Video: This is Jamaica

Nov 5, 2014
by Sebastian Doerk  
 
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Room with a view View on to our Hotel Rooms in Ocho Rios
Small City Life
Rasta- Fahrrad

True, this is Jamaica. But Jamaica is so much more than this… After travelling excessively for the last 20 years I've made it half way into the TCC, the Travellers' Century Club. 54 countries to be exact. And still I'm sometimes catching myself judging the book by its cover. Jamaica is the perfect example. Just give me three words you instantly connect with the Caribbean island and you'll see what I mean…

People have made it hard for us too, there isn't a single (bike) video out there without reggae, the flag will always remind us of Bob Marley and the only thing we know about the blue mountains is that they produce some fine coffee.

I'm sorry for not using Reggae in my video, I want you to open your eyes to more than the three words you connect with Jamaica. Endless singletrack through tropical rainforest, people who overcome huge obstacles to live their dream, inspirational BMX teachers and trail builders.

Jamaica is one awesome place to ride.

Everyday i m shuttling
Everyday I'm shuttlin', wild but working. Shuttles 25 bikes in one go…

Yes guys it s a girl on a bike Incredible
A girl. On a bike. Incredible!

Blue Mountains Coffee and never-ending Ridgelines

A Blue Mountain day is a good day

Wild bamboo
Blue Mountains Coffee and never-ending Ridgelines
Jerk Chicken Breakfast lunch and dinner in one
It's Jerk chicken time, any time.

Live the rasta life
Bikes, nature and a puppy, couldn't be happier.

Accommodation Robinson Crusoe style
Accommodation Robinson Crusoe style

Bob Marley was here. And U2 of course a room full of music history.
Bob Marley was here. And U2 of course… Countless moments of music history.

Probably the best view you can possibly have over Jamaica
Strawberry Hills. Maybe the most beautiful view over Jamaica

Braaaaaaaoppp
The flow is only stopped by the ocean.
Summit to the sea in 3, 2, 1 …

This is Jamaica

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Oracabessa Foundation BMX Track
Oracabessa Foundation BMX Track

Oracabessa Foundation. Passion over money. You guys rock
Oracabessa Foundation gotta teach them young
Golden Eye Baby
Golden Eye Baby. James Bond, beach and stirred drinks

Bike and Hike Safari style
This is Jamaica
Downpipe gully to bottle of beer in 3 2 1 Tough life
Fat tire festival class of 2014. You guys rock
Class of 2014, FAT TIRE FESTIVAL. Thanks Andi, John, Boogie, Sanchez, Norval, Martin and Natty. You guys rock!

Check out Singletrack Jamaica for more info on the Fat Tire Festival and guiding on Jamaica. Follow the festival here.

Beach day.
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62 Comments

  • + 44
 Where's all the weed?
  • + 9
 I smoked it.
  • + 3
 And the coffee. I have a small bag of Jamaica Blue Mountain at home and it's one of the best coffees I ever had (however also the most expensive by far).
  • + 1
 Seriously some of my favorite. Probably the second most expensive per pound (Kona is usually first). The earthy, chocolate tones and that sweet, smooth flavor...heaven.
Blue usually goes a few days around the farm. Thankfully coffee only retains its truest flavor for about one week. I should seriously grow some organic coffee. Grace Hightower is amazing but not exactly cheap.
  • + 1
 where's akon
  • + 3
 yeaaaaaaaaaah man loved this whole post!! big tings a gwan in Jamaica Big Grin
  • + 1
 @EastCoastDHer What water temperature do you use? I set the kettle to 80 C and the coffee has a mix of sweet chocolate/spicy tones and sour tones (not typical citrus flavour like Yirgacheffe but more like red wine).
  • + 1
 @Extremmist, I usually aim for about 87.5 C/ 190 F. Anywhere from 185-195 F is ideal as not to burn the flavor from the grounds. I always pour just enough to cover the grounds and let it sit for 30-40 seconds then finish the pour.
  • + 1
 I may try that pour method, to see what it does. What brewing method do you use, will it make any difference in aeropress?
  • + 11
 I would LOVE to go riding there... but would HATE to have to take my bike with me everywhere (toilet, shower, into my bed).

