Chris Kovarik with Summer of Summit

Dec 6, 2011
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Whenever we think of racing or mountain biking in general there are always a couple of guys who just stand out. Chris Kovarik was winning races in 1998, and has been doing so ever since. Over his long cycling career he's been the Australian Nation champ numerous times, has won World Cups and still holds the record for the largest winning margin in UCI DH history. (winning by over 14 seconds in 2002 on the Fort William DH track...Gnarly much?)

As of the 2011 season Chris and his wife Claire have added a new title to their cycling repertoire, Coach. Kovarik Racing is a way for the Kovarik's to pass on their knowledge of riding, racing, and of the cycling world that they've accumulated over the years. They provide private and semi-private coaching sessions which are tailored to each rider's needs as well as other options. Working out of Whistler, BC May through October and Australia (Gold Coast-Brisbane-Sunshine Coast areas) November through April really makes their program one of the more unique couching opportunities out there.


bigquotesIt was a natural progression for us to start coaching as riding really well is like a trade of ours by now and we felt, with all of our experience, we have a lot to teach others to improve their riding and racing. Coaching also helps us stay in the sport and actually make some sort of a living, while doing what we love. Kovarik Racing offers privates, semi-privates and our new Rider Development Program. - Claire Buchar, Kovarik Racing


While most of us are are in the middle of an inevitable off season these two are in Australia hard at work, training, racing and coaching.

bigquotesRight now we are back in Australia for the off season, training and coaching. We will also be hitting up a few races here, some in conjunction with coaching athletes we sort of have under our wings. - Claire Buchar, Kovarik Racing



Even though Chris' schedule was pretty much booked all season we managed to swing a couple of clear days to break out the camera gear and do a little shooting. The Summer of Summit crew was more then happy to tear it up with the karver and put together a short video of some 100% shred!

The Kovariks have their 2012 season already lined up and booked! There is lots more racing and coaching to come from these two including the UCI World Camps in Austria!

bigquotesNext season we will be hitting some key main races, mostly in North America as our budget is limited, and head on over to the World Champs in Leogang Austria. We have a whole bunch of coaching lined up, from Kovarik Racing to several camps with different companies and providers such as Zep Techniques, Summer Gravity Camps and Fluidride We have some other cool projects on the go, it will be a pretty busy season actually! - Claire Buchar, Kovarik Racing


www.SummerofSummit.com
www.KovarikRacing.com
www.Intensecycles.com
www.UnitRiders.com
www.fiveten.com
www.smithoptics.com
www.Nukeproof.com
www.clairebuchar.com
Written by: Mitch Gulliver
Photos by: Dylan Forbes

