Video: Chasing A Bear & Shredding Bike Park at Sun Peaks With Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Miranda Miller & Lee Jackson

Jun 30, 2020
by Jesse Melamed  


Remi and Miranda were headed to Sun Peaks Bike Park for opening weekend and I made the last-minute call to jump in their van and tag along, I was stoked I did!

This was the first time I have ridden here and it did not disappoint. What makes it so good? There are smooth, fun beginner trails, and then there are fast, fun, and rowdy expert trails. The builders did a good job creating flow trails that work at really high speed! It is also rare to find dirt like this in a bike park. It had raw and natural and it had perfect berms and jumps. What more could you ask for! Definitely going to make the trip out here again!


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  • 21 0
 This video is basically what I imagine when I think of Canada.
  • 1 0
 it sure is!!
  • 5 0
 It's pretty spot on.
  • 21 0
 bearly saw him!
  • 6 0
 yeahh i had to hit paws to see 'em
  • 3 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: damn that's a good reply. I couldn't think of one!
  • 13 0
 Stoked you guys had fun and managed to remain uneaten by the locals!
  • 5 0
 It was basically a safari out there!
  • 8 0
 Oh god it was a baby bear. Was waiting for momma to come ripping down the trail!
  • 6 0
 Fact: bears eat beets.

Also, grizzlies are the ones that will enthusiastically remove all of your limbs for looking at their babies.

Brown bear cubs just dig out up trees, so brown bear Momma's are less defensive.
  • 4 0
 She did! I think it was just a scare charge but either way we weren't hanging about for it.
  • 2 0
 Yup. A nice big fat cub. But Momma is likely around, and not amused.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: was that black triangle up the hill mama bear?!?! I guess a few casualties per year is just bear minimum Canadian taxes. Worth it for socialized healthcare though Smile
  • 2 1
 @mobiller: brown bears are grizzly bears. Black bears (which can be colored brown) are the non-grizzly bears in North America
  • 3 0
 @getsendywithit: It was, you can just see her charge us just before we drop in again.
  • 4 0
 @mobiller: bears beat battle star galaxica
  • 2 0
 @dmclemens: he is right, and I almost rocked one on my bike the other day. No video footage, so your choose to believe me
  • 1 1
 @slayersxc17: I don't know what you mean by "he is right." The species name for grizzly bears is the North American brown bear. The species name of virtually all other bears in North America is the American black bear. American black bears can be colors other than black. If you're in North Carolina and you saw a bear, it was definitely an American black bear (regardless of its color), since grizzlies don't live there. Both kinds of bears can f*ck you up, especially if you hit one on a bike hahaha
  • 2 0
 @dmclemens: Dwight Schroot, you know your North Carolina bears! Growing up in B.C. we called the small brown bears brown bears. We called black bears back bears. Clearly, we are bear nomenclature experts. I guess without grizzlies around identification gets lazy.
  • 1 0
 @dmclemens: you sure are right. All grizzly bears are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzly, correct? Sort of like a square and rectangle situation.I do know that all bears in NC are black. I guess I just didnt really think about my sentence.
  • 1 0
 @slayersxc17: you're correct about the grizzly/brown bear distinction. Generally the distinction comes down to diet, where brown bears have access to marine coastal foraging and grizzlies live farther inland and lack access to a marine based diet
  • 3 0
 @kjjohnson: ....and that makes them grumpy! No seafood!
  • 4 0
 Sun Peaks is unreal when the dirt has moisture in it, well its damn fun dusty too! That Slayer is so quiet!
  • 1 0
 #GNARDINGER
  • 2 0
 We definitely got lucky with the weather! Some rain the day previous and then mostly sun this day. It was so good!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed
Your vids are very awesome all the time.
It’s also super cool you respond to pretty much to everyone in all the posts you are associated with. Might have to look into RM Pipeline or Instinct when I’m in the market again.
  • 1 0
 You definitely should! You won't be disappointed!
  • 3 0
 Australia just doesn't know how to bike park properly.
  • 1 0
 Bare creek mtb park... soon
  • 4 0
 To be fair, most places don't!
  • 1 0
 You mean, you'd like to see some grizzlies imported over there? That might not be a great idea.
  • 1 0
 Disagree, Maydena is absolutely amazing. Toss up between that and Sun Peaks for best bike park I've ridden (and in saying that, I live in Whistler) in terms of trail quality. Would benefit even further from a chairlift and the support infrastructure like accommodation and places to buy food.
  • 1 0
 @Socket: Agree, but their service is pretty ordinary at best, and what infrastructure!?
But that’s ONE bike park in a whole country.
The rest of them are snow based and put a far smaller effort into a bike park that can be open the majority of the year.
Once you have ridden parks BC, our parks are laughable.
  • 1 0
 @Waldon83: I'm from Australia, have ridden most of the Australian "bike parks" except for stuff way up in FNQ. Have ridden nearly every bike park in BC too. Maydena is better than pretty much anything anywhere for trail quality - there's a lot of shit, awkward trails in BC bike parks too, and few of them have ever heard the term "off camber" or "flat corner". I can count the number of off camber corners in the Whistler bike park on no hands (there used to be a trail with some awesome flat and off camber corners, then they decommissioned the trail!). Yeah it sucks there isn't more infrastructure at Maydena, if you want to party it's not exactly the place to go (a pub or even a general store would be pretty nice...), and shuttles definitely aren't a chairlift. But the riding there is just absolutely off the hook. The trailbuilding is nothing short of phenomenal... as long as you're not a complete beginner.
  • 3 0
 New training routine: Piss off mama bear and run. You better be fast...
  • 2 0
 Dangerous consequences if not!
  • 4 0
 Just faster than your riding buddies......
  • 3 0
 Miranda v/s bear, I’d be worried for the bear!
  • 3 0
 haha damn right!
  • 2 0
 Dude is that bike even turned on? I can't hear it at all!
  • 6 0
 I was running it on eco mode.
  • 1 2
 @JesseMelamed: I didn't even know you were ON an ebike.....
  • 3 1
 That poor baby bear was terrified
  • 2 0
 He tried to attack us! The first guy heard him growl and then he tried to jump at Remi in front of me and then I nearly ran him over!
  • 1 0
 Glad He didn't plow into the little fellow. That Yelp Remi let out probably scared the cub more than the bikes did LOL
  • 2 0
 I think that was my yelp.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Oops Sorry, everything was so fast and furious that Mtn was sick!
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: ha no worries!
  • 2 0
 My favourite POV of 2020, maybe 2019 too. Well done!
  • 1 0
 Sick! Thanks!
  • 3 2
 Yet another KICKA** video from JM ! That scream he saw that bear LOLOL
  • 2 0
 Highlight right there
  • 3 0
 It was a real panic moment haha
  • 2 1
 Trails look fun. Wishing I was on the other side of the border
  • 1 0
 It will still be here!
  • 1 0
 That bear was clearly the most traumatized of the bunch of you.
  • 1 0
 obscene fun
  • 1 0
 All of it!
  • 1 0
 So fast.
  • 2 0
 That's what I liked about this place!

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