Photo Epic: Godziek Finds His Freeride Roots in Kamloops
Sep 3, 2014 at 8:22
Mecca, applied in the English language, is a word that refers to a place that draws large numbers of people.
Kamloops is the English version of Shuswap 'Tk'əmlúps', meaning 'meeting of the waters.'
The significance behind these two words lies in a story that has been developing since a time many years ago when an unknown kid grabbed a shovel and headed toward the grassy hills of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. This story could decades old now and the kid a grown man but the City of Kamloops would never be the same after that day. Despite the moody Canadian weather, Kamloops started to attract those who wanted something more from life than easy living. Those people are now called 'the grandfathers' of freeride.
For the last twenty years, riders from around the globe have come to experience the hard soil of Kamloops and have produced footage of their attempts to stay alive whilst hucking to flat and sending massive road gaps. By the end of the 90’s Kamloops was a Mecca for big bikes.
| Riders tend to spend years on the road finding locations to ride that are worth coming back to. In the eyes of the Szymon 'Szaman' Godziek, Bartek 'Jaws' Krzyszton and Bartek 'Wolis' Wolinski - Kamloops is one of those places.|
| All of Canada is a promised land in the eyes of European shredders but there is no easy way to follow your dreams to experience it. A couple of days after Crankworx in Whistler this wolf pack traveled through BC's Highway 99 up to the Thompson River crossing.|
| If you picture now how the local shredders might look you would definitely think of smiling lads taking a shuttle in the back of a big pick-up truck, ready for a session with their bikes and beers.|
| The origins of our lifestyle lays down there near the 'meeting of the waters'. How many of you still love to put on a flannel shirt and have a good time with your friends in the woods, goofing around? We can't help it, we are mountain people.|
| After years of hard work under the wings of Red Bull and Dartmoor Bikes, Mr. Godziek may appear to most of us as a lucky guy, but when you see the bigger picture, he is rather a successful man.|
| He made it to the top by his own making, not by winning the lottery. That's why he enjoyed his journey across British Columbia so much.|
| His main goal for now is getting into the infamous Red Bull Rampage going down at end of the month. We know he will have enough speed on those tiny ridges.|
| Put some style into the hips.|
| And stomp hard even on the biggest lips.|
| Hiking up to clean the lines.|
| Bombing hills sounds fun.|
| Stomping new lines always feel like a long awaited birthday present.|
| Pressing the boost button.|
While sessioning the legendary jumps in the middle of this mountain playground seems like a highlight of a rider’s life, Szymon stays hungry for more. Life doesn’t give a lot of second chances and as a professional rider, Godziek craves to hit every line he spots on his Devilish Red Roots. Some of his attempts go well, some not so much but taking a bail is still much more satisfying then thinking back to those jumps you never tried.
| The British Columbian soil is perfect for those who love adrenaline.|
| A hammering fork will give you an extra few inches on your forearms after a day of riding here.|
| Dropping in.|
| Kamloops to us is the Hollywood of Mountain Biking. Recognize this spot?|
| To steep to walk down, to fun to leave it.|
| Oh, Canada.|
| Szaman's Roots bike got his name from the Pinkbike community a while ago. Finally, it is exploring the places where it belongs. Will it be tested in at the Utah's soil?|
| The City of Kamloops.|
| Szymon and the crew didn't forget to bring some tools. Lips don't build themselves.|
| You can't predict the weather in the mountains. From the clean sky to the storm clouds in a no time.|
| Szymon quickly discovers how to stop on the steep hills. The "grab the nearest cactus" technique still brings back some sharp memories.|
| A couple of seconds in the air is always worth minutes of hiking.|
| The sunsets here are on the different level.|
| Taking chances and living your life to the fullest, that's Szymon's goal.|
| Getting it dialed.|
| Double grabs in the natural terrain during a sunset like this? Perfect.|
Photos by: Bartek Woliński
Words by: Mateusz Szachowski
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