I've been to Jamaica. Lots of nice people. Lots of not so nice people. That shit will disappear the second you took your eyes off it.
  • + 4
 It is not only Jamaica. The issue is where poor people live and see a rider using an expensive bike for pleasure only. You can have your bike stolen in Paris, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, almost everywhere. Just don't leave it anywhere.
  • + 2
 There were like 30 blingbling all fancy bikes traveling with us with no problem at all. Knowing locals helps a lot though…
  • + 1
 I don't believe there is any serious organisation focused on stealing bikes anywhere, it is just too much risk for too low income, so the vast majority of bike thieves are opportunists. If you leave an eye-catching bike in front of a store, caffee or anywhere without supervision, it is very likely to get nicked even after few seconds. I got used to living with the knowledge and watching my bike all the time. When I was younger I heard about and experienced bike robbery, consisting in some people trying to knock me out of my bike and steal it. They did not succed, because I managed to resist some punches and escape. This was a single situation in some remote place and it was 15 years ago. Possibly because of my weight I haven't had any similar problems ever since. Some may think it is only Poland, Jamaica or somewhere far, but this happens everywhere, even in developed countries. It is impossible to insure a bike from stealing (in Poland), so this is part of biking reality. If you ride alone, or with one friend, there is a need to stay conscious about it and watch own back. Behaving resposibly nothing wrong can happen, even in dark, remote places which may seem potentially risky. Generally three, four, or more riders travelling together is enough to feel safe. A group of ten and more is almost like an army. If it ever should come to a nasty situations, a helmet and all the protective gear together with the 15kg metal bike can become more than enough for protection.
  • + 1
 I have been using a simple cable lock and have never had a problem in 22 trips over 16 years. You have a better chance of getting ripped off at Whistler than from any Jamaican. Most Jamaicans are trusty and honest. On an organized tour there you are safe along with your bikes. I would not leave my bike unlocked outside a store at home in Toronto so why would I leave it unattended on vacation.
  • + 3
 Are you kidding me??!! I go to Jamaica every winter and I never knew the riding was like THAT! Fat Tyre Festival for me in Feb 2016.
Yah mon, bless up.
I do worry about shipping my $$ride$$ thru Kingston though - my luggage was tief'ed at the airport last trip - big problem.
  • + 1
 Insure your bike for theft?
  • + 1
 Generally best to carry your bike in through Montego Bay airport, shipping it to Jamaica is a bad idea. I think there is probably more chance of getting your bike stolen in Canada where there is a ready market to sell it
  • + 1
 Don't worry you will have to pay 3-5 buxx US to the Agriculture inspector who huddles you and your bike into a tiny room to spray your tyres. Your bike will be safe with a simple cable lock
  • + 2
 I went to Jamaica in the late 90's when i was a kid and got to go on a rad xc tour which was one of the coolest places ive ridden, even tho it was boring cross country riding haha. There was a German dude who worked for the mtb tour place that i rented my vintage Kona from. When i went for my ride i was the only one that day booked for a tour so the German came along for the ride with the other trail guide. About half way thru the ride we stopped for a break and i could see the German dude picking things from the ground, inspecting what he had found then usually would eat it. I asked the Jamaican tour guide what the hell he was doing and he said he was just eating some magic mushrooms no big deal hahahaha. I cant wait to go back with my own bikes and shred again!
  • + 1
 I think it was Thomas who took you from Rusty's X-Cellent Adventures in Negril maybe?
  • + 2
 Holy shit ya it was there! We stayed at the white sands in Negril for almost 3 weeks. Have you been there yourself?
  • + 1
 I go down all the time....you might say I am a yardy. Saddly Thomas died a few years ago. He took out a few tours for Rusty in '98 & '99. I promoted/helped/attended/cut the trail for the XC races for the Fat Tyre Festival for 13 years and do my own thing down there now. Singletrack Jamaica was a sort of spawn of the Negril Fat Tyre Festival when it fizzled out in 2006 and took over the fest re-naming it for all...the Jamaica Fat Tire Festival. They are the premier outfit in Jamaica where as myself and a few others have small tour companies catering to small groups.
I highly advise anyone here to sign up early for the 2016 edition of the fest as it is probably sold out this year as it has been for the last 4 years shortly after registration opens up
Mike is the owner of White Sands.......funny I won a weeks free stay in 2002 for coming in 2nd place in the XC Nationals and used the winnings the next year and stayed at a cabin there on the 7 mile beach
respect.
  • + 1
 I often stay at White Sands been going to Jamaica for 25 years. I would never take my bike though. I have had things stolen in Jamaica (not White Sands) and my apartment broken into when I was sleeping. My Stumpy would have to be guarded 24/7. Too bad, I've often thought about taking my bike. Maybe take a beater, but it wouldn't be fun to ride.
I think Henry Moo Young is the owner at W/S - Mike lives in Fla. and is married to Henry's dawtah Christine. W/S - nice place good people.