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139 Comments

  • + 48
 GEEEZUS some of the craziest transfers ever! Kovarik blowing minds since '98
  • + 28
 Ken Block ?? hahaha Kovarik owns you in drifting !!
  • + 3
 i think you responded to the wrong post lol. or the message was deleted haha
  • + 3
 damn... yeah you're right ^^ i replied the wrong comment ^^
  • + 3
 That was completely badass.
  • + 2
 i still cant believe he can still spin that bike..... i remember on Littermag, he 3'd a gap on his M6...
  • + 1
 he's a machine
  • + 3
 So many sick lines! The transfer onto b-line and back made me chuckle. So sick..
  • + 2
 Mr. and Mrs Shred.
  • + 1
 these guys are BEAST!!! Shreddin the GNAR TO THE EXTREME!
  • + 1
 Hi my name is Chris "I make my own lines" Kovarik , and I can 3 a DH rig. That is all!!
  • + 3
 Rode every trail he did during the video, and i'm not shy to say I was around half of speed. GOD DAMN! You guys don't realize that transfer from b-line to schleyer is SKETCHY as hell. I was with mitch gulliver and he was talking about hitting it, we scoped it out and NEVER was I going to hit that!
  • + 0
 Amazing video! Also, Whistler noob here. but what time in the video is this transfer you guys are talking about?
  • + 29
 Kovaric and Lamb of God together is too good to be true! Some amazing riding. Most ppl can't drift that well on motorized vehicles.
  • + 15
 yep, happy to see hear some decent music background after a longer time
  • + 2
 I got stoked as soon as "In your words" started playing. And yep, Kovarik is the original auzzie bad ass.
  • + 1
 @the-real-me "in your words"??..seriously??
  • + 3
 sorry, just got finished listening to that song. Redneck sorry. Its been one of those mornings. God that's embarrassing.
  • + 4
 Who doesn't love a bit of Lamb Of God
+Kovarik's so damn creative and fast!
  • + 2
 Kovarik is the Vinnie Jones of mountain biking Smile
  • + 2
 accidentaly hit pos props on in your words. Oh well Lamb of God no less \m/
  • + 1
 I know, that was a rough morning and I had just finished listening to "In your words" when I was typing the comment. I offer my most sincere apologies and return the props to you.
  • + 3
 OOMERRRRRTAAAAAAA!!
  • + 7
 When i think of Kovarik, another name comes into mind - Vories... i think both of them have very fluid styles of riding but Kovarik has a tad more speed i think Smile classic guys
  • + 8
 Hey Chris, you'd be even cooler if you wore a helmet all the time.
  • + 7
 that 360 was fucking dirtyyyyy !!!!!! soooo sick !
  • + 2
 Sooooooo, I loved this edit and I think Kovarik is the man. He has been shredding for years and is always fun to watch. My problem with this video (and I am sure I am going to get all sorts of neg props for this) is the music. I do not have anything against metal, but I really have a problem when the language used in the music is so graphic that it prevents me form being able to watch these vids with my 5 year old son. I know I sound like an old stick in the mud, but maybe there should be some type of parental warning when the edits contain sound tracks that are not suitable for young kids? Thoughts????
  • + 2
 Hit mute bro
  • + 1
 Well swearing is nothing new in videos in pink bike , a third of the edits out there have rap with heavy swearing and racist words through out , if I was gonna show my 5 y/o kid a video on here I would watch it 1st.
But yeah a little warning of foul language on front page vids would not be out of place.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the words of wisdom guys, never would have thought of either one of those suggestions! The point I was trying to make was that some type of rating system would be an asset so I don't have to pre screen media that I really shouldn't have to worry about. Why is it neccessary to foul an otherwise wholesome (relatively) pass time with music that contains more profanity than a gangster movie anyway?
  • + 2
 Hows that drift and that triple on original sin , man oh fing man ! His section in super8 still to this day is my favourite section on film ever . I scored a ti spring of the guy the other day , Legend !!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah that super 8 section was ridiculous!!!! so was this video..
  • + 1
 Do you mean the triple over the rocks on No Joke, after the close up drift? Amazing. I hate that I always slow down there so that I don't over clear the first landing, but it would be so much better to pick up the pace and hit the second landing like that. I'm afraid of the speed that you would have charging into the next corner more than anything, but as usual Kovarik makes it look easy.
  • + 1
 Thats the one , there is a nice big tree you have too turn for at the end . I was doubling into it , but triple , thats crazy i have seen it done only once before . I get the trail names mixed ,, was there two years ago .
  • + 4
 This is some of the (sic.) est DH'in I've seen in a while! Make it last longer! Awesome stuff. Encore!
  • + 4
 Great vid and music! finally!!
  • + 3
 I want to see more videos like this! Really, all these usual slow-mo videos and tecno music sucks.
  • + 1
 couldn't agree more.....
  • + 0
 i wouldnt say that slow mo and tech sucks, id ust say there should be a healthyer blend of more fast past and burly riding with the medal music pumping Wink
  • + 1
 They should save the techno for the matching vids ( techno+hipsters ) you know, crap with crap....it's so simple!!! Why do you say " i " when you lovebirds mean " we " ???
  • + 0
 dude your so funny! btw way your chirps suck just as much as you do at biking.. so feel it
