Pinkbike’s 3,000 Foot Texas Peak Megatrain - Video

Feb 14, 2018
by Sarah Moore  



After the madness of the summer, we called up Bas Van Steenbergen, Casey Brown, Kenny Smith, Micayla Gatto, & Brett Tippie to head up to Retallack, BC for some good times in the alpine with the Pinkbike crew. Follow along as the pros descend from the top of Texas Peak to Retallack Lodge.



Pinkbike Retallack Trip
Kenny Smith

Pinkbike Retallack Trip
Bas Van Steenbergen

Pinkbike Retallack Trip
Casey Brown

Pinkbike Retallack Trip
Micayla Gatto

Photos by Margus Riga

See the full Pinkbike Crew Visits Retallack video and photo epic here.


45 Comments

  • + 39
 We need more videos like this on Pinkbike, and less bullshit. That was rad!
  • + 15
 Gota love videos of the pros loving and recommending this place. no shit, a free trip to a place that cost $1415-1895+tax for 3 days of riding, I’m sure I’d recommend it to everyone to
  • + 2
 Is that including heli drops too? How much are you talking for a heli drop?
  • + 14
 Wow Casey shreds! Stellar video, was fun and got me stoked to ride.
  • + 3
 I see Casey, I click Like.
  • + 10
 Great photos! Looks fun! only

3,000ft? Come check out the Barr train in Colorado Spring, over 7,000ft
- THIS would be the ultimate Enduro race (hint hint #EWS, Red Bull make it happen).

www.barrtrail.net
  • + 7
 You mean this one? www.trailforks.com/trails/barr

Looks fun!
  • + 1
 @paulhaysom: Indeed! This was a great write up, and vid! I hope I'm not talking away from it. IF you like this^^^ kind of day, you'd love Barr trail. Come out and ride/film here when the white stuff is gone.
  • + 2
 Barr trail is sick, the first 1000 ft down is damn near impossible for most mortals, i would love to see a race!!
  • + 1
 @paulhaysom: dam its insane !!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dL-bC1Wauc Whistler's top of the world can go back to sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 Better than Capt. Jack's?
  • + 1
 Yes the trick race would be do a mass start race off the top and hit the road down to where elk park starts and cut that over to bar and then run bar the rest of the way down. It would get rid of the super slow trials like switchbacks at the top without people having to go in and rebuild the trail. I think that is the only reason there has not been a race is because it would change the top up quite a bit and the hikers that decide what gets a permit veto that shit quick. Plus the reace would have to pay a metric shit ton of money to colorado springs because it would need to shut the trail down for a whole day. Which in tourist dollars that is alot of money. People that hike up and have friend pick them up at the top, or take the cog back down is all money the race would have to make up. I would love to see a race down it, but do not think I ever will. It is just not financially lucrative enough for even RedBull to do.
  • + 0
 I think some might be focussing a little too much on the 3000 ft of descending for this one run. You can do 30,000+ feet of descending at Retallack over two days of riding if you are a solid rider. All of it is purpose built for riding. Their thing is basically ride a trail once to learn it and then pin it the second time. You will get many unique runs. I have been fortunate enough to have ridden more places than most and Retallack is one of the best. I have not ridden Barr. I will put it on my list but do not miss that that vid run is just a sampler to the overall experience.
  • + 1
 @paulhaysom: My buddies and I did that a day or two after 9/11. Unforgettable.
  • + 1
 Indeed - it'd be a helluva liaison, riding up Pikes Peak Toll Road! haha
  • + 2
 Mega Avalanche has a similar drop (3300m down t o 800m) but there are parts of uphill in it. Les 2 Alpes drops from 3600m down to 800m and that's all down.
  • + 1
 @ethanm: we did 10,000m in one day in Les 2 Alpes without even really trying.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: I rode large parts of the mega and was really impressed. Deux Alpes while having a lot of vert isn't the same thing at all. The top of the mountain is really disappointing, then your just into normal bike park flow. Its not really comparable to the big mountain epics of North America even if the vert is similar.
  • + 1
 @catweasel: Agreed that Les 2 Alpes is "parky" in the middle but I love the Venosc track and it's 120+ blown out dusty turns. The Mega is something special tho as it throws a bit of everything at you, a real "mountainbike" trail.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: yeah venosc is great, wish they would maintain though. Diable is a really good trail too if you like that sort of thing (which I do). Deux alpes suffers from a lack variety in the terrain. Not enough trees and rocks to work with. Prapoutel is well worth a visit if your in that area. Top of the mountain is a bit lame , but the forest is f*cking mint. Proper rooty with really good dirt.
  • + 1
 @catweasel: Agreed that Les 2 suffers from lack of variety but does have a couple of great tracks which Venosc is one - I think I could do that track all day. Double Black was mental as I had massive brake issues to really enjoy it but would love to try it again. That was back in 2010 (pre kids days) but hopefully will get back when the kids are older and they can ride properly. Will check out Prapoutel. Also have done Port Soliel (Morzine etc) a few times but not the infamous Champery track.
  • + 1
 @racecase I've hiked the Barr trail close to 10 times now (never had a chance to bike it) and I've been fortunate enough ride Retallack for the last few years and let's just say that this is certainly a case where quality trumps quantity. 3,000ft of professionally and purposely built mtb singletrack all to yourself or 7,000ft of hiking trails (and the hikers that go with it). Retallack is better 10x over. However, the next time I visit Pike's Peak it will be with a bike not boots because riding down is always better than walking up!
  • + 10
 Why have we seen this same article/video posted 3-4 times now?
  • + 5
 Sha Redderzzzz!!!....Awesome Great vid Thank you
  • + 5
 Bas needs a new clothing sponsor, holy fawk that kits ugly!
  • + 3
 Love the vid, love the raw sound track, the real sounds of the joy of our sport! Now... if I could only figure out how to get there.
  • + 4
 You know it's rad when the pros are yelping and sometimes going off-line.
  • + 3
 That Fox kit is painful to look at. When are mtb'ers going to stop dressing like clowns?
  • + 3
 Just riding. No music. Tha chillzzz!
  • + 3
 Loved this vid...awesome trail. Even my 2 yr old boy was transfixed Smile
  • + 2
 3000' of descending? Even if I climb to the top of Mt Tam I get less than 1000' of descending on a good day. Frown
  • + 1
 The full runs from Texas and Recco Peaks to the lodge are closer to 5K vert if I recall. Retallack is all it's built up to be, and more.
  • + 2
 Hey, where did Tippie go? I bet he was laughing so hard the whole way down that they could not use his gopro-footage Razz
  • + 3
 Look at riders... buttery flow trail. Glance down at terrain....oh...
  • + 1
 *Blows dust out of savings account*

Looks like no trip to Retallack this year Frown

*Adds to bucket list*
  • + 1
 The chute @2:25 reminded me of Casey's brakeless "death grip" run a few years back. Stellar crew, got me grinnin'!
  • + 3
 This is so sick!
  • + 1
 you czn do 3000ft in lot places in mx
  • + 1
 Why is that one guy riding in his pyjamas ;-)
  • + 1
 That was verryy Nice,great footage
  • + 0
 That video... This is my new fettish.
  • + 1
 Damn, wasn't invited
  • + 0
 Bas was the one friend who was being clumsy and going off the trail!

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