Video: Hitting Gaps & Jumps on a Freshly Built Trail

Nov 21, 2021
by Stefan Licko  
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Three years ago a colleague showed me an abandoned, overgrown, trail that hadn't been ridden in a long time. Checking it out, I spotted bunch of lines and potential to build new features. When covid hit, I had a lot of free time, and decided to use it to start building, and bring this project to life. That's when my brother (Christian Massot), some friends and myself first put shovels to dirt.

From the beginning, we wanted to make it gnarly. WORCA is an association in Whistler that is doing an amazing job at building trails, getting people into riding, and helping riders improve their skills in a safe environment. However, with most local trails outside of the Bike Park encouraging riders to keep their tires on the ground, I felt it was time for locals to build a sketchy and technical trail with mandatory high speeds, jumps, and drops. We made sure to follow standard trail building procedures like keeping water spots untouched, of course.

Finally this September, we finished building. I’m super stoked to show this video I made with my favourite filmer and friend Stefan Licko, and with Olly Fowler as the fungi narrator.

I put a total of around 100 hours into this build, and moved more than 60 buckets of dirt, and countless rocks. Of course, I couldn't have done all of this without the help of friends and my brother. I'm super stoked to show everybody my creation, the Sea to Sky's newest trail, White Dragon.

I hope you enjoy.

Words by Sergi Massot


The opening drop was the first feature I built. Since the first day, I knew it would be a super cool to drop from a stump, and make the landing into a berm.



This past fall, my buddy got a chainsaw and we learned together how to use it. That helped me a lot to build the bridge over the creek. It took me 3 different tries to make it properly.



Rider: Sergi Massot
Video & Photos: Stefan Licko
@SJLCinemas

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19 Comments

  • 6 0
 Pinkbike struggling for a creative post Title on this one.
  • 3 0
 How does it work when you use such an iconic song in an edit? Wouldn't it get taken down off youtube for copyright infringement? I would be surprised if they pay a licensing fee for this.
  • 2 0
 Upload it to pinkbike not youtube. It's not copyright infringement when you're just showing a couple of friends.
  • 3 0
 @chriskneeland: As an IP attorney, I can assure you that's not how copyright law works, and putting something on PB goes way beyond "a couple of friends."

That said, many copyright holders opt not to assert their copyrights in this context. Depends on the copyright holder - some license willingly (a good example being Frank Black (the Pixies, Frank Black)), and others cutting straight to filing a suit if they can.
  • 4 2
 @rodeostu: I was being facetious.
  • 3 0
 @chriskneeland: Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.
  • 2 0
 When you upload to YT audio is automatically scanned and identified. The rights owners typically have predefined what should happen: use it with no restrictions (rare), use it with no monetization (more common), use it and THEY get the monetization (typical) or no use which gets the audio and/or video pulled and can impact the poster depending on circumstances and the totally unpredictable YT black-box AI. It's usually in the IP owner's best interest to have their music in videos that show ads because they then get a piece of that, regardless if it was licensed by the film creator. Not too many musicians still own all their publishing and no IP firm run by a bunch of accountants and lawyers is going to turn down $$$ because of "creative vision and artistic integrity"
  • 5 0
 "my buddy got a chainsaw and we learned together how to use it". Playing doctor in the shed - West coast version?
  • 1 0
 This is where your local trades school offerring an evening course on chainsaw use and care is invaluable. See also: intro to welding.
  • 5 0
 Such a nice trail
  • 2 0
 This trail looks amazing!!!
  • 2 0
 This is awesome !!!
  • 1 0
 Cool video, nice riding. Hard work paid off
  • 1 0
 those woods have tegridy
  • 1 0
 Good job sergi !
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