Photo Story: 2020 Adaptive Gravity Tour Rolls into Silver Star

Sep 6, 2020
by Niall Pinder  


Words: Landon McGauley (Sensus // Can't Quit Cartel)
Photos // Captions: Niall Pinder

I was super excited to reunite with the awesome crew from Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association (KASA) for the third chapter of the Gravity Tour at SilverStar resort. I had been part of the previous stop at Big White and it was amazing: I got reacquainted with the BC terrain and was able to feel what the Adaptive bikes are really capable of. Now confident on the Southern BC terrain, I was ready to push it a bit more.

Friday was my first day riding Silver Star and it was as good as I could've hoped for. A close friend of mine from ski racing was able to find an Adaptive bike and try mountain biking for the first time. He picked it up quickly and we were able to ride some cool terrain and feel the mountain out.

On Saturday, I was the only adaptive athlete riding, as Josh Dueck had bent his rig crashing the previous evening. I had the whole mountain to ride, and a photographer - it was on. We ended up trying to see how steep and technical the bike could be pushed. We found Double Dog to be the perfect place to test the bike: steep, rocky, and loose. After picking my way down the first run, we were hooked. The Bowhead Adaptive MTB is so capable it took everything I could throw at it. On the lift, we talked about different places to get shots and cool lines that would work well. It was one of the best days of riding I've had, adaptive or otherwise.

Sunday: We were fortunate enough to link up with Adaptive shredder Cole Bernier. After getting a couple hits in on a fun step-up, we met up with his crew of shredders. The vibe was super high and we both wanted to push it! Unfortunately, this worked in neither of our favours, as we were almost instantly in a pretty epic crash, thankfully it was the final day and we didn't miss out on much riding.

All in all, it was a great weekend. A huge thanks goes out to SilverStar for the trails and hospitality, and to Kootenay Adaptive for having us. Adaptive riding is a new sport but the possibilities are high. I look forward to seeing and being part of where the sport will get in the next few years.

The Silver Star staff were awesome on lift loads. That makes the day way smoother.

McGauley tuning in a wallride. More to come.

McGauley on Double Dog, a black tech trail

Note camera time is incorrect. This is actually sunset.
Into the sunset

All anyone asked for was squad laps. Delivered.

The KASA crew and riders celebrating a successful Gravity Tour. Countless hours of prep and support equaled massive fun.

Paralympic medalist Josh Dueck cruising his home mountain. He crashed out on day one, but he'll be back fast.

More parts, more maintenance. Early days for this sport, but the equipment is already amazing.

Cole Bernier on the Rockstar step-up

McGauley tipping into a tech section of Double Dog. If you've ridden this, you know its steep enough.

Cam Locheed rollin'

You win some... crew laps!

You lose some... Squad crash. (vid cap)

Cole Bernier is a dirty bird, post-crash.

Smith did its job. Landon rolled away from this relatively unscathed.

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  • 16 0
 I think just having more of these rolling will speed up R&D. If ski hills all bought a few and shops had some for rentals it would get more units out there rolling and breaking and if the company did all the maintenance they would improve anything that is needed. I love seeing them on the mountain. I want them to be as fun as possible - I may need one one day too!
  • 6 1
 We agree. Encourage your local hill
  • 2 0
 @Bowheadcorp: mine is Sun Peaks. I was at Big White today and saw a Bowhead parked at lunch. Encouraging hills to build trails tailored to these when doing machine built trails would be excellent as well. I know I will keep it in mind for the next trails we build in 100 Mile House at the 99 mile area. Hopefully four more to go in (250m vert with shuttle option) and one already planned to be a black machine built flow/jump trail. Our blue one that James Doerfling built last year should work well.
  • 2 0
 Landon is always looking for bigger jumps, maybe we'll have to meet ya @ 99 Mile for a jump sesh! Thanks for your stoke on the Adaptive scene and your trail building work!
  • 8 0
 One of the big brands should jump on developing these. It would probably speed up the R&D and possibly make them more affordable
  • 1 0
 @juanny: highly recommend checking out the Bowhead page, this dude is a bit of a mad scientist, and the engineering is pretty rad
  • 5 0
 I love to see accessibility + technology improving! My dad has a spinal cord injury and is getting measured for an all-terrain chair soon - it's amazing what is out there for him now. I hope that one day we can get him on a bike that works well for him. I really appreciate this article and awesome photos, guys!
  • 1 0
 KASA can connect him with tons of good riders and resources if he needs any extra info or support! Feel free to reach out to them or me!
  • 2 0
 So many good organizations the USA with adaptive riding in their programming. If you want any assistance getting connected with the right group, we are happy to help @ www.kootenayadaptive.com
  • 5 0
 Theses guys are machines! Super humbling riding with Cole the other week. Let's ride Squamish Landon!
  • 3 0
 Cole is an animal.
  • 1 0
 @remymetailler see you in a few weeks?
  • 2 0
 Epic series with an amazing group of people. Beginners to people pushing this sport past its “limits”. Follow along on the socials @kootenayadaptive and see what next years Gravity Tour is shaping up to look like.

Thanks to all that made this possible.
  • 4 0
 Much shred passion with this crew!! Niall Pinder photos are always on point too!!
  • 1 0
 Cheers guy!
  • 3 0
 These guys are rippers. My kid plays sledge hockey and I guarantee some of the kids he plays with would kill it on these things.
  • 2 0
 Let’s make it happen!

Check us out @kootenayadaptive
  • 2 0
 Tonnes of adaptive gear out there. Was paragliding with a guy last year who was a quad. Also have run into a few paras over the years who ride snowmobiles.
  • 2 0
 The scene sure is growing
  • 3 0
 Those trikes are badass and those dudes are rippa legends. Being that low to the ground must make fast feel extra fast!
  • 3 0
 Looks like an epic day!
  • 3 0
 Epic day- Epic Series
  • 3 0
 so badass.
  • 3 0
 Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 Cool hey?
  • 3 0
 Awesome! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Cheers!

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