Mega Train 2010

Oct 19, 2010 at 21:37
by Dom Wrapson  

On October 3rd 2010, 135 riders attended the inaugural Mega Train at Whistler Bike Park.

Read on for photos and video.



This will start with a bit of history. I know a lot of people will probably be hating me for this but living in Whistler and working full-time in the Bike Park means that it can become just "the bike park" and get a little mundane. With that in mind, part way through the season, me and a couple of mates decided to try and liven things up a little bit. Back in mid-September three of us decided to try and ride every sign-posted trail on the mountain in one day.

Riders ready eager and waiting to drop-in
Riders ready eager and waiting to drop-in

Basic math dictated that it wasn't possible to include Garbo without extended play so we set ourselves the challenge of Fitz only. During those 43 trails (and 4 skill centers - which in total took 19 laps, for reference) we did a lap of A-Line when part way down our group managed to drop-in at exactly the same time as that of another friend, Maxime Bruneau. This led to around a 15-man train through middle and lower A-Line with some awesome overtaking, side-by-side jumping, and general maximum stokage.

Max starting the train
Max starting the train

Later that week, we were all sitting around at the GLC, of course, Max was discussing the train with James Tilbury and a few of the other Bear Back Biking lads and the idea of getting more people in a big train was being thrown around and the Mega Train was born.

Train coming in to the finish off the GLC drop
Train coming in to the finish off the GLC drop

Max got on the case and set up a facebook invite and before long we had over 100 people confirmed as attending. Two weeks later on October 3rd it seems everyone from the group plus more turned up and Mega Train was on. There were three crashes that I know of, but the mass of patrollers gathered at the rock-drop had a quiet afternoon spectating.

Encouragement to get as many people involved as possible on the day
Encouragement to get as many people involved as possible on the day

With so many people, a wide-range of riding abilities was inevitable and there were some holdups, but overall it all ran smoothly and feedback was good.

Patrollers on stand-by at the rock-drop watching Max leading the train
Patrollers on stand-by at the rock-drop watching Max leading the train

Fortunately a lot of people brought helmet and chest cameras to record the action, but it's taken the last couple weeks to track a lot of them down, accumulate the footage and then finally edit it all together. Big thanks to all those that have contributed.

NOTE: Before all you haters start mouthing off about the exchange on the shale-slide, they know each-other and it was all part of the riding banter, just like the humour on the chairlift at the end, there was at no point any malicious intent.

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Footage brought to you with special thanks to Whistler Action Cams for providing chest-mount and on-track cameras.

Whistler Action Cams provided us with several chest and helmet cameras, as well as those posted on track (3 pack and rock-drop)
Whistler Action Cams provided us with several chest and helmet cameras, as well as those posted on track (3 pack and rock-drop)

Looking forward to Mega Train 2011!
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52 Comments

  • + 4
 I want to see a whole run with footage from the front guy's camera, that was a sick angle
  • + 1
 We did this in Pano last year at the very end of the last day of the season. Everyone just waited at the top and we had a huge train. One of my favourite riding memories for sure!
  • + 1
 on which trail?
  • + 4
 Oh fuck! dats a ginger one... LMAO!! I wanna do it so baad!
  • + 1
 Track Name:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1htoGl9QXK8&feature=related

You guys can look for music in this website

www.midomi.com
  • + 3
 I love that earthquake cam for the interviews at the end.
  • + 1
 That looks like so much fun.I think the train should keep rolling in ever state and country.Come on people let's get the train rolling and put the video's up ....
  • + 2
 lol, sick video Dom, and i like all the usage of my Helmet Razz
  • + 2
 Which I noticed was discarded in the bins in Springs. tup
  • + 1
 yea, well 2 season old and i have that brand newish Kali. couldn't bring both home, so i choose the kali cause i have a dirt bike here Razz plus new helmet next season. It was a sad moment but it needed to be put to rest Razz
  • + 3
 lol at the guy folloing the guy on the green bike "stop braking, Stop pedaling"
  • + 1
 Nice, Max killin' it as head of the train. Razz

Still mad I wasn't around for this. Oh well, maybe next year.
  • + 1
 Wish i was there, however one of the guys seemed a bit of a dick to everyone who was slower then him
  • + 8
 In case you missed this in the article.

"NOTE: Before all you haters start mouthing off about the exchange on the shale-slide, they know each-other and it was all part of the riding banter, just like the humour on the chairlift at the end, there was at no point any malicious intent."
  • + 2
 my mistake Smile sorry
  • + 1
 I was there that day and missed it by a few minutes! So bummed but it looks like it was awesome!
  • + 1
 Brilliant, crackin video although it makes me miss WBP even more. Count me in for next year.
  • + 2
 5:22 "oh f*ck thats a ginger mustache" lmfao!
  • + 2
 Its all Filthy Rumours....
  • + 1
 Fukin awsome lol love the shouting at eachother lol "ahh fukin this fukin that" lmao!!
  • + 1
 Absolutely amazing vid!!!!!!! I wannna go to whistler some time.. looks amazing
  • + 2
 All of you, one by one can kiss my ass. *very yellow-green jealous look*
  • + 2
 Haha, "Stop using your F***ing brakes and start pedaling"
  • + 1
 could you please put the next mega train in the beginning of september, so me and my friends can take part..
  • + 1
 It's more likely to be in July during Crankworx sorry but you never know there may be more than one.
  • + 1
 Whats the fastest run ever down aline, is there a video of it?
  • + 1
 most likely brian lopes at 4:13 or summat at crankwrox dh air, not 100% but its the fastest ive heard of
  • + 1
 awesome wish i could of done this Big Grin
  • + 1
 that was a fun afternoon of riding!!!
  • + 1
 I loved how the guy says " STop BREAKING, Start PEDALING!" haha
  • + 1
 Something about f-ing brakes and konas? Lol awesome video! Beer
  • + 1
 LOL, at the guy taking a piss in the corner of the first photo! :L
  • + 1
 My bike park instructor, Seb. haha
  • + 1
 it was f**kn sick yer boy
  • + 1
 Does anyone know the backing track?
  • + 1
 should do this on a garbo train sometime, freight train-dirt merch- aline?
  • + 1
 We're thinking that for next year maybe if we get enough people.
  • + 1
 awsome. ill try to be there this time then.
  • + 1
 cool but they still seemed a bit rude,
  • + 1
 That was awesome!!! Would have loved to be a part of that.
  • + 1
 That would of been a lot of fun!
  • + 1
 cant wait to be a part of this kind of thing at Whistler
  • + 1
 niceone
  • + 1
 so sweet
  • + 1
 nice work!
  • + 1
 what was the song?
  • + 2
 It's in the video description.
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