If you ride a bike park on a regular basis, it’s probably safe to say that between you and your pals, you have bets on who can do the most laps or days in a season. It’s a challenge that almost everyone’s willing to take on, because let's be honest, who doesn't want to ride endless lift-accessed trails all season? There is one person, however, who is taking this concept to the next level: Adam Billinghurst.
“I've wanted to ride 1,000,000 vertical feet for almost 10 years now. You don't get to do a million of a lot of things. The things you do, you rarely think about: how many breaths you've taken, grains of rice you've eaten, said the word 'and'. It just seemed like a good number."
"Having lived in Whistler for 14 years has given me a pretty strong connection with the trail network within it. My list of why I love this place could go on for days, but at the top of that list would probably be the easy-to-fun ratio, and I don’t mean easy in the sense of riding difficulty—I’ve been bitten by this place more than once. But, having a chairlift that is open 6-10 hours a day right in your backyard (literally, I can coast to the lift from my front door) is what makes this challenge attainable, at least in my eyes."
"I feel like I've put in a really strong start but I still have a long way to go. I've been getting a lot of mixed reactions: some people think it’s crazy, while others seem unfazed. If there's anyone out there that thinks it’s easy, I invite them to come join me.”
Find out what it takes to ride one million vertical feet in less than 100 days. Follow Adam's progress on Twitter (@AdmBillinghurst) and Instagram (@billinghurst) and by searching the hashtags #dreamcapture