Video & Photo Story: Mark Wallace Shows Off the Incredible Riding on Vancouver Island

Mar 19, 2021 at 9:01
by Canyon  

Words: Canyon

Spanning over 5,500 thousand miles, from the eastern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the French-speaking Quebec, all the way over to what is probably one of the most renowned areas for MTB; British Columbia. It’s safe to say that Canada, with its sparse population and seemingly endless wilderness, holds all MTB trail potential we could dream of from our HQ in Germany.

So, with the release of Canyon bikes in Canada, we tasked Sterling Lorence, Rob Parkin and Canyon CLLCTV Factory Racing athlete Mark Wallace to capture what riding on Vancouver Island has to offer.

"The thing that’s special about living in this part of Canada for me is the weather really, and the climate, like we get seasons so we get to experience summer, fall, winter, spring. Each of those seasons has its own benefits for just riding and doing outdoor activities. I find I can enjoy every season equally, and I just do slightly different things in each season, so it’s pretty cool, it keeps things interesting and keeps us doing new things and I think that’s a really good thing to have.”

Alongside the video, we’ve got a mesmerizing photo epic from Canadian photographer Sterling Lorence. if you’re viewing this on your phone, you’re probably gonna want to jump on the computer, these shots are best viewed big!

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
A wonderfully Canadian shuttle


Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Spikes or no spikes, that is the question to consider daily through winter.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.


Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.


Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
The trails feature a healthy mix of jumps, tech and steep chutes.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Is there even a better feeling than a jump out of a turn?

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Time to swap out the big bike and venture out of the woods and along the coastline.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Wondering about that hockey stick? It's the worlds largest, originally made for Expo '86, now residing in Duncan, BC. #Trivia

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
We'd like to hazard a guess that Mark is contemplating how cold the water may be to get in. Athletes like ice-baths right?

bigquotes"I think most of the best months I’ve had on bikes just out riding great trails with my friends and just pushing each other to go fast and try things we haven’t been able to do before, those are usually my favourite days. Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Bikes + Friends. I don't think any caption is needed here, it's just the best feeling in the world.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.


Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
A Canyon over a canyon in Canada.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
A Canadian's day isn't finished until some wood has been chopped and the supply restocked

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Of course not all the chopped wood ends up on the stockpile, some of it has to go towards the essential use of backyard jumps

Mark Wallace in Duncan British Columbia Canada. March 2021.
Over and out Canada!

Photography by: Sterling Lorence

Video by: Rob Parkin and Nandoo Production

With support from: Canyon Bicycles

Featuring: Mark Wallace


38 Comments

  • 63 3
 Despite what it looks like here, the island actually sucks. Trust me, it's totally not worth coming. Like, at all. Tell your friends. It's definitely not BC's best kept secret or anything.
  • 2 0
 haha yeah definitely.
  • 10 0
 My first thought too, don't bother coming here, totally terrible
  • 9 0
 stick to squamish.. the ferries are brutally expensive, and you have to pay both ways. not worth it.
  • 12 1
 @deepstrut: Naw, don't bother with Squamish, it's not worth the drive up the highway - just stick to the North Shore.
  • 18 0
 Damn, I was planning a trip after the borders open. Thanks for the insider info! Guess I'll stick to the real MTB mecca, Bentonville, AR. Just ask anyone from the Bentonville tourist office
  • 1 0
 House price increases indicate that the secret is no longer.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, the main riding spot in Victoria is called the Dump. Don't even bother, the name says it all.
  • 3 0
 BC is just shit altogether. Don’t come.
  • 1 1
 Kinda looks like living in Revelstoke, that’s where you should move to.
  • 1 0
 Funny thing is is the riding here is slacka lacking in a lot of ways... race runs > spaghetti trails anyday...
  • 33 0
 Could have sworn this guy rode a giant and flew planes
  • 2 20
flag ScandiumRider (Mar 19, 2021 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 That's Reece Wallace.
  • 7 0
 Yeah, and wasn't he on that Pinkbike reality show??
  • 8 0
 Nope this is the guy who flies planes and rides for Giant duh.
  • 6 0
 So he’s not the one in that movie with Mel Gibson? Thought these pictures looked a bit wrong
  • 1 9
flag PartridgeSkillz (Mar 19, 2021 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 Different Wallace. Reece,not Mark.
  • 14 0
 Must be the world champs brother
  • 3 0
 I met Mark at the world championships in Mount Saint Anne when they were there couple years ago. I told him my sister lives in Courtney and he invited me out for riding. I actually have it in writing with his signature so it must be a contract. I should have been out there but it didn't work out with my schedule because I'm old and fat and my front brakes needed bleeding. One of these days.
  • 2 0
 Go Mark go, here's to hoping for a great upcoming season! As a resident of the Cowichan Valley it's always amazing seeing the pieces produced featuring the riding of the area! It has definitely turned our quiet trail systems into a hot spot for visitors from all across BC and Canada in the past few years. I for one am thankful for it as it generates more tourism revenue into the local economy and helps drive the funding for new trails and maintaining old ones. The CTSS has done an amazing job with the local trail networks and should be the envy of every club. The trail head features, trail signage and maintenance routines are on a whole other level. Who cares if the trails are packed, it's all about two wheels, one love. Share the passion
  • 5 0
 I see the man's bike is more than his truck. Niceeeee.
  • 5 2
 Can you guys stop posting articles about Duncan already god dang Signed, A Duncan local who already has to fight for parking at tzouhalem with everyone up from victoria
  • 1 2
 Lmfao all duncan has is double d and the one beside the road... if you like climbing all day
  • 4 0
 @frreride4life420: yea let's just ignore Prevost, maple, cobble Hill, one of the best secret dirt jump spots on the island, etc. Can tell you aren't from here eh there bud
  • 5 0
 Nice one!
  • 4 0
 I live here, an you don't, na na na na na!
  • 4 0
 It was really cool when he put on his goggles.
  • 2 0
 as an islander i can say its already to crowded here, if we have a "sparse" population idk how the rest of the world does it. Duncan and Vic traffic is already trash
  • 3 0
 I hate this place because its crowded and i live here. THEN MOVE BUDDY!! You are literally part of the problem.
  • 3 0
 Those are front yard jumps, not back yard Wink
  • 1 0
 I've been away the island for 25yrs, but have never stopped missing it. Thanks for the video ... was wondering where it was until I saw the giant hockey stick. lol
  • 2 0
 Nice piece Mark and Sterling,
  • 1 0
 Beauty all around! Well done. Bring on the WCs!
  • 3 2
 I only ride parks
  • 14 0
 I only comment on Pinbike
  • 2 2
 Where’s the sweet SAR tec bike??
  • 3 0
 Wrong Wallace...

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