Video: High Post Ripping & Pushing the Boundaries of XC in Port Moody, BC

May 28, 2020
by Giant Bicycle  
Views: 7,855    Faves: 30    Comments: 5



As Lief Rodgers was about to embark on his first season with the Giant Canada Off-Road Team after a long off-season of preparation, the world around us suddenly changed. While travelling to California to compete in his first-ever Junior UCI XCO race, just inches from the start line, the race was cancelled and the world went on lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lief rushed home to Port Moody, BC and began to refocus his training and skillset locally to be ready for the “new season” ahead. He begins to push the boundaries of what an XCO rider is supposed to do. Attacking the climbs like a seasoned World Tour Rider, the descents like a World Cup downhiller and the jumps like an X-Games finalist. This is the new generation of XC Racer. This is how we do XC in BC.


Bike: Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29

Partners:
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Location: Port Moody, BC
Videographer: Filip Funk
Director: Jacob Rodgers

Music: Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones, Tame Impala - Elephant


75 Comments

  • 47 1
 Lol look at that dirt roadie. Dirt roadie- pulls a suicide no hander and massive gaps. Rips your legs off on the climb back up.
  • 22 0
 XC fitness = more laps of the DH
  • 7 0
 I dig the current crop of up-and-coming XC kids. Seen it in my local area as well - they'll rip your legs off on a high post hardtail in spandex, then put on baggies and flats and absolutely put you to shame on the dirt jumps. Pretty rad.
  • 1 4
 @rickybobby18:
the bike he is riding was released almost 3 years ago
  • 3 0
 I believe the phrase is "he steps on your balls on the climb back up"
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: That's how I roll lmao
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44: ya I ride JUST like that
As far as the visor and water bottle go!
  • 2 1
 Epic riding - though should there be a new name for no-handers with clipless pedals/shoes? Just seems suicide no hander should be reserved for flats... Still rad!
  • 1 0
 @Madfella: New Anthem would break ;-)
  • 35 2
 Shuttling an XC bike LOL.
  • 30 1
 That confused me as well. The other thing is why he would leave one of the best part of the egg on his plate. I mean c'mon, it's one egg. Finish it already.
  • 10 1
 @rrolly: Don't worry I will take care of that egg part. I did not know that there were parts better than others but will keep this in mind.
  • 1 0
 Came here to say the same thing... so weird
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: Weight weenie.
  • 5 0
 still had to ride back up to get the truck so really it was just a reverse lap.
  • 1 0
 Maybe drive to the top so that he's fresh for ripping the descent, and then ride back up to get the truck after he's had his fun?
  • 27 1
 Straight shredding! Looks like there's a dropper post though, not exactly "High Post Ripping".
  • 6 0
 Skillz I can only dream of! That post is definitely down though and why is an XC racer not riding the hill up? Awesome awesome riding!
  • 5 0
 The stand over is still crazy high
  • 12 0
 Please pull a Sick Mick and throw a suicide into a WC XC race
  • 12 2
 Ripper. He forgot his truck at the top though...
  • 2 0
 He probably Rippered right back up even faster after to get it.
  • 8 0
 Fast forward to 2040. XC world cup now climbs and descends Hardline course w no pads!
  • 9 0
 The BC XC standard
  • 5 0
 Leif used to race in the mens B field at cyclocross races and rip our legs off. I think he was like 12... It wasn't good for the ego lets put it that way. Kids an absolute ripper!!!
  • 6 0
 This guy is going places! Can't wait to see what he does once races start back up. Great trails too.
  • 12 0
 Well that is what most of us use bikes for. Sorry I'll see myself out...
  • 3 0
 Wait what? Wear spandex. Have fun on you bike - those are supposed to be the two options.

