Adventure mountain biker Tito Tomasi tells us all about his 5-day journey into BC's Chilcotin range, solo. From there he heads to the BCBR, all in the name of riding bikes in amazing places.
Life is always about the past, the present, and future.
After travelling to many exotic places around the world, I came to a point where I had to visit some of the beginnings of our sport. And that is how I ended up in Canada.
British Columbia from the outside looks like a mecca, with the North Shore and Whistler as proving grounds. Having Rocky Mountain bicycles as my bike sponsor, they are the best guides to understanding the Canadian way of life and biking. The historic north shore brand helped me organise my visit in Canada. It was only about a month long but it was intense. I did some riding with friends around Whistler and other parts of the Sea to Sky corridor. And thanks to Rocky, I was invited to the UnReal premiere in Vancouver.
Then it was time to do my own thing, so I took a car and went to the Chilcotins. This area is the perfect playground for mountain bikers, with great trails and well-proportioned mountains. It was June so the high season was kicking and I had the chance to meet a lot of other riders out there adventuring too. And this actually turned out to help me, as the people were helping me with food so then I ended up staying longer. Instead of staying for two days in the park I could now make it to five! I had a blast and could explore a lot. The grizzly bears were around and I surprised one mama on the trail, a beautiful moment. Meeting this animal was inspiring and I really loved the time spent out there.
With my head full of great memories, I went back to Vancouver to start another adventure, the BC bike race. Another great way to explore BC with a lot of riders in the best atmosphere! You can find my Pinkbike diary of the event here.