Video: Riding in the Moment on Vancouver Island

May 29, 2018
by Max McCulloch  
Views: 23,934    Faves: 159    Comments: 22


On Vancouver Island, time seems to move a little slower and sometimes it feels like it is in a world of its own. Good thing that this small piece of paradise has some of the best trails in the world. We sought out to create a video that wasn't "adrenaline-fuelled" but that captured the rhythm and that feeling of riding in the moment.



Thanks to Dean Tennant, Lyle and Greg Warren, the Namasteezy Crew, and Jordan Szauer for letting us film their trails. Thanks to Merin Pearce, Liam Morgan, and Jay Wallace for all of their hard work on the photos and video. Lastly, thanks to Felt Bicycles for supporting this project!

ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com
ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com
ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

Max and his custom 2018 Felt Decree with parts from NOBL Wheels, KS Suspension, and Time Pedals. 150mm travel front and 140mm rear with 27.5 wheels. Photo: Jay Wallace (jaywallaceimages.com)
ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com
ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com

Island Time
ISLAND TIME - photos by Jay Wallace jaywallaceimages.com




76 Comments

  • + 40
 Stoked to see the Island trails getting shredded in style. Awesome work guys
  • + 7
 Thanks a ton Dean! Means a lot.

If anyone doesn't already know, the wood features at the end were from Dean's Higher Calling 2 video: www.pinkbike.com/video/444057 . One of the best videos of all time!
  • + 2
 @victoriabiker13: Thanks buddy!
  • + 17
 I've spent a combined 3 or 4 days riding Vancouver Island trails and I know 2 things:

1. I'm lucky to have been able to ride in such an amazing place.
2. I haven't spent nearly enough time exploring around there, and must go back every chance I get.
  • + 8
 When you really learn how many trails there are from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. Everything from legit trail networks. To renegade trails. To "locals only" spots. To super secret flow and dirt jump trails. It's unreal and parallels any major MTB spot on the planet. The only thing we need is for Mt. Washington to open up again and for people to use it. So under utilized lift access trails just sitting there wasting away.
  • + 4
 ...but it is open again. Early bird seasons passes are on sale for about 250$ right now.
ive got seasons passes the last two years.
My only complaint is that i find myself just riding Back in Black over and over with the occasional lap on timewarp.
..still worth it for the 350$ regular price.
  • + 1
 @deepstrut: maintenance could be better too but especially toward end of season bit it's a lot of fun.
  • + 2
 @deepstrut: Hopefully the new owner will pony up the money to make an A-line style trail. Once that is done you'll see people really starting to show up. Back in Black is just ok, there really isn't many fun jumps on it.
  • + 1
 @ihatetomatoes: That is literally why they made time warp. Supposed to be Washy's A-line. It clearly isn't, but is the closest thing they have to it and it's what it was meant to be.
  • + 1
 @cdmbmw: timewarp is too slow to be aline. Have to break before all the jumps, bearms arnt banked enough for the speed you get from the straights. It's still a fun trail tho.
They really just need one trail like aline, as stated.
  • + 11
 The kid totally rips. The Islands All Mountain Champ!
  • + 5
 If you like to get zesty, go to Nanaimo and ride chainsaw ridge from the top of Mount Benson and link into Meat draw. Steep and technical with unreal views. Absolute must ride if your in the area.
  • + 3
 Rode Chainsaw Ridge for the first time last week. Might be the gnarliest trail on the island! And the views from the top are crazy good.
  • + 5
 Just picked up a Decree. Such a rad bike! Now if I can only learn to ride like Max...
  • + 3
 I've had my Decree 1 for like 9 months. I absolutely love it. Got it for only $3500 too
  • + 1
 Thanks @ggerrard7 ! They are sweet bikes eh!
  • + 1
 @victoriabiker13: I demo'd a ton of popular bikes and this was by far my favorite. So underrated!
  • + 1
 @ggerrard7: totally underrated!
  • + 2
 Killer riding! just picked up a Decree 1 a few weeks ago. By far one of the best bikes I've ever thrown a leg over. Turned in my stumpy for it and I'm not dissapointed. keep up coolthe vids!
  • + 1
 Thanks man! And yeah the Decrees are sweet eh!
  • + 6
 Max is a beast!
  • + 5
 Great video, filming and riding! Also nice to see Namasteeze footage
  • + 5
 Thanks for building such a sick trail!
  • + 3
 Headed up there for the first time ever!

