Pinkbike Poll: Do You Live Where You Want?

Oct 2, 2013 at 13:11
by Mike Kazimer  
Remember those grade school assignments that involved drawing a picture of how you imagined your future life? Invariably, beaches and mansions dominated the results, and everyone was planning on staying busy procreating, or at least it seemed that way based on the number of children found in the crayon drawings. But there was always the oddball, the kid that drew a little cabin next to towering mountains - the kid that, if things worked out according to plan, now lives in Whistler or Chamonix, living the life his or her peers never imagined was possible.

Who could tire of this view.

Sweet dreams are made of these. Some backyards are better than others.


There are countless factors that influence where we live. Jobs, families, whether we prefer a more urban or rural environment; they all play a roll in determining where we call home. But for mountain bikers, a strong local riding community and an extensive trail network can be what makes one town or city more appealing than another, and for the true addict it can be the factor that causes us to pack up and move thousands of miles away, searching for that perfect wave of singletrack.

“You moved there just because of the mountain biking?” That's the question that immediately comes up after telling a non-cyclist you moved across the country in search of better mountain bike trails. My answer? I certainly did, and I've never regretted it for a minute. I want to be as close to the source as possible – without a plethora of trails out my back door I start to get a little twitchy and anxious, wondering where the next fix of twisty, technical singletrack will come from.


Granted, not everyone has the convenience of living exactly where they want, but that's what vacations are for, and that's why hordes of two wheeled aficionados flock to riding destinations like Moab and Whistler, intent on riding the same trails they've seen on the internet, in movies, or printed in glossy magazines. And, for those that can't travel to the mountain bike meccas, they make do with what they have, cutting ribbons of singletrack into corn fields with nary a mountain in sight, or piecing together a urban downhill run through a smog filled, overcrowded city miles away from the nearest tree. But despite the resourcefulness of the displaced mountain biker, the question still remains – do you live where you want? If all the obligations and responsibilities that keep you rooted in one place were shed, would you move? Or are you lucky enough to live somewhere that has the right combination of easily accessible trails and good people to ride them with?






389 Comments

  • + 91
 Hmm well I split my time between Sqaumish and Kamloops, not to rub it in but I couldn't be any happier living in BC biking paradise. For those of you who wished they lived in BC, do it. It will be a desicion that you will never regret for the rest of your life.
  • + 4
 loops man by far
  • + 29
 Are you on drugs? WHISTLER.
  • + 14
 I live in Quebec actually...I visited BC three times during the last year...North Van, Kamloops, Squamish, Sunshine Coast and more but never been to Whistler! BC IS THE PARADISE FOR EVERY MTB RIDER...PERIOD!
  • + 12
 I wanna go to college in BC.
  • + 50
 Whistler is all well and good for a couple of while, but from my experience it could get very tiresome very quickly. Id rather live somewhere like Squamish and just go on holiday to whistler etc
  • + 7
 I used to live in Kelowna, I remember some awesome courses through there, Peachland too! Razz
  • - 7
flag satn (Oct 3, 2013 at 20:51) (Below Threshold)
 Go Coquitlam!!!!
  • + 26
 Lot of people think that im retarded or futureless, i moved to whistler few years ago and ive been living in closets, underneath dining tables, in a jeep, in camper and in a room shared with 3 other poeple. Now living i a camper. thereupon ive learned that if you wanna move somewhere, you can.
  • + 25
 As for the college in Vancouver idea, do what I'm doing. Capilano University offers a program called the Mountain Biking Operations Certificate course. We're learning how to guide and teach mountain biking with Darren Butler, and later on in the year we're doing trail building with Jay Hoots. It's the perfect course to get an oppourtunity to work in the field. Speaking of which I should study for the midterm in the course I have tomorrow.
  • + 6
 I moved to the Island from Cowgatory Hellberta (Calgary) to justify what I've spent on bikes, I now have year round biking in one of the most beautiful places in the world, compared to 7-8 months of wintery hell! I will never move back!!!
  • + 18
 NZNDURO no offense but you're 14 and probably had a quick holiday in Whistler. Ive lived here for ten years now, my wife and I own our home here and plan to raise kids here one day as well. The lifestyle, the people and the town make a great place to live. I can see from the point of view of someone who is here for a season (summer or winter) and parties hard, rides everyday, and sometimes can burn out...but for the rest of us it's just HOME.

