Pinkbike's Hurtin' for Vert 2012 - The Video And The Stats

Nov 27, 2012
by Tyler Maine  
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Video by Connor Macleod
Title image by Dave Silver

Views: 35,663    Faves: 329    Comments: 52

Hurtin' for Vert 2009 Stats:

• Total Distance Ridden = 121 km
• Total Elevation Gained by Bike = 10 000'
• Total Elevation Lost by Bike = 27 600'
• Total Hours Slept = not enough
• Total Pilsners Drank = way too many (Drank turns to Drunk at this point)
• Total Richie Schley Putdowns for not Coming out = nowhere near enough
Hurtin' for Vert 2012 Stats:

• Total Distance Ridden = 142.3 km
• Total Elevation Gained by Bike = 10357'
• Total Elevation Lost by Bike = 37769'
• Total Hours Slept = not enough (trend from 2009)
• Total Pilsners Drank = way too many (still trending...)
• Total Richie Schley Putdowns for not Coming out = He came and killed it with us

Looking back at our trip, it truly was amazing that 14 plus riders could ride for four days on the terrain that we did and we only suffered a few minor mechanicals, besides flat tires (and once again, we had our fair share of those). All mountain bikes continue to get more and more refined and it's a great time to be a mountain biker with all the advances in parts. Three years ago, half of us on the original trip had dropper posts. This year, only one of us showed up without one - times keep on changing. Three years ago, the bikes' travel was all over, from 100 to 180 millimeters, but looking at this year's rides, the 160-millimeter travel bike seems to have the stranglehold. That's what a lot of my riding friends are on. Also noted in 2009, was that all the bikes were 26ers - and today in 2012, they still all are 26ers, no 29ers or 275 (650B)s in the lot. What will the stats say next time we all get together? I can't speak for the bikes, but I can guarantee big smiles, long miles and more Hurtin' for Vert.

Check all Dave's pics here.
Check all Smoke's pics here.

Check out the Hurtin for Vert Riders here.
Check here if you missed Part 1
Check here if you missed Part 2
Check here if you missed Part 3
Check here if you missed Part 4

Trips like Pinkbike's Hurtin' for Vert can't happen without a great group of riders and an equally amazing support group like Specialized Bikes, Bush Pilot Biking, Rocky Mountain Bikes, Pilsner and Thanks a ton for your support in making this year's adventure all time, we all appreciated it.

Extended thanks go out to the our friends that helped along the way to:

-Steven and Hilary Patterson in Kamloops
-Chris Post and crew in Merritt
-Dangerous Vince at the Eldorado in Kelowna
-Kurt Flaman and Freedom Bike Shop
-Andrew Drouin and PACA
-The Lower Similkameen Indian Band

..and of course our lovely and talented ladies, Barb Haley, Kim Mullins, and the incomparable Chevy.

See you all on the next adventure, wherever and whenever that may be. Until then, keep Hurtin' for Vert!

Hurtin for Vert 2012 Footers by Johnny Smoke.
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  • + 11
 Never a dull moment on trips w/ Smoke!!
  • + 5
 this made me miss; summer, friday rides, road trips, and shredding good times with my buds!
  • + 1
 IT was a sweet trip man. Hope Nelson is treatin you ok these days!
  • + 1
 Johnny, another vid with you in it! 2 in a row dude, business looks like it is good. Love the good vibes in this vid, good weather, good riding, good buddies and beer.Sweet.
  • + 1
 Next year we need to get the single (track) ladies together to hurt for some vert (and maybe hunt for some loam). I know you'd be into it Smoke!
  • + 1
 Bold words, my friend. I can oblige, but I hope you know what you're getting in to.
  • + 1
 T-maine lived to tell the tale. I saw the stats and think if we substituted pilsner for cider, we should be ok.
  • + 2
 Planning sesh based around some shredder pow is the first step.
  • + 1
 Great riding. Great video. Great song. Don't get much better then that. I have not watched a video in a while that has made me smile as big as this one. You could feel the emotion, and how much fun everyone was having, and that is something special.
  • + 3
 amazing, sign me up for the next trip
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  • + 1
 What an epic ,makes me re think big bikes seeing this Simmons -slayer =goodtimes
  • + 1
 Like you need another arrow in your quiver!?
  • + 3
 I like it! nice men Smile
  • + 1
 1:52 I was like: ´Why is he breaking that much?? Oh it's slow motion...´

Epic trip and video!!
  • + 1
 the Slayer will never be a 29er. that sorta sums up the subject of 29er's for me.
  • + 2
 Anyone know the song in this badass video?
  • + 2
 Sweet series guys, super stoked for another real soon!
  • + 2
 Loving the BIG LAD action!!
  • + 2
 that is what its all about..
  • + 1
 Wow, that wow effin horrible... ...No wait, that's just my jealousy talking.
  • + 1
 unreal video. makes me want to ride those trails.
  • + 1
 So sic, lengendary adventure.
  • + 1
 I really want to travel with my bike now.
  • + 1
 Im in next time if theirs room for one more dirt bag
  • + 2
 Maybe the next one will have to be in your neck of the woods buddy!
  • + 1
 I may have to attend next year.
  • + 1
 lol, 'Chevy the Incomparable'
  • + 1
 What to do you have to do to go to next year trip?
  • + 1
 can i go next time?? Cool
  • + 1
 The dream.

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