Video: Team Freehub Whistler Warm Up

Aug 13, 2013
by Freehub Magazine  
Words and Photos: Ben Gavelda
Video: Reilly Kintzele

Victor Smith whipping one through the Crab Apple Hits

Victor Smith whipping one through the Crab Apple Hits

The act of riding a bike is an individual pursuit. You navigate the cockpit. You push the pedals. No one else makes that happen. This solo, cyclical relationship with a machine creates an addictive escape. As hooking as it may be alone, one of the most alluring parts of biking is sharing the trails and times with friends and fellow pedalers. Sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps it going. It’s that extra tube, chain link, snack, directions or shuttle drive up to maintain the roll. When the personal progression of speed, time, route and joy stalls, it’s furthered by the group effect.

As our Freehub Team rips into the race season they’re no doubt testing personal limits, whether it’s a chase through a line, a chance on a turn, a bit of teammate rivalry or the butt of a joke. But at the end of every run there’s a high five and hopefully a cold beer or cheers. With a solid podium presence at nearly every Northwest Cup stop this season, they have been flying the Freehub freak flag pretty damn well. It’s the dead of summer, the heat of race season is cooking and Crankworx Whistler is just getting underway. Prior to the season kicking off the crew gathered for some early season laps at Whis’ for a bit of “team building.” Here’s what they built.

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Matt Orlando and Trevor Parson rallying over the rocks. Photo by Ben Gavelda

Matt Orlando and Trevor Parson rallying over the rocks. Photo by Ben Gavelda

For more on Team Freehub, check out their Team Page at

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  • 37 1
 As for the Whistler videos, I know most of the trails there almost by heart and I have never been there.
  • 1 0
 I bet that's true for many people on pinkbike
  • 2 0
 I've got the impression that most people on pinkbike come from the USA or Cannada, so it is more probable for them to go there, than for people of the rest of the World. ..and I was even able to answer the poll "which trail of Whistler is the best one"
  • 1 0
 Haha me too, yet I have never been there either. Ahh us posers on PB haha
  • 2 0
 I'd call us dreamers.
  • 1 0
 Aha, before I moved here i did too which meant I could hit 60% of the big features and difficult tracks straight away. Nothing like Goats Gully as your 4th run ever of Whistler
  • 30 1
 i like this whistler themed week, it really puts me in a good mood Smile
  • 1 11
flag KernowCrew (Aug 14, 2013 at 5:54) (Below Threshold)
  • 4 3
 haha what^
  • 14 0
 I'm moving to Whistler even if i have to live in a cardboard box...
  • 13 0
 I move with you, dont really fancy the slight "puddle" I'd have to swim through tho :/
  • 2 0
 I recommend a tent.
  • 1 0
 good luck yank.
  • 6 0
 I was eyeing up the road drop on fade to black when this lot decided to charge through. Nice edit!
  • 1 0
 I'd call it less of a 'road drop' and more of a 'path drop' but must have been cool to see these guys tear it up
  • 7 0
 Wow really getting tired of watching whistler vids said no one ever
  • 5 0
  • 4 0
 dwayne johnson!
  • 2 0
 Nice work Reilly and all the Freehub team! Definitely one of those vids that makes you want to just go ride
  • 2 0
 Awesome video. So stoked to go out riding now!
  • 1 0
 Freehub is a RAD magazine. Not sure how often it comes out but I highly recommend checking it out and supporting them.
  • 1 0
 That was cool..and it finally rained again!
  • 1 0
 Deeeerty, go Freehub, great video.
  • 1 0
 you guys destroyed the shit out of the place...
  • 1 0
 Good work Reilly!!! Go treeeeeevvvvv!!!!! Treeeeeeeevvv!!!!

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