Pinkgeezer 2010

Aug 18, 2010
by Mr. Gnar  
A pretty cool vibe has developed on the "Old Riders, but not Old School" Pinkbike forum and talk of us all getting together in the summer at Silverstar Mountain Resort near Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, had come up from time to time. Imagine the intensity behind a train of old dudes railing Silverstar's berms and hucking the jumps on Pipe Dream, World Cup, Rock Star, etc on our mountain bikes! That and the all-around good time had by everyone off the trails too.

Well, after months of planning and waiting, it actually happened. Read on for the juicy details of a three day fun packed tour of the BC Interior.What's a PinkGeezer ?

I'm not sure where the term PinkGeezer came from or who exactly started it, but it was coined some time in early 2009 when the Old School forum thread blew up. Which is actually pretty cool in itself, because it's more or less a self moderated forum and has an unofficial no bitching/whining/personal attacks rule. I guess Pinkgeezer is just some loose term for a rider that's not 18, isn't throwing it down huge doing massive tables, wearing a DJ lid and with a yellow spotted bandana hanging out his jeans' ass pocket. Pinkgeezers are just everyday riders, hacks if you will, who mostly came into this sport late in life and enjoy hammering down the trails cack-handed, breaking stuff, including themselves, on the way. Pinkgeezers have mostly given up thinking about hitting that 40-foot gap, but in their mind, that 6-10 foot gap they hit last season was about the same size. In fact, it was bigger, strictly cuz a Pinkgeezer hit it.

Rise of the Geezer

I'm not sure what it's like in your part of the world, but in many British Columbia and Alberta mountain towns, geezers are practically everywhere. Geezers are buying good quality used bikes, adding upgrades, riding them like crazy, and now ordering new 2011 bikes they're so stoked on the sport. They're buying trucks specially to shuttle themselves and their buddies around. Despite the recession, geezers are thriving. They're the ones turning out for traildays, building their own new trails, helping haul garbage out of the bush. Or entering DH Cups in their early 30's, founding mountain bike clubs in their 30's and 40's, helping communities build bike park facilities, becoming sponsored riders, or turning out to ride the day after Boxing Day in -6 Celsius. That's "farkin cold" for you guys south of the border, cold enough to freeze the steam on the inside of your goggles.

Even in the depths of winter geezers are taking up extreme snowshoeing and getting off their couches. They're starting up bike shops, or finding cool things to do in their spare time such as help run a team of shop riders, put on epic road trips, or hook people up for rides. They're buying stuff, breaking it, and figuring out what they should have done right the first time. Seriously though, geezers and geezettes (for there is such a thing) are a big part in the growth of the sport and something that's helping sustain sales during a tough economy. After all, who do you think is breaking all their stuff ? Geezers, of course ! Hacks, the great component replacers. Great business for bike shops all across the world. Geezers have the motivation, and the wherewithall to hook up with others to explore new trails and head to resorts for a large dose of bike park action. They have the willingness of youth, the wisdom of years, and the agility of a dead sloth. Their lack of airborne skills will have you laughing out loud. Hopefully with them, not at them.

Geezers are super keen, and they're best recognized for their positive attitude and big grins. Loving this sport is the biggest sign of a Geezer. They're not grumpy and cynical - every ride, every road trip, is a blast, and they're grateful for every opportunity to ride. Geezers never knew the hard times of v-brakes and spongy 4" travel. We're just here to ride and have fun.

The key to geezerism is that it isn't a specific age, it's an attitude to life. But watch out, it could be contagious. And that geezer rolling behind you, well they might just burn you off the trail.

Day One - Sun Peaks Resort Kamloops BC

I have to admit I was nervous on this day. I'd stoked up the interest in riding Sun Peaks and told everyone how rad and rough the trail system was. Would they like it? Would it be too hardcore for the crowd? Would I be shunned by a mob of angry, unimpressed geezers?

Turns out I need not have worried. The day started off warm, but a fresh light rain blew in after lunch with a gentle fresh breeze to take away some of the BC Interior heat and freshen things up. The signature jump trail Steam Shovel had been reworked and flows better than I've ever seen it, but it still has some gnarly sections. The ridge line drop in run was a blast. "Keep right" I was advised, to stay out of the chunder line. I kept left just for kicks. It was here that we met Rudy, on tour from Switzerland. Rudy looking somewhat lost, joined up with us and only quit when the Sun Peaks gnar broke his shock. The friendly and helpful locals directed him to a Kamloops bike shop which could fix his fork. Cool!

