Bill


Bill McLane is a bear of a man. With his winter beard fully grown he looks as if he could fend off an army of White Walkers singlehandedly. He’s spent the past eight years working as a forest fire fighter during the summer months and spending the winter building trails on Vancouver Island. In person, he is humble to the point of embarrassment over any compliment and shrugs off praise with an ‘aw shucks’ awkwardness - maybe he doesn’t realize just how gifted he is with a chainsaw and shovel? And maybe gifted isn’t the right adjective to describe him since it’s not really a gift: trail building is an art learned the hard way, through thousands of hours spent in the woods carving out your vision of the ultimate ride.






Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.




Bob's


McLane, 32, de-barks every piece of lumber used on his trails. This practice increases the longevity of wooden structures by making it harder for rot to develop, but it also increases the amount of work that goes into each bridge. McLane is the type of dedicated builder that can change a whole community’s riding scene. He’s the guy with a shovel and a vision, who works tirelessly and often thanklessly to build trails that will see thousands of tire tracks and uncountable post-ride smiles. His first masterpiece, Bob’s Your Uncle, looks as if it were machine built, but is simply the work of McLane and friends over several winters.




Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.




bigquotes Bill is the dude in Nanaimo that truly loves creating new features and trails. Every community needs a passionate person like that and he is Nanaimo's. Working with him on this line was an all around pleasure. I knew he was a good guy immediately after dropping some Simpsons quotes. From that moment on, I knew it was going to be a good time.


Geoff Gulevich





Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.





Gully


Geoff Gulevich, 28, burst on to screen in The Collective way back in 2004. At the time of filming he was 16, tattoo-less, and riding the ladder bridges which came to define ‘North Shore’ riding to the world. Since then, he’s become one of the most well-rounded riders in the world, a 5th place finisher at both Red Bull Rampage and Red Bull Joyride. Gully is laid back, with a simultaneously genial and juvenile personality. He’s got the fart joke sensibilities of a Seth MacFarlane movie, but knows how to dial it back when it’s time to get focussed and ride. He’s also tough as hell. Gully tomahawked straight to his face on the third shot of the very first day of filming but, after a rest day, came back strong to finish the segment.




Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.




bigquotes I was nervous meeting Gully for the first time, but once we started building together it became apparent that were going to get along great. I put Gully up in the spare room at my house, a room piled high with storage boxes and big inflatable air mattresses that he could crash in while he was over on the Island. He seemed happy as a clam in there! We built in some truly miserable weather at times, but weren't above calling it early some days to come back to town for some Noodle Box. When the sun doesn't light the bush until 10 a.m. and sets at 4 p.m. it really limits what you can do out there in a day, you've got to be on it. If you don't get out there before 10 a.m. I figure you might as well not go out at all. I'll never forget Gully standing in the doorway of his room in his underpants asking if we really had to get up yet. He's a hard working dude and still managed to squeeze in blocks of time to come over and help me dig, which was an enormous help. We'd build all day and then come back to the house, clean up, go out for sushi, or to the pub down the street for wings, then come back to the house and watch a movie while we fell asleep on the couch. It was super romantic... haha. When he first came over I had nothing built yet which I was embarrassed about, but it turned out to be for the best because it meant we designed the line together and the features were tailor made to suit his riding style and preferences.


Bill McLane




Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.




Classics


McLane stressed for weeks about meeting Gully, ’’I was all nervous picking him up from the ferry, I had to make sure I had good songs on my playlist for the drive. I wanted to seem cool.’’ He needn't have worried. McLane’s previous trails had been made for himself and others in the local community, and were not designed for an elite athlete’s segment in a movie. Gully and McLane spent a week hiking and planning what would eventually become the trail we filmed. McLane’s inspiration came from the classic lines built by Riley McIntosh for Wade Simmons to ride in the New World Disorder series. However, unlike those NWD trails of yore, Gully’s line was not built in a cedar forest. All of the slats seen on the trail were hiked in. Sometimes you’ve gotta pay to play.




Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.





Cheers


I think every great riding town has an unsung hero like Bill McLane, the person who builds with a headlamp after work, through rain, sleet, and snow, on statutory holidays, and on weekends; the man or woman who cares more about perfecting a corner than they do about riding it. McLane’s passion for the sport is such that he’s spent more time with his hands on a shovel than on his grips. He is one of many un-sung builders in BC and his trails are ridable art. If you can’t be this person making a difference in your own community, then at least leave a few beers for them on that one new section they’re currently working on. Cheers to the builders.


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Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.
Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.



Builder World Tour
World Premiere - Monterey, California, USA - April 17
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - April 23rd
Corvallis, Oregon, USA - April 25th
Mt. Buller, Australia - April 25th
Victoria, BC, Canada - May 6th
Sooke, BC, Canada - May 8th
MSS Bike Park, Quebec, Canada - May 8th
Prince George BC, Canada - May 9th
Vancouver BC, Canada - May 15th
Kaupanger, Norway - May 15th
Kendal, Cumbria, Uk - May 15th
Whistler BC, Canada - May 16th
Mission BC, Canada - May 16th
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Boulder, CO, USA - May 18th
Quadra Island, BC, Canada - May 22nd
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Coleman, AB, Canada - May 22nd
Extreme Zone Cycles, Santiago, Chile - May 22nd
Banbridge, Northern Ireland - July 2nd
Cordoba, Argentina - May 22nd
Moscow, Russia - May 22nd
Krakow, Poland - May 22nd
Angelfire Bike Park NM, USA - May 24th
Campbell River, BC, Canada - May 26th
Novato, California, USA - May 29th
Valemount, BC, Canada - May 29th
Rossland, BC, Canada - May 30th
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St Louis, MO, USA - June 24th
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Glasgow, Scotland - June 27th
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Juneau, AK, USA - June 30
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47 Comments

  • + 56
 Man, I like mountain bicycling...Big Grin
  • + 15
 "I think every great riding town has an unsung hero like Bill McLane, the person who builds with a headlamp after work, through rain, sleet, and snow, on statutory holidays, and on weekends; the man or woman who cares more about perfecting a corner than they do about riding it. "

and "If you can’t be this person making a difference in your own community, then at least leave a few beers for them on that one new section they’re currently working on."

