The chairlifts had barely settled from their long winter shifts when 2015 National DH Champ Matt Beer rang up to the offices of the Sun Peaks Bike Park, to inquire about checking out some trails and filming a rider segment the week before the 2016 Canadian DH Championships.
Don’t let the scenery distract you, Lupines in full bloom on Barn Burner.
Following the Panorama stop on the BC Cup circuit, Matt rolled into the resort just as the first tires were gracing the newly completed race course with plenty of fresh soil waiting to be tossed around, and dissected for both potential video and race lines.
Stumbling across a little of the elusive interior loam on Insanity One.
If you’ve ridden a trail with Matt you probably immediately noted he launches himself off of everything in sight. He puts a new spin on the Sun Peaks trails and introduces some sneaky new lines for the next generation of riders to marvel over.
Skipping the transition and sending it deep into the corner under the chairlift on DH.
“What rock face?” He says, before soaring clear over one of the bigger ones on Insanity One.
Scoping out a pretty wild root-to-root step down for his bag of tricks on race day.
Taking a new approach to the rock garden on Barn Burner.
The Trail Crew had invested some major blood, sweat, and tears into revamping the majority of the park’s machine made trails earlier this summer. We had the pleasure of sampling some of the goods, and Matt even pulled out a few fancy aerial maneuvers on Steam Shovel’s dirt jumps for your viewing pleasure.
Don’t mind the cows, focus on the fresh berms on lower Home Run.
Laying those Minions over sideways after landing deep in a corner, on Barn Burner.
Of course, the film wouldn’t be complete without a sample of what made Mr. Beer the National Champion last year in the first place, a ride down last year’s race course. It didn’t take long to understand how he took that title, and frankly, the handful of guys who knocked him from the podium this year must be at least partly bionic.
Coming in hot, down the rocky cute of DH that won him gold nearly a year previous.