  • + 0
 it says on your profile 31, is that your age in dog years or your combined IQ ???
  • + 0
 kid take a rest, go breast feed or something
  • + 1
 hey if you're offering, i have nothing against a couple gearboxes!!!
  • + 3
 amazing riding...
Lamb Of God!! \m/ (not that usual tsuu tsuu tssu tssu :s )
  • + 3
 Kovarik - biggest calve muscles in the world.
  • + 1
 He lost that title in some Dirt.TV " biggest calfs " filler video they made
  • + 4
 this needs to be VOD.
  • + 1
 Did some mellow laps with Chris this year in Whistler, I think it takes a stopwatch or a video camera for him to unleash! Sick video, great guy.
  • + 2
 nothing has made me want to go back to riding flat pedals on my dh bike more than watching that video.
  • + 1
 so nice films where all the people riding and training hard and me at home looking to my bike waiting for the full heal of my arm....... SHITTTTT
  • + 1
 (insert jaw drop face here) :0
Holy crap!
I am amazed!
............ I dont know what else to say.
I'm going to watch that again.........
(jaw drop face still there) :0
  • + 1
 I want to book some coaching for next year, as a flat pedal rider, dont think there would be any better Pro to pick up some pointers..
  • + 3
 Fuck Yes.
  • + 1
 I had to watch it twice to be sure it was real. Solid riding style, talk about pinned and fully committed.
  • + 1
 AWESOME. NOW WHAT MR. Kovarik?? This is too extreme for the videos to follow after this one!
  • + 2
 oh yeah!!!avec une toune de lanb of god.......il ├ętait temps ...big rider
  • + 1
 About time they started putting some good music in videos!!! Awesome riding
  • + 2
 according to this video...I really don't know how to ride a bike at all!
  • + 1
 most of this is whistler bike park but I don't recognise the hip at 1.12. anyone know where it is?
  • + 1
 CK still rocking the dirt !! Great to see it !! I'll be cheering for ya next season !
  • + 2
 Def needs to be more metal in mtb videos. Prime example here.
  • + 2
 Does anyone else just want an Anthill Movie called "Kovarik"?
  • + 1
 Wow for a second there i thought the camera guy just lost him in the video, he didnt... chris just broke the speed of light
  • + 1
 thank god for that! I was about to give up hope on listening to mtb videos!
  • + 2
 LAMB OF FUCKING GOD - REDNECK! Most awesome song in the whole world!
  • + 1
 holly crap man :O That was one of the most intense videos iv seen on pink bike Big Grin
  • + 1
 filming, music, climate reminded me double down/third down. and kovarik rocks!
  • + 2
 what a beast he is. I feel bad for his bike
  • + 2
 Wow, I've never seen Whistler ridden like that!
  • - 1
 People do these transfers every day. The drifting is top class though.
  • + 1
 Wasn't talking about the transfers mate.
  • + 1
 Yeah most in vids of whistler the riders appear to be cruising at speed if you know what I mean ? He's actually hurting the tracks he's riding so fast Big Grin
  • + 1
 I think my mates saw him shredding the Scott 24hr race in Canberra this year. All round pinner.
  • + 1
 Kovarik, man myth flack in legend on a bike! Big Grin hope he hits up more world cups!
  • + 1
 Kovarik always works well with metal music. Such a joy to watch.
  • + 1
 Great video... And finally music I actually like!
  • + 1
 nice video!! sick riding, but the music could be better! Wink
  • + 1
 one of my favourite riders
  • + 1
 added to my favorites before the video was over
  • + 1
 HEY KOVARIK!........ARE YOU A NINJA?
  • + 1
 F**cking Badass!!! That is all.
  • + 1
 Does anyone have the video from his race run in 2002 Fort William?
  • + 1
 a crackin vid......and a sweet soundtrack.........!
  • + 1
 This is the shit! Absolutely nuts...
  • + 1
 Music matches the riding, crazy!!
  • + 1
 complete shredder!!!!!!!!!! thas all i got
  • + 1
 He just tore the park a new one
  • + 1
 holy shit at that drift @ :38
  • + 1
 Kovarik.... Always 'Foot Out, Flat Out!!!'
  • + 2
 BRUTAL
  • + 1
 the man. the beast. the legend. nasty riding style !!!
  • + 1
 He should set the record for longest drift... And amazing edit.
  • + 1
 that first drift was so beast.
  • + 1
 He needs to attends anger management classes that was crazy!
  • + 1
 love the drifting into the corners --
  • + 1
 That's just not right...fuggin INSANE!
  • + 1
 Some of the rowdiest riding I've seen from Whist... so SICK!!!
  • + 1
 looks like modern Chain Reaction Wink
  • + 2
 \m/
  • + 1
 Chris Kovarik, Redneck. Fuck yeah. Best Video for a long time! so stoked.
  • + 2
 What... I don't even.
  • + 1
 always was my favorit rider
  • + 1
 Intense: My 4th favourite bike brand.
  • + 1
 its just not the same when he's not on a GT Lobo
  • + 1
 Got me stoked! F-Yeah! That boy got some handles. Very moto.
  • + 1
 its like Jamie Lynn on a dh bike..........Freestyle DH, yeahhhhhhhh !!!!!
  • + 1
 he use spd or common pedals?
  • + 1
 The boneless on the wall was cool!
  • + 1
 damn........................
  • + 1
 WOW that was insane sick riding, short vid but still sweet...... Big Grin
  • + 1
 Get your devil horns up! Way up, in the air! Thanks Chris!
  • + 1
 this guy is a boss
  • + 2
 He is not a boss, he is THE BOSS!!!
  • + 1
 Fucking insane
  • + 1
 So Bad Ass!!!
  • + 1
 wow...
  • + 1
 true....true
  • + 1
 Bad ass!
  • + 1
 Pretty fricken gnarly.
  • + 1
 Rambo on mountainbike
  • + 1
 I got a half chub!
  • + 1
 lmao im full!
  • + 1
 Now ur talking!
  • + 1
 S.I.C.K! Eek Really Mad
  • + 1
 WOW!!!
  • + 0
 motocross style drifting there... he's in the wrong industry
  • + 1
 Excellent!!
  • + 1
 so metal
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