By the way; no one from Squamish "holidays" in Whistler...
  • + 3
 I'd love to move to the mountain biking paradise that is B.C. I even convinced my girlfriend Vancouver would be a great place to live. But have found jobs in my field are in pretty short order for some reason, even though it's such a big city. Not to mention, getting work permits is hard as shit, so I hear...
  • + 5
 Yeah man i personally live in squampton and love to make trip to the interior but you forgot the island ....its really nice there and the community is really cool .... But even with all the trip that i make squam is still my number 1
  • + 4
 You Canadians can brag about it. Living in SoCal without being an adult can be hell
  • + 4
 Moved from Toronto to Vancouver and have no regrets.
  • + 4
 @kleinblake i feel you bro...im actually living in NorCal right now but i put my country as Canada because i want to at least feel like i live there...
  • + 2
 what about winter? doesn't it suck for riding?
  • + 0
 That's exactly what my reason to move was. I'm loving it already already.
  • + 2
 Aren't answers 3 and 5 the same? Haha I have lived out of my sprinter van the last 2 summers down by the trailhead!
  • + 3
 kamloops or williams lake !
  • + 2
 Kelownas the way to go, lived here my whole life, great local trails and silverstar is only an hour away
  • + 3
 I live in squamish and work in whistler so I have nothing to complain about but I want to move to Kamloops or Revelstoke next year. Riding plays a huge roll in my decision but hunting and fishing are major aspects that draw me to the interior of BC from the coast. And also I'm tired of all the F*!@ing rain in Squish!
  • + 5
 I moved from the uk to whistler then down to north van. Living the dream.
  • + 2
 I lived in the southern interior, the PNW and in the Rockies. There's no place like BC. If I can figure out how to move there and not have to apply for citizenship I'm gone for life.
  • + 6
 I would move to BC in a heart beat. But the Canadian government doesn't want me !
  • + 2
 Oh shit. I thought every northern town in bc chased jay hoots out of the mtn bike industry after he made a uphill downhill course in burns lake.....
  • + 3
 Chamonix is amazing, some good all mountain riding to be had and some DH at either end of the valley. If I travel an hour in each direction I can be in Pila, Verbier or the PDS. Growing up living in a coastal City in the UK it's a HUGE improvement, but it's not enough. I'm planning on leaving in May to head to BC for the next chapter in life. Can't wait.
  • + 3
 Coastal cities in the UK suck for riding! Don't suppose it was anywhere in the north west you were from? Flattest place on earth....
  • + 2
 NO! i'm moving to Canada B.C.! who the f*ck want's to live in Holland.......

OHH CANADAA...!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 count me in
  • + 3
 @Liam-Walker nah down south bud. Brighton.
  • + 1
 I'm from malaysia. Bestest riding place is bukit kiara. But recent years alot cibai people trying to ruin it and convert this metropolis green lung into first world residential. Feeling very kaninabucaocibai now.
  • + 2
 QUSTION: Do you like where you live?

A: I live in the country of Canada. In my opinion one of the best to live in.

I live in the province of Ontario. It’s okay geographically speaking. Not the elevation that you get out west thought.

I live in the Town of Lincoln. It’s a small quite town in southern Ontario. It’s where my career has taken me, not my lifestyle. But for mountain biking purposes it’s not too bad. The Niagara escarpment is a nice place to ride. Lots of single track with some fun and fast steep downhill spots. Great views of Lake Ontario and the wine vinyards of southern Ontario. I’m about 2.5 hours from Blue Mountain Bike Park where you can get left access and more bike park like features.

Unfortunately… If I could, I would head west in a heartbeat!! In my opinion they have the best mountain biking territory around. Especially in Canada! Alberta bad lands a must stop! Head up north to Prince Rupert British Columbia for a quick visit in the late summer months. Awwwww yeah that’s the stuff!

Soo… I guess I like where I live but if I had the opportunity to move west I would, but I don’t think I would leave this great country, unless Australia or New Zealand are willing to take me in.
  • + 10
 You, canadians from BC: you have the best trails, for sure, but it can´t be the best place for mtbiking if it is covered of snow 6 months per year.
  • + 2
 Go coquitlam
  • + 5
 We ride all year long ... Its just different every season ... From dusty to muddy and from day ride to nite ride ... But we ride 365 days a year
  • + 5
 Personally in squamish we have no snow or just a little for a couple days we ride 365 days
  • + 2
 From technical North shore style to DH, to Industrial freeride its always what we can see and go do. Its how we live more than where we live.
  • + 1
 I like Fernie, lots of riding from my backyard, and a ski hill to ride on as well. Would Whistler be better? probably but it will also cost more. I lived in New Zealand a little over 20 years ago and I would think that would also be a great place to live for the riding they have developed around there, and it has an excellent climate from what I remember. I also like the change in seasons too. Skiing and Sledding in the winter is a nice change from riding all the time.
  • + 1
 Moved to the South Okanagan a little over 5 years ago from eastern Canada...best move ever! Funny how some people think we have snow for 6 months a year. If you want snow, you can find it pretty much year round but it way up there in the high alpine.
  • + 2
 i live in quebec i be been to the same place like you plus whistler. considering the cost of living anywhere close to whistler i prefer to stay where i am now and eat 3 time a day and go to to either bromont, st-anne and still make that 5 hours flight once a year to bc. i am not saying i will not dream to live in bc but it seem quiet difficult to afford any house or rent something for a reasonable price.
  • + 2
 Do it I'm going to capilanou university doing mountain bike operations on the Sunshine Coast and I literally ride my bike every day for school work. So go to capilanou.ca and go to the Sunshine Coast campus
  • + 1
 it s not actually check it
  • + 3
 and what would be the average salary once you graduate ?
  • + 0
 come to new Zealand .Great riding all year round. We have ski fields in the winter as well as riding all year round
  • - 3
 Hah! Bullshit! Dont come to New Zealand! Trust me! D: I'd do anything to get out of here XD
  • + 1
 Thats a very bold call. Either you just cant ride any of the trails here or youre delusional
  • - 2
 North Island, Its been raining mostly for the past 6 monthsish , every trail is just mud...
  • + 0
 Its winter in a country where it snows, what do you expect? Whistler is covered in snow this time of year.
  • + 0
 I...Expect snow...
If you're meaning Auckland no it doesn't snow...
I lived in Kelowna (Couple years + about 2-3hrs away from Whistler) and Vancouver for about 8months too, the weather was sooo much nicer than New Zealand, I can say with an educated knowledge that biking in NZ isn't better than Canada, If you lived in Canada for a few years, feel free to say so Smile
  • + 0
 I never said its better than Canada, but saying not to come to New Zealand is stupid its on of the best MTB destinations in the world. I know people who would kill to live here
  • + 0
 I understand NZ has some great spots to ride and visit, I just strongly disagree its a good place to live, and that its the best in the world is a strong statement to use, I've heard about the Dirt Jumps, but thats about it, and thats one track...
  • + 2
 I grew up in the PNW of the USA, lived all over, currently my job took me to Toronto (getting permanent residence status). Work wise it would never happen for my field, but I'd chose Kamloops over the west side of mountains, that way you can go over anytime you want but get to live on the dry side of the mountains.

