Hittin’ the road with the SRAM Black Box Labs Van-a.k.a. B-Labs

Aug 3, 2005
by Tyler Maine  
As soon as I knew that my traveling partner was not going to be able to make the trip to Golden for Psychosis, I hit the phones and emails to find a ride there. I’ve been to every Mt.7 Psychosis except the first year, but really most of us were not part of the 7 riders there that year. Well as luck would have it there were a few groups of riders heading out of Whistler and 1 of them might have room.Just before noon on Wednesday, Tyler Morland gave me a call. “Good news, there’s 4 of us heading out in my van and we’ve got room for you. We’ll pick you up on the way through. Oh and we’re leaving today!” Damn was my first thought, as now I was having to put deadlines on work and wrap up a few things up quicker then I wanted too. Needless to say not every string got tied.

When someone else is gracious enough to give you a ride, you should be ready for when they get there. I tuned and cleaned my bike up, packed my armor and clothes and set it all at the door. Now all I had to do was wait. Well 9 p.m. rolled around and I hadn’t heard from the crew so I figured I’d mis-understood and we must be leaving tomorrow. This would be pretty close to the truth. At exactly 10 p.m. the phone rang, “ Hey Tyler, it’s Tyler, what cha’ doin’?” “I’m wondering if you guys crashed in the park today or something.” “Nope, we’re in Vancouver and comin’ to get ya. See ya in an hour.” Well the B-Labs van rolled into the Pinkbike HQ just after 11 p.m., we loaded up and hit the road.

My traveling crew would be Chris Dewar, J.J. Desormeaux, Tyler Morland and Ian Ritz. Well we rolled into Chase B.C. at 3 a.m. and parked ourselves in a meadow to catch some ZZZ’s. I awoke to an 8 a.m. wake up call from Chuck of Kamloops Bike Camp, “Where the heck are you?” “In a meadow just outside Chase, sleeping.” “Well wake up and come over for breakfast.” We all packed back into the van and headed to the Quaaout Lodge for a buffet breakfast. This is when Chuck convinced us to ride at least one lap, as the folks from the Collective had just finished filming the day before, so a few more trails were now open. After a quick discussion, it was decided that we could spare the time and do a quick run on the newest goods that only the folks from the Collective have had the opportunity to hit. On the trail, everyone start to find a groove and were getting ready to send it, so Chuck took us to the new road gaps to take a look. After most of the group had hit up the 10x17 gap (we all decided the 20x28 was better left alone), we continued down to FIRE. FIRE was built entirely with a CAT and a 10 foot wide blade and consists of a five pack of 20+ foot doubles that run through an orchard with the biggest double sending riders over an apple tree. The session was on and off the hook; the boys were so stoked on what KBC had built. Quotes like: “yeah, yeah, heck yeah!” And “that berm is so sweet” were regularly coming out of the guys mouths. SUPER SICK! Biggest props go out to Dewar for being the only rider to link up all 5 gaps with style to boot.

We arrived at Adrian and Margie’s new digs in Golden just in time to unload the van, build bikes and hit Mt.7 for an evening run. The focus for the next 3 days would be “Psychosis”……….more to come in the days ahead.


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