Video: Pinkbike Academy Top-3 Contestant Evan Wall Rides the Big Rock Candy Mountain

Nov 30, 2020 at 20:08
by Peter Wojnar  


Last July, when Evan was just finding out if he'd be a contestant on the Academy, he and I set out to document the raw goodness of his trail creation, the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Most riders would describe the Big Rock Candy Mountain as steep, slippery, and tough as hell—through a smile so big it barely fits on their face.

Evan Wall Revelstoke BC
Evan Wall Revelstoke BC

After a couple of laps with Evan, it became pretty clear that we had to document the trail and his riding. Just getting through some sections with your feet on the pedals is challenging enough, and hanging onto Evan's back wheel is difficult for even the best riders.

Just when you think you might keep up for a section, Evan pulls for some irresponsible gap and accelerates out of view. PS. this is not one of those gaps—this is just the trail. There are no ride arounds.

Photography by Steve Shannon and Daniel Stewart. Words and video by Peter Wojnar




MENTIONS: @Evo10 @steveshannon @PeterWojnar @danodaze



53 Comments

  • 78 0
 Beginning of PB Academy: Ben- World Cup ringer, Addison- former pro pretty boy, Vlad- gun show amusement, Evan- filler.

Current status- Evan absolute freaking ripper. Low key assassin.
  • 24 0
 100% slept on him even though he fastest in the first race that they did. He is proving his worth as a rider, and being more humble than the others isn't hurting him at all, either.
  • 5 0
 Suns out
  • 2 0
 @dkendy1: Guns out
  • 7 0
 Evan has been fast in the Canadian and BC enduro races. He did well in some EWS' races also. I had heard his name before as one of the "young rippers" around so it is awesome to see him get a bit of light on him. Seems he is well deserving.
  • 32 0
 Diggin the old school feel of this.
  • 25 0
 Flat out, guns out, loam pirate. It’s frickin Sweet! You can tell he’s having a blast. Very fun to watch
  • 21 0
 Expecting some wall rides.
  • 18 0
 I'll be super bummed if Evan doesn't win. at the same time, there is no way he doesn't get signed 2 seconds after the shows completion, if he ends up losing.
  • 16 0
 I wonder if he just released this video because as soon as PBA is over he's not going to be allowed to release a video riding anything other than an Orbea...
  • 4 0
 @reindeln: THE PLOT THICKENS
  • 2 0
 @reindeln: a regular nostradamus!
  • 13 0
 These Team Pilsner guys... always the most unassuming, laid-back dudes who look like they just woke up in the woods before wandering to the trailhead. Always friendly with a chat and fast as hell on a bike. Great video and best of luck with the rest of the PBA!
  • 13 0
 100% Evan Wall and the Pilsner guys are the kind of people you want representing your brand. Hands down.
  • 6 0
 @shlotch @steflund:

I got lucky to grow up riding with the Team Pilsner/Calgary guys! 100% shaped my passion and attitude for riding and day to day
  • 12 0
 Evans riding is awesome and he’s got such a cool laid back awesome personality. Is that a ripmo he’s riding?
  • 11 0
 Colorway looks like a Ripmo V1
  • 1 0
 @nastutts: hard tellin but it almost looks like it has a coil too. not sure tho.
  • 11 0
 Serious Canadian accent
  • 5 0
 Evan is a nice fellow who happens to ride like a beast. Cheers, bud!
  • 3 0
 Pinnnnned! Get after it buddy! To bad we can't do another garage trash talk session over the break but will catch up again soon. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Yea buddy! Hard to beat some garage beers with the Calgary OG's. Hopefully again soon!
  • 3 0
 This kids a beauty. Down to earth great guy and shreeeeeds. Someone give him a contract already
  • 3 0
 Another Woj Bomb! This is solid work, fine riding and some amazing looking dirt.
  • 3 0
 This would be a great choice for Orbea
  • 2 0
 This dude is the reason I've kept watching PBA! So head and shoulders above the rest.
  • 1 0
 Heck yes, absolutley shredding and blasting your own creation, gave me goose bumps. Looking forward to shredding this one with ya next season!
  • 1 0
 Humble, genuine, honest, and straight up cool guy... Smile

I don't know him but he's my vote to win whatever he's competing in Wink

That is such a sweet trail ! Give er bud
  • 3 0
 Loamy AF
  • 2 0
 He deserves the win! Go Evan
  • 2 0
 DVO coil shock on v1 Ripmo? Does that work well?
  • 8 0
 Seems to be working
  • 1 0
 the jade x goes
  • 2 0
 DH pants and no sleeves. Is that a trend?
  • 1 0
 hell yah Evan! glad to see you getting the recognition and coverage you deserve bud! YYC represent !
  • 1 0
 Awesome, keep up with good work!
  • 1 0
 Sick riding!! I really hope he wins
  • 1 0
 Go Evan, super laid back, chilled out guy. Deserves the win.
  • 2 0
 Ripper
  • 2 0
 Gun Show!
  • 1 0
 oh man. feels like home just faster
  • 1 0
 Nice one, Woj. Also, diggin' the funky sleeveless vibe.
  • 2 0
 I miss summer
  • 2 0
 Suns not out, guns out
  • 1 0
 Great rider. Easily the best personality left in the contest. Sweet video!
  • 2 0
 Blasting!
  • 1 0
 Awesome riding Evan! I was rooting for you all along!
  • 1 0
 Solid rider.
  • 1 0
 Full pinner!!
  • 1 0
 Evan u Savage
  • 1 0
 Yeah Evan!!!
  • 1 0
 That was tight Evan!
  • 1 0
 Fuck yes Evan!

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