Pinkbike.com Gets Things Flying with Nelson's own Derek Chambers

May 1, 2005
by Tyler Maine  
Some of you might recognize Derek from his video sections or pictures in magazines. Others of you might know him for the faaaaasssttt as hell guy he is and this is why we are happy to have him onboard this year racing our colors. Derek will be racing out of Nelson B.C., doing as many Canada Cups, Norba's and North American World Cups as he can drag himself too. Derek threw down a little info on himself for all you to read, so enjoy. (We look forward to seeing him giv'ner and keepin' the rubber side down in '05!!!!)Derek Chambers



Born: May 05 1981

Raised: North Bay, Ontario

Now live: Nelson BC and loving it!!

Occupation: Bike mechanic

Years riding: If sperm could ride bikes, then I was!


Years racing as a pro:
4

Current hookups:
-Summit health and fitness(keepin' Nelson locals strong and focused)
-NRG Enterprises

-Maxxis
-MRP Chain guides
-Chromag bar’s and stem’s
-Cliff Bar’s and Shot’s
-Magura USA

-Oso Negro coffee company, Nelson
-[L=http://www.gericks.com]Gerick’s Cycles[/L], Nelson
-Yah! Pinkbike.com


What my goals are long/short:

Long:


- I plan on being involved in the mountain bike scene for a very long time. I plan to be riding and pushing my abilities to grow with the sport’s trends and also being a part of the MTB movement for the next 10 years at least.
-I want to be a rider who has gradually built his reputation and image over the years into a solid foundation within the sport. I have already started this and have every intention of getting to a new level of exposure and recognition each day.
-I want to associate myself with a company that can grow with my career so that we can both use each other’s names to our advantage. I believe this is the key to making a career in the industry work. Both parties have to be benefiting and learning from each other in order for the perks to really be noticed. All riders who have made a solid career have stuck with a company who has helped them along the way and in return that company has created a positive and respected image.
-To be a rider that the whole industry sees as someone who can help just by being associated with.
-To always be riding my bike, and have a positive impact that'll help the MTB community grow.
-To become Downhill world champion… obviously!


Short:


-For the 2005 season I plan on racing primarily on the NORBA race series, North American World Cups, and select Canada Cups (BC races+Nationals)

Filming:

This upcoming season I will be filming a promo video. I will be filming with Jeremy Grante, filmer and senior editor of Freeride Entertainment Ltd. This video will be solely used for self promotion purposes.


TV:

Local and international

Coaching clinics:

Plans on working with Panorama and Whistler Resorts.

Who I am as a rider:


I am a very energetic and positive person who can't get enough time on his bike. I am looked at by the cycling community as being a friendly and very easily approachable person. I take pride in helping people have more fun on their bike, whether it’s making their bike run better or by giving them tips on their technique. I’m all about making sure people are having fun.



Lifestyle:

Mountain biking has been my main focus in life since before I can remember. Ever since I was big enough to ride I think I was. I have never been interested in any sports like hockey or baseball, and I don’t think I’ve ever watched a football game. I grew up in the bush, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. And things haven’t changed much since.



Riding style:

I am most well know for racing, but moving to Nelson BC three years ago got me hooked on freeriding too! Nelson is known in the world of biking to have some of the gnarliest trails and some of the best riders. This has left me with a very smooth and graceful riding style, light and fast, yet aggressive.


Previous Exposure:

Movies:
Self Titled (2004)
Rider Anonymous (2003)

Magazines:
Decline Magazine
“Bike Magazine” online site
Scratch Magazine
Pinkbike.com

Advertisements:
NRG Enterprises 2004 -present
Magura USA
Sun Peaks poster boy 2003-04
Gerick’s Cycles
Cheapskates sporting goods North Bay ON
Jack Pine Hill ski resort -present

TV Exposure:
Ride Guide 2003
Ride Guide 2004

Events:
World Cup, NORBA, Canada Cup, BC Cup


04 Races and results:

Bear Mountain, BC, BC cup, Crash and burn!!!
Bromont, PQ, Canada Cup, May 23rd 14th place
Mont. Tremblant, PQ, Canada Cup, May 3oth, Crashed and burned!!
Calgary, AL, World Cup, July 4th 13th place
Mont St.Anne, PQ, Canadian Championships, July 17th 8th place
Fernie, BC, Canada Cup, Aug 15th 11th place
Whistler BC, Provincial Championships, Crash and burn!!!
Sun Peaks, BC, Canada Cup, Aug 27th 14th place
World Championships, Les Gets France, Sept 12th Crashed into 99th place!!



Photos courtesy of:

Shawn Morris
Solomon Rosenburge
Shawn Denny

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