My folks like in Chelan, WA which is to Seattle what Kelowna is to Vancouver. Much much better weather and you can still ride and go to the otherside without having to live in it.
  • + 1
 Actually the park is still open...
  • + 2
 @cebolla: Here on Vancouver Island we ride all year round. It's warm and dry today - blue sky. Kids have been out to golf lesson in t-shirts and I'll be riding tomorrow - no snow here. The Island has it's downside - have to catch a ferry to get to the mainland to drive a few hours to Whistler (actually that's a pretty lame downside!). To all the Kiwi's - Queenstown is an amazing place - went there back in '92 and did bi-plane stunt flying, Shotover Jet, and of course bungy jumping - it's the logical place to have a MTB park - Queenstown is just amazing!
  • + 1
 I would love to go to NZ. After watching #notbad I'm in love. Can't complain with the riding here because it's top notch, especially with whistler a 2.5 hour drive for me. An hour 45 if my dad drives like phsyco. But I think the lower mainland or Squamish is the best. Whistler and few hours away as well as Squamish. And lets not forget about those north shore trails as well.
  • + 2
 I love the island especially cumberland
  • + 1
 Couldn't be more wrong. You can ride in Vancouver year rojnd
  • + 0
 @aldovisini Dude you live in Auckland... thats why your life sucks... Queenstown is epic, Chch is epic, Nelson is epic, Wellingtons Fn awesome if you know where to go, Rotorua's epic, Craigieburn is epic, The heaphy... Its endless if your not a useless c#$t...
  • + 1
 @aldovisini But saying that I saw a pic of your hand and my god that looked awful... Hope you can ride ok these days man.
  • + 1
 I live in the flattest part of the UK.... Cheers for rubbing it in though.. :/
  • + 48
 Somewhere remote, nothing but live off the land with a bow, bitch and a bike... I'd give up everything for it...
  • + 6
 Not only a gienius statement but also a highly quote able one.... Well done i applaud u my friend!
  • + 12
 The three b's, I like it
  • + 5
 ^it even has an abbreviation now!!!! this is golden!!!!
  • + 14
 Don't forget beer!
  • + 2
 hahahah genius
  • + 9
 and banana before riding
  • + 6
 And bacon.
  • + 7
 bows, bitches, bikes, bacon, beer, bannana, beans, barley, bacon-bits, boobs, balloons, blow, bud, bong.
  • + 5
 .....idk about the balloons i feel like i could survive without those... And the bananas bc i hate bananas
  • + 3
 Can't believe I forgot bacon!
  • + 35
 Everyone who lives in the Eastern Seaboard of North America and doesn't click on the GET ME OUT OF HERE I"M LOSING MY MIND lies like a highway
  • + 7
 Check out Bromont, some of the best trails in eastern Canada
  • + 8
 We actually have quite a lot of good stuff. Come on down to western North Carolina and we will show you trails for days on end.
  • + 7
 Bromont, Mt Ste Anne and Camp Fortune seem like fun. Forgot about that
  • + 4
 Erik - i have heard good stuff about Pisgah and Ashvegas
  • + 0
 So much denial.. haha. It's like all those skiers who think the skiing back east is the best to be had.
  • + 1
 All this talk about driving; I don't want to drive to a trail- I want to RIDE. Utah, Oregon, Washington, a sliver of Idaho or place in western Canada. Any Alaskans out there have an opinion? If only my 3rd "B" would roll up north to Alaska.
  • - 12
flag nason222 (Oct 3, 2013 at 21:42) (Below Threshold)
 well im living inside your moms vagina its cozy up here I like its nice a peaceful. I don't see sunlight much.
  • + 5
 @nason222 that was just lame lol
  • + 22
 sorry everyone I left for a min and my little brother (14) wrote that.
  • + 0
 Whistler and BC in general are a completely different species of thing from anything in the southeastern US. there is nothing here remotely as fast and long. DH here is basically lift accessed trail (not park) riding, mostly of the technical variety. snowshoe wv just added a Whistler style jump trail which is about the only thing here resembling BC. i'd nuke a small third world country to live in BC.
  • + 1
 I wanna ride out west before i decide...which prolly would be a yes id move quicker than your head could spin...East coast riding isnt bad, just sucks when its the only riding you get knowing theres more out there....
  • + 3
 @nadiasamer Have you ever been out on the East Coast? I've ridden most of the major resorts on the East Coast and a couple on the West Coast and as much as I love the Rockies, I still enjoy riding the ones in the East. Obviously the mountains aren't as tall or steep and we don't get as much snow in the Winter; but on a good powder day Whiteface; Sugarloaf; Jay Peak and Le Massif, to name a few are incredible to ride. The woods are really fun and the vibe at these resorts is just so much fun!

As for biking anyone doubting the East Coast there's tons of fun to be had; check Mountain Creek; Highland (Mini Whistler as I call it; runs may be short but the trails are as good; if not better than some trails at Whistler.. Trail crew are the best!!), Bromont, MSA, Whiteface, Killington, Sugarloaf and so much more..

