Video: Steep & Fast on Vancouver Island in 'Unbroken'

Feb 3, 2019
by Liam Morgan  
Views: 15,661    Faves: 62    Comments: 14


The offseason on Vancouver Island presents a unique time when the dirt is tacky, the trails are running mint, and the close-knit community of DH riders is constantly pushing each other's limits in training for the upcoming season.

Photo - Max McCulloch
photo - Max McCulloch

"I have been racing downhill for 3 years now, 2019 being my fourth. This will be my second year competing in the elite category, although 2018 was the first time upon completing the entirety of the season. With the limited experience I had, I was more inclined towards a sense of checkers or wreckers mentality, resulting in multiple fractured bones and struggling to complete a summer of racing. But as I got more races under my belt, my mentality on how I approached racing began to shift. As the amount of time spent healing on the couch decreased, the time spent on the bike increased. My riding became more composed, I was crashing less frequently, and my level of riding had never been so high" - Trevor Attridge

photo - Max McCulloch

"Nearly every weekend during the winter is dedicated to shuttling Prevost. Riding here with an intent to improve is when I see significant progress made during the offseason. These are the days that make me feel alive, shuttling with your best mates, headbanging to the sound of punk rock during the uplift, cracking jokes and discussing the wild moments of the previous lap. Attention turns. Focused now on the next 5 minutes of gnarly chutes to catch corners, flat out death gripping, and pulling for 30ft road gaps. Prevost is one of those riding zones that if you don’t have the necessary skills to tackle this beast, it will chew you up and spit you right back out" - Trevor

photo - Max McCulloch

photo - Max McCulloch

photo - Max McCulloch

"Living on Vancouver Island offers some of the best winter training around. Home to Mt. Prevost, a well-established downhill shuttle destination known for its deep ruts and large gaps. Here, the late Stevie Smith trained and his presence is still felt upon us as we drop in for each lap. His story will continue to be told, being an inspiration for the next generation of riders to roam the woods of Prevost" - Trevor

Video - Liam Morgan
Photos - Max McCulloch

Supported by:
@norcobicycles
Saxx Underwear
Oak Bay Bikes Westshore



32 Comments

  • + 31
 Stevie's influence continues to be felt and will for a long time I suspect. Long live Chainsaw!
  • + 12
 So there’s awesome riding on VI and my friend owns a brewery in the south of the island..........

hmmmmm, Air Canada or Qantas?
  • + 27
 Sorry they just announced they are banning beer and they are banning off paved road biking on Vancouver Island. Dang! Everyone here is so mad, but they say the decision is final so that's just the way it is. Frown
  • + 8
 @vikb: theyre also in the works of making possesion of vegemite an offendable crime
  • + 2
 @vikb: perfect response... because it's true!
  • + 2
 @endurogan:

Canada leading the way once again!

Vegemite: “hey look at this brown sludge on the brewery floor, should I just flush it?

Nah, let’s bottle it up and sell to people who will smear it over their toast.

????
  • + 9
 NIce video, also great Stevie is not forgotten.
  • + 7
 great to see and watch another young rider/racer that carrys the memory of Chainsaw!
  • + 3
 "Flat out death gripping" That brought back memories that gave me chills! Enjoy and savor every moment brother. Feels like an eternity while you are there. Once it is gone, it feels like it passed in a flash and you'd give anything for one more ride... Sick riding, sick filming!
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 2
 With my new in-dash compact disc player, I could take Baba O'Riley anywhere. The tradition of decorating the Christmas tree with Nana was familiar, yet new, thanks to the Who.
  • + 4
 That was brilliant, thanks for that! Great riding, great filming, great edit, great tune. You make it look easy........
  • + 1
 Cheers!
  • + 3
 Dude's sponsored by SAXX underwear..No wonder he's so fast,. He doesn't have to worry about his dingle berries clacking together!
  • + 3
 Stop it with the awesome Vancouver Island riding vids! You keep it up and we'll have to extend The Wall up here. BTW, beautiful shred and capture.
  • + 1
 Thanks man!
  • + 2
 Quite possibly the best spot for life ever. Minus the nuts real estate prices that seems to have infected the greater Victoria area.
  • + 4
 An old GMC and a Downhill Bike what more do you need?
  • + 5
 I know, not one Toyota Tacoma to be seen! Sacrilege!





(I'm just taking the piss. I own one)
  • + 3
 Coffee before, beer afterwards, maybe?
  • + 3
 Great video and riding. The song doesn't hurt either. Very nice!
  • + 3
 Its cool to see a "not so main stream" video!
  • + 1
 Are there any options for renting a proper MTB on Vancouver Island? Can't seem to find any.
  • + 3
 Looks like Oak Bay Cycles rents some Norcos: oakbaybikes.com/rentals
  • + 1
 @atourgates: Looks good, thank you!
  • + 1
 Arrowsmith MTB in Nanaimo are good to deal with if coming from the mid island.
  • + 1
 Those speed bumps in the first riding spot are deceivingly fun! who ever built the rest of that trail... good job!
  • + 1
 @KMcNeil I built the trail start to finish
  • + 3
 best spot for MTB ever
  • + 3
 Ripping
  • + 2
 Greatness!
  • + 1
 I would watch a WC dh race at 3am just to see stevie's run

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