Video: Big Sends & Loose Riding in Bryce Bike Park

Feb 7, 2021
by Andrew DeVier-Scott  


In the midst of winter with snow sports content dominating the internet, it's always refreshing to take a glimpse back at the warm summer months. Sam Theurer (Synaptic) and I teamed up with riders Ronnie Vance and Elliott Banks to shoot for a total of 10 days at Bryce Bike Park throughout the 2020 season. Sam and I became familiar with the bike park in 2013 when Bryce first broke ground on its now extensive downhill trail network. We produced multiple edits, including Fall Finale in 2014, and have long dreamed of doing a follow-up video. The addition of two new trails at Bryce last March made for a perfect opportunity to take a new approach with different riders and up the creative value.

The two of us have slightly different perspectives when it comes to shooting so we came up with a loose plan and started loading up on footage. After numerous weeks of coordinating shoots we had accumulated a healthy stock of footage. Sam's editing prowess came in handy when we went to review everything we had captured. He was able to reel it all in to produce something that captures the quirky personalities and incredible riding styles of Ronnie and Elliott. That's not to say we didn't encounter any snares in production. From broken bike parts to a malfunctioning cable cam rig the mishaps seemed to be mounting against us at times. Regardless of the setbacks, we all managed to persevere through the heat of the summer, unpredictable storms, and the overarching confusion of 2020. Working with these guys proved to be an ideal escape into the mountains away from the negativity that seemed to be boiling up all around. A breath of "Fresh Air" you could say...

Who are the riders?



Ronnie Vance
Ronnie is a boisterous character who has been a frequent at Bryce over the years. Most people who ride the bike park know Ronnie on some level whether it's from gawking at him from the lift or attempting to follow his impossibly fast lines. The raw power he brings to mountain biking can easily be explained by his extensive motocross background. From the age of three, Ronnie excelled with a throttle in his grip until a nasty injury sidelined him at 21. He was forced to step away from his motocross racing dreams and used the opportunity to pursue a graphic design degree. Desperate to get back in shape, he resorted to mountain biking. Ironically, it enabled him to rediscover racing as he now does so professionally in the Southeast downhill and enduro circuits. He currently balances racing with a full time job as a Graphic Designer and fatherhood, which forces a hectic lifestyle. Impressively, he continues to progress on his bike and serve as a mentor for up and coming athletes.



Elliott Banks
Elliott, a slightly more reserved individual, brings a much different approach to riding. He balances Ronnie's wide open style with impeccable vision and creativity. Elliott's roots are embedded BMX racing from his youth. Through BMX, he developed a level of comfort on the bike that is very evident in his riding today. His thrills aren't derived from racing as much anymore but he is progressing more than ever. Veering away from the pavement has allowed him to discover an endless playground in the forest, an escape from the stressors of life and a mental reset button. He has found the mountain bike to be a more freeing method of enjoying two wheels. The skills he developed as an adolescent have served as an ideal foundation for his transition to mountain biking. When we first started shooting with Elliott, there were many times I lost him out of frame, taken aback by how high he was able to loft himself in the air. And though quiet on the surface, there is a burning fire of determination beneath and it's evident when he attempts something for the first time. It won't be the last until he gets it. Many other riders at the park have picked up on his ability and Elliott has become a source of knowledge and inspiration for the groms at Bryce.

Be on the lookout for more from these two in 2021!




65 Comments

  • 21 0
 East coast USA! Sick riding and cool to see trails that I know. For a minute I thought only Canadians, euro bros, and Australians were issued gopros for the past several years
  • 10 1
 slightly annoying seeing how much further they clear stuff then i do..... lol
  • 5 0
 @cptstoney: although I'm happy to see that even these shredders only just clear the pickleback step up hahaha
  • 2 3
 On trail bikes too! Nobody on the east coast uses a DH bike.
  • 2 2
 @willdavidson9595: if you do you get harassed! "Isn't that too much bike?" anytime I go anywhere.

