Kicking Horse Bike Park - Trail Crew Update #5 - 2011

Aug 11, 2011
by Steve Crowe  
Ripped from a video. Looking for the sniper landing on Horsefly.
Ryan Kuhn on Horsefly, the last wooden stunt on Blaster.

With the relentless drying by the sun the last few days, we haven't been able to work with the dusty dirt. So that means it is wood building season again at Kicking Horse. But with supply quickly dwindling, let's hope it rains soon so we can get dirty!

With the Western Open going on last weekend, not a lot of trail work got done. When we weren't picking up bent and damaged racers on practice day, we were picking up bent and damaged riders.

Practice day at the Western Open gave us opportunities to practice our first aid and bike transport skills. No there isn t a short patient in the green tarp.
Practice day at the Western Open gave us opportunities to practice our first aid and bike transport skills. No, there isn't a short patient in the green tarp.

It was great seeing Brett Tippie in Golden for the first time ever. He seemed to enjoy himself on the trails before his fat ass (his words, not mine) broke his shock. He gave it his all in the plaza for two days giving the event some much-deserved hype. He is a force of nature.

Western Open reunited two old Kamloops boys from Way Back.
Western Open reunited two old Kamloops boys from Way Back. Tippie, Richie Schley and I went to the same high school. I watched Tippie win the BC high school football championship 2 years in a row in BC Place stadium. Were you captain both years, Tippie?

Practice day kept us busy, but race day ran very smoothly and gave me time to wander about with my camera, so I whipped this together:

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What wood did we build? Did we build "north shore", a term Euros seem to use, but drives certain Canadians into bouts of cantankerous lunacy. Or did we build "ladder bridges", a term which some in North America use, but I find clumsy and confusing, but also oddly accurate. Or did we build "TTFs" or "technical trail features" which sounds stiff, bureaucratic and hyper-organized. How about stunts? Well, how about I just show some photos:

New wall rides. Dirt to be added.
New wall rides on School Marm. Dirt to be added.
New berm to replace Ghetto Berm.
New berm to replace Ghetto Berm on Superberm.
The Ghetto Berm that haunted the dreams of innocents.
The Ghetto Berm that haunted the dreams of innocents.

Actually, it hasn't all been about wood. Just before this dry spell, work was done to Home Run to make this beauty ride a bit cleaner.

Some trail work done by Hobo. He doesn t want me to name anything else after him. He thinks that practice a bit odd. So these aren t Hobo Berms. They re Mike Parsons Berms.
Hobo doesn't want me to name anything else after him. He thinks that practice a bit odd. So these aren't Hobo Berms. They're Mike Parsons Berms.

The reroute of Showdown is firming up and beginning to take shape. Some mistakes were made, but we are going to let the season and this winter pass to see what's what before we start fine tuning. But whatever happens in the end, the result will be better than what it was.

Crumbly Corner on the new reroute. The low line is coming in at the expense of the high line which changes every day.
Crumbly Corner on the new reroute. The low line is coming in, at the expense of the high line which changes every day.

The temporary exit of LYM is a sponge. We never wanted to give it a good effort to drain it because it is temporary. But we couldn't take it anymore, and made a good enough effort. So now it ain't pretty, but it's dry. Now we need to find some wood to continue LYM so this thing doesn't become permanent.

The temporary exit of LYM is a sponge. We never wanted to give it a good effort because it is temporary. But we couldn t take it anymore and made a good enough effort.

August is almost half over and we look forward to the death of bugs in their billions. But before that, be sure to come up here so you can tell all your school friends how cool you are in September. Because if you don't come, that claim may be just an empty lie.*

Ride on,
Crowe
www.kickinghorseresort.com

Ripped from a video Ryan boosts the best hip at Kicking Horse.
*disclaimer: coming to Kicking Horse may not necessarily make you cool. But it worked for Ryan Kuhn - look at him fly! This image is pulled from a video of Ryan boosting a hip on Showdown


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12 Comments

  • 3 0
 i am going there today. Driving from Red Deer and camping in Golden. Me iz a little excited. One of my happy places for sure. If you haven't been..... Go! It's very big and very fun.
  • 1 0
 I'd kill to ride here again but its just that little bit far away, and this season has gotten away from me. Next year definitely.... I'm not just saying that, I mean it... see you next year Kicking Horse!!
  • 2 1
 Haha I love the reference to the "northshore" and "ladder bridge" pissing contest that went down on the Bearclaw Invitational article.
  • 1 0
 Stunts FTW.
  • 1 0
 Im a big fan of "Technical Wooden Trail Feature"
  • 3 0
 Tippie could be Tony Danza's stunt double
  • 1 0
 Leaving for the day long drive to KH in the morning. Can't wait to enjoy all of the hard work you guys put in! Beautiful new berms to save my soul Wink
  • 3 1
 My gf and dog and I will be there for 2 days in late Aug. Stoke!
  • 1 0
 LOVE THE HORSE, Great work on the trails guys was there last weekend on friday, just awesome !!!
  • 1 0
 Who the hell is Mike Parsons?
  • 1 0
 If you have to ask Jes, then you don't need to know.
  • 1 0
 haha

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