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Video: Wade Simmons & Andréane Lanthier Nadeau Ride A Pemberton Classic

May 30, 2021
by Race Face  


For episode 6 of Pick-A-Part, Wade Simmons heads north to Pemberton to ride with RF teammate and professional EWS racer, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau.

Don't let the casual vibes of Wade's tropical button up fool you. He and ALN go full gas, no brakes on one of Pemby's most "killer" trails - a classic that's fun yet oh-so-scary. Follow along as they show off race lines vs freeride lines, discuss progressions and the secret powers of trailbuilders who ride, and even take a run at the infamous Chute!

ALN first met the Godfather of Freeride early in her career at a Rocky Dealer event in North Van where they rode Froome.
bigquotesI was wearing full lycra, riding my Vertex, and I was pretty intimidated to ask Wade if I could join for a lap. When I mustered the courage to do so, he looked at me from head-to-toe and asked, “Are you any good at going downhill?”

Back then I was still discovering the amazing trails of BC and I was SO stoked on every bit of trail I had the chance to lay my tires on. I remember him high-fiving me at the bottom of a tough section that I cleaned on the Vertex. I had just impressed Wade Simmons. I was hyped!


bigquotesNot much as changed since then, except that I’m not as starstruck when I see Wade and I call him "Uncle Wade" just to annoy him. I still get just as stoked every time my tires hit the dirt of any piece of beautiful BC trail.




bigquotesThroughout my entire MTB career, I have enjoyed riding with athletes from all MTB disciplines. When you boil it down, it doesn't matter if you're an XC racer, top 5 EWS athlete, freeride legend, dirt jumper, slopestyle ripper, DH sender, or a trials master, the bottom line is, we all enjoy riding bikes. So having the chance to ride with ALN on one of her favorite trails in Pemberton, BC was truly awesome!!"Wade, on riding with ALN






34 Comments

  • 24 3
 Trail info fyi for those curious

Cop Killer on Trailforks
www.trailforks.com/trails/cop-killer-73524
  • 10 2
 Are we fingering them rather than killing them now? Wink

That line off the side of the chute is pretty nuts. I got 'the fear' just trying to ride the main line last time and did the walk of shame.....
  • 8 0
 Godfather down! Great riding. Got the stoke going. I may find myself saying “got a little wild with it back there” on the next ride
  • 9 0
 Super enjoying this series of clips with Wade.
  • 9 0
 Both shredding so hard!
  • 3 0
 Total Bros!!
  • 5 0
 What a great video, just captures the essence of fun that biking can be. The whole spirit of enjoy what you can, how you want and challenge yourself when feeling up to it, hits home for me.
  • 8 1
 Great episode!
  • 5 0
 Cool music - Really went with the precise lines of that trail. That was a body position clinic. Thanks guys!
  • 6 0
 love this!!
  • 4 0
 Tom Selleck owned that big roll in but kept getting dropped by the French Lady.
  • 3 0
 great video of my all time favorite legend! big inspiration when just starting out. was going to name my first born wade is a boy. was a girl so went with summit. Smile
  • 5 0
 Great video guys! Can't wait for more.
  • 5 0
 Damn....that was entertaining! More more more!
  • 2 0
 Goddamn. Photos make everything look less steep than they are, so I can only imagine how fucking steep that new line off the side of the chute is judging by the photo of Wade standing on top of it.
  • 3 0
 Probably one of my favorite Wade videos so far. Super fun video and a loose trail riding clinic!!! Keep 'em coming Wade!
  • 4 0
 Damn that was GOOD!
  • 4 0
 OMFG. SO good!
  • 3 0
 Wow that was a fun video!!!!
  • 1 0
 So sick! I remember watching Wade shred cop killer back in season 1 of drop in. Years later and he's still the coolest dude in mountain biking!
  • 1 0
 I hadn't heard of Wade Simmons up until a few months ago. He seems like a good guy, and probably makes for a great sport ambassador.
  • 2 0
 that was awesome! please put in 4k next time if you can.
  • 6 7
 3:15 Wade having to adjust the bite point on those Shimanos...between this video and the one of Minnaar at Andorra this week Rolleyes ...When is Shimano going to fix their brake problem?
  • 3 0
 mount currie*
  • 3 0
 Fromme*
  • 2 0
 Great episode! Definitely some gnar on that one!
  • 3 0
 That was amazing!
  • 2 0
 The nose manual at 8:30! Amazinggggg!
  • 2 0
 Old school meets new school. 2 great Canadians. 4 sure ehh.
  • 3 2
 "It's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do."
  • 6 0
 No one's interested in something you didn't do.
  • 1 0
 @KUBBY: Nice. Great tune.
  • 1 0
 Damn, when did ALN start riding with so much style?!
  • 1 0
 sooo good!

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