Photo Epic: A Tale of Two Seasons - Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2019

May 21, 2019
by Clint Trahan  


Rain or shine, there is no bad day on a bike. I think we can agree on this.

Whistmas 2019 covered the changing of seasons in a 24 hour period. What didn't change was the stoke level. With support from SRAM, GT, Starbucks, the Whistler Bike Park build crew (the true rock stars), Opening Day 2019 was a resounding success. A big shout out to SRAM hooking up local boy Benny Barrigan with a new drivetrain for camping overnight.

If short lines and multiple laps by lunch are your jam, you were covered on Friday. If blue skies and hot temps are more up your alley, well, Saturday brought those.

A day makes a difference.

Dress appropriately.

Rain and shine.
No, Duncan Riffle hasn’t changed teams. He’s walking someone’s bike for Zipp’s 3ZERO Moto demo.

Is there a better backdrop for some bike park action in May?

A couple of nuts getting their laps in.

Friday had the stoke of opening day, unhampered by the temperatures, rain, or soupy riding conditions.


First chair of 2019

Stoke level 100.

With the first few laps in the books, riders came back covered in smiles and mud.







Mud level 1000.

So what is there to do but head back up and clock laps? If you got it, use it.




Ain't going to lie, the last few laps got a bit nippy.

Which of course meant shorts and T-shirt weather for some.

Shower time!

Saturday, things heated up dramatically.


No one minded longer line times on Saturday.

Skills with Phil at the GT Booth. They go beyond bikes people!










Not a bad office for the fine folks at SRAM!

Bikes on Display

Love on Display!

Lunch at Splitz grill is also a must do. (Legendary Burger with bacon and blue cheese, FTW.)

#LongLiveChainSaw

Nothing happens without the hard work and dedication of the build crews. Cheers folks, thank you!


MENTIONS: @WhistlerMountainBikePark / @ClintTrahan / @GTBicycles / @SramMedia



74 Comments

  • + 115
 I want to know how many trailbuilders needed counselling after seeing their hard work reduced to a boggy, rutted out swamp by Friday at noon.
  • + 13
 they were in great spirits saturday. it was awesome to quickly chat and thank the guys for their work. the boys put in the hours.
  • + 5
 How unbelievably good is the drainage that after what looked like a monsoon on friday there wasnt a single speck of dirt on peoples backs on Saturday? World class builders for sure!
  • + 3
 @drfunsocks: Whistler isn't like anywhere in the UK, the soil round here drains really fast. (as one Brit to another!)
But they still did a great job!
  • + 54
 Gross. Glad I live so far away. I would hate to have to go there.
  • + 37
 Bikes, Beer, Babes, Burgers...wtf am I doing at work!
  • + 13
 working for bikes, beer, babes, and burgers?
  • + 13
 You forgot Bears. It is always the 5 'B's for Whismas.
  • + 4
 Ideally earning money for your bikes and trip to Whistler. If that's not what we're doing here at work I'm going to lose it.
  • + 3
 @kamsbry: You forgot the ever-important 6th B; Buds and I'm not talking about your friends.
  • + 22
 "Rain or shine, there is no bad day on a bike. "

I dunno, I watched the men's XCO in Albstadt this weekend. :-D
  • + 10
 Spoken like a true lift pass salesman, huh?
  • + 3
 @BenPea: Nah, I almost never "ride park" (more of a Squamish guy). I just hate riding in the pouring rain.
  • + 2
 @MtbSince84: I got you man, I meant the words you quoted. With you all the way. I was told that Squamish in the rain was amazing. I'm not buying it
  • + 3
 @BenPea: [face palm] Okay, now I get you! Yeah, not buying it either.

