For many mountain bikers, Crankworx Whistler is like a second Christmas - including the long-sought-after meeting of the entire bike family. For numerous enthusiastic free-riding and bike park riders, Whistler is their very personal biking Mecca in the north of Canada: everyone wants to be there, and anyone who has already been there will never forget the unique spirit of this mountain biking event. At the same time as the festival, the Enduro World Series is also being held on the trails around the Olympic skiing resort of Whistler. The CUBE Action Team is also once again taking part in the hunt for podium positions in the one-day race. Lining up on the start line for the CUBE Action Team this time is the team junior, Cole Lucas, as well as Greg Callaghan from Ireland and Zakarias Johansen from Norway.
In addition to the race preparations and the EWS race itself, the CUBE Action Team still has enough time to explore the best trails outside the Whistler Blackcomb bike park with its CUBE Stereo 150. And none other than Rémy Métailler acted as a personal tour guide for the guys on the team. The CUBE team rider and free-riding pro has been living in Whistler for a few years now, and has numerous insider tips from locals to share. For him, the region 115 kilometres north-east of Vancouver is the perfect place to prepare for extreme events such as the Red Bull Rampage or numerous city downhill races. "I find everything I need here, and I really couldn't imagine a better place to follow my passion for biking!", says Métailler. Following a shared evening meal in the legendary Sushi Village in Whistler, the plan for the next day is made: first stop is the Blackcomb Helicopters heliport. A brief introduction from the ground staff for the three CUBE team riders will ensure that everything goes to plan on the mountain and the boys are able to alight quickly and safely. Shortly afterward, the helicopter roars into life and takes Greg, Rémy and Zakarias - as well as their bikes - up to Blueberry Mountain, away from the bike park and the established trails. The smoke of the forest fires that have been raging for a few days, which are unfortunately no rare event at this time of year, has unfortunately rendered the visibility poor.
The dry summer makes the ride a real dust devil, meaning that each rider has to keep a certain distance from the man in front. Remy, Greg and Zakarias enjoy every twist and turn, however, and take in even the small jumps with style. "The trails away from the bike park are incredible here! You can't help but enjoy the isolation and the calm up here!" says Callaghan after the first few metres, before disappearing again behind the next curve.
There are more wild, unprepared trails like this here than you can ride in a single visit. And that's precisely why so many people come (back) here to experience the spirit of the unique trails in the north of Canada. Despite this, you really have to remember that you're only ever a guest of Mother Nature in all her wild beauty, and behind every curve a brown bear might be waiting! Between breaks, Rémy Métailler shows the two CUBE Action Team riders his trail skills time and time again, hopping from rock to rock - while Zakka easily masters even the steepest rock face descent. The crazy world of biking. They'll definitely be back.