Is it possible to rent a good AM bike in Jamaica, I wonder?
  • + 4
 Wow great destination! I love seeing the riding that happens where regular vacationers go and they miss the true gems of the trip. Take a bike!
  • + 2
 I'm really stoked on this video. I currently live in Grenada for Medical School and my last semester is coming up. I think I'll bring my bike down with me and try to find some sweet spots down here. I'm really glad the Caribbean has some spots like this, hopefully I can find some in Grenada.
  • + 6
 None but ourselves can free our minds." B. Marley
  • + 2
 When I was in Jamaica a few years ago I spent the 10 days holiday wondering if there were any good MTB trails. Nice to see there's some great single track out there. And its not too hot if you go early in the year.
  • + 3
 So like the music at the start and end was nice, but the part in the middle wtf.
  • + 2
 Love the Dub at the beginning and at the end.
Here is a good tune about bike from Mungo's Hi Fi ft Pupajim
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oUxPWnrXNk
  • + 3
 Thanks, a picture is worth a thousand words, great shots and story!
  • + 3
 Got my ticket to ride the Fat Tire Festival in 2015- can't wait! Smile
  • + 3
 WOW, amazing!
  • + 1
 I'll be in Montego Bay January 2016, where I am forced to attend a wedding. Any chance it's worth bringing a bike?
  • + 1
 the roads in the hills are like trails all broken up by nature with chunks of rare pavement occasionally. Bring a bike.
  • + 1
 I think I can work with that! Mountain bike?
  • + 2
 Next redbull urban DH/jungle venue?
  • + 2
 I will bring my ragley marley.
  • + 1
 My trip to Jamaica was all about bad weed and getting hustled at every opportunity
  • + 2
 That BMX track looked like serious fun
  • + 2
 The goats had me sold.



Seriously.
#farmproblems
  • + 1
 wait that was the fat tire festival? what happened? it always seem to be much bigger in the past?
looked like funnnnn tho!
  • + 3
 that track!
  • + 2
 Your selection of places to go always makes me plan trips
  • + 5
 Jamaica is definitely a gem, but please don't tell anyone Wink
  • + 2
 Selection erection!
  • + 1
 That riding was pretty fRasta.
  • + 1
 What's the title of that jamaican dub song?
  • + 1
 PM'd you
  • + 2
 ah..when things go irie
  • + 1
 That Guy has some future in the rap industry !! Just kiddin
  • + 2
 Yah Mon! Nice trail!
  • + 2
 nice one dude
  • + 1
 This is Weedland!!. Amazing place!! Wish ride in places like that
  • + 2
 More Euro hops!!
  • + 1
 That donkey was not amused.
  • + 2
 He was. This is how donkeys get amused. The hint is in the body language of ears movement.
  • + 0
 Sick vid!! Wish there was some reggae to go with the vid though..
  • + 1
 come to Jamaica, you will hear plenty, but also a heap of other stuff, at most Jamaican parties you will find real gangsters dancing to Wham, Boy George, Kenny Rogers, Air Supply etc, not much Bob Marley though...
  • + 1
 WHERE are the plants?
  • + 1
 In the jungle Wink
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