crest trail 4,000 feet above town as a setting sun melts the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Colin Wiseman


For devoted mountain biker Craig Bierly, home is where he parks it.

For devoted mountain biker Craig Bierly, home is where he parks it.


The Mississippi River is over 2,300 miles long, reaching from nearly the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Frozen over with a thick layer of perfect ice and covered in less than an inch of snow, the backwater miles around Winona in northern Minnesota are a fat-bikers dream.

The Mississippi River is over 2,300 miles long, reaching from nearly the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Frozen over with a thick layer of perfect ice and covered in less than an inch of snow, the backwater miles around Winona in northern Minnesota are a fat-bikers dream.


Cathedral Rock viewed from the Secret Slick Rock Trail and Ridge Trail. Photo: Lars Romig

Cathedral Rock viewed from the Secret Slick Rock Trail and Ridge Trail. Photo: Lars Romig


How the finger became dirty, a story about one of Hood Rivers most unique bike shop. Dirty Finger signature stained glass friezes by Jess Caudill.

How the finger became dirty, a story about one of Hood Rivers most unique bike shop. Dirty Finger signature stained glass friezes by Jess Caudill.


Brandon Semenuk didnt quite get the run he wanted at Red Bull Rampage 2013, but still sent his massive canyon stepdown as seen in the Paris Gore profile.

Brandon Semenuk didnt quite get the run he wanted at Red Bull Rampage 2013, but still sent his massive canyon stepdown as seen in the Paris Gore profile.


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We take pride in offering the very people who read Freehub a chance to get published by submitting their own stories based on personal experiences. In the magazine you can find trail and ride reviews, profiles on riders, photographers and filmers, stories focused on companies and their origins, stories on biking communities, and authentic Freehub features. If you care to contact us for content submissions, subscriptions, or feedback you can do so through our website at FreehubMag.com.
James And The Giant Trip: The Freehub Big Winner
17 Nov 2013
Words and photos by Ben Gavelda

Something big is brewing in the Kootenays. Retallack Lodge, widely known for its powdery snowcat skiing and snowboarding, has been putting in work on the dirt side of things over the last few seasons. With a few private flowing trails that spit back to the lodge, to the dirt jumps and pump track that surround the campfire, you could say it’s a prime, private mountain bike haven. Besides the local samplings, Retallack’s access to epic riding in the Kootenays in and around the areas of Kaslow and Nelson, British Columbia further cements the place as a premier mountain bike destination.

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Video by Chris Grundberg

In celebration of the Freehub Magazine issue 4.2 release, we joined forces with Rocky Mountain to give away a three-day trip at Retallack to one lucky subscriber. And it wasn’t just your average lodge retreat. We were joined by legendary riders Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Ritchie Schley for the weekend of a lifetime . Local ripper Garrett Buehler happened to be around the lodge filming as well. A lively crew for Seattle based cabinetmaker and long time mountain biker James Wanamaker, who happened to get the golden ticket.



“I didn’t even know that I had entered a contest.” James remembers. “My wife bought me a subscription for my birthday and this was my birthday gift I guess [laughs]. We both got the email and were like is this bullshit? So we sat on it for a day or two and called back and Freehub broke down the particulars, the lodge, the helicopter, the mountain biking [laughs].”


After a few technical issues that involved a bit of metal work and a beer transaction near the Pinkbike office, the Freehub crew along with James, ripping Aussie/Whis loc’ Matty Ryan and Shoreplay founder/lead guide Mark Wood, all piled into one big-ass flaming van (no joke) and hit the road northeast.

Albeit hesitant jumping in a strange rig with a strange crew, James went with it. “There was no way I was going to pass this up.” He says. “I didn’t even know about the place and I didn’t think about what it was like. There were no preconceived ideas, it was more like I’m going on this adventure, let’s see what this is all about.”




Over the biking-crammed three days we rallied numerous shuttle laps from the local goods to rogue-now-acknowledged trails and even an exotic heli assisted drop on Powerslave trail outside of Nelson. James was lucky enough to get laced up with a 2014 Rocky Mountain Altitude to rip over the few days, too. “It’s just so…the whole idea of this heli drop was so foreign. I didn’t even think that existed.” James recalls. “Each section of that trail was something different and to be greeted at the parking lot with beer and food with a bunch of awesome people was something else, something you can’t describe.”



Gourmet meals every evening after a long day’s shred, suds, the hot tub, no cell service, Jenga, piling nails into the table like an ape for Neglin—lodge life rules. The handful of other daring guests who made the trek further fueled the fire. “The food, the combination of people, it was just this culture of like-minded people.” James says. “People that have this love for biking, this sport, this lifestyle and it all kind of culminated there.” We couldn’t agree more.


Big thanks to the Retallack and Rocky Mountain crews for making it happen. Until next year…

If you want to learn more about Freehub Magazine: the Community Driven Mountain Bike Magazine, you can check them out and subscribe here for a 40% Pinkbike discount. The new Winter issue of Freehub is printing and will be shipping in time for the Holidays.

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