Video: Post Office - End of an Era

May 13, 2015
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Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

bigquotesPost office has been a huge part of my carreer. If it wasn't for that dirt lot I would not be where I am at today. I was able to meet my idols at a young age and also my best friends. Showed me how to be passionate about something. 16 years later I'm doing the same thing with those same dudes. Thank you Post Office! - Ryan Howard


Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

bigquotesAptos has been my home away from home and Post Office has been like my comfort blanket; comfort in knowing that every evening at Post Office you can guarantee there will be an awesome session. - Brandon Semenuk



Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

bigquotesIt's actually overwhelming to think how much that jump spot has given us and really difficult to put into words. There are two categories of gifts that the Post Office jumps dished out, so there are two different ways to watch this video. You can watch the riding and realize how integral these jumps were for generations of riders to hone their skills, but if you ignore the riding and just look at all the people hanging out around the jumps, you get a feel for how amazing this place was for bringing people together. In one way or another, I feel like I've met 90% of my friends because of the Post Office jumps and thats something I'm forever thankful for. - Cam McCaul


Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

bigquotesBetween living in Ontario, and traveling to BC all year, the Post Office jumps became a third home for me. Every year for the last 4 years I've been in the area riding those jumps with friends from all around the world. They were literally known worldwide. - Brett Rheeder


Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era

Ian Collins Photography - Post Office End of an Era


Video by: Harrison Mendel
Photos by: Ian Collins



MENTIONS: @trek / @rheederboyz / @hmendel


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51 Comments

  • + 64
 C3 Team? Harrison Mendel? Aptos? I’ll bite.

But seriously, the loss of this place is clearly a huge loss to one part of mountain biking; however, I feel like the onus should now be on the creation of a new, more dynamic spot to continue the progress which the Post Office jumps clearly helped foster.
  • + 49
 I become sad everytime I see something about Post Office jumps,it was my dream to ride that place one day and to meet there my mtb idols..
  • + 6
 Me too and even though I do not DJ I adore al those riders and their passion. This represents what cycling is all about...love and NOT MONEY. The love of dirt, friendship and landing a shitload of tricks. RIP Post Office. Hope you cats find a new home near by that will last the test of time.
  • + 6
 I cry on the inside every time I drive by this place and see just flat dirt. Okay I cry a bit on the outside too.
  • + 4
 What @madmon said. I have never thought of dirt jumping as something that I would do, but just the community and everything it represents is just wow. And I'll be honest I've never been to Aptos or seen this place outside of the interwebs, but this vid had me fighting back tears.
  • + 35
 Dang, what a bummer ... I've only seen it on film, but it feels like the Post Office is a part of all of us.
  • + 27
 The only certainty in life is change
  • + 14
 And death And taxes
  • + 2
 And flats
  • + 9
 I was pretty mad the day the council ploughed my trails due some kid braking his arm, 5 years of pretty much solo digging and maintenance all got taken away from one idiot showing off. Sad thing thing was the whole town had DMR's and no where to ride after, The scene died out after a short time. Now we started to build the numbers have come back with in a few months!
  • + 3
 Same story for us, we cleared a trail and made some jumps, people would bring their kids out to ride them too. They were known by alot of people but some dog walkers got mad I guess and one day we went to go ride them and there were caterpillar tracks all over the ground and the jumps were gone. We used to keep the place very clean and kept out the way of alot of people by building them deep into the woods.
  • + 2
 a few mates and i built some trails in some woods near my house. took us two long summers to build them and we rode them all the time. then one weekend i headed down there and all the trees were stacked up in wood piles and our trails just demolished. that hit me hard so fairplay to the guys at post office who took way more time to get the jumps to where they were at. without those trails i built i probably wouldnt still be riding
  • + 13
 omg so close to tears :'( what a beautiful video
  • + 12
 love the whoosh sound just before take off!
  • + 6
 props to all the guys involved in the making and tearing down of those iconic jumps and how professional they are. not a bad word said about them going or anything and with smiles on their faces as they tear them down I have such respect for all you guys, one day hope to be where your at !
  • + 8
 lol @ Semenuk and his comfort blanket.
  • + 1
 Obviously a huge thanks to Barry Swenson Builders and it's owner for letting the jumps be what they were over the years. 15 years those jumps sat there, on corporate land and the owner was cool with it from the start. Had these been built on public land it most likely wouldn't be what they were on demolition day.
  • + 1
 the McAuls (or however is spelled) are well known for their riding style and their personalities, specially Cam. But I loved how one of them is doing tailwhip drills over and over on the first minutes on the video, he did the same leftside tailwhip slowly and with patience 4 or 5 times, he didn't care about looking cool or being rad. In my opinion that's the basis of modern professional athletes, focus on perfecting the technique through slow repetition drills....just throwing yourself recklessly over a jump, a hurdle, a skihill, down the mountain or whatever wont do it anymore.
  • + 3
 it was always a dream to ride post office one day - now that i'm on the level to clear those jumps, they are gone forever Frown
  • + 2
 feel for ya man
  • + 1
 This isn't just a story of a DJ park, it's a story of life. Squeeze every second you can out of life and ride, as you never know when it's going to be gone!
  • + 3
 R Dog is the Steezmaster ! Untouchable
  • + 1
 May post office live on Can't wate to see the new spot where they will build amazing set of jumps (BIKES FOR LIFE !!!!!
  • + 3
 ..man that was hard to watch! what an amazing heritage, what a loss!
  • + 3
 great video what a shame...
  • + 4
 R.I.P. \w/
  • + 2
 (Sigh).........................
  • + 2
 What was the logic in tearing them down?
  • + 1
 Nothing, but I guess they were gonna build a parking lot
  • + 3
 RIP
  • + 1
 This isn't just a story of a DJ park, it's a story about life. Ride while you can as one day it will all be over!
  • + 1
 Pinkbike should allow all this gore in tearing the jumps down Frown had nightmares
  • + 1
 LOL. Spotted my old man in one of those shots.
  • + 1
 Wow, it actually happened. Condolences...
  • + 1
 The post office closed on my birthday........
  • + 2
 i miss hoodlumsFrown
  • + 1
 rdog killin it!
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