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Photo by Bruno Long

46 Comments

  • + 22
 Cool pic, but a little said to see a geological wonder get shredded for a quick thrill and interesting photo.
  • + 9
 my thoughts exactly that type of topography takes millions of years to develop
  • + 5
 I think there's enough wilderness and topography out there that we can ride down it every now and then. It's not like we're cutting down trees. But if it's a protected or vulnerable area, then I agree it shouldn't be ridden. They probably shouldn't have ridden down that
  • - 3
 You either overestimate the "shredding" bicycles cause to rock formations or underestimate the forces required for such shapes to form after millions of years of denudation.
  • + 8
 You are all correct. But its not like we don't have thousands of miles of mostly un-touched sedimentary cliffs in Utah and here in Colorado. I'm looking at 200 mile long book cliffs right now.
  • - 12
flag geerumm (Mar 30, 2016 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 While at Rampage the digger for McCaul tried to punk me for removing a bush... He walks up and yells, "That bush was here long before you. Why don't you go somewhere else if it's in your way?" To which I replied, "Are you serious right now!? How many bushes did you remove for that landing right there?" Dude turned around and walked away quick. Meanwhile my whole crew was laughing at him.

Get outta here with all your environmental concern. You probably drive an automobile AND use electricity, so worry about your own carbon footprint before worrying about others'.
  • + 7
 Just have to remember rocks/dirt only roll downhill and every ride is erosion by tire rather than wind or water.
  • - 5
flag mtbrider256 (Mar 30, 2016 at 17:36) (Below Threshold)
 @geerumm and you probably drive a big ol' diesel that gets 30 feet per gallon and claim climate change isn't real.
  • + 5
 Nice shot, looks rougher than my ex-girls bungholio.
  • + 5
 Dude, after it rains once the track is gone. Its just shale, jeeze.
  • + 0
 Not cool to ride sensitive places like this. It may make a cool POD, but at the cost of defacing a beautiful place. If this was done on public land there should have been a LEO with handcuffs waiting at the bottom. There is a good reason why we build trails so that there is not wanton destruction with people riding all over the place.
  • + 2
 @mtbrider256: No diesel, but I do use electricity. All joking aside, you obviously missed the point to my comment... which is that people should worry about their own before preaching to others.
  • - 1
 Nobody cared about this "geological wonder" until it was made slightly famous by this downhiller. Like Forest Service bureaucrats who close trails to mtbr's, yet never leave the concrete jungle. Simple - leave it better than you found it. If you can't do it, then don't do it.
  • + 2
 one good thunderstorm will change that more than 100 riders
  • + 2
 @MTBHammer: @MTBHammer: seriously, use your brain. I know the first inclination is to think this is a pristine place and is now all marked up, but c'mon. I'm not sure where you live but watch a thunderstorm in Moab or Zion or any exposed dirt terrain.... there will be knee deep water ruts before you can blink. Then, the wind smooths it all back out, and the cycle of erosion continues...

Maybe that LEO should handcuff all the moto riders, the ranchers, and probably even the cows that use this land haha. Seriously man, don't get so self righteous with people on the internet. You sound like an armchair quarterback who lives in a metro area and doesn't have a clue how the rural US operates.
  • + 2
 oh and one more thing for everyone - do some research on the state of public land vs private... BLM land is so fucked and tracked out and used by government, ranchers, etc etc. worrying about a bike being ridden there is like worrying about how much your cigarette is contributing to air pollution.
  • + 10
 It's just one of the amazing pictures from one of the best articles to be featured on Pinkbike, in my humble opinion.
http://www.pinkbike.com/u/diamondbackbikes/blog/must-watch-dream-ride-the-release.html
  • + 4
 Absolutely agree!
  • + 2
 Great Video (Ad) done by Diamondback and Hopkins. Makes me want to ride right now! Thanks for sharing.
  • + 4
 I love all of these comments of saving the world...Yes climate change is happening but you and I are not going stop it. It is natural and whether or not Mike Hopkins shredded this pic or not isnt going to stop the fact the glaciers are melting or Bernie becoming Pres. They are both bad and both going to occur...Quit crying about it and get outside and shred your effing bikes! Yew!
  • + 2
 Im all for riding wherever, its the idiots that just have to 'share' and spotlight these zones, getn em closed. Look at me look at me..does this bright colorway look good on print?
  • + 8
 Is that a tiny Mountain Biker on a sea shell, or a giant sea shell ??
  • + 7
 Why not both?
  • + 3
 If its a closed area than thats really bad. One thing to ride it, but to ride it for purpose of public marketing material would be deserving of a punch in the face. If its closed area...just gives the enviro nazis(the greens) material to desiganate areas as wilderness.
  • + 6
 That is on blm land. I have looked at what I am pretty sure is the exact same hillside a hundred times thinking how fun it would be to ride. People rip around on motos in the same area. Just sayin
  • + 8
 Now I want a tiramisu !
  • + 5
 I'm sensing some butt hurt in this comment section.
  • + 4
 There is dirt there as indicated by the dirt behind the rear tire. The next wind/rain storm would wash away the tracks.
  • + 2
 Well i guess thats banned now i will probably be banned for looking at it now im banned from pinkbike i upset someone now imad now im banned from my emotions....well shit now im banned from having a shit
  • + 4
 like a giant dessert
  • + 2
 'droppin in...SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT'
  • + 2
 Tip-toe thru the Crypto(-biotic soil), manual everything else.
  • + 1
 Normally the POD inspires me. All I see here is someone destroying the land and getting attention for it.
  • + 0
 This is starting to sound like a bunch of hippies crying about how I just threw a piece of paper away, and didnt just recycle my 100% recycled empty bottle of water...
  • + 2
 Looks like the Paria Mountains. A geological wonder.
  • + 2
 surfing the waves of sand...
  • + 2
 HOLY SHIT! Beautiful!!
  • + 15
 Beautiful photo but formations like these are not dime-a-dozen in southern Utah... I'm all for freeriding but on features like this... prefer to keep it as is without skid marks down the face. I just hope people don't start copying this.
  • + 2
 Damn, I didn't realize that... What are these featutes called?
  • + 2
 Who will take Neil Armstrong's footsteps off the moon? NASA - Answer me damn it! So... it's not ok to add a line on a formation like that but it is ok to fk up gigantic pieces of landscape for urban sprawl, because everyone deserves own detached house instead of living in a block of flats, near the center which would cut your daily commute time and costs by half... please... who doesn't like a house with a garden and two cars per household?
  • + 4
 Ok, Frank Gallager
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns You're kinda insane, haha. I just hope people don't copy this. As a photo, its one of my favorites actually. Its absolutely epic. With freeriding there has to be a balance which can be very subjective, of course. I hope people would rather look than ride on and leave their marks on it for who knows how long. I sound like a hippy. I wish dirt was like snow....
  • + 1
 @scott-townes

Isnt EVERY SINGLE Trail ever made a scar on this earth? When did we get to sit back as bikers who love some good loamy single-track and start pointing figures and other bikers who love our sport just as much or more I'd dare say..Mike Hopkins is pretty passionate and say how this is a bad thing??? We all get stoked on Doerfling slamming a line that could have taken JUST as long to make but simply not as beautiful??
  • + 1
 @merica99: not every single trail is built on land or geological formations such as this but regardless we are talking about freeriding, not trail building. As I wrote, with freeriding the line to draw at which to ride and which to leave as is, is very subjective. Relax, bud, you don't need so many question marks Wink
  • + 0
 Dope!

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