A Vantastic Voyage Through the Thompson-Okanagan - Video and Photo Epic

Jun 22, 2016 at 22:28
by Max Berkowitz  
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A Vantastic Voyage through the Thompson-Okanagan
Images for A Vantastic Voyage through the Thompson-Okanagan article.
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A Vantastic Voyage through the Thompson-Okanagan
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A Vantastic Voyage through the Thompson-Okanagan
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Huge thanks to Mountain Biking BC and Martin Littlejohn for making this trip possible.
Riding, Concept, and Words by The Free Radicals
Video by Max Berkowitz Visual // @maxberkowitzvisual
Photos by Simon Mclaine // @mclainemedia
Design by Lula-Belle Jedynak


MENTIONS: @MaxBerkowitz / @MountainBikingBC




43 Comments

  • + 48
 This is the true spirit of mountain biking right here. So rad!
  • + 4
 Great shots and what looks like a load of fun. Envious, very very envious.
  • + 5
 Vans n bikes go tougher better than ice cream n cones .
  • + 3
 @mclainemedia You froffa
  • + 2
 Thanks Scott. Super flattered!
  • + 8
 A van has been the best thing I added to my cycling program. I think I'm going to turn into a kooky hippie one day. Forget about that evil thing called work. Load up a few of the bikes, wife, and the trail cat. Role out and never look back. Live life one bike trail at a time.
  • + 10
 Shout out to Max and Simon for making us look like we know what we are doing! These kids are far too talented for their age and absolutely crush it.
  • + 6
 Shit's tight Max, nice work! Taylor needs to realize bikes are sooper seerius though and stop smiling so damn much.
  • + 2
 Kamloops native who is now living on the other side of the Rockies and missing it terribly...
The best part about the loops beyond the terrain variety has to be that every thing they rode is 30 minutes away from downtown. Even Sun Peaks is an easy 45. Kenna can literally ridden right out your back door and Rio (with a shuttle) is a 10 minute drive and 20 minute pedal traverse. I haven't ridden in S. Arm but I bet it's the same.

I was so spoiled. Now an hour to bragg creek or K-country seems to take forever...
  • + 1
 Oh to be young again. Last MTB road trip I did with the boys was in 94 to ride the north shore and race the Vernon WC on the way back to Calgary. You don't realize how good those trips are until you stop doing them. Cheers, this really made my day. I can't complain though, going to Mammoth next week and whistler the week after with the fam, so not all bad.
  • + 4
 Guess we better not stop then. Happy to share the stoke and remind you of good times!
  • + 2
 Really great photos, love the little drawings on top too! Nice video too, looks like good times all round! Great advert for mountain biking in BC...not that it needed one!
  • + 3
 More post like this please and less of the other crap
  • + 2
 We will try our best! Thanks for reading.
  • + 2
 This is why we love Mountain Biking. Thanks guys for this video and photo epic!
  • + 2
 Matty Hunter is the man! This is one of the coolest articles ive seen on PinkBike!!!
  • + 1
 yes,more of this on Pinkbike! nice story,pics and vid. great job! cheers from the other side of the world!
  • + 1
 I gerw up in good old salmon arm. Now live im koots. So good to see how far the sean has come since i left in 97.
  • + 1
 I dont know if this has me stoked to go take my van for a drive or my bike for a shred. Nope. Its both. Definitely both.
  • + 1
 Possibly the first mountain bike video to feature a glass of Rosé. Right on!
  • + 2
 Elaine!!!! Nice job boys!!
  • + 1
 Excellent coverage of Salmon Arm MTB. That place is very under rated.
  • + 1
 WHO WEARS SHORT SHORTS.......?
  • + 1
 Best 10 minutes I ever did spend on the internets
  • + 0
 Next time you are thru the Okanagan hit up the Kelowna area. Lots of great riding and amazing trails !
  • + 1
 Best thing I've seen in a long time!
  • + 1
 more of this, less of race
  • + 1
 Great video guys!! Looks like U had fun !
  • + 1
 MORE OF THESE PAAAALEEEASE! EPIC SCENES
  • + 2
 just what I needed today
  • + 1
 hi, Willy, living dream my friends so rad, AKA dantheman cheers
  • + 1
 Warm and Fuzzy. #vanlife !
  • - 3
 Good Stuff!
But please tell me you guys actually rode more than just Lookout Trail and Black Powder while in Vernon... that's no more that a generous tow hours of riding over two days, including climbing time. I would have thought you would at least hit Big Ed since you had gone and camped up on the FSR (assuming it was in King Eddie area).
I get that it takes way longer to get through a trail when you are trying to video and take pictures, but Black Powder linked together with Cosens Bay Express normally just takes a few short minutes to ride down to the beach.
You seemed to only ride one or two trails in each of the other areas as well, these seems to be more of a "taking our bikes along with us on our trip" rather than a "mountain biking trip".
I'm not really trying to criticize, I'm mostly curious as to why the descriptions of riding areas seemed to be so limited.
  • + 8
 We actually did WAY more riding than is shown in the photos or video, but Simon and Max have to shred too! It is hard to document everything and keep things short enough for the modern attention span. Tried our best mate.
  • + 0
 I am actually super stoked that the got to experience Vernon MTB, and only documented two of the trails that I ride the least Smile
  • + 1
 @FreeRadicals: Cool, thanks for sharing it, you guys did a great job with the video and the pictures.

I would be interested in hearing about some of the other trails you hit, even if you don't have pictures or video of them!
  • + 1
 Doesn't get much better than a BC road trip!
  • + 1
 Bike trips RULE!!!!!
  • + 1
 AH'M JELLY.
  • + 1
 Fantastic stuff!

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