In the end though, I'll be moving out West soon enough; sometime next spring Smile
  • + 4
 Dont forget Kingdom Trails in vt HebMT.
  • + 1
 Indeed, I knew I was forgetting something. For trail riding Kingdom Trails is one; if not the best!!
  • + 2
 HIGHLAND will also be movin west sometime soon
  • + 0
 Based on what guigui333?
  • + 3
 I'll add Snowshoe to HebMT's list too. If you have a bad time there, you just hate life. But outside of the midwest/plains areas, there's good riding to be had all over North America.
  • + 5
 Born and raised in New England and proud of it. Sure our mountains aren't the Rockies, but you can't get lobsta right off the boat in Colorado! And there is plenty of trails here. Move to NH and there are killer trails all around the area within a couple hours drive.
  • + 0
 Whistler style jump trail?? That thing is shit...
  • + 0
 @thuff- was trying to be kind, at least they tried. 402 Trails did a good job. watch the video if you haven't already. the jumps are small and a little far apart, but that's because they don't have the elevation to get up speed between them if they built them closer together. it's the best trail there. the rest are shit imo.
  • + 1
 @nadiasamer +1 for biking in the summer and brappin' all winter!
  • + 1
 i agree going tomorrow like each other week-end !!)
  • + 1
 Hahaha man thats exactly what i did ... I get the fuck out of that place.... And so happy i did it
  • + 2
 I totally know what you mean bro. Used to live in Georgia, joined the marines and got stationed and camp Pendleton. The riding out here is breathtaking. I love it. From time to time, I miss riding in Georgia's clay rather than the sand in Southern California
  • + 3
 East Burke or Bust!
  • + 0
 @malation ive seen the video. yea they did an ok at best job, but they could've done it differently and made it a lot better. elevation was not the only reason the jumps are borderline lame. everybody knows that....
  • + 5
 born an raised in Massachusetts. GET ME THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!
  • + 1
 Well, I am in Bellingham wa and love it! However, I can't wait to get my trailer and truck setup complete so that I can live wherever I want...Utah, Cali, Arizona, kelowna, kamloops and whistler are all awesome. But I'm mostly stoked to shred some big mountain stuff in eastern Washington and Utah! Basically: in a van down by the river...or...dried up river I suppose.
  • + 23
 i live in rotorua, new zealnd and it is pretty sweet for the following reasons:
- year round riding, no snow in winter, just a little rain
-the trails are built on hill made of pumice which means they drain awesome! a day after heavy rain and theyre ridable with the odd puddle. two days after and theyre tacky as and pretty much perfect!
- a shuttle takes you to the top of some sweet downhill trails and epic single track
- pedalling around can get you to sweet single track from some of the most flowy stuff around to super techy steep chutes
- i live 5min ride to the bush=single track on my doorstep
- good events (downhill races, enduro races, 12 and 24hr races)
- most of the town is into riding.
if you ever come here hit us up and il show the secret illegal trails Smile
  • + 3
 I will definitely have to make it there one day. Looks like an awesome place to be, not just for mountain biking but anything regarding outdoor sports!
  • + 3
 I have friends who have ridden all over the world, and they say Rotorua is the best. I will be there with a hard charging crew in April. I might have to ban them from drinking because I want to ride ride ride!
  • + 4
 I agree, I went to Rotorua a few years back (crap nearly 10 years now!) and loved it. NZ is pretty awesome for riding. Loads of very good spot on south island too (for summer).
And most of all, Kiwis are a pretty good bunch which makes things even more enjoyable.
  • + 1
 Born to the paradise that's Vancouver Island and free to roam BC without a passport, its hard to imagine any other locale that could satisfy so well.... BUT, after sampling NZ, I've since been wondering how live eternal summer by gaping hemispheres regularly. The shredding and people there left the lasting impression that I could easily make the place a second home... its just a matter of time and ca$h flow, and I will be back for sure !
  • + 1
 @mathewnz I'll be down there in 7 weeks. Woohoo!
  • + 19
 I lived in Vancouver my whole life and just moved out to ontario last april because my wife was from here and i said i would give it a shot..... long story short we will be moving back to BC in the next year or so when she is finished her school..... thank god lol.
  • + 14
 Park City Utah is pretty awesome
  • + 1
 Virgin, Utah is also awesome! Having this kind of famous big mountain terrain nearby is amazing but I do sometime wish I could go ride lift accessed bike parks.
  • + 1
 Brianhead?
  • + 1
 Brianhead is pretty awesome but it's a pretty small park and still an hour and a half from here.
  • + 1
 Brianhead is kinda shitty compared to pretty much anywhere else. They really want to build it up for mountain biking, but lack the funds/community support. It's a shame, really.
  • + 1
 Gotcha, never been to the resort during the summer. It seems like it has the potential to be AMAZING.
  • + 1
 It's pretty cool at Deer Valley for full on downhill but Canyons has a great flow park. They just need to work on some of the jumps a little more.
  • + 1
 Park city is great. Nuf said
  • + 10
 I used to live in California in the 90's when Cali was the Whistler of its time and the place to go for biking, I rode the likes of sheep hills which was just down the road, spent Sundays on big bear and went surfing whenever. But I missed home, little old Derbyshire England, my mum lives in the Peak District and I have rode all over the park, some of the best riding I have ever ridden the only thing missing is the coast with some good swells.
I still live in Derbyshire in a little cottage on a moor and in my backyard ( about 400 meters away) is Morley woods or drum hill, it is a local favourite riding spot. I walk the dog there or the dog comes out riding with me, drum hill is loads of fun with good intermediate to expert downhilling but the runs are short and sharp the longest being around 50 seconds. I'm sure to those who live in BIG COUNTRY this sounds a little feeble but the woods are exactly the sort of thing the average Brit rides, local woods with big and small jumps, some woodwork, knarly rock garden, various sized drops, a good training ground and the benefit of a packed playful wood is that it takes no time at all to get back to the top.
It's a place to hang out with your ridding buddies and the woods have fostered talent such as Nico Turner of Live to Ride fame and a fair few young BDS riders, and they keep coming back because its FUN, FRIENDLY AND HOME.
  • + 3
 i was waiting for someone in the uk to answer this...i think it is fair to say we make the most of what we have and can get to the 'better places' like the bike parks e.t.c with relative ease compared to the us and canada...
  • + 5
 but the rain...
  • + 3
 makes for great drifting action...
  • + 5
 hahaha! but just no!