When I go to Squamish (always in the summer so far), I'm glad it's not wet - it's tough enough in the dry!
  • + 15
 Not jealous at all... Beer
  • + 11
 Cant believe there isnt a pic of me sucking b@lls on the slalom course haha. Epic weekend, thanks whistler!
  • + 18
 I specifically put "get photos of Stik blowing it on the slalom course" in Clint's brief for this weekend. So disappointed.
  • + 6
 @brianpark: hahahahaah my bad.
  • + 10
 This whole ladies at the bike park sending it thing makes me smile
  • + 10
 Yuck, what's all that brown stuff?
  • + 13
 Its POOP again!!
  • + 26
 @Boardlife69: He called the shit Poop!!
  • - 11
flag pheal (May 21, 2019 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 Poop is Lube
  • + 4
 @jeffhall124: Call the fire brigade Martha, this one's getting outta hand.
  • + 7
 As Northstar just got 2’ of snow. How the hell did Canada beat California lol?!?!?
  • + 0
 I think you mean 2" (Spinal Tap in reverse!). Still, I hear ya. Going to be a long while before we hit the high altitude Tahoe trails!
  • + 5
 @MtbSince84: I think that he means 2 feet. They got hammered up there again this week. Squaw is showing 28" of snow in the last 7 days. Snow almost down to the Reno/Carson valley floor last night.And it is really ticking me off. Those are the trails in my back yard that I want to go and ride.
  • + 3
 @MtbSince84: definitely 2 feet!!!
  • + 2
 @ckcbmrice: My mistake! The Northstar snow report shows 2" in the last seven days, but it's an old report from April. Two feet is hammered indeed!
  • + 8
 Favorite time of the year ! Be safe everyone and keep it rad !!
  • + 7
 Freaking Canadians putting their ketchup and mustard on the bottom bun.
  • + 9
 Don't forget the mayo
  • + 2
 So bizarre... only recovery option is to flip it over ... and lose the mayo : )
  • + 4
 And yellow mustard at that! Vous n'avez pas de Grey Poupon?
  • + 12
 I always figured saucing the bottom provided a cleaner bonding surface for cheese, bacon, mushrooms or whatever other stack-able was being layered on the top- plus reduced the chance of dripage and sauce loss as the burger tilts- but I'm open to any suggestions that might optimize my burger experience- so sauce on top you say...? Didn't realize it was an act of Canuck rebellion.
  • + 4
 @fries: Mayo? On a beef burger? What are you? Some kind of pervert?
  • + 17
 @snl1200: dude you're doing it right, don't worry about it. The rest of the world will ketchup
  • + 3
 @MtbSince84: I'm from Dijon, I approve this message.
  • + 4
 My buddies and me hit whistler last year first day there was a light drizzle.Nobody turned up,literally had the whole park to ourselves
  • + 4
 Friday was rowdy!! In spite of the chill and muck, it was so easy to pump out laps. Thanks to WBP trail crew for their hard work! We 3 you!
  • + 4
 Lol, there’s two kinds of riders. Wet riders and Dry riders!
I just can’t have fun in the muddy conditions.....but respect to all those that can still shred in it.
  • + 2
 You would have fun in Whistler, mud on flow trails is not that slippery.
  • + 5
 "No one minded longer line times on Saturday" - I respectfully disagree
  • + 4
 Groms going bigger than any adult on a single crown LOL! Can't wait to be back...with a proper DH bike!
  • + 3
 Love biking but not enough to go out in the pissing rain. Yes I live in the UK. No its doesnt always rain here. Get plenty of dry weather riding in.
  • + 3
 Mother Nature simply separating the men from the boys the women from the girls. Just wet the course.
  • + 3
 Finally some pb coverage! I have to say, I'm a little bit dissapointed its has been so sparse yet...
  • + 1
 “Ain't going to lie, the last few laps got a bit nippy.”

Feck yeah it was. I’m trying to keep my hands warm in that shot.
  • + 1
 Splitz grill what a place .forgot what it was called . Went there 10 years ago .Still nothing comes close to these guys .you have to eat there .????
  • + 3
 Meanwhile, it is still snowing in Colorado...
  • + 2
 it'll be gone in a couple of hours
  • + 1
 @almax2575: Sadly, now there is about 4" on the ground....
  • + 3
 Clint’s the man - nice work, epic weekend.
  • + 2
 Great writeup......thanks!
  • + 3
 Best weekend ever...
  • + 1
 It was!!
  • + 1
 What camera/equipment was used for these? These pictures look incredible
  • + 2
 I don't know if it shows on mobile. But if you're on a real computer, just click the photo, pb shares the EXIF data.
Clint used a Canon 1Dx II, with 24-70 and 70-200 2.8's (I haven't checked all pictures, so he could have used other lenses)
  • + 0
 The reason I never got a DUI is so that I can make it to one of these before I catch a Westbound.
  • + 2
 YEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
  • + 1
 SPLITZ RULZ
  • + 1
 Soup Jelly!
  • + 0
 looks like a demo
  • - 1
 are Roll-offs not a thing in canadia?
  • + 10
 Don't leave your garbage lying around here please.
  • + 4
 @fries: that's why you use roll offs, not rip offs
  • + 4
 @notphaedrus: regardless, I use the goggle cloth which is washable. Just put it in your pocket.
  • - 7
flag owl-X (May 21, 2019 at 15:14) (Below Threshold)
 @fries: NO. U GOT BURNDT BY YOURESELV SO U MUST STOP THX
  • + 9
 @owl-X: why are you yelling incoherently??
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