Video: Geoff Gulevich Rolls the Dice on the Wild 'Casino Royale' Trail in Kelowna

Aug 30, 2020
by Geoff Gulevich  

This week, I visit Kelowna, to test our luck on "Casino Royale", with long time friend and awesome rider, Stephen Matthews. This was my first time actually riding in Kelowna, believe it or not.

Casino Royale, is the local wild trail; full of rad wooden built features and some loose and rocky terrain. I thought this trail was an absolute blast and I hope you enjoy it as well!

Riding my Focus Bikes, SAM
Filmed on my GoPro HERO8 and Max.


32 Comments

  • 8 0
 By coincidence road this trail yesterday. Tho skipped the big features & walked a few spots. Casino has some big (& very old) wooden features. Where the rider says “That was scary” - major understatement! That jump is massive! There is another gut wrencher 1:30 fr the end - they made it look easy but that is far far far from easy. I could barely watch let alone ride that feature. Great job guys!!!
  • 2 0
 Good thing there is a ride around for every feature
  • 4 0
 Was hoping Romaniuk would've made a guest appearance in this. Where are you these days Steve.
  • 1 0
 hasnt touched bikes in years. was DJing for a while but has gone more silent in the last year or two,.
  • 2 0
 He rides moto and occasionally goes on beach cruise rides downtown
  • 2 0
 These Gully edits are fantastic. Trail reminds me a bit of an old one that used to be around there called "Builders Only" that Johnny Smoke took me down one day....absolutely loved it!
  • 1 0
 There are a ton of trails in the Gillard network and many other networks all within a few minute of town; Smith Creek and Rose Valley on the Westside, Myra-Bellevue park, Knox Mountain on the Kelowna side. Lots of variety in trail types. Spring all fall are best so you avoid the mid-summer dust.
  • 4 0
 We heard you like wood features. So we gave your features some features.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for posting this Gully! Been wanting to ride this trail every time I visit k-town but don't want to dabble alone. Anyone want to tow me in???
  • 2 0
 What a trail! Such creative building.
  • 4 1
 The trails in the Gillard area were all built many years ago, but r currently undergoing renovation - & r all technically closed even tho people still ride them routinely.

I expect many of the old 90s style wood features will be replaced or removed - & it will becomes more natural. I live on the other side of the lake & don’t work on those myself (tho I do on my side) but the Mtbco group have been doing an excellent job renovating as these trails go through the “sanctioning” process.
  • 1 0
 @pinkharo: Hopefully any of the wood features that are in good condition don't get removed. Sanctioned doesn't have to mean sanitized. 90's style is a weird way to describe something that wasn't built very long ago.
  • 1 0
 @pinkharo: we used to make an annual trip out to Gallard do you ride all the fun wood features. Then it all burn to the ground, good to see that it still lives!
  • 2 1
 @pinkharo: mtbco hasn't done shit to casino. It's been a project that 2 random dudes have been pouring thousands of dollars and and tens of thousands of hours for the last 11 years.
  • 2 1
 @pinkharo: MTBco may have a hand in getting Gillard sanctioned but they don't have diddly squat to do with Casino Royale.
  • 2 0
 I'd still be out there scouting that wood...
  • 2 0
 u said scouting wood.
  • 1 0
 Mike Levy, as he grabs one of those 18lb XC hardtails featuring spaghetti-thin seatstays: "Here, hold my beer".
  • 2 0
 Spaghetti thin seatstays on an xc bike? You might be exaggerating a bit there, they're way smaller then that...
  • 1 0
 I’d roll the dice....probably come up with a few snake eyes on some those hits though! Amazing to watch. Thanks boys.
  • 1 0
 All hail Canadian trail builders. Question: How on earth do they get those timber planks into those spots?
  • 1 0
 They were all milled on site with a chainsaw
  • 1 0
 Wow that's awesome. Is it a large build team that goes out there? Volunteers or contractors? @k-towntrailryder:
  • 2 0
 @Fektor: I am a contractor but this has been my side project for 11 years. Just 2 of us out there working away out there...
  • 2 0
 whoever built this, thats whats up.
  • 1 0
 Holy Shitz! Pure Dopeness!!! Sickest trail I have ever seen!!!
  • 1 0
 Always fun to go for a ride with an expert !
  • 1 0
 Okay - that trail is going on my must-do list... good stuff!
  • 1 0
 Rad AF!!
Dream Trail?! Anyone?
  • 1 0
 Geoff you sure can ride nicely! That looked so much fun.
  • 1 0
 bloody hell!!!
  • 1 0
 Sweet!!

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