Any suggestions on what to ride in the area?
  • + 9
 Duncan & Cumberland
  • + 6
 If you're in Parksville there's a sweet bit of single track called "jughead". The boys at Arrowsmith bike shop will tell you how to get there.
  • + 5
 From Duncan to Campbell river every town have something nice to ride check trailforks
  • + 6
 Nanaimo seems to be getting extra good. Check out Mount Benson area. If you have time and the interest there is also really excellent riding on Hornby Island and Quadra island. Another ferry to and from a smaller island but well worth it if you have the time, some top shelf trails.
  • + 4
 This video was shot all within 30 min of DT Victoria. The Hartland area has a lot to offer.
  • + 1
 @ko-d:
Is it a secret trail, or is it mapped? I’d love to check it out.
  • + 1
 @mikeyrides: Locomotion!
  • + 4
 This was really , really good. Music flowed , trails flowed.
  • + 3
 Thanks! Really glad you liked it and thought it flowed nicely!
  • + 4
 Well done lads! Nice mellow edit and great photos by the Walrus!
  • + 1
 Thanks Riley! I'm lucky to have the help of such a talented photographer!
  • + 3
 Heading up to Victoria, BC this summer. How’s the riding at hartland?
  • + 4
 Victoria MTB is underrated. A lot of good stuff, especially off the official mapped trails.
  • + 4
 It's OK at the dump, but I'd go to Partridge Hills next door. If you have a bit of time, Duncan and Sooke have really good stuff.
  • + 3
 Hartland is very much a slow, earn your turns place but there's a good few trials there that will make you smile ear to ear by the end. If you want flowy and fast, head north to Cumberland
  • + 4
 Hartland is good if you are there but I will not make a trip for it. Good trails but lack of flow on the down and technical climbs
  • + 1
 There is a lot of nice rock rolls to session
  • + 2
 @henry9: yeah true
  • + 1
 most of the decent riding isn't in the mtb park it self. Use trail forks and link together some of the trails off the breathless climb. Better yet find a local who knows this area.
  • + 1
 Hartland has flow; it's just not given to you on a silver platter. You have to earn it there. I lived in Victoria and remember lots of negatives thrown around about Hartland. Some of my favourite trails/lines are up there. If you'd rather be somewhere else while you are there that's on you. Great spot but find a local to guide you if you are visiting as linking lines/trails together can be a bit tough given the high density of trails.
  • + 1
 @snl1200: Yes, good info. I learned to ride at the Hartland, and over 20 years, that was probably my most frequent riding spot. Like you said, the flow is difficult to attain, and doesn't last long (short descents for the given efforts). It can be a difficult place to appreciate for people that come from areas with long descents. For that, I'd go to Duncan or beyond.
  • + 1
 @snl1200: Your logic is flawless. A rider's skill and trail knowledge will earn that mythical flow at Hartland. It ain't given out for free. There are some trails at other venues that will not demand as high an entry fee for flow as Hartland - those are fun too. I hope you are well in the interior!
  • - 1
 it is actually the shittiest riding in the world as a matter of fact. fuck
  • + 1
 @henderson22: I've certainly been to a lot of worse riding zones. That's a crap take, if you're serious.
  • + 3
 I love those kind of berms
  • + 2
 Pretty sweet eh!
  • + 4
 Awesome video Max!
  • + 1
 Thanks Aaron! Glad you liked it.
  • - 1
 This tall talented rider would need 29 inches wheels. He looks like me beside a 24 inches bike!!! :-)
BTW: the bicycle picture shows a strange thing: when the dropper seat post is lowered, the saddle gets at the height of the handlebars. Wondering if this is handy in downhill sections....
  • + 1
 Yup, my legs are so long I have to have my seat pretty high. I run a 175mm dropper post. When it is all the way down it feels like it is in a good spot and not too high though.
  • + 3
 Great vid......loved the wood
  • + 1
 Thanks! The wood feature trail is definitely the coolest line I've ever ridden.
  • + 3
 Hope I can make it over to van island this summer!
  • + 1
 It's definitely worth it!
  • + 2
 well done Max. Bike looks sick.
  • + 2
 Thanks Jeff. I'm loving the bike! Definitely the nicest bike I've ever owned.
  • + 3
 Soothing watch.
  • + 2
 Hey are you that Guy i met on tursday ?
Im Ulysse with the reign
  • + 1
 Hey!! Yup that was me. It was awesome to ride with you. I didn't see you at the race? Were you not feeling well enough after that crash? Hope you are all good. Hopefully we can ride again!
  • + 2
 @victoriabiker13: I have broken my frame on friday so i have to wait on the island until Giant replace the frame in warranty.. i will text you when i will come to Victoria.
  • + 1
 @ulyssep: Too bad to hear about the frame. Looking forward to riding when you come to Victoria!
  • + 2
 Sick bud!!!! Hey where is that car?
  • + 2
 Thanks Max!! It's out in Thetis but unfortunately after filming it we found out it was on private property. The jump itself is probably torn down now.
  • + 1
 Procore gnar
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