dust makes drift, mud makes...well a mess of trails,drivetrain,bearings, kit, car, and you need about five pairs of shoes as they take a week to dry out! lol
  • + 1
 p.m.a Smile
  • + 1
 I was just getting ready to put 'It's funny how no one wants to live in the UK', but you spoilt it!!

I don't get how anyone can miss the UK enough to miss Cali, but I guess there is no place like home? The Peaks are beautiful in summer, and it's lovely to visit with people on or off the bike, but the weather! It sucks so often and even when it doesn't it's unpredictable at best. You got A long WAY to go for some lift assisted riding too..
  • + 1
 This is fun.
The way I see it UK conditions seem to be the optimum condition for becoming a fast DH rider. All the DH trails are tech because they are not big enough to have long flat out sections, the weather is variable to put it mildly, so to cope and go fast you really have to hone those skills, with tracks more than often being damp rooty, rocky, slaty and shitted up its a battle just to stay rubber side down.
My point is when it all dries out, and suddenly you have bucket loads of grip you fly cuz it just got easier
The stats don't lie, wc standings mens 7 Brits in the top 20, womens 5 Brits in the top 20, both more than any other nation.
And the honourary Brit, Stevie Smith won the WC this year, Stevie rides uk condition in Canada and it shows, (check out seasons) and he excelled on the wet tracks this year.(by honourary i mean after HRH Steve Peat called Stevie a pussy in the latest this is peaty episode, in Sheffield uk that was a term of endearment it means HRH has given our commonwealth brother Stevie the royal seal of approval).
Point being yes it's nice riding in dry dusty condition, very pleasant, but if you are always having to battle the weather condition it makes you tough and fast and builds character, in other words it makes you British hahahaha lmao
  • + 1
 lol i see your point, but it is possible you can have too much character!
  • + 1
 That may be true and all well and good, but 99% of all people who ride don't want to be the fastest WC racer, they just want to ride.. All year round. I would like to ride where the weather is good and the trails are awesome. Plus, Gwin is from California, and he's damn fast.
  • + 1
 No, you have a point, I ain't no wc rider or wanna be at 41, looking at my local trails right now they are like porridge and the rain has only just started, wish I lived in SoCal now.
  • + 8
 Man this is exactly what happpened to me! I do remeber drawing my dream house in class and thats exactly what i drew! I little cabin up in the middle of te mountain right beside whistler( other side than blackcomb) and had a trail out my front door down to the bottom where i could have a short ride into whistlerSmile
  • + 6
 Cascadia here. Lots and lots of great riding to be had here. Fortunately there are also a lot of committed builders and terrific advocates in our community. Each year there are more trails than 12 months before. Gotta love that. Not surprisingly, the best bike companies in the world are also based in this corner of the world. I'm set.
  • + 2
 No doubt Cascadia is awesome...but anywhere in the San Francisco area is tough to beat - me, I like Santa Cruz County. Great local riding and surfing. A short drive to Tahoe for the big hills and skiing. And I'd stack the bike companies within a 50 mile radius against anywhere. Specialized, Santa Cruz, Ibis, Ritchey, Marin, Rock Lobster, Fox Shox, X-fusion - The list is crazy. Plus there are great universities, and you have a chance to make real money in just about any field when you are done.
Downsides: too many of us here, pace is quick, cost of living is high, tweakers are everywhere, and the best trails are either illegal or beat to shit by the end of summer.
On second thought, forget it, Santa Cruz sucks nobody should move here. Smile
  • + 6
 BC is the best, no wait Washington is! Oh no, one second, Oregon is the best, fuck that California is. ..... To all of the north american people who do not live in these regions, move, or else live your life slightly emptier then the rest of us. One life.
  • + 2
 only if you live in the right part of washington...
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 I live near Omaha, Ne. What would seem to the outsider, as the most boring and bland place to live, especially for one who rides a mountain bike. Sure, to get to some of the better trails we must drive about 4 hours in any direction, but for what we have to work with, we really have a great scene. The cycling community here is so impressive, it's small enough to where you can know most of the people that ride, yet large enough to where you meet someone new on a regular basis. We all have our LBS and favorite trails (there are only about 9 within an hour), our own groups, our own evening rides, but still manage to have tons of fun. The local race series is a blast and with the relatively low elevation change we have available, XC mountain biking is life to a lot of us here. I'm happy here, I could never stay here forever, and I always need that "fix" from riding another trail out of state with bigger rocks and hills, but for now, I'm more than happy here. Great article.
  • + 2
 I need to ride with you.
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 I moved to Bellingham wa from Omaha 6 yeas ago and can safely say I'd rather live in my truck then live I nebraska again!
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 As someone who lives in yorkshire i can be on the motorway in 3 minutes, walk into the countryside in 5 have countless spots to ride and great back roads to drive on. What i do long for are the ski lifts, the quiet french dh resorts, the ones where the two of us who went were the only english in town and often the only riders, the relaxed atmosphere and the feelin that if i left my bike outside the shop or on the back of the car over night it would still be there. I miss the fact i could pull the van over in amazing scenery and camp/make dinner by the river and the fact that everyone was friendly.
There are a lot of things that keep me in yorkshire and every winter i want to move abroad but never do. I'll figure out one day what holds me in this place. Could be the fact that outside the cities it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

just another glorious day in the north.
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 sacked off being a carpenter and moved to whistler on a year visa.......... from colchester essex england been here 18 months loved every min of it... applying for residency in the new year....... best thing ive ever done.......work in starbucks living the dream paha
  • + 1
 I live not far from colchester, represent!