OR - money for tools and nails. Use Trailforks to do that if you can or leave them $ somehow. It's now Cad $ 112 for a 50lb box of nails for example
  • + 15
 Here's an image from the past (2005) -- gully on his first visit to the UK with Wade Simmons - if i remember correctly? his first trip out of Canada

Sending it on the big kicker down the bottom of Esher Shore freeride park in Surrey

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  • + 13
 Loved the entire movie! Can't credit the builders, filmers, and riders enough for such a great concept and final product.
  • + 10
 Canadian with "Eh" in the number plate? There's a joke in there somewhere...
  • + 5
 Bill McLane is legendary to me. I've never met him or ridden one of his trails. But I have taken a ton of inspiration from his previous trial building edits. I'm sure this will be an exceptional build especially with the addition of Gully dropping in and helping mold his line.
  • + 6
 Nice work Billy boy and crew! Segment is awesome, as is the rest of the movie!
  • + 2
 thanks Mr Baker!
  • + 4
 Too bad builders risk arrest here in Cali for even trying to build trails ... When did the home of outdoor sports become such a ninny state?!
  • + 5
 Great article, cant wait to see this. Great to see Bill getting the props he deserves!!!
  • + 3
 Great article. I kind of wished this level of depth into the builders themselves - and their interaction with the athletes who rode their trails - was more prevalent in the film, Builder.
  • + 5
 So much for me fretting about my bike needing more travel Big Grin
  • + 5
 great story , to bad it's not showing in nanaimo where bill works
  • + 1
 Noticed that, too. Fail.
  • + 7
 all that stuff is in Nanaimo Wink
  • + 2
 Bill, I think he's talking about "Builder" not showing in Nanaimo.
  • + 1
 We get that, and that is awesome. BUT the film isn't showing in Nanaimo. Strange. Incredible looking stuff, BTW.
  • + 1
 We rely on local organizers to book premieres. If you don't have a screening in your home town then you're welcome to book one yourself! We'd love to have a Nanaimo show.
  • + 1
 ahhh, i understand!
  • + 1
 I'd like to know where the actual trail is. Bobs Your Uncle is one of my favorite freestyle trails on the island, but I pretty much have that one dialed. Need a new challenge. Come on Billy boy spill the beans.
  • + 1
 Huge respect by the way! YOU ROCK!
  • + 4
 All ridden on that bike? Respect.
  • + 4
 Excellent read!!! Bill sounds like a real humble dude, great article PB.
  • + 4
 more articles like this, its all about building and riding
  • + 1
 Respect to all the people out there digging for others. Respect for their effort and vision. Builders will be a great movie-tribute to these heroes.
  • + 2
 Great articles! ...Just noticed the show dates/places....no Kamloops stop?! ok then...
  • + 2
 Then host one. It's not magic. Rent a space, sell tickets, request a showing.
  • + 2
 ok
  • + 5
 @loopie - I just recently moved to kamloops and was also noticing the lack of premiere. For the next movie, hit me up and we can make it happen. We put on several premieres in PG, and it's not terribly difficult (and usually can make some decent cash for the local bike club).
  • + 1
 yeah guys that would be sick! Smile
  • + 3
 @loopie, make sure you take this guy up on his offer. @ldhbaker was the trail manager for one of the riding areas in PG. Really good dude, great rider and he spent a shitload of his spare time helping make PG a better place to ride. He will be a real asset to the mountain bike scene down in the Loops.

oh, ya, and great stuff as usual Bill!
  • + 1
 Thx for the offer and suggestion Guys...I'm not the guy for that tho. Not really plugged into the social fabric as it were...I just ride a bicycle and build DH trail, primarily solo Smile
We should go for a shuttle sometime tho Idhbaker..especially if you're trying to get out on a weekday...sometimes I'm available for that...when most aren't...Cheers!
  • + 2
 So motivated to build now. That's what it's all about.
  • + 1
 What bikes was that Gully was using? Looks almost like a 26" Element? A new Slayer?
  • + 1
 It looks like a Thunderbolt
  • + 1
 It is a thunderbolt
  • + 4
 It's a carbon Thunderbolt MSL, our 27.5" wheel xc-trail bike with 120mm of travel.
  • + 1
 Thanks.
  • + 2
 should be fun to see the movie june 11 in bellingham at aslan brewery!
  • + 2
 screw the Rocky Mountain --- I want that chain saw!!!
  • + 2
 Nice Fridge !
  • + 1
 when can i watch the friggin movie?!?!?
  • + 1
 HYPEEE
  • + 0
 Nice photos, but hate when theres no exif, realy curious bout that.
  • + 0
 wooden stunts oh where have you gone...love it.
  • + 0
 So where in Nanaimo are these trails?
  • + 0
 why does he have like a full tatoo body Big Grin

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