Video: Alex Volokhov Shares his Love for Crafting Trails in 'An Ode to Builders'

Nov 15, 2021
by Calvin Huth  

For such an individual sport it's interesting how heavily Mountain Biking relies on it's community. Without dedicated builders the beautiful trails we enjoy simply wouldn't exist. Often overlooked, the builders/rogue souls silently create the trails and pathways through the woods, our gateways to nature. Which are typically funded purely by passion!

Alex Volokhov is not just a passionate mountain biker; he also loves maintaining and building trails in his home town. Even as I type this Alex is battling the snow, in an attempt to scratch in a few public trails before winter hits. Which means more trails for riders come springtime.

With the third episode of Write your own Chapter "An Ode to Builders,“ Alex makes points out that digging and shaping is an essential part of riding bikes. "Without building, there is no mountain biking." Since trails are not a renewable resource, we need building! Building can give you a new perspective on the woods and trails around you, offering a new perspective on how you'd like to ride your bike.

This series of episodes of episodes is meant to encourage you to join our journey. Everyone’s story is unique. So is every chapter of the series. We explore, we go on adventures, we seek thrill, we fail but then succeed and set out to inspire others. Whether on the trails, in the water or in the air, every chapter addresses one of these attributes. Releases will happen on a regular basis. To make sure no one misses out: every new chapter will be announced in advance.

Seek your Freedom and Write Your Own Chapter

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22 Comments

  • 13 0
 yeah, nice edit..real important to remind riders of all the time and sweat that builders put into our sport.
  • 11 1
 What do you call a mountain biker with no shovels in their truck? a mooch.
  • 1 0
 Or a hand saw
  • 8 0
 Alex dropping some knowledge! So smooth on a bike and just a genuine dude. Rad video!
  • 7 0
 Such a great video with the perfect message Alex! And that riding is sick!
  • 6 0
 no dig no ride!!! great video
  • 2 0
 Great edit and kudos to Alex for all the work! Pat Williams still around up there in Nelson? If so, he's gotta be amazed by the evolution of Shitaker...just awesome! Sitkum looked much improved as well and that last one I didn't recognize, but was it in or near the Ball's Deep trail? Anyway, great job to all
  • 1 0
 I am happy I live in a place now where the public land owners are investing in and paying people to maintain trails more and more. There is still a lot to be done and I don't get out to dig nearly as much as I used to. Would love to see this culture of digging grow.
  • 4 0
 One of these pieces that you watch, smile and have a better day
  • 4 0
 Complete legend! Amazing riding, building, filming, everything.. so sick
  • 3 0
 Right on dude. Thanks for all the contributions in the woods and on the internet~
  • 3 0
 This is so encouraging!
  • 3 0
 Yeah Alex!!
  • 3 2
 Wicked piece Alex & Calvin ! Thank you to all the selfless builders and trail gnomes out there.
  • 2 0
 Hell ya buddy!!
  • 1 0
 I was originally told there was a stork involved in some way.
  • 2 0
 skinnies are so sick
  • 1 0
 Hell ya Alex! Huge fan always!
  • 1 0
 this is so sick!!!
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