I'm still riding Danbury, your're probally familiar Smile
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 Mexico!!!! 365 days of riding all kinds of terrain, jungle, rain forest, desert, pine forest, high altitude volcanos. All at a 3hr drive range or less. Cheers
  • + 8
 Washington is the best, why would I move.
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 I live in the kootenays. Fifteen minutes to Retallack, an hour from Nelson. Just got home from a quick trip to Squamish to visit my wife's family and I have never been more homesick. After years of riding the shore and the sea to sky before coming here, is it just a simple case of 'the grass is greener'?
  • + 1
 As do I, sooo much riding here, and growing rapidly. Castlegar is blowing up. New stuff all the time in the koots. Born n raised in Nelson, I'll die a happy man here.
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 I feel like I'm in a good place in Utah along the wasatch front. The trails in park city and salt lake are less than an hour. Plus I can easily hit moab, green river, or virgin any weekend that I want and when winter sets in I've got some pretty sweet skiing.
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 I live in Houston. Houston is flat. Houston sucks, with a two-day drive to Angel Fire. For now I settle for a few weeks in the summer at the bike park, or ride cross country which is boring to me now.
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 I live in Houston also and ride DH, actually going to angel fire next weekend. We should get together for a DH trip
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 Thanks, are you flying out or driving? I can't go, though. Got way too much going on at work and with the family. We are thinking about renting a house there for the month of July. For what I spend at the lodge in two weeks, I can have the best house in Angel Fire for a month. I would pitch a tent but I've got the wifey and two teenage girls in tow.
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 So Cal is the best!!! Why would I move? Best weather in the states and I could bike all year. Mammoth and Big Bear might not be Whistler but it will do for me
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 And when every where else is covered in snow, we have our best riding weatherSmile
Cheers to us!
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 Socal baby!!! All year long riding, tons of trails, and beautiful beaches. sure BC is nice, but too much rain for months.
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 I lived 3 years in SoCal... I want to go back so badly !
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 Weather is boring, cost of living is insane and people are dickheads. Plus riding on DG sucks. I'll get out of this place someday...
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 Santa Cruz, CA all the way. Minus the tourism
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 I would move in a heartbeat, I live in Houston an its miserable for mountain biking. Thing that always held me back was graduating college with a degree, and fear of not having a job out of college. Now I realize I'm 24 my whole life is ahead me I can always find work in construction management anywhere with my degree, and do I really want to spend a life miserable in Houston an look back in regret not doing what I want? Its funny because I can relate to the article a lot of supposed friends tell me "really you're gonna throw it away everything for biking". So that caused me to re-think everything about my future in staying in Houston, then a dear friend said to me "if you had the chance to do what you want, but involved you to change you lifestyle completely would you?" An the answer now is hell yes I would, I've spent my life holding back now its time to change what comes next in my pursuit of a happiness in life. Downhill mountain biking saved me in a way, I found something that I thoroughly enjoy in my life and met some of the most incredible people I have had an honor to meet. I look forward to whats to come next and busting my ass working for who ever employs me and training even harder on the weekends for downhill. All I need is to take that first step, so here's to next year, look forward to what to come and meeting a few fellow members.
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 Best of luck, Gooseman. I know if I was 24 again, I'd do a few things differently. Go find those mountains.
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 Thank you I can't wait to start that first step, hopefully I'll find something in B.C.area definitely my goal to live there in my life
  • + 3
 Revelstoke BC quite honestly one of the best places to live in BC, riding here is some of the best in the province and it's a 2 hour drive to silverstar and a 2 1/2 drive to sun peaks/Kamloops, plus Nelson is never too far away in the kootenays either!
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 I rode out my front door in August, bike and hike-a-bike up Cartier, stood on the summit, rode down peak to creek in over an hour all downhill, about 7000ft vertical, rode back home. 9 hour/40 km round trip epic. Revelstoke is awesome, I wouldn't live anywhere else.
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 I just moved from California to New Zealand because the mountain biking is so good!!! Sweet as Bro!
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 How'd you manage to swindle that deal?
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 Vancouver Island , OK for now but my mind is in Utah - best riding ever in my books
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 Don't do it. Stay in the area you're in... I'm in southwestern Colorado, so Utah is a short drive, but Utah is still nothing like the PNW. Besides, Utah is full of that stupid religion stuff.
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 Having lived in the PNW for about a year, and Colorado for about 12 years, I would pick Colorado over the NW. Too much rain!! In Colorado we get 300 days of sunshine annually. When I lived in North Idaho it rained every f'n day. Winter Park and Sol Vista are hard to beat!!
  • + 1
 Fair weather riders shouldn't move to the PNW only people who want to ride the best trails.
  • + 2
 I say make the best of what you have available. Not comparing it to other locations but for being in the middle of the desert in southern Nevada, Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City Nevada kills it (in the winter).. It is one mile from my house. In the summer we got nice trails an hour away at Mount Charleston. Sedona, Flagstaff, Big Bear, Mammoth and Virgin and Moab are all a relatively short drive away.
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 I live in Western Sweden and honestly, trails here are far from what majority of MTBers would consider cool. We get all the sht that has fallen from the skies over UK, and double the wind. But even though I feel MTB is all my life, I know that in reality it isn't, and I think there is few things more sad than a person wanting to live somewhere else than he resides, and feeling stuck because of a blurry dream. If it was a real dream you'll be where you want to be. If you are not MTB-wise lucky enough to be born near a place like Alps, Colorado BC or Wueenstown NZ, then you either move there, or make the best of what you have at your place. Just don't waste life imagining something needing sacrifices that you are not willing to make to get there, that make you stay where you are now. Aaron Gwin was so right about that life is not all about bikes.
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 Wherever you live you have to embrace it - there is a lot more to life than the place you live. Where will I live in the future? Somewhere else no doubt. The sense of adventure and learning that comes with a move is far more exciting than being fixed in one place. As society becomes more global the idea of home will change drastically from how we view it now.

