The hydrologic cycle is a continuous circulation of water between the earth and the atmosphere. This cycle is particularly active in the Comox Valley, delivering about 1157 mm of water per year. However, somewhere along the way, something has gotten into the water. Maybe it was stored in the Comox Glacier or maybe it was in the soil all along. Whatever it is, it has produced an abnormal abundance of highly talented mountain bikers.
Zachary Rebitt grew up at the base of Forbidden Plateau, which features some of the roughest and most challenging trails in the region. Zachary has had a lifetime of exposure to the water here, and it shows. Zachary is part of a new crop of very fast and very stylish riders that are emerging from the Comox Valley. Realistically, though, it's more than just the water that contributes to his skill. It's the vast, rugged, and topographically diverse terrain, the dedicated team of trail builders and advocates, a mild climate that provides nearly year-round rideable conditions, and a connected community that supports athletes. These variables combine to create a potent ecosystem that produces hardworking, talented, and refreshingly humble athletes.
It’s hard to pinpoint the catalyst that set the Comox Valley’s riding scene on its meteoric trajectory. Uncovering the roots of an established riding scene often leads to a windy entanglement of grit, determination, rogue builders, trespassing, and a healthy splash of sketchy shit. What lies beneath it all is a powerful trifecta of terrain, climate, and people. The complex systems that breathed life into this region and its current state are something to behold, and something we feel very fortunate to be a part of. The region boasts multiple riding centers all within a small geographic area. At the heart of the region is the Cumberland Forrest, with nearly 200 km of rideable trails located a stone’s throw from the vibrant and charming main street.
The trails attract short-term visitors and long-term residents of all ages and abilities. One of the other side effects of a blooming riding scene is the proliferation of young talent. The area provides easy access to trails, pump tracks, dirt jumps, skateparks, riding camps, coaching, and a huge community of riders to ride with. It’s an environment that makes it nearly impossible to not hone your skills as a rider.
Zach might not be a household name just yet. However, his riding has impressed us beyond a reasonable doubt, enough that we gave him the call-up to join the Forbidden Synthesis team and take his riding overseas for a few EDR stops. We can’t wait to see how Zachary develops as a rider and an athlete. Maybe, just maybe, the “fastest kid in town” can one day become the fastest kid in the world, it’s worth a shot. No pressure, buddy.
Welcome to the team, Zachary.
Making it look good on his home trails, Comox lake is pictured in the back.
The boy sure loves a good corner.Forbiddenbike.com
Video: Thomas Doyle
Photography Liam Wallace