The Sun Peaks offering is really pitched at fast, loose, rooty, steep downhill trails with natural features to test your skills. Advisory warning: full suspension, plenty of it, and well set up. There's plenty of opportunity to progress from the blue trails that allow for less aggressive riders to work their skills right up to advanced riders who can test themselves on some of the steepest rootiest terrain I've ever seen on any bike park in BC. Garbanzo has nothing on Insanity One and Honeydrop...seriously. We kept it moderately mellow, mostly riding Barn Burner, Gummy Bear, and Mach linked to Arm Pump/Home Run finishes, but ridden hard and fast they're enough to keep anyone entertained. Midweek presented us with a distinct lack of wait lines and some very helpful lifties.

We have to shout out to Mountain High Pizza for some of the best pizza pie we've ever tasted. Just awesome. And well priced too.

Showing just the lower part of the hill. That chairlift goes up. And up. Sun Peaks has trails that in the case of the steeper options, follow fall lines. Not your typical new skool bike park resort.


On the drive north I was telling Kurt how rad, fast, and gnar the Sun Peaks singletrack is. I think I may have overdone it, if this pic of him checking his helmet is anything to go by. He looks like a worried man. In the background is an awesome example of a typical Kamloops truck. Solid, hefty, rugged, practical, and bike-friendly.


Dion, a Kamloop's local, was all over it and was not afraid to try any line on the hill.
Dion, a Kamloop's local, was all over it and was not afraid to try any line on the hill.

At the top of lower DH. We'd just ridden DH to Hi Octane and afterwards finished with Wagon Wheel which as last run of the day was my personal outstanding memory of the whole event. Dropping in to DH was sort of orgasmic for a downhill rider like myself. We were all laughing at the thought of gaps on a green trail. A great choice of trail combination to finish. Check out Brad showing Chris the fine art of using chopsticks (I think?) or maybe explaining what happens if you crash and break both arms.


DH goes downhill. The leaning sign is a small hint of what's to come. Downhill, steep, fast, and loose. DH does what it says on the can. No BS, no uber cool trail name hype. Pure and simple, to the point.


Post ride chill out and apres with copious cold brews and plenty of talk of avoided crashes, sketchy sections of trail, and good times.


Cold beverages were certainly well earned. In the background Chris is grabbing a snack bar, just about the only thing he ate all day til a 9.00pm Subway snack attack in Vernon.
Cold beverages were certainly well earned. In the background Chris is grabbing a snack bar, just about the only thing he ate all day til a 9.00pm Subway snack attack in Vernon.

Dion proving yet again he was up for anything (this time it was beer related).
Dion proving yet again he was up for anything (this time it was beer related).

On the way back to the Okanagan we managed a full run of Rio Escondido before leaving town. This is one amazingly fast flowy trail. We were all pretty bagged from a full day of bike park riding, but amazingly we only felt the burn at the very end of the trail. Good vibes from everyone and lots of smiling faces. Commitments to come back to ride it again proved the popularity and continued appeal of Rio. Big thanks to Brad who helps maintain and further develop Rio with a few cleverly planned tricks and hits.

There's nothing better than seeing a truck full of DH bikes.
There's nothing better than seeing a truck full of DH bikes.

The post ride routine followed a certain format, as this essential pre-ride purchase shows. Always be prepared !

Day Two - Silver Star Resort Vernon BC

Silver Star is famous for its smooth, fast, well designed flowy jump trails with plenty of effortless airtime. After the endless natural gnar of Sun Peaks, the Star didn't disappoint. Everyone had a blast on the jump lines, but a couple of us locals, inspired by the recent excess of gnar, couldn't resist ripping the steep and haggard Downtown and the rock infested Dags Downhill in the sick powdery conditions. After that we were pretty much bagged and done, leaving the visitors to fill their boots with airtime. Seems that Rock Star and World Cup were the favourite trails of the day. No complaints about lift lines since a combination of midweek riding, late opening til 7.30 pm, and increased bike carrying capacity on the Comet Six Pack Chairlift made for a smooth and solid day. The hard work and attention to detail of the bike park trail crew meant that despite dry periods and peak summer, the trails were smooth and well groomed. The one exception was Blast Off which just had some great new work done to improve the height of the berms, and was waiting for some moisture to help everything bed in. It was definitely rowdy if you pushed hard into the corners.

The post ride event. Looking familiar? In the dusty conditions, Chris was now regretting his purchase of a white TLD jersey. Not sure how Jim managed to maintain that freshly washed and crisp look. Smooth!


