Photo Epic Part 2: Kenny Smith and Adam Billinghurst joined the gang and so began a great day of riding, starting in the Bike Park and ending with a 4000ft high alpine descent on the legendary Dirt Diggler. Fernie BC continued to deliver the goods.
Shhh. They're sleeping.
Ah, Fern Gully. A whole valley of adventures tucked into the southeast corner of BC.
Flick on the lights, put some caffeine in the veins, and hit the trails.
A quiet town where the ski bum dream dominates the winter months, but in the summer, bikers take their shift sleeping in parking lots.
At Fernie Alpine Resort, atop the Timber high speed chair, thousands of feet of high speed descent await. The gridded streets of town far below.
Paul Stevens wipes the sleep out of his eyes.
Stephen Matthews yawns, stretches, and begins to roll.
Choose your own adventure. Paul Stevens above the road less traveled.
Little bikes away, the big bikes have come out to play.
Still a little moist. Stephen Matthews.
Paul zigs and the cedar trees zag to get out of his way.
Paul flirts with the Fernie's gladded skiing.
Another rider one trail away. Man, this place is big.
Turn down for what?
I'm sorry, I don't think these boys are going to slow down.
We brought out our secret weapon. The Ken. (That's Kenny Smith if you didn't figure it out. And, Pinkbike goes wild.)
Adam Billinghurst racking up air miles.
Kenny brought his air miles platinum.
Kenny Lays down his cards.
First lap done, more coffee, then more charging.
Kenny plays with flowers.
Alan Golds. - Alan Aurums (high fives for the geeks who pick up on that.)
When Kenny smith rides a bike, he doesn't go fast. The world moves fast for him.
Billinghurst threads the needle.
Kenny jumping on Bin-logged-in.
One final lap. All hands on deck, minimal shooting, and all kinds of awesome. Thanks Fernie Alpine Resort.
I would have a witty caption, but my brain still hurts from Kenny's loud music on this shuttle lap.
Shuttling where? To 'Dirt Diggler' Fernie's premier shuttle trail, dropping from the radio tower on the left.
Diggler is etched into this steep alpine meadow, and descends all the way down towards the river.
I'm sure there's trail. It's just somewhere below fifteen feet of snow.
Stephen Matthews wishing for a fat bike.
Kenny Smith, Alan Golds - Between Two Ferns.
We aimed to ride through golden hour light, but we could see nothing but cloud at the cruxy drop in to Dirt Diggler. Paul Stevens.
Kenny Smith enjoying the trail. The view, not so much.
Paul Stevens drafting off Kenny Smith.
Alan Golds in the promised land.
Thirty seconds later the clouds began to part. Adam Billinghurst.
Sunshine, bikes, trails, beers, buddies. Oh yeah.
Paul Stevens Stephen Matthews.
Paul Stevens, Stephen Matthews.
Paul Stevens, Stephen Matthews, Adam BIllinghurst.
Lower on Dirt Diggler an exposed coal seam offers ludicrously soft carving.
Stephen Matthews, Adam BIllinghurst.
At the bottom of the trail we ran into trail mastermind Derek Bird (not pictured), local riders and builders creating 3 kilometers of doubles using a mini-ex. Trouble is, they got delayed by rolling their truck off the skid road, and had to extract it using the mini excavator.
While waiting to shuffle the shuttling trucks, the weather window ended and the skies opened up. Cold, tired, and food-less, the mood took a downhill slide.
"That's it. There's pizza and beer in town, we're gonna pedal for it." Pushing two bikes each, and carrying camera gear, we grunted back to town through the rain.
The other local wildlife.
Local Photographer Nick Nault was kind enough to be our tour guide. Here is a little behind the scenes edit of the Fernie photo shoot....with of course some riding for good measure!