At the moment I live in Hong Kong, the riding here is much better than you would expect. However, Rotorua and Wellington were my last two towns so it's definitely different. Funny thing is my job and income here means I get to ride much more than I ever did in NZ and have great riding holidays too.
  • + 2
 Can´t complain, good weather all year round here in Portugal, got some good local trails and some of the best Downhill tracks in this country (Northern Portugal rulz!).
But I would love to get somewhere like NZ or Canada for a year or 2...
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 I live right on the edge of the Forest of Dean in the UK. We have our forest trails which are huge (UK Huge that is), loads of short downhill tracks and a thriving trail and dh building community. Also on our doorstep are the likes of the welsh mountains as well as new places such as Bike Park Wales, which is the new welsh whistler. We know we cannot compete on scale in the UK to the American and Canadian (and other places), but I really don't care. The people are ALL friendly and help each other out, the trails are great and ridable all year round and the weather is great.

remember there is no such thing as bad weather as long as you're wearing the right clothes.
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 Exactly dude, i travel up there every weekend - its the best we have round our area by a long shot.
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 The weather is great? Is this the same UK I am from?
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 Yep - All about a positive state of mind and not moaning about everything all the time. Learn to appreciate what you have.
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 But that's just not the English way! I demand you are an impostor of the English lands!
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 You're quite right mate - I'm welsh
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 Quite right, I just moved back from the French Alps and now living in Edinburgh. Some people just moan for the sake of moaning. Get the waterproof on and go have some fun in the mud. Big smiles at the end of the day. I can't believe how great the weather has been this summer and some amazing terrain and trails all over the U.k
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 @haighway: I was in Wales this year on a trip home and couldn't believe the riding there - it's awesome. Rented a bike at the Afan Argoed center and went off riding for a few hours - bit more cross country than I'm used to but those trails were well made and huge fun to ride on a smaller bike. Coming back for a trip next year and will be heading to Merthyr for the bike park - amazing to see - exactly what the valleys needed.
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 Seattle is the center of my MTB universe. I have rode Stevens, Leavenworth, Duthie, Black Rock, Olympics, North Shore, Squamish, San Diego, Whistler, Bellingham, Black Diamond, Exit 27 and some how made it to Hawaii to do some real sic downhill. My X told me a few years ago it was her or the bike, I guess it all worked out.
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 I would gladly give my left bollock to be able to call North Wales home. I'd sacrifice both to be able to live in the PDS. As it is I live in one of the flattest parts of the UK, 2 hours drive from any properly decent riding :-( the opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet, there always seems to be a reason why I 'cant' move. Wish I'd made the move 10 years ago when I had no ties or commitments. ....
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 Don't sacrifice your bollocks, it's a bit harsh' I've lived in Europe for 8 years and today I'm going to turn down a job offer in NZ, mad maybe ? and at 45 the opportunity's are getting fewer but they have to be worth taking. What I'm saying is keep looking and it will come around.
  • + 2
 Haven't seen anyone repping the great state of MAINE,, would move to pnw or somewhere without a winter if I could, but when there isn't snow here, there is plenty of good riding. If you want paved bmx like bike parks you won't like it though. Natural terrain, roots, gnar.
  • + 2
 far northern California is where its at for me, nestled up against a big fat volcano. Im close enough to make the periodic homage to Whistler and still close to Tahoe. Southern Oregon is basically my back yard and is full of good riding too. We've got dozens of small mountain lakes within an afternoons hike or moto ride. Great back country skiing in the winter. and a small ski park just getting its feet wet with lift access biking. The more one travels the more perspective is gained of your home. I love where I live. I'll be staying here.
  • + 2
 Clearwater BC in the center of BC I have fast access to all the good trail systems Williams Lake, Kamloops to Whistler,..then I have my own trail system right here in town not alot of people ride my trails so less wear and tear.
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 I've lived and ridden in Northern and Southern England, Laguna beach California was sweet! but no chair lift access. I live in Vail Colorado now, With three bike parks and loads of trails on my door step. It'a gotta be one of the top places to live and ride?
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 good to read stuff from other people here. i wish i lived in BC but calgary, alberta isn't so bad specially that friends and family are here, they make it worth while. job? i really don't mind even if i worked at a fast food joint, tbh as long as there's good mountain biking.
  • + 2
 There is some great riding in & around Calgary, and an awesome cycling community too. Honestly if we weren't right next to BC (which admittedly is about the best place on earth to ride) people would be going on about how awesome Alberta is. It is still pretty damn awesome, and BC is just a short drive away...
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 haha, totally forgot to note it down. yes, were fortunate. we got a little slice of BC (bragg creek, banff, canmore) and driving further, we got some awesome bike parks (fernie, golden, panorama). not too bad!
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 I kinda never liked the Austrian trails THAT much. But after spending a couple of weeks in BC, I think the trails over here are quite epic too. You've got to look from a different perpective from time to time to value what you have! Only problem is, most of the great trail outside the bike parks are somewhat illegal... all the land around here is privately owned. Maybe I'll consider moving to another part of the country, like closer to Saalbach, in the future.
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 Land in the US is mostly privately owned as well. But I'd move to a nice quiet, laid back town somewhere in the French/Swiss/German alps with good riding nearby in a heart beat.
  • + 2
 QUSTION: Do you like where you live?

