Video: Christina Chappetta's Longest Day Monster Ride in Whistler

Sep 22, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  


With Summer Solstice providing 16 hours of daylight, Christina saw an opportunity to tackle a huge ride in Whistler. She set out on a route with 4 ascents spanning over 50kms and over 1700m of elevation.








98 Comments

  • 92 11
 Wow so many dudes coming in to mansplain just what a proper epic ride actually is. Thanks bros.
  • 35 3
 Thank you Smile
  • 31 4
 Dudes who live in Ontario, Quebec, and the Midwest... who think 1700m of elevation on a trail bike is nothing because they did it on their road bike once back in 2005.
  • 5 0
 Seriously haha. The difference between spinning up a fire road or easy singletrack and tech climbing and descents are huge. I’m always surprised just how much attacking a tech climb can take out of me and if I’m on a typically desert gnar trail down here in Arizona I usually am wishing I was doing something else by mile 20.
  • 15 9
 Flatbuttistan, Laguna Beach, Denver. It's all the same urban shithole. Thoughts, prayers and good drugs to whoever has to live there. #vibes
  • 4 9
flag Dogl0rd (Sep 22, 2020 at 18:16) (Below Threshold)
 @leelau: really dude?
  • 1 0
 @nzandyb: Bromont in Quebec is like 350m but I still do 900-1300m at every ride. I do it with a Knolly Warden LT (170/167mm). We also climb on singletracks, no roads here! So yeah, probably dudes who live in Ontario! Wink Just kidding!

I was thinking more like some dudes who ride in the desert with a trail or xc bike, or something like that.... We don't have big mountains here but still tech stuff to climb and descend so we know that 50km/1700m is huge and I would never be able to do that!
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta:
And in the rain too. Riding any tech in the wet always takes the wind out of my sales.
  • 1 0
 Nah. The bros don't know what a big ride is either.
  • 28 1
 Based on the picture showing her hiking, I suspect the climbing was a bit more than most folks are doing on their "monster" rides.

5k of climbing is a good day, could be monster even with 2k of climnbing if there was a lot of hiking involved, so yeah, gve the lady a break, I suspect 90% of Pinkbikers wouldn't do it.
  • 4 0
 3k of climbing leaves me smoked. Never done more than 3.5k on a mountain bike
  • 5 2
 Are you guys talking in meters like she is or feet? 5000m of climbing a good day? That's nearly the Everest! looool
  • 18 0
 1700m of elevation is impressing for me. About length - it was funny to see in pinkbike poll that very many riders never ridden more then 30km by themselves.
  • 36 1
 Cheers! Rarely can I find friends that want to tackle a massive day like that... in Whistler. The climbs are quite tech and grueling most of the time.
  • 5 1
 @christinachappetta: I'm all in for big rides, but I got the same problem down here, folks don't want to disappear for an all day ride. Chalk it down to laziness. If I could do an epic every weekend, I'd be a happy camper. No lift served for this guy, it's all about earning it!
  • 4 0
 @christinachappetta: there is not an easy climb in Whistler
  • 3 1
 @jaydawg69:

Agreed. Whistler is a different animal.

I can ride 50km with 2300m of climbing in Squamish and feel fine. I can ride 37km with 1200m of climbing in Whistler and I'm absolutely annihilated.
  • 12 0
 Love your vids. I like that you always have so much fun and your commentary is so upbeat. Makes me want to get on my bike and go for a ride. Keep cranking them out please.
  • 6 0
 Thanks a million! That's the best response I could get. Much appreciated
  • 7 0
 Thanks @christinachappetta for some more great content. Keeping it real as always with the right balance of shred and real world life, starmix included!. BUT, what the heck is that box in top shelf of your wine rack? JK

Monster ride, monster fun and good times!
  • 4 0
 Haha nice spot. Don’t worry, we have enough booze now it’s overflowing!
  • 7 0
 I'm at the point in my life where I too need to start considering using diaper cream.
  • 5 0
 Hahaha cheaper than “chamois cream” and does the same thing
  • 2 0
 Genius... Why hadn't anyone told me this before?! Plus, both junior and I can leave the house well prepared!
  • 1 0
 Christina is spot on with that product which is called Sudocrem. My local 24 hour racers put me on to it. Much cheaper than bike-specific products (which did not eliminate saddle sores), you use a lot less of it, it is far more tenacious and it is cheaper per volume and far cheaper per ride. I use it three or four times a week.
  • 6 0
 @iamamodel: Not sure if I want anything "tenacious" on my underparts. . . Wink
  • 4 0
 Whistler climbs are though and doing 4 in the rain its a big day,
going down Crazy train in the wet is a nice way to start the day as well haha.
Good work!

