Solo in the Chilcotins for Five Days - Video

Nov 14, 2015
by Tito Tomasi  
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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.

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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.

Images for Tito in the Chilcotins article

Images for Tito in the Chilcotins article

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.

Images for Tito in the Chilcotins article

Stoked

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.

BC bike race finish line

BC bike race finish line


MENTIONS: @RockyMountainBicycles / @TitoTomasi / @mavic / @urgebikeproducts



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29 Comments

  • + 20
 I don't know what this guy does for a living, but he seems to make the most out of his trips! Also, a Posca pen sponsorship! Cool...
  • + 3
 He's a painter
  • - 39
flag myfriendgoose (Nov 14, 2015 at 17:01) (Below Threshold)
 Not a good one.
  • + 14
 He makes the best videos by far. This is mountain biking. Practically no emphasis on what he is riding, just where. Mountains, not bike park. Figures that the video receives modest attention compared to some fluffy edit by the coastal crew.
  • + 2
 Well said mate!!
  • + 7
 Reggae and the South Chilchotin is a match made in heaven. Perfect combo to Love the Ride.
  • + 2
 I can never leave my bike out when I go bikepacking. Sure, my friends aren't gonna steal my bike, or anyone else for that matter, but I feel weird leaving it outside in the open while I sleep. So it bring it into my tent and spoon it. I do the same at home too
  • + 3
 My wife can't stuff that much hair in her helmet, how does he do it?
  • + 3
 You BRAVE!!! inspiring place, you awesome mate
  • + 1
 Tito your da man! Great adventure! Keep on living life to the fullest, inspiring others along the way! Saludos, vive la vie!
  • + 2
 curious to know his packing list, dig this stuff, my kind of riding.
  • + 2
 Lee Lau has an article up here on what he packs for multi-day self supported trips in the same area: www.pinkbike.com/news/Self-supported-Bikepacking-a-sample-packing-list-2013.html
  • + 2
 Did he change bikes for the race? Or strip stickers for some reason?
  • + 4
 Altitude for the Chilchotins, Thunderbolt for BCBR.
  • + 2
 What's the yellow/orange stick thing on his handlebars?
  • + 2
 I think it is a flare, that could also be used against bears. Smart to have it close by if you crash or meet a bear. Smile
  • + 9
 Likely a "bear banger" - aka firework designed to scare them away. You'd *much* rather be in the situation where you see one a ways off and scare it away vs. be close enough to use your spray.
  • + 2
 Yup, bear banger. Video of one being launched here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr-WInuJkCA
  • + 2
 Also known as a pen flare. I used them for traffic control in Afghanistan.
  • + 1
 Sounds like a good time^
  • + 1
 I assume that's bear repellant in the can on his chest? Never seen it before and it wasn't mentioned.
  • + 2
 @LeDuke - didn't know they had grizzlys in Afghanistan Wink
  • + 1
 He's got bear spray on his pack though?
  • + 2
 that takes some guts!
  • + 1
 Well done!!
  • + 1
 love the rides!!!!
  • - 1
 Thank god he's not menstruating...
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