A: I live in the country of Canada. In my opinion one of the best to live in.

I live in the province of Ontario. It’s okay geographically speaking. Not the elevation that you get out west thought.

I live in the Town of Lincoln. It’s a small quite town in southern Ontario. It’s where my career has taken me, not my lifestyle. But for mountain biking purposes it’s not too bad. The Niagara escarpment is a nice place to ride. Lots of single track with some fun and fast steep downhill spots. Great views of Lake Ontario and the wine vinyards of southern Ontario. I’m about 2.5 hours from Blue Mountain Bike Park where you can get left access and more bike park like features.

Unfortunately… If I could, I would head west in a heartbeat!! In my opinion they have the best mountain biking territory around. Especially in Canada! Alberta bad lands a must stop! Head up north to Prince Rupert British Columbia for a quick visit in the late summer months. Awwwww yeah that’s the stuff!

Soo… I guess I like where I live but if I had the opportunity to move west I would, but I don’t think I would leave this great country, unless Australia or New Zealand are willing to take me in.
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 Laguna Beach CA. Doesn't get much better than that. Great XC, AM and DH trails in my back yard, year-round. Better in winter when we see Gee, Brendan, Richie and many, many more. Add a few summer trips to British Columbia, UT, CO or AZ for variety. Surf for some upper body workouts. notbad
  • + 1
 I just moved to Huntington Beach from utah I'm looking for dh/free ride or am.
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 I live in the north west of the uk. I'm about 25 mins from the Lake District which is full of hills, mountains etc. there are some awesome xc riding trails all over. Be we don't have anything in the way of down hill which is a shame because with the amount of natural stuff we have. There is no doubt that a track could be built to British,European and even World Cup standards here. But as we've seen the coverage Stevie got after winning the over all. Downhill isn't recognized enough. Which is a shame because the Lake District could have the potential to be one if the best places for DH in the uk along with wales and Scotland.
  • + 1
 Dont forget there is setmurthy just behind cockermouth. Its not national level but its great fun to ride with decent variation. I love the place but its nearly 3 hours from here
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 Now to give this raw data to a Geographer who can map out by area where people are happy or not. It has our profiles which most of us geotagged with our home location. Real simple job.
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 Where I live has nothing to do with good trails in the area. I live in the town where I work. I work full time, rent a house, have bills to pay, and a girlfriend to take care of. I can't just move somewhere because it has better trails. That being said there are some pretty sweet trails in my area.
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 Nobody from Hungary? There is even illegal to go on some cycling on the local hills... Everybody - except the government - sponsors the footballers ( Hungarian football is a piece of crap ), and and bikers got banned from everywhere. Who the f*ck wants to live here, from the cyclists? If I ever will be rich, I will move to Canada! That's the paradise of bikers.
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 Bend Oregon!
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 Bend Life!
  • + 2
 Northern Ontario along Lake Superior and near the Cambrian Shield, there are 200's of KM of amazing XC ski trails of every imaginable difficulty and the views are out of this world. That's were I want to get back to, now London Ontario.
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 I love my City(Quebec city) but not for downhill. the only mountain around is Mont Saint-Anne but except for the world cup, this resort is a joke(for biker).
  • + 1
 I love MSA, its got some epic riding. It's not Bromont, but that's actually a good thing. ....but I didn't go this year because it was closed until July, that was lame.
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 WHOOOO Northern ireland! where chavs shout insults across streets no matter what you do, bikes (and bikers) are gay to the majority of youth, nowhere to ride except rostrevor and other places across the border! damn i hate this place in a bike related point of view...
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 Wales, hard to complain, we've been to BC / Whistler than thought, yeah I'd love to live here, been to the Alps and thought, yeah I'd love to live here - but my friends and family aren't there and we can ride year round, balls to snow, I hate winter sports and snow in general.

Now, if they'd be so kind as to build a lift at BPW, I'd be set.
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 This topic has been my life long obsession. Limited means and family connections (very fortunate) have been my greatest obstacles keeping me from moving to the land of mtns, mist and trees as well as finding a community of like minds/heart. However, it appears my window may opening up soon. Fingers crossed for a lil Northern Exposure, beyond the bike but for the soul.
  • + 1
 You got to move! The sun, heat and horrible air is killing you. A handful of trails has been life support but it's no way to live.
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 I live ten minutes from Bromont, an hour and a half from Burke, an hour and a half from East Hereford. why would I want to live anywhere else?
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 I grew up in the hills of Christchurch, New Zealand with trails almost literally out my front door. Then I moved to Wellington where it was similar. Then Vancouver, BC - goes without saying. Now I live in Auckland and the nearest trail that's more than a 20