Video: Soil Searching in Whistler - Good Old Manual Labour

Apr 28, 2020
by I Am Specialized  

Soil Searching // Dig Days: Get Out and Get Dirty

What started out as something accidentally stumbled upon, has now grown into the reason some people make a once-a-year pilgrimage to the mountain biking Mecca of the world—to attend the annual Crankworx Whistler Dig Day.

Being die-hard mountain men and women, and trail builders themselves, the good folks at Freehub Magazine came up with an unconventional idea—host a Dig Day during what is arguably the most exciting and celebrated mountain bike festival in the world.

From its humble beginnings to now, the Dig Day is an official event on the Crankworx Whistler agenda, the mission remains the same: get people stoked to come do some trail work during Crankworx and provide them with pizza and beer afterwards (and maybe even throw in a custom, one-off water bottle just for good measure).

Dig Days like this don’t just happen during Crankworx in Whistler, they happen all over the world. From the Philippines to Uruguay, New Zealand to Israel, and everywhere in between. Last year alone, Specialized hosted seventy-three Dig Days around the USA. It’s real, and it’s probably happening in your neighborhood.

Dig Days have become so much more than breaking earth, carting rocks around, and free beers.

It’s become something that allows passionate mountain folk from all walks of life to find common ground on the trail. A place where your skill level on a bike, your chosen cycling discipline, Instagram following, culture and creed all become beautifully irrelevant in the face of good old manual labor.

In short, Specialized Soil Searching Dig Days represent one thing: COMMUNITY.

Grab your best white shirt and go get that thing dirty beyond recognition and redemption. Or just go take a few cold ones to your local builders next time they’re out sculpting your future bliss.

See you out there.

Specialized Dig Day Jonkershoek 20170714

Specialized Dig Day Jonkershoek 20170714


  • 22 0
 Digging trail is so satisfying. Seeing a new or improved line, shaping it, riding it 1000s of times in your head as you shovel and tamp and then finally looking over your bars about to hit for the first time...
  • 11 0
 I love building just as much as I do riding!!!
  • 13 0
 It is great to see more content like this appear on pinkbike. There aren't many of us out there building and maintaining trails but it is always great to get some respect and appreciation our ways.
  • 7 0
 Building is absolutely an addiction and having a trail to look after makes the wet or otherwise non-riding days so much more enjoyable. Riding something my buddies and I envisioned and created is bar none the most satisfying thing I can do on a bike.
  • 2 0
 No need for a specified day to get out and make improvements to your local trails. Better to just get out there by yourself and do what you want, when you want. A lot more gets done that way. With all this stay at home stuff getting out and building and grooming trail has been keeping me sane. lucky I found a park that is designated for MTB but not regulated. The place has tons of potential and there are a bunch of people working independently making the place more attractive. The word is already out and the parking lot is jammed every afternoon now. BermPatrol.
  • 4 1
 'Sunset is to moonrise as trail building is to riding.' Except, you know, moonrise does not follow sunset.
  • 2 1
 "There's a symbiotic relationship between bike builders, product developers and trailbuilders" lol yeah the only reason I build shit to ride is so specialized can sell more bikes.
  • 3 0
 Fanie is one of the most pure dudes out there. Always great work bruh
  • 3 2
 I think this guy's got Dick Pound beat by a C hair.
  • 1 0
 Never forget the legend
  • 1 1
 without even adding any letters, his name could be translated to vagina penis. His parents definitely gave it some thoughts
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 hell yea!
  • 1 2
 Why why why all this slow motion??????
  • 1 4
 Irresponsible lack of social distancing.

Pinkbike, get your sh* together.
  • 3 0
 Not sure if you're joking but whistler is currently under snow and there's no trail building happening until we get some more warm weather.
  • 2 0
 @jazzawil: you lie, that video was shot last week, I can tell from the pixles. Much irresponsible so distance lack.
  • 1 3
 @sunringlerider: People like you are the reason coronavirus is spreading.
  • 1 0
 @mtb1201: lol. Good response. Much reason so knowledge.

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