Video: A New Enduro Talent Rides Vancouver Island Raw

Oct 8, 2019
by Max McCulloch  
Views: 18,012    Faves: 86    Comments: 7


The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island has always been a hotbed of talent, with the likes of Mark Wallace, the late Steve Smith, and more, coming out of the area. Up-and-coming enduro racer Elijah Barron is quickly following in their footsteps with growing results on the Canadian and Vancouver Island circuits. Here's what a quick ride down his locals trails looks like.

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Mount Tzouhalem


63 Comments

  • 43 1
 What's in the water over there? The island is home to some serious cycling talent!

Stoked we could support this project and riders like Elijah. Keep up the good work.
  • 3 4
 Sweet riding on smooth manicured trails which he is taking to the next level, but it is not an enduro trail. Watching him carry that speed through rooty rocky woodland for several hundred meters would be interesting!
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: oh he does, trust me he does. Race with this little kid (he’s 14 or 15) in the island cup. From straight up gnar to flow berms like this... doesn’t matter. Kid is fast. Way faster than you guaranteed.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: I believe it 100% but this video doesn't show it so the title is a little off is what I was getting at. Would love to see a video of him doing some actual enduro riding though!
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: ya there would be more but he’s really young and his parents are pretty protective of him getting swept up in the whole “mtb marketing machine”. Give him a couple years and I’m sure we’ll see more. Currently he’s winning the Elite cats of the Island Cup Enduro series. He came 3rd in the U19 cat of the Squamish Enduro.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: nice! Completely understand his parents position too. Always a difficult balancing act, when to let them fly and when to hold them back for their own good and how to teach them the importance of doing this for themselves as they get older.
  • 33 0
 Proof that you don't need Shakira coat and AXS to ride well.
  • 13 0
 "shakira coat" lmao
  • 14 0
 His rips don’t lie
  • 3 0
 Everyone that thinks like that needs a reality check
  • 26 0
 My SC don't ride like that .
  • 8 40
flag barbarosza (Oct 8, 2019 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 *doesn’t
  • 7 15
flag barbarosza (Oct 8, 2019 at 16:32) (Below Threshold)
 Such a good edit and we have the same Bronson V3 . He rides the nomad I hope and not a 29er
  • 6 3
 glad to see someone actually ripping a nomad for once. seems like everyone who buys one expects it to bring the talent to them...
  • 1 0
 barbarosza, 'twas intentional mate
  • 22 2
 The Island stinks - tell your friends!
  • 11 2
 Haha! I second this; don’t waste you’re time coming over. I don’t think anyone even mountain bikes anyway...
  • 12 0
 Have you seen how much the ferry costs? Let's go to Whistler! Wink
  • 2 3
 Coming this weekend to escape the snow in the Yukon! Any info on the 3 best trails around Duncan?\
  • 5 0
 @James89: what's a Duncan?
  • 1 0
 @James89: check out Mount Tzouhalem on trailforks. Unfortunately there are some closures right now due to clearing fallen trees (such as the infamous double D). I think maybe there are some closures on Maple Mountain too.

Should be more info on SIMBS' FB page.
  • 1 0
 Whistler closed early@vikb:
  • 17 0
 built like a racing snake but still bosses that bike like a monster. love it.
  • 6 0
 Great edit Elijah! Love the no music edit ???? bike sounds are better than music...
  • 6 0
 Yeah! Welcome to the zoo!
  • 8 2
 Just sold my bike.
  • 3 0
 And took up croquet
  • 4 0
 That trial looks so gooooood! Loved that little slow mo of him weighting the front wheel around that cornes. So sick
  • 1 0
 Constantly daydreaming at least one of my my kids will be riding at least half as well as these young pistols! I could be twice old as Elijah is, but he could teach me one or two thinks about riding a bike :-). Inspirational watching! Really.
  • 3 0
 Freaking shredder! All berms fear this man!
  • 3 0
 Pure talent, so stoked to see the future is bright for this dude
  • 1 0
 man thats some serious skill and style, i remember the first edit with troy brosnan and me thinking: meh, that kid is going nowhere.
  • 1 0
 That makes me wanna go shred at least 5% as well as that. Awesome trails but not really an example of "enduro" if your reference is a typical EWS track...
  • 3 0
 So sick
  • 2 0
 Eli can I have your autograph please
  • 1 0
 Damn.. forgot emojis don’t work here ????‍♂️????????????????????????????
  • 2 0
 Damn this rules. Big tings from the boy.
  • 2 0
 I've seen this kid on a couple occasions. Super dialed!
  • 1 0
 If you pause at 0:41 and play and pause and play and pause and play and pause real quick you'll see 4 or 5 PODs.
  • 1 0
 Wow, that looks EXACTLY like the kind of mountain biking I live for. Just wish I had trails and skills like that.
  • 1 0
 "Yeah I race Enduro."
"Cool what's that like?"
- Shows the video
"Um, yeah just like that, pretty much same thing"
  • 1 0
 top tube beefier than arms, check. manual to start the video, check. what color is your santa cruz, check.
  • 2 0
 Well that was sick.
  • 1 0
 Endless amounts of young talent these days
  • 2 0
 Yes Eli!
  • 2 0
 OMG 0:40
  • 1 0
 Yeah is great isn’t or? Dude‘snbery agile on his bike
  • 3 0
 i correct. Dude‘s very agile on his bike
  • 1 0
 Great riding and filming!!
  • 2 1
 Such a beautiful place to live. Extremely lucky.
  • 1 0
 Awesome video Max. Great riding
  • 1 0
 Holy crap... That guy is fast as hell.
  • 1 0
 Cool video, but... why those socks??
  • 1 0
 Blows my mind every time I try to ride with him
  • 1 0
 Very nice Eli. Great edit Max, keep it up
  • 1 0
 Wow
  • 1 0
 So good
  • 1 0
 love riding there!
  • 1 0
 Hell yes boys nice work
  • 1 0
 Filmed on Iphone 11
  • 1 0
 Great shred, keep it up!
  • 1 0
 :O skilzzzz
  • 1 0
 Great little vid ????

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