Video: Building & Freeriding A Massive Step Up on Vancouver Island

Nov 4, 2020
by Liam Morgan  
Views: 16,166    Faves: 200    Comments: 40


After high-school graduation, August Nesbitt set his scopes on building a trail that would reflect his riding-style and push his limits as a mountain-biker. His vision for a trail was to link and interlace manicured, sculpted Freeride features with steep, raw DH sections.

Primal Attraction

After the release of our 2017 project, "DUSK" which featured trails hand-built by August, we wanted to go bigger on a second video-project. During his gap-year after high school, August dedicated his time and energy to make the vision he had of a trail come to life. After weeks of scouting potential build areas, August found a zone which offered a wide diversity of natural features. From the summer of 2018 up until the beginning of 2020, on most days if you asked what August was doing, he was either going out or was already out building in this zone. No matter the conditions of the day, August was building. Even during the one week in the winter of 2019 when Victoria received a dump of snow, I still found August working on his step up; he brought a snow-shovel and was digging through two feet of snow to get to the dirt.

Primal Attraction
Primal Attraction

A whole variety of people would come out to give August some help on his line, but on the majority of days, August was solo digging; just himself, the trees, his tools, and the natural terrain of the zone.

Primal Attraction

bigquotesI built a trail and some features over a bit more than a year that I could continue to push myself on and so that I could ride more of what I want to near my hometown. I want to pursue the happiness and fulfilment riding and building offers me for as long as my body's able to - August Nesbitt


Primal Attraction

This film is dedicated to Jordie Lunn who's incredible work ethic and spirit motivated us throughout the making of this video.

Photos/Video: Liam Morgan
Riding: August Nesbitt

We would like to thank:
@Chromagbikes
@cowichancycles
@pinkbike

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57 Comments

  • 50 1
 Great film, that was rad! Cool to see you shredding on that TR500 still
  • 28 1
 @transitionbikecompany thank you! I love my Tr500, its been holding up for years and is still one of the most fun bikes ive ridden.
  • 39 0
 Real mountain biking has entered the chat
  • 29 0
 Whole video was incredible but 2:09-2:39 is beyond mind blowing. Insane work guys.
  • 21 0
 You guys crushed it. That step up is heavy duty. Not many people would step to a feature like that, and to spin it too? Damn dawg
  • 6 6
 that thing is insane but they are one of the safer features to try stuff on. He might be shooting 15 vertical feet up but he's only a couple feet above the landing area with not much momentum. The compression coming into that must have been so wild and the double drop in run is just mental.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes: seeing that jump in person nothing about it is safe. No pop all speed you crash and you’re in trouble
  • 8 1
 @andrewgiesbrecht: Understood from the footage! haha. My point is straight airing vs. doing a 3 both seem equally as risky because of the logistics of hitting it properly, not what he does after leaving the lip because step ups tend to be way more forgiving on the landing than other style jumps.
  • 13 0
 Best video on the front page right now!!! Good work dudes! hopefully this gets the people hyped to go dig some rad shit!
  • 12 0
 Sick! Best edit I've seen in a while, the riding/terrain, editing and music were awesome, good job guys.
  • 7 0
 So incredible. The whole thing, the riding, the shots, features, texture, music, editing, all of it. 5 stars. Would recommend.
  • 10 0
 Sick one dude! loved it.
  • 5 0
 Nice work.Inspiring specially to kids that want to do what you are doing now. My son is 12 and is also from the island(Victoria).
You just showed him that where we live has an amazing potential for mtb.
Great riding...
  • 7 0
 super sick riding and digging! all around Nice work.
  • 6 0
 Really digging the vibe - editing / music works really well. Number of layers in post would melt my computer haha
  • 4 0
 That was a big slam on the back flip. My 42 year old back and hip hurts from watching it. Awesome you stomped it after
  • 5 0
 Motivational man. Makes me want to go pick up a shovel. Good work.
  • 5 0
 Mountain biking needs more black sabbath \w/
  • 4 0
 those bright yellow chain and seat stays are vivid AF!! It's like a mad pacman
  • 5 0
 amazing riding! deserves a "must watch"!
  • 4 0
 favorite clip in days. wow.
  • 2 0
 Such cool terrain to build in and just a great shred film. I guess I respect the tricks more when you see the wrecks that go into them.
  • 3 0
 I was wondering who built the huge f**king jump in my local woods! Dope line all the way down to the inlet...
  • 2 0
 Everything about this vid was refreshing! The riding and trails were rockin, the music was killer, and the editing tied it together perfectly.
  • 2 0
 Insane! Enjoyed every second of it, superb building, riding and the guts to throw such moves!!!
  • 3 0
 A+ music too. Killer Riding, Killer Vid.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely so insane. So inspiring especially as a local islander
  • 2 0
 You've made me want to go shred my bike and try new things on it! 10/10 on the video!
  • 3 0
 Awesome job! Fun to watch!!
  • 2 0
 Top shelf everything. So legit takin your licks, figuring it out and throwin down Freeride will never die!!!
  • 2 0
 wow, great content and happy to see the younger Gen still knows how to pic good music!
  • 2 0
 jesus christ that was the best mtb vid i have seen in so long, gave me so jordie vibes on first segment
  • 3 0
 Best video of the year by far, keeping it real out there !
  • 2 0
 That was mesmerizing...nice job dudes
  • 2 0
 This is wild guys!! awesome work!
  • 3 0
 Steezy AF
  • 2 0
 What a rad film! So cool to see such insane local riding.
  • 1 0
 Also, it was only the second time I watched it that I realized y'all switched out the fork on us for half the shots Wink
  • 8 0
 40 got snapped in the making. lol.
  • 1 0
 Yeah and old 40 to a BOS I was thinking that
  • 2 0
 So sick you guys! August you’re an animal
  • 2 0
 A+ Doggy! That step up looks JUICY
  • 2 0
 prime shit man! dayum that is good stuff
  • 2 0
 That was legit. Insane riding and loved the editing; super creative.
  • 1 0
 So sick, amazing looking trail and jumps. Those slams were heavy props for getting back up and going again!
  • 1 0
 Oohh yessss Big slams can fuck you up! Take care...but man was this intense!
  • 1 0
 So rad! congrats on stomping those big features after taking some solid hits. Trails look so good to~
  • 1 0
 I gotta love any video that has any cage the elephant track! Good choice my dude and such an insane vid!
  • 1 0
 sick ...never thought I'd hear an old Sabbath song like that, dang good choice and mint shredding.
  • 1 0
 A National Acrobat !? Nice touch, too bad it got cut at my favorite part. Oh well, you guys rip !
  • 2 0
 sooooo sick this is the definition of freeride
  • 1 0
 That was wild. Nicely done!
  • 1 0
 That was f*ckin incredible guys!
  • 1 0
 Best MTB video in a long time
  • 1 0
 damnnnn dude.
  • 1 0
 Fricking massive bro
  • 1 0
 sick

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