Video: Marco Osborne Smashes Rocks on Rugged Californian Backcountry Trails

Aug 27, 2020
by Ed Spratt  



bigquotesI'm fired up to give everyone a little taste of my favorite riding zones in California. Just north of Lake Tahoe you will find a place surrounded by alpine lakes, rugged hiking trails where each mile feels like five. The terrain is as rugged as it gets, with sharp granite rocks, technical switchbacks, and high-speed sections that will rattle your teeth loose. This is my happy place, with world-class/EWS caliber trails in a backcountry setting. Marco Osborne






Video: Brian Cahal (@briancahal)
Photos: Ryan Cleek (@cleekndestroy)





60 Comments

  • 76 1
 More of these tech lines please, refreshing change from jump line vids.
  • 5 0
 +1....this is what race line, efficient fast riding looks like, not flashy but very smooth and good lines
  • 20 0
 Zippy little bastard, i'nt he? Makes me want to go ride!
  • 19 0
 old school beats + new school shred, love it ????
  • 17 1
 The definition of schralping
  • 6 0
 That was some truly sick riding, yeeeeah.
  • 12 0
 Looks like the awesome backcountry stuff in the Sierra Buttes. Some of the best riding in CA, but it never occurred to me that the trails could be ridden with that much speed/style. Very impressive.
  • 11 0
 Hey look, they do crash sometimes! :-D
  • 6 0
 Fecking Sweet!!! Loved the slide into the creek crossing. And then the credits......Oh what's this? a Tranny with Shimano and fox fork? Wasn't even paying attention to the details that count. Very RAD gentlemen!! and ladies, hats off
  • 7 0
 The personification of Randy and a TDS Yota. Pure NorCal
  • 7 0
 Yesss Brian killing it with this vid
  • 7 0
 siiiiiiiiiick!!!!!!!!
  • 9 0
 This video totally has an old school Allout vibe...start making vids again Theo, the industry needs you!
  • 2 0
 @dhb7: You didn't get the memo and missed out on last weekend shoot?
  • 6 0
 Fucking sending it. Brian Cahal, so you know it a banger
  • 4 0
 Had the opportunity to show Marco around Silver Mountain Bike Park last week before he headed over to Big Sky. There was lots of rock smashing, be like Marco, smash rocks.
  • 4 1
 I wish I had a car, lol. I'm stuck in Sausalito, only doing laps on the fire roads. This will be the destination to hit! Thanks for showing.
  • 4 0
 Did someone cut off your thumbs? Smile
  • 2 0
 Catch a bus w/bike rack to the courthouse and ride China Camp.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: China Camp's not quite (self-edited locale) but I see what yer sayin
  • 1 0
 @Lotusoperandi: True but at least there are non-fire roads that you can get to without a car (bus). You could ride there too. Hell you could ride to Tamarancho form Sausalito, too, but I'd be cooked by the time I got there.

Ooops I thought you were the OP but I'll leave it here anyway. I wasn't gonna talk about (XXX) here.....
  • 5 0
 Sick riding...is that a Scout?
  • 6 0
 think its the new sentinel
  • 5 0
 looks like a session
  • 4 0
 Rippin'! Always love the clap cam crew's vids. Fast and loose with great tunes and editing as always.
  • 4 0
 so nuts, that terrain is savage. Oh, and its a Brian Cahal, already knew it was gonna be dope
  • 3 0
 I hope thats not the SPUR and its the Sentinel. If he rode the Spur that bad then I need to quit bikes right away ..... Seriously now which one of the two is it ?
  • 6 0
 JurasSiiiiiiiiick!
  • 5 0
 Dude knows how to party!
J5 beats go well with his style too +1
  • 4 0
 Love his style. We need more of this.
  • 1 0
 Man.. Those look like some good old beat the crap out of you trails that leave you smiling and wanting more ... But, you're probably too beat for another run... I like it!
  • 4 1
 My mate the Rand-man friggin' shredz.
  • 2 0
 @TransitionBikeCompany love the throwback tunes and fresh riding, inspiring stuff
  • 2 0
 everytime i see brian cahal i know its going to be good!
  • 2 0
 Siiiiiiick!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Shhhh...please don't ruin this place like Tahoe.
  • 2 0
 Too late brah...
  • 1 0
 with martis now permanently destroyed, prepare for everything else to get more traffic
  • 1 0
 @justinroehlk: What happened to Martis?
  • 1 0
 @dnyewoods12: Verizon owned that property and sold it to a land developer is the rumor. Loggers are there now and majority of the trails are destroyed.
  • 1 0
 @TransitionBikeCompany Get this kid some brakes sheesh, dangerous
  • 1 0
 That's it... going riding! laterrrrrr!!!!
  • 1 0
 Loved it. So keen to ride now
  • 1 0
 Fuck yeah! A lot more of this please!
  • 1 0
 Killing it on the riding and soundtrack choice!! Send it!
  • 1 0
 oh yeah, this is REALLY GOOD!!
  • 1 0
 Sick like usual randaay the #rocksmasha!
  • 1 0
 The best edit I’ve seen in a while!
  • 1 0
 The fire is real ????????????????????
  • 2 2
 Is this Jamison Creek trail?
  • 2 5
 Mr toads in Tahoe
  • 4 0
 @ryanxj2: no haha. It seems like it's in lakes basin somewhere
  • 2 0
 @ryanxj2: that is not toads my friend, toads is also south lake
  • 5 0
 Jackass trail - right near truckee.
  • 1 0
 VOY
  • 1 0
 This is bike ridin'!
  • 1 0
 So sick Marco!
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