But seriously awesome riding from a young talent. When I see world class elite "juniors" in any sport I tend to think of parents living vicariously, and in endurance sports chasing kids with a stick. Looks like Lief still has plenty of fun and passion to grind through with a smile - stick or noWink Good luck in the future!
  • 5 0
 Copyright infringement 101 - not a chance Giant paid to legally use the Stones' music in this video...
  • 2 0
 That’s why it’s a direct PB post and not on YouTube! No content ID
  • 1 0
 Why not a chance?
  • 2 0
 Great song choice though
  • 1 0
 @Madfella: Money. The Stones are the most stringent copyright band on earth, and for good reason.
  • 1 0
 @bikeparkmemes: we can ak "the verve" about that.
  • 1 0
 @bikeparkmemes:
you might be right, but not sure. Giant are the biggest bike company on the globe and they have plenty of it
  • 4 0
 He appears to be on the wrong bike. XC riders cant do those things.......?

(jokes of course)
  • 3 0
 So skilled! Most of us( including me) don t do those gaps on our enduros! Good job man! And Yes he must be part of the pinbike XC fieldtest!!! @mikelevy must hire please!!!
  • 1 0
 We can all bag on Giant and the Anthem but 10 years ago there's no way that we would have ridden a cross country bike on a track like that (and not blown a wheel to bits). I know the kid weighs a buck fifty soaking wet, and he hit all those transitions nicely but I am so glad that bikes have progressed the way that they have. Broken bikes and broken bones sucked. (I know, these things still happen) but I'm pretty glad to not be riding a 26er with V-brakes and 50psi in my tires anymore! No more hiding behind faulty equipment, if I'm the last to the top now, it's my own frame that's the problem.
  • 1 0
 Kudos to the young lad , I bet he can ride up a hill just as fast, Truth is he would murder his competition with the descending skills he shows, we all know nowadays xc isn't just won in the final sprint or fire road sections.
  • 1 0
 i really need someone to follow me around on my xc rides lol my rides are very similar style of riding for my trek fuel ex8.. riding way bigger stuff then you should for an xc bike but screw it right because you always need to huck it!
  • 3 0
 Perhaps Pinkbike can recruit Lief for the XC bike Field Test! Nice riding!
  • 3 0
 PB could you be nice and just let met think that I need a 170mm 29er and buy it? Just... Okay???
  • 3 0
 Sick no hander and whips!
  • 3 0
 This is rad!
  • 2 0
 Great video. Reminds me on some NICA XC kids in Bentonville, AR area.
  • 1 0
 We've got some good ones in NC, too. I do not look forward to when they start racing in the 19-39 category.
  • 1 0
 The worlds largest bike manufacturer (not marketing company)features on Pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 He reminds me of Nino when it comes to jumps. Who else is crazy enough to start getting sideways on an XC bike!
  • 1 0
 While Nino might have started the trend, I think the style torch has officially been passed off. Crazy kids these days.
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one who was bothered that he never closed the door to his truck?
  • 1 0
 Damn. There goes my excuse for not being able to schralp corners in pointy-clippy shoes. Now I have to use the age excuse.
  • 2 1
 I think that qualifies as downcountry.
  • 1 0
 came for the song, stayed for the riding. Lief is absolutely shredding!
  • 1 0
 Field test needs to be on this trail...
  • 1 0
 Lief is a legit pinner, watch out for him.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know the trails? Looks like woodlot maybe?
  • 1 0
 definitely not woodlot, woodlot sucks nobody goes there Wink
  • 1 2
 If they are in Port Moody, they might be in Belcarra, it might be full pull
  • 2 0
 these were on eagle mountain
  • 1 1
 I'm pretty sure it's Burke Mountain, I recognize the power line gravel road.
  • 1 0
 it's bert flinn and eagle, the title says port moody
  • 1 1
 @MaplePanda: its secret anmore trails.
  • 1 0
 1 egg for breakfast? C'mon by'
  • 1 0
 Looked like big wheels. New 32" sneak peak?
  • 1 0
 Not one comment about the aerodynamic gains from the spandex suit.
  • 1 0
 awesome!
  • 1 0
 Nice!
  • 1 1
 Who eats a sunny side up egg with no bread
  • 1 0
 I was concerned he was to young to drink coffee....
  • 1 0
 That was sick!!
  • 1 0
 Nice!
  • 1 0
 This rules
  • 1 2
 Dude dropper posts aren't that heavy!
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