Video: A Canada Day SufferFest with Mike Hopkins

Jul 7, 2020
by Mike Hopkins  

What's a better way to celebrate Canada turning 153, than a 153km mountain bike mega ride. Bears, bails, bonks, a new riders first big mission, and a partying pit crew... it's just how it's done in Canada. The 153 roped together the classic DIY Sufferfest and the trendy 10,000 calorie challenge... the question is, did it end in success, or a mangled heap of exhausted human...

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DIY SufferFesters: Kevin Erwin and Mike Hopkins

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 @hopkins Do you have a map of your route? Would love to see where you went and ride some of the loops on my next trip to Rossland!
  • 3 0
 Great vid, reminded me how much I loved riding that area. I did 7 Summits in the smoke a couple of summers ago, and it was still absolutely epic.
  • 4 1
 153km? Oooph. That’s more “In-Deep-End-ance Day” than Independance Day!
  • 2 0
 *independence — obviously this last weekend took its toll on me...
  • 4 0
 what a pic ! give us the full res version for backgrounds !!!
  • 2 0
 Really enjoyed that, thanks Mike! Definitely gotta back to Rossland with a bike one day.
  • 2 0
 Impressive Smile Motivational indeed! Thanks for sharing the, what's the crack for 154?
  • 1 0
 wow.. latest when that bear showed up, I would have given up.. that would scare the flying @# out of me.. Awesome video though, keep them coming.. !
  • 2 0
 Great watch Mike Hopkins. Really miss Rossland now. Maybe time to come back for the 7 Summits poker ride!
  • 1 0
 Rode that a few years ago, it was the BEST. Definitely needs to happen again.
  • 2 0
 I always enjoy a Mike Hopkins edit. Thanks!!!
  • 1 0
 Well played mang!! If I was up there I promise I’d give it a go with you, eh!
  • 1 0
 Actually more impressed with the vertical than the distance
  • 2 0
 It’s pretty common for rides in the Kootenays to have 50m of elevation gain or more for every km of distance. An after work ride may only be 12km long but could easily be 700m of elevation gain.
  • 1 0
 Awesome, fair play to your mate too!
  • 1 0
 Yes! This is the kind of riding I love. What is the bike Mike used?
  • 1 0
 Always an inspiration Mike! Horns up.
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 Thumbs up!!

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