Day Three - Kelowna BC

A much reduced crew gathered looking pretty tired for day three. It was a very hot day reaching 27 degrees and 9.00 am was an early start for us. There was definitely some lethargy showing at this stage.

We hit Gillard, riding the relatively mellow combination of Cat's Ass, a less dusty than usual Fists First, and Boss Hog. One of the big surprises for us was the good shape the Gillard forest service road was in. For midsummer, it was surprisingly smooth.

Top of Boss Hog.
Top of Boss Hog.

Then it was Nip/Tuck, Carnie Road, Snakes Back and Wobbly Pops. The last trail is a bit of a beater and it worked a few of us over. Later on at Gillard as we were preparing to leave we saw a short thunderstorm roll in and some very brief rainfall to cool things down. After that we were in need of energy, so it was off to Postill with a stop at Subway enroute for an energy boost.

Addiction drop in.
Addiction drop in.

The infamous 70-foot Postill wallride. Pinkgeezerette Monique tried to hit this twice but it just wasn't happening for her. Just a sore shoulder to show off, backed up by a lot of positive attitude for someone who's been riding less than a year.


Summary

The whole event was a real blast. No major bike mechanicals reported. No major crashes or injuries reported. Good times had by all and everyone chilling and getting along fine.

We missed a few folks who had committed to attend but through injury or other circumstances, couldn't make it. They were missed, and we hope they'll be able to make it out next year.

Thanks to Chris Iversen for sorting out the logistics with Sun Peaks. Our Sun Peaks guides were awesome and provided great trail choices for specific skill levels. Kurt pulled together some great helmet cam videos. Thanks to everyone's efforts there were plenty of shuttle and retrieval trucks at hand and cold beer was never scarce, being always at hand. Also it has to be said, thanks to everyone at Pinkbike.com which is more than just a mountain biking website - Pinkbike.com gives total strangers the ability and opportunity to meet up and "share the ride" through the magic of the internet.


From myself, a personal thanks to Cheryl at the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops and to Cory Wiwchar at Sun Peaks Corporation. And the biggest thanks of all goes to everyone who attended Pinkgeezer 2010. Here's to Pinkgeezer 2011.

Gnarbar (Rich Deakin) is a geezer proudly sponsored by Kali Protectives, Kelowna Cycle, Elka Suspension grassroots program, and rides Intense Cycles exclusively.


51 Comments

  • 12 0
 I just saw this through the old riders, but not old school thread. I've been subbed to it for a while, and don't feel i should post cause im still 17. But i gotta say, this looks epic. This is true mountain biking, going out, and riding what you love to ride with buds, and knocking back a cold one at the end of it all. Great arcticle!
  • 1 0
 agreed, nothing more i can add, it just looks awesome . . .
  • 1 0
 ^^said it pefectly, i also enjoyed how there was a different beer to go with each different riding spot, old dudes can still party it up Beer
  • 1 0
 good spot on the beer selection, killacali
  • 1 0
 it really was tons of fun ! even though i only rode the last 2 days, it was still great !
  • 1 0
 Well here it goes...my first ever post...lol so now you guys and gals can stop calling me...what was that agin in the truck rides and down the hills calling me? stalker or something..lol

