Return to the Rockies with Vanderham and Nicolai - Video

Aug 24, 2016 at 15:46
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore


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The iconic peaks of the Rocky Mountains embody a particular wildness, a disdain for the manicured and curated experiences of the modern world. Rocky Mountain Bicycles’ namesake mountain range holds a special place in our heart. We knew this year that we were overdue for a return to our roots - our bedrock.


Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

"Growing up in Edmonton, the Rockies represented the epitome of rugged, large scale terrain,'' says Thomas Vanderham. ''My trips to the Rockies have been few and far between since I left the prairies, so the opportunity to spend time in Fernie on the new Slayer was one I looked forward to all year. It did not disappoint - panoramic views, huge descents, impeccable trail building, and a tight-knit mountain bike community.''
bigquotesThis was my first time riding with Florian Nicolai, and it's easy to see what makes him one of the top EWS racers in the world. He's got natural speed and an eye for ultra creative lines on the trail. We had an incredible time, and I hope that my next trip back to the Rockies isn't too far away. - Thomas Vanderham

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore


Elk Valley locals tell a story about William Fernie, who asked a Ktunaxa chief about the black coal rocks hanging on the necklace of the chief’s daughter. The chief showed him the source of the coal on the condition that Mr. Fernie married his daughter, but the prospector backed out of the agreement. The chief then cursed the entire valley, and it would suffer a series of fires, floods, and mining disasters at the turn of the century.

The supposed curse was lifted by Chief Ambrose Gravelle of the Ktunaxa Nation on August 15th, 1964. However, if you look at Mount Hosmer on summer evenings, you can sometimes make out a shadow of the chief’s daughter standing beside the ''ghost rider'' on his horse.
bigquotesI was in a window seat, jetting west across the mountains of British Columbia. I stared out at the grandeur of sun tinted snowy crags and knew that what separated my adopted home in Edmonton from the native soil of Vancouver was a massive rock formation called the Rocky Mountains. I thought about naming our new company after these peaks. - Grayson Bain, one of the original founders of Rocky Mountain Bicycles, 1981.


Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore


The jagged summits of the Three Sisters peaks that overlook the Elk Valley are massive beds of sloping marine limestone, called the Palliser Formation. Most mountains are younger than what they’re built on, but Fernie’s craggy peaks are literally upside down. 360 million years ago the area that would become the Elk Valley was much further south, close to the equator, and the Pacific Ocean was only 80km to the west.

Dinosaurs roamed the land and earthquakes shook as the tectonic plates smashed into each other, fracturing massive pieces of stone along huge thrust faults. 180 million years ago, the old limestone sea floor was pushed upwards along those thrust faults and over the younger stone - turning the mountains upside down.



Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore


''I was excited to have the opportunity to work on this project. The first day I couldn’t believe I was riding with Thomas Vanderham - he’s a legend to me, and I love watching his signature style and whips,'' EWS racer Florian Nicolaï said of his time with the Canadian freeride icon. ''This was also the first time I rode the finished product of the Slayer, but it only took me one run to get used to it. It surprised me how good it is for different trails and terrain.''
bigquotesThe trails in the Rockies are so different from France, or anywhere else I've ridden on the Enduro World Series. The day we rode in the alpine was special. Riding raw freeride trails with Thomas right behind gave me a little pressure, but the views were beautiful and it was so much fun. It was an amazing experience, and I hope to return one day soon! - Florian Nicolai


Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore

Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore


The scale of the Rockies is sobering. From geological upheavals to megatons of rock carving the landscape as glaciers advanced and retreated, the forces that have shaped these mountains are almost unimaginable. This place has a unique way of making humans feel insignificant and reminding us that today’s landscape is just an impermanent snapshot in the earth’s geological history. It’s an honour to explore this terrain, its stone and loam, on two wheels.


Return to the Rockies with Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolai Photo by Paris Gore




Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Photography - Paris Gore
Words - Brian Park

Film Credits
Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Created by Liam Mullany
Produced by Brian Park
Riding by Thomas Vanderham & Florian Nicolaï
Filmed by Liam Mullany & Nic Genovese
Colour by David Tomiak
Sound by Keith White
Trail building by Matt Dennis
Music
Intro
Written by Oliver Michael
olivermichael.com

Clams Casino — Waterfalls
Written by Michael Volpe
Published by Clammyclams Music / Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) c/o Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
All rights reserved. Used with permission.