Bryce is cool, the jumps will chuck you that's for sure.
  • 8 2
 @willdavidson9595: I go to this park all the time, and I don't really think a DH bike is good for this park. I only know of like 2 places within a couple hours of where I live where I could actually use a DH bike. DH bikes are not popular at all on the east coast cuz theres not that many places to really use one, and if you find a great place to use one you could probably just use ur enduro bike. I know not everyone agrees with me, but this is just kind of a pattern i've seen living here.
  • 2 5
 Huh? Aren't two of the biggest youtube superstars east coast? Phil and Seth.
  • 9 0
 @willdavidson9595: DH bike at snowshoe is definitely justified
  • 5 0
 @maybemarcusking: I would have to agree with you there but even more so Windrock.
  • 5 0
 @DAN-ROCKS: lmao dude you live in Maryland you ain’t got shit down there there is more lift access parks in the north east in driving distance of each other then all of the west coast
  • 1 0
 @610slayter: You're right yeah northeast is pretty great. Also to ppl saying snowshoe and windrock i totally agree a DH bike is totally justified there but those are both 4 hours away from me so I don't go that often. Seems like the closer you get to DC the less you need a DH bike, that's what i was trying to say lol. Of course anyone could use a Dh bike and have fun everywhere whether they need it or not. But I figured I should just stick with an enduro bike and so I could pedal if I want, so I bought a slash. I think that is the thought process of pretty much all my friends with enduro bikes near me
  • 1 0
 @willdavidson9595: not sure if Tennessee, West Virginia, or North Caroline qualify as east cost, but those states have definite need for DH bikes in their parks. Never have I been to Bryce, so I’ll add it to my interested list.
  • 1 0
 @sherbet: Phil is in Vermont (I think) and Seth is in Pisgah forest/Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina, two huge hotspots for biking. You're not wrong, they're just in prime places for gravity.
  • 1 1
 Seth started in Florida my man.
  • 1 0
 @sherbet: wow you're right does that change anything tho lol? His early videos were reviews and commentary, not as much riding.
  • 1 1
 The OP of this comment section was noting there's no east coast youtubers. I named two pretty big ones. I'm not sure how their location doesn't change anything.
  • 3 0
 @610slayter: ummmmm..... come ride "the shed"(frederick watershed)...... you won't md doesn't have anything dh bike worthy.
  • 1 0
 @cptstoney: man I love the shed that place is so gnarly. Im going this monday, hopefully it isn't too wet.
  • 2 0
 @DAN-ROCKS: it's going to be snowy still. They got a lot
  • 16 1
 SO FUCKING STOKED TO SEE THIS ON PINKBIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 8 0
 Nice riding and filming ya'll. Love that you're shredding Bryce way harder than all the people that say it's "not gNar enough"! Definitely got me stoked for a springtime visit to the shen valley.
  • 8 0
 bryce is one of the smallest ski areas in VA but the first (only?) to embrace mtb, i’m glad it’s working out. looks like a lot has happened since their opening season!
  • 2 1
 Might want to check out Massanutten
  • 1 0
 @Rastis1: I'm in the SW now, I haven't ridden in the area since 2013. so the nutt is doing bike operations now? they always had the best designed park (snow), hosted redbull rivals, etc.
  • 9 3
 @Rastis1: don’t do that to people
Massanutten is trash. Slow lifts and crap trails (I do like World Cup though)
  • 5 0
 @stanks: Yea they are considered a bike park now versus just hosting some one off races. The trails have degraded because of erosion due to the increased traffic but still a viable option for those in the area that want more technical trails than Bryce.
  • 4 1
 @Bmontgomery87: Massanutten is only good if you take your ebike and spend half the day riding the western slope trails. That is, if you have an ebike Wink
  • 2 0
 Bryce is getting pretty big into mtb, they bought the backside of the mountain last year, nearly doubling the land they own. They said they are going to build some huuuuuuge jump lines within the next couple years. Bryce is whats up. If you want technical riding though then you should go to watershed. I've been there only a few times and its made me so much better at riding tech than riding a whole season at Bryce. Bryce is super fun flow though, and the hidden lines are sick.
  • 2 0
 rad, the terrain is sick but there was a time when it felt like the only riding to be had in the 540 was backcountry sufferfests or private dirt jumps. Seems like good moves are being made
  • 4 0
 These are my favorite type of edits, talented riders bombing down berms and tables, hitting tricks and new features you don't usually see. Nothing wrong with xc or tech downhill, but for me freeride is the most enjoyable edit to watch.
  • 10 8
 Nothing to see here. Bryce is a horrible park not even worth you guys driving too. It’s lame. Snowshoe is so much more legit and not much further away. Bahahahahaha

Sick edit fellas, destroying alt lines all over the mountain. And for repping VA!
  • 15 2
 Dude. If you think bryce is lame, you don't know how to ride bryce! So many hidden lines, gaps and sends!
  • 13 0
 S L O W L I F T
  • 11 2
 First rule of Bryce bike park: don’t talk about Bryce bike park
  • 2 0
 @skinnyjeans: Yep...fun flow park, fun high speed trails, but slowest lift I've ever ridden.
  • 3 0
 @Billjohn6: we did a trip to Bryce and Massanutten. I think Mass is even slower. but great trails indeed
  • 4 0
 @skinnyjeans: Mass is far slower, took 45 minutes from base to summit one day.
  • 4 0
 Bryce is for shredding like a skate park. Use your mind and make your lines. These dudes represent the little local spot well. #ifyaknowyaknow
  • 3 0
 So sick to see my old home park where I got some of my original education in how to send it get some love on pb!
Rad to see some footy of Ronnie too! He’s a great guy and one hell of a rider
  • 4 0
 Such a dope edit! Filming, riding and music are all on point. Awesome seeing local guys killing it at Bryce!
  • 5 0
 Elliot and Ronnie are badass ! Awesome people too ! Well done boys !
  • 5 0
 So awesome to see this on the front page here and Vital! #MoreEastCoast
  • 4 0
 insane filming and riding!
  • 3 0
 Virginia is for Lovers (of Schleybletops!)
  • 3 0
 YESSSS!!!! MY HOME MOUNTAIN!
  • 2 0
 Bryce is a small mountain but f*ck it’s fun as hell! Love to see it getting some coverage!
  • 2 0
 My local! I love Bryce despite the slow lift (which is damn annoying). So flowy and fun.
  • 3 0
 First bike park i ever went to!
  • 2 0
 amazing showcase for some super fun trails! those dudes rip
  • 2 0
 This was fantastic and that park looks absolutely amazing!
  • 2 0
 Quality all around ! Great riding, great music, great vid yall
  • 1 0
 Awesome! Congrats on the front page! Bryce looks sick, I will have to visit when the border is open again!
  • 1 0
 It's a tiny lil mountain but it's my local and it's quite fun
  • 2 0
 #BeastCoastSummer21 on deck
  • 1 0
 What a pleasure to watch. Great riding and finely tuned editing to the beats.
  • 2 0
 YESSS SO SICK!!!
  • 2 0
 So sick
  • 1 0
 Who wants to train bru thru
  • 4 0
 #picklebomb4lyfe
  • 2 0
 @TheDwayyo: brew thru-->Carbomb--> Pickleback is where it's at
  • 1 0
 Can I join the crew
  • 1 0
 Steeze in the Treeze!
  • 1 0
 sick boyzzzz
  • 1 0
 awesome vid and article
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