Video: Advice From Chris Kovarik on Riding in the Mud

Oct 29, 2019
by Rémy Métailler  
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Hey Bud! What a classic MTB trail from Whistler! And to lead me down it is Chris Kovarik, the legend himself!

This guy has the biggest calves I have ever seen and has won a World Cup by 14 seconds! Yes, 14 seconds… He is an incredible rider, with a unique style. Known for his World Cup wins, bike edits and his insane cornering technique, he now also teaches MTB.

Follow Chris (Karver) on Instagram: @chris_kovarik and his coaching company kovarikracing.com

If you enjoyed this trail and want to ride it, I advise you to join the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association, this way you will be able to support trails like this one!




Thanks a lot to the trail builders for the work!

What trail should I ride next?

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57 Comments

  • 33 0
 I LOVE the commentary through the whole entire run. Especially when he says he points out what he does better than the people in front of him
  • 39 0
 Ahaha It's not every day I take a better line than the king!
  • 6 0
 Elvis ?
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: in the later years he looked more like E-lvis
  • 3 0
 I love the whole series; every time it is like 15 minutes of pov riding, on one of the best trails in the world. I could literally seat and watch awhole day.
  • 23 1
 A man wins by 14.02 seconds at Ft. William and has wisdom to share on riding in muddy conditions, I LISTEN to him. = )
  • 2 0
 First world cup in Fort William was 2002?
  • 7 1
 As impressive as that was - the man in the wet was Danny - at nearly 12 sec in Champery.
  • 3 0
 @aljoburr: AT LAST! correctamundo 2002 02/06/02 (british dating system)

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  • 1 0
 @number-6: OMG thats like a "Who's who" of mountain biking. Minnar still with the #1 plate, lol.
  • 16 0
 Remy, your passion for riding is what makes your videos great....keep it up!
  • 1 0
 One of the best things on Pinkbike!
  • 14 0
 You call that wet?
  • 22 0
 We pray for warm, dry, summer days like that in Scotland!
  • 4 0
 Was thinking the same, they aren't completely covered in shit.
  • 1 0
 I recall footage of earlier races on the Earthed videos. Rheola if I recall correctly. I've never seen that kind of riding ever since. Apparently it doesn't show as fast and exciting for the RedBull tv audience. And obviously it completely destroys those trails. But it is the kind of skill you hardly get to see nowadays.
  • 4 0
 @remymetailler - How often does Chris ride that first section of trail? He seemed to be following the trail and berms most of the time, whereas you seemed to be straight lining few more sections. Thanks for the video!!
  • 21 0
 Chris I rode that trail once two weeks before the video. Both of us do not not well the trail. I ride different lines because I don't really like cornering especially when it is slippery... So i prefer to go straight. Different riding style I guess. Riding second can be easier or harder: easier cause you see what mistakes is made by the other rider, harder because you can't see much so you have to react very fast.
  • 7 6
 @remymetailler: I appreciate the skill and all the good advice. But despite all that I have the preference to either stay on the intended trail or, if you cannot or don't want to stay on the trail then don't ride the trail at all. Just to avoid unnecessary widening of the trail (making it more boring and inviting others to wander off the trail too) and accelerating erosion. No doubt you do your contribution to trail maintenance but, what's your take on this?
  • 8 0
 @vinay: I stayed on the intended trail the entire trail. I have not rode one single new line of it. The trail is very wide on some places, and I stayed on it. If rode well, you can be creative (gaps...) without causing more erosion. I don't sharp corners and don't drift. I just push hard on compression and gap over stuff, open corners, within the trails though. I think my riding is very respectful of the trails, no?
  • 2 3
 @remymetailler: Alright, cool. I wasn't aware the trail was supposed to be very wide. In certain sections I saw Chris ride corners which the builers seem to have reinforced with rocks to avoid excessive erosion where I saw you ride the straight line down. Obviously if that's part of the trail too then that's all good. And obviously gaps are always fine as long as both take off and landing both on the trail. From the on board camera I couldn't see your wheels but I have no reason to assume you were needlessly drifting or sliding down sections and I didn't mean to accuse you of doing so. My only question was whether you stuck to the intended trail and if that's what you did, all I can say is that this was beautiful riding and it makes for a very instructive video. Thanks!
  • 4 1
 Advice on Riding in the Mud: rides trail with f*ck all mud.

Standard Southern NZ trail after a less than a day of rain: www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/EDDIEVISION-Wet-Wild-DH-from-Oceania-Champs,35032/sspomer,2
  • 6 0
 Yes no mud here. Just wet and slippery, but Pinkbike changed my title. No idea why.
  • 6 0
 Kovarik vs. Atkinson cornering show-down anyone? *Hint Pinkbike*
  • 3 0
 Coming from the east coast, we have plenty of rocks and roots and I can sincerely say....when they're wet, its an absolute nightmare for me
  • 5 1
 Good lord Kovarik still rips very hard.
  • 3 0
 Kovarik is a legend. !,,,!
  • 3 0
 when you live right there. It’s hard not to shred hard. - all the people who don’t live there.
  • 3 0
 Where is the mud? Look how clean they are at the end! I wish British mud was like this
  • 4 0
 Seems odd taking advice from an Australian about riding in mud.
  • 3 0
 Sam Hill after placing third in Champery 2007: "I never ride in the wet. Your bike gets muddy."
  • 1 0
 I remember riding that when it was still loam, crazy to see it all hard pack just now. Canadian mud is nothing like Scottish mud though. Its all grippy out there compared to here.
  • 2 0
 Favorite part is the sound of pure joy when Remy is following Chris towards the end.
  • 3 0
 Holy smokes that fast cornering at the end!
  • 3 0
 I remember when that trail was a ribbon of loam in the moss.
  • 4 0
 ADVICE: ride flats
  • 2 0
 Sick riding, sick trails ????????
  • 2 0
 Some sick cornering! BOOM!
  • 4 2
 Should we debate riding flats one more time?
  • 2 4
 Hey buddy, are these still in the mail? Mine never came. I don't really care how long it takes to get it right, was just wondering.......... m.pinkbike.com/news/chris-kovarik-aims-to-end-chain-slap-with-new-brand.html
  • 14 0
 this is definitely the best way to ask that question....
  • 4 0
 The team replied to me recently. They had problems with the materials for the trail version so have changed manufacturers, which has pushed the release date back. They even offered me a refund on the spot, but I told them to keep my money and let me know when it’s done. It sounded like it should be done Nov/Dev this year.
  • 2 0
 @Cshearmon: Yeah, they offered me a refund as well, I'm just really stoked about it. Don't really care if it comes in 2 years.
  • 1 0
 If you know trail well, you can ride it in wet like was dry, just ask Sam Hill or Danny Hart!
  • 2 0
 WOW....I ride like that only in my dreams...Awesome video REMY!!
  • 2 0
 Jesus, he's gone full 'John Rambo' there!
  • 1 0
 Remy, I think you could just do your own riding tips videos. Great narration!
  • 2 0
 Kovarik=Slayer
  • 1 0
 Eh ......you forgot the mud
  • 1 0
 When's the hot lap?
  • 33 0
 Scheduled for the the April 20th 2069.
  • 1 0
 Low shower pressure Dude
  • 1 1
 How to unnecessarily accelerate erosion....
  • 2 4
 How to ride in the mud: ebike!
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