There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it. These experiences are woven into the psyche of every mountain biker. Jared Graves is not an ordinary rider. The reigning Enduro World Series champion is considered one of the most versatile mountain bikers in the world and when not racing, he’s all about having good times on the bike. “It’s all about going out in the bush with your mates and riding natural terrain, whatever you can find really and just having fun.
” Following his victory at the Whistler EWS, Jared traveled east into the Kootenays of British Columbia. Proven Here. The Kootenays x SB6 Carbon.
|When I was young there wasn't bike parks or anything. You go out in the bush with your mates and just ride natural terrain, whatever you can find really. - Jared Graves|
|I come from a quiet little town and I like quiet areas. A ride where you can go out for three hours and not see another person, that's my idea of a perfect ride. - Jared Graves|
|I have always been able to ride natural terrain comfortably, being good at it is one thing but then racing it is another. So, pushing yourself on terrain you don't know...it just gets easier and easier. It is something that I have been doing a lot of over the last 18 months, I think it's coming along pretty well. - Jared Graves|
|If you are dropping 4,000 feet that is a pretty solid descent. The riding was good top to bottom and we did not even branch off and do everything that was up there. You could stay another week and explore a lot more. - Jared Graves|
|You could have an EWS race at either Revelstoke or Nelson, no worries. The varying terrain, the amount of terrain, the access...It was all there. - Jared Graves|YETI SB6 CARBONProven Here. The Kootenays x SB6 Carbon.
|Pretty much perfect bike for the area, really. There are very few sections on that whole trail where you'd even think the downhill bike could be quicker. This is stuff that is steep and technical. That is the level of the modern day trailbike and the SB6C. - Jared Graves|
Film by Craig Grant.
Photos by Craig Grant & Joey Schusler.yeticycles.com
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