Thanks
Mark Hall and the Gearhub Fernie crew
Rob Peters at Ascent Helicopters
The Fernie Trails Association



57 Comments

  • + 96
 Fresh Vanderham footage is such a treat! Amazing work by everyone involved in this.
  • + 26
 That shot at 1:59.. christ.
  • + 5
 although I am not a Rocky fan, watching him makes me wanna have one.
  • + 4
 @dutchct: perfection
  • + 18
 Agree. The riding by Florian and Thomas, the soundtrack, the video, the audio. Top notch edit indeed.
  • + 2
 @dutchct: Yeah, Vanderchild makes that look so effortless and fun...
  • + 2
 @vicrider: enough love for Vanderham, let's give it up for the laramide orogeny. That's when the real magic happened.
  • + 1
 @employee7: You just earned Wikipedia another visitor. And damn you, I had plans for the next four hours....
  • + 3
 @vicrider: stop. Don't learn anything. There's boost spacing to complain about.
  • + 2
 @employee7: thank God the animated diagrams I found were factually accurate, I knew this was going to happen
  • + 35
 Now THAT is how you launch a bike!
  • + 3
 And I will consider this as a statement of Freeride returns, with carbon fiber frame and 650b wheels.
  • + 26
 As the bike launched, the cosequences for my wallet were dramatic..
  • + 22
 The best mountain bike video I've seen in a while. Friggin' right.
  • + 1
 Amen!
  • + 13
 Nice. Porn gifs on pinkbike. Thanks Vanderham + Team.
  • + 7
 The temptation to produce yet another generic showcase edit must have been huge, that though was classy, if anything it raised the bar, by making me feel like they weren't trying to sell me a bike.
  • + 9
 seriously. i feel like i should pay RM $5 just for watching that...
  • + 10
 Rocky advertisement videos are the best in the business!
  • + 3
 Did you see the release video for the carbon patrol?
  • + 9
 What??? A whole 3 minute segment filmed in Fernie. I'm going to go channel my inner slayer on those trails this morning.
  • + 7
 Always cool seeing the pros tear up our trails, and making it look easy! Most people are pretty content hiking down from Three Sisters summit, let alone shredding down on a trail bike.
  • + 6
 Would be sick to see vanderham and Carson storch do an edit together on the big bikes
  • + 3
 Amazing video, Rocky !! Thanks for the treat. Always love watching your riders. Love Vanderham, but please please make a full feature film with Wade !! Featuring all his rocky buds !!
  • + 6
 that video was so nice!
  • + 2
 Wow. Insanely good video. Nice grainy quality, great intermittent use of the retro video and sound track, and the balance between music and riding noise is perfect. I need to ride right about meow.
  • + 1
 Brilliant concept AND incredible execution! Interweaving of the vintage audio and original music was perfection!! Huge congratulations and thanks to the many talents and efforts taken to produce such a gem!!
  • + 4
 What happened to Nicolai towards the end? He get eaten by the moose?
  • + 5
 Yes, unfortunately Frown
  • + 3
 I've always been intrigued by Rocky Mountain bikes but have never really considered one, until now....maybe. Wink
Sick Video
  • + 3
 The lack of Slayer song references in this thread makes me contemplate Mandatory Suicide.
  • + 2
 Everytime I see one of those stupid threads I think "I Can't Stand You".
  • + 1
 That is the best bike vid I have seen for a while. Things were feeling really predictable and boring - ah not another shred vid, 'n all.... This just changed that!
  • + 2
 “Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” Fred Bear
  • + 2
 that first gif made me feel things... his rear wheel didnt even leave the ground!
  • + 3
 always stoked to see new vanderham footage!
  • + 1
 So I was about to ask where in Colorado/Wyoming/Montana these trails are, but then I remembered Canadians have some Rockies too!
  • + 1
 Enduro is the new freeride... (I'm gonna get killed for saying that here! haha)
  • + 2
 Yes they are cute but never try to pet a moose.
  • + 2
 Please keep the Vanderham videos coming. Full stop...
  • + 2
 What animal is it at 1.44?
Oh and Vanderham is faster than Usain Bolt!
  • + 6
 I think it's a mountain goat
  • + 1
 @liammullany: looks like a Yeti
  • + 2
 Jesus that's a beautiful place to ride.....
  • + 4
 Yah, there's nothing quite like Fernie....put it on your bucket list...its soooooo worth it. Just make sure you hit Project 9 and Diggler.
  • + 3
 Epic! Fernie Rocks!!!
  • + 1
 Great combo of images and sound, a great edit. Super talented riders don't hurt either.
  • + 3
 Vandersteeze!!
  • + 2
 This is fantastic video !! Great job all of you guys !
  • + 1
 this bike gives off vibes that it's just for strictly having fun
  • + 2
 Straight up great video.
  • + 1
 damn fine shredding! nice work boys.
  • + 1
 That is a lovely video! And I want to go there!!!
  • + 1
 Slayer.
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