Video: John Richardson's Raw Ripping in a PNW Paradise

May 12, 2020 at 11:37
by Transition Bikes  
Views: 13,732    Faves: 180    Comments: 4


In the lifetime of every hand-built trail, there is a very fleeting moment of this raw perfection.

Like a powder day on skis, the organic material provides a bottomless feeling. Pushing deep into turns, and releasing soil with each revolution of the wheel. During this special time, even the trail sounds different. Rolling over years of compressed leaves, bark, sticks and red rot sends a hollow echo through the ground that you can almost feel in your chest. But for these reasons, it doesn't last long. Soon enough the soil will be displaced, roots and rocks exposed, and the once deep and soft tones will be replaced with harsh thuds as your tires catch newly formed braking bumps. But luckily there's always the next trail, or the next storm, bringing another powder day.

For us, this is paradise.

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High above the bay, John takes a breath before dropping in.

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Mt. Baker in one direction, the Olympic Mountains and San Juan Islands in the other.

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Pinned.

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Power out.

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An open corridor provides a sliver of light into the dense forest.

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What would have been John's EWS rig this year, is now his local trail slaying pony. We don't think he minds

John is riding his Sentinel V2. Here's what he had to say about it after putting it through its paces for this video:

"I rode the previous sentinel all over the world last season, racing EWS, riding bike parks, and all around having a blast. This new iteration isn’t just a change in looks. The updated leverage curve, head angle and chain stay length have made the Sentinel even more confidence inspiring. Those words get thrown around a lot, but for me what that means is when I see a new line, maybe it’s a huck, maybe it’s taking a sneaky high line into a turn, the bike handles that challenge even better. The suspension is more supple, providing more grip, but it's also more supportive through big impacts, keeping it composed in any situation. Moves that you think are going to be rowdy, end up smooth." -John Richardson

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Rider: John Richardson
Video/Photos: Skye Schillhammer


93 Comments

  • 72 1
 That looks like the funnest trail ever!
  • 3 13
flag landscapeben (May 14, 2020 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 Is it just me or does the new sentinel look strikingly like a 2017-19 RM Slayer...
  • 4 0
 I want to go to there.
  • 5 0
 @landscapeben: "Why does this trunnion mount bike look like this other trunnion mount bike"
  • 2 0
 @landscapeben: but the Slayer doesn't have MASSIVE SEATPOST INSERTION!
  • 10 0
 When it was brand new it absolutely was the funnest trail ever. I can’t recall ever laughing out loud that many times going down a trail. The turns combined with raw traction was the stuff dreams are made of!
  • 28 0
 The filming was wicked good on this one, those drone shots were smoother than a roadies legs!
  • 7 0
 I think they were shot on a cable.. like a zip line between two trees
  • 19 1
 This is pornography.
  • 17 0
 Keep trails loamy! Not all trails need to be buffed out “flow trail”.
  • 11 0
 I just discovered a fresh trail like this in my local wood. I don’t know if I was was supposed to find it, but I did. When dirt moves like that, it is such a awesome feeling.
  • 3 12
flag superxavi (May 14, 2020 at 10:39) (Below Threshold)
 Nate Hills and his buddies made a secret loam track where I live (Flagstaff AZ) this week and I'd really like to find it.
  • 1 0
 @superxavi: that's on route 66 right?
  • 14 1
 @superxavi: Loam... in Arizona? Color me curious...
  • 1 0
 I think you were meant to find it. Wink
  • 8 0
 Man that made me want to ride my bike! Thank you.
  • 7 0
 Nice work Skye this is rad!
  • 5 0
 That trails looks so good, mint riding too. Made my Thursday afternoon tea break for sure.
  • 9 3
 Have to say it's Galby to keep the masses away from the good stuff!
  • 15 1
 Where’s Galby? Is that Duthie Hill?
  • 15 0
 @andrewfif: I heard it was actually in SoCal, the rumors of it being in Bellingham have all been fake, best for everyone to head down south.
  • 6 2
 @andrewfif: Transition is very sneaking with combining clips filmed in other states and countries----see the new scout video for reference. this was likely filmed in canada before the pandemic.
  • 5 0
 Now thats a proper mtb trail - dragged a rake and barely moved any dirt.....we can leave a very small footprint yall.
  • 18 0
 Yeah but when this trail sees 100 riders/week it does not stay like this for very long. High traffic trails are buffed out and armored so they can sustain the use. If high traffic trails were built like this i'd argue you'd be leaving a larger footprint because it would get all rutted then drainage issues would arise then get worse and worse.