*Little typo on the 4th ascent to Heavy Flow, that is Chekamus / Creekside /Whistler mtn area,
Sproatt its on Westside.
  • 6 0
 The little hilarious self affirmation comments might be the best part. "You can do it!...Yeah you were never gonna make that anyhow." lol
  • 1 0
 ????????
  • 5 0
 Nice! I love big days and earning my turns. We did something like 33k/1100m at bromont this canada day and I feel like it broke me, 50/1700 is a much bigger number and with equally gnarly trails as well!
  • 5 0
 I find Whistler the hardest place in the world to climb. The pull of A-line is just so strong! One day I'll ride the valley trails, they look so fun!
  • 4 0
 Great video! Love the positive attitude and good vibes despite the conditions. Just makes me wanna call some friends and go on an epic ride. Impressive amount of climbing aswell.
  • 3 0
 Thanks! Just another day in the saddle. Definitely no complaints here
  • 2 0
 Respect! A few weeks ago I did a solo ride of Into the Mystic, plus all the pre-ITM stuff, plus the top extra loop followed by LOTS and Chipmunks etc for a total of 37kms and 1874m climbing and it darn well killed me. Not sure I could have added another 10km. The hard part was some of the hike a bike sections because it would make different parts of my legs cramp up. Great experience but next time i would bring more water and snacks!
  • 2 0
 Wow, nice! Did Mystic and LOTS for the first time last month. It's a bit of a grunt, but so fun. I'll never forget entering the alpine meadow for the first time. Absolutely stunning.
  • 5 0
 Impressive, need more vids Christina ????????
  • 19 0
 Looooots coming your way soon ;-) Been working on bigger production shoots and we’ve got some amazing stuff lined up! Thanks for the support
  • 5 1
 I can barely get through a bike park lap
  • 3 0
 Great video. To do such a ride in those conditions and deliver proper narration is impressive. Rare talent.
  • 4 0
 Thank you! This was my first ever attempt at a solo-filmed project. Luckily someone else edited it haha
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta: I would reccomend doing it yourself! Fun and you learn A LOT; you can also get the mood youre exactly looking for. Solid effort!

Just a question: do you prefer epics in squamish or whis?
  • 2 0
 @housem8d: Whistler FTW! It's just more my style. I do like Squamish also but the climbing is overall easier so depends what you like
  • 1 0
 @housem8d: Not sure about the editing advice. That is definitely a refined skill. Lots of people think they know what they want, but are rarely able to nail it.
  • 1 0
 Cool vid @christinachappetta , looked like a lot of fun. Can never underestimate how challenging a big ride can be when you throw in a decent chunk of technical climbing.
Keep the fun stuff coming :-)
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta I am assuming you are using a gopro with chesty mount. Do you use superview or just regular wide setting? Your camera setup really shows the steeps. Thanks.
  • 3 0
 Nice one crew! Longest days are the best days
  • 12 1
 Thanks! That was big and sloppy day in Whistler! Same amount of climbing as an EWS day but way more fun to take the chill Pace and have all the snacks.
  • 2 0
 You should see how much climbing you can get in on the shortest day of the year...
  • 5 0
 Hahah same?!? Might just need lights...
  • 3 0
 @christinachappetta: ha! No as in, how much climbing can you get in before it gets dark.
  • 2 0
 well, this looks like a tough ride to me.. but then, I am not one of the top athletes.. .au contraire =)
  • 2 0
 Great video, thanks for sharing Christina! Tis the season for some fall riding.
  • 2 0
 Cheerio! All time fall time up here now! But with that, comes more rain!
  • 3 0
 @christinachappetta: keeps the dust down Wink
  • 3 0
 Pushing our limits is always fun!
  • 1 0
 Great video Christina! So cool to see that done in non-perfect conditions, yet smiling all day, haha. Brings back some nice memories of my Whistler week, thank you so much
  • 2 0
 Great job as usual Christina ... monster day in the wet.. WOW.. you’re a beast kid!
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Great "race day" training. Should be easier with no rain... right?!
  • 2 0
 Suddenly the Ultra-Soft tires make all the sense!!!
  • 4 0
 Haha right?! It’s the only way... for me.
  • 1 0
 Awesome - love the community of folks hopping in for a lap. The numbers make my Minnesota legs hurt.
  • 3 2
 Should have done it on the grim doughnut.
  • 4 0
 Haha could you imagine? Not even sure what it weighs but I’m sure it’s too much
  • 2 0
 Awesome possum!!!
  • 2 0
 what?!!? I Say That!!! Did you get that from me? haha
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: mmm no, probably in the noosphere... haha
  • 1 0
 Great video! Keep em coming!
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