GNAR you did it again! GREAT article and I am passing it around on the internets! Wink
  • 2 0
 Officially no longer a lurker !
  • 1 0
 yes dude. great write up. good on all you fellas for making it happen. sorry our band of gypsy's didn't meet up with yall, but yeah, geezerpalooza 2011, the whisgnar chronicles. lotsa time to organize. this time with t-shirts!(hopefully we can get some of the ladies in our crew to get involved in the planning for next year, these girls could plan a mission to mars if they thought the riding was worth it, and if there was martian babysitting. tdubya?)
  • 1 0
 For sure Obee1! Happy to have some real help to my approach, which was simply: "Hmmm, this should be fun. Maybe I'll send an email or two." Turned out ok, but I think the help from the ladies will make this killer! Already talk of a beer sponsor for next year as well...
  • 1 0
 Nice work on the trip and the article describing it! We too are sorry that we missed it but hopefully we can make it work for next year's Whistler fest. There's really nothing as good as learning to ride DH in your 30s and finding a crew of folks who love it as much as you do (and have kids and a crazy busy life which lends itself well to understanding why getting out to the bike park takes lots of organizing and patience since everyone is always running late...)
  • 1 0
 robholio try and stay in one piece.how are you healing? glad to see more people interested in getting together for next year.i'm taking the trailer and family for like 4 days as there is so much to do in whistler hey how about some zip-lining? let's start planing for mid july !Geezerpalooza 2011!!
  • 1 0
 zip-lining, peak2peak gondola, glacier hiking, skinny dipping in the lake, jeeesh endless options.....
  • 1 0
 yikes....
  • 1 0
 only ONE of the above was a joke....
  • 1 0
 I wonder which one that was??? and whether or not that was the one I was referring to... Razz
  • 1 0
 Proud to be a "pikegeezer" (34 M) and loving the article. Would love to go next year! How? Recovering from a dislocated left Shoulder and torn rotator cuff from my Crankworx adventure last Monday, this article is making it easier for my painful recovery ahead...Love Pikebike, keep up the awesome work!!
  • 1 0
 and way too funny about me looking at my helmet, I didn't realize you took a pic, sneaky!
Loops was fun, fast and furious(yes I quotes a movie lawl) it certainly taught me a few things! Wink
  • 1 0
 I still get a kick outta the Sun Peaks liftees "Are you guys in a group!?" we paused and laughed and said well YES!
Some of us think what was happening was, it was quiet when we weren't around and then bam we all show up!
  • 1 0
 Gnar , a real pleasure to meet you and all the others a great time and a great story . one that i'll be telling untill next year when we create new stories to tell awesome time guys !! Yay for geezerpolooza 2011..Whistler?
  • 1 0
 "geezerpolooza 2011" - I like this
  • 1 0
 i'm not a geezer, but this is what me and my buds do. we aren't pushing crazy hard, we get better at riding, but we know we won't make it as pros, so we just go riding. props to you guys, keep shreding.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Gnar. Hate to sound like a broken record, but good write up. Was certainly a good 3 days. Hoping for a repeat next year.
  • 1 0
 ahh very stoked to have rode with all of you at silverstar great times.hopefully next year i can do the whole tour.PINKGEEZERS 4 LIFE...
  • 1 0
 Update: Christophish compiled a movie which is available here: christophish.pinkbike.com/channel/PinkGeezer-The-Movie
  • 1 0
 Thanks Gnar! Glad you linked to the channel, as I just uploaded a higher quality version as well, so it can be better enjoyed in Fullscreen. Standard requirement for some of our fat asses!!
  • 3 0
 I'm 16. This shit is awesome! Old people ftw!!!!
  • 1 0
 WOW. This is a killer event. It would be awsome to find a group of people this age (my age too, I am 33) here in Poland in my city. And to improve and progress. A dream.
  • 1 0
 Next year I'll stay away from dirtbike wheelies before we are supposed to leave (like thats gonna happen....ok I PROMISE to wear armour next time!!!)
  • 1 0
 Great write-up Gnar! Captured the vibe well! It was so much fun, I was glad to be a part of it!
  • 1 0
 Great write up Gnar! It's was great meeting and riding with all you Geezers! I'm already looking forward to next year event!
  • 1 0
 Awesome write up Rich! I definately missed a good one, gonna have to make it out for next years geezfest!!1
  • 2 0
 Great story. if only i was 6,000 miles closer...
  • 1 0
 Lovin' it! I found my people! being a PinkGeezer of 43 I love to ride-dig-organize and any ride is a good ride!
  • 1 0
 LOL I goto the BMX track to race tonight and get a bunch of peeps telling me I am famous and your mug is all over the net.
  • 1 0
 Riding hard at 40 years old is no prob but the hangovers get worse!
  • 1 0
 It's not the hangover from drinking thou, it's getting up or trying to move out of bed that feel like a hangover. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Gnar performs miracles, even for KaosCreator
  • 1 0
 Here's another Pinkgeezer headcam video from Sun Peaks taken down "Wagon Wheel" www.pinkbike.com/video/154919
  • 1 0
 Nice work, maybe next year ...
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the write up Gnar...great trip for sure!
  • 1 0
 Awesome read! Well done Gnar!
  • 1 0
 good times indeed. Great write-up.
  • 1 0
 Nice write up Gnar. Next time I'll hopefully be around.
  • 1 0
 Cool writeup Gnar! Nice to see what some of you geezers look like.
  • 1 0
 killer blog!!!!
awesome pic+ures!!
  • 1 0
 beauty, Gnar. It is my hopes to make it to geezerpalooza 2011.
  • 1 0
 i wanna shred with the pink geezers!
  • 1 0
 Sounds like I'm a Geezer.
  • 1 0
 Sorry I missed it this year. Next summer it's on!!
  • 1 0
 Well done, fellaz (and lady)!
  • 1 0
 sick

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