Trails in condition like this are rare so you have to ride them while you can and know they don't last.
  • 5 3
 @dglass: We have 100's of trails like this!!! And this one is a 2-3 hour climb up
  • 8 0
 @MOLDTRUTH: Until they see 100's of tires, then they all turn into something else! Then a new crop of loamies sprout. Plant a trail, it eventually grows into either a track or rut!
  • 2 0
 @dglass: They would only get destroyed if no one takes care of the trail after those 100riders per week traffic.
  • 2 0
 @dglass: There's a trail here an hour from Salt Lake that was much like how this looked when my buddies and I were first invited to ride and help dig on it. As soon as it became a public trail it became an unridable washboard, the people who built it grew so frustrated with the NFS for making it public they decided they weren't going to work on it, now we're working on some other projects a ways down the same road from that public access trail. It's all a game of "those who know".
  • 1 0
 @dglass: I hear ya i mean i think in some ways thats true but if the trail has good natural drainage add a few ditches and it will stay happy for a while.

as for controlling your user group......Galby is a super popular spot. If you build it they will come....and if you dont want that, then maybe its not buried deep enough!
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: Yep I agree but after tweaking a rake n' ride over and over it's not longer a rake n, ride.

@MOLDTRUTH: I'm aware. Was born in the ham. Have ridden plenty of stuff out there.
  • 4 0
 How many drones were flown into trees in this edit? Cool stuff
  • 3 0
 I'd assume they used some cable cams for a few of those shots. If not, high potential, but you'd be surprised what you can do with a modern drone.
  • 2 0
 pretty sure I've never seen that much dirt in one edit before, all other things being equal, show me more dirt per minute of footage, I don't believe you'll find it
  • 1 0
 Played the sound from the video for my daughter and she said it sounded scary and creepy. I told it was the greatest sound in the world. Then she saw the video and she laughed.
  • 4 0
 I'm so burnt out on everyone blowing up every single rad town.
  • 3 0
 Superb all round Film and riding tup
  • 3 0
 WOW!! That's a nice way to start the day. Hell of a video.
  • 4 2
 The only thing that would've made this vid any better would be silent hubs.
  • 1 0
 I wouldn't say silent hubs as much as maybe something with more engagement so that it didn't clang so loudly when it actually engaged. I have only ever heard that sound when running slow-to-engage hubs. It was weirdly distracting from all the other awesome sounds in this otherwise impeccable and inspiring video.
  • 2 0
 I'll take one helping of that bike, with a side of that trail, with those conditions for desert please.
  • 3 0
 Great Routing, Riding and Filming!!
  • 2 0
 Is that bike comes with those skills?

damnnn that awesome Smile
  • 1 0
 Mad filming and riding. Would love to know if/what kind of drone was used...crazy piloting if so
  • 2 0
 This is the definition of dirt surfing!
  • 2 0
 mis respetos, gran trabajo Wink
  • 2 0
 I've watched this like 8 times already today.. It just gets better.
  • 1 0
 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31 1:31
  • 1 0
 Sick Edit!! this sounds amazing through my head cans, outstanding effort !!
  • 2 0
 Insane trail !
  • 2 0
 Loam heaven!
  • 2 0
 Perfect.
  • 1 0
 Excellent video. The camera work was awesome.
  • 1 0
 I would say that filled the loam shelf nicely
  • 1 0
 That has to be the best dirt I've ever seen.
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous trail + great riding + great filming!
  • 2 1
 Im buying a transition now. this was all i needed
  • 2 1
 Welcome to the Party in the Woods!
  • 3 0
 You won’t regret it. I mean it. They build the most fun bikes in the industry. No doubt about it.
  • 1 0
 fucking awesome vid. loved the sound of riding fresh dirt.
  • 1 0
 I needed that. Great video.
  • 1 1
 Lovely. I feel even more lucky to live near Bellingham. Great trails, and great bike company's.
  • 1 0
 I had a literal religious experience with this edit. Thank you.
  • 1 0
 Where's my alloy Scout?! - 2020 edition


Killer video too
  • 1 0
 LOAM
  • 3 0
 floam
  • 1 0
 @ashlemon: hahaha im stealing that!! Floam =)
  • 1 0
 @FreerideAK: Already taken. Not quite ready for Trailforks yet.
  • 4 4
 the finger, Galbraith mountain
  • 2 2
 shhhh! dont give it away!
  • 2 0
 I'm not sure about that. Not that I've been there, but I've been down Happy Hour a couple times recently and this is not anywhere near there.
  • 2 0
 hahahaha awesome, you rock Mason
  • 1 0
 @BhamToursOnline: Yeah, the shots of Baker and Hat Island lead me to believe that it's not Galby. Those views don't match well for Galbraith. Maybe Blanchard Mt.
  • 3 3
 Not Galby. I used Google Earth and lined up Hat Island and Mt. Erie in the photo, saw the north side of Blanchard Mt. and the south side of Chuckanut Mt. in the foreground to plot the location on the ridge on the north side of Lake Samish. Up near Pine and Cedar Lakes.
  • 1 1
 @NWBasser: Nice work. How about just enjoying it if you found it and keep the interweb recon tips to yourself next time.
  • 2 0
 @rpdale: so if they didn’t want anyone to know about this trail, why post it on the INTERNET?
  • 1 0
 @rpdale: Maybe I'm just too clever for my own good. Sometimes it's good to know when to STFU.
  • 1 0
 yum yum
  • 1 1
 YES ! The coolest company out there
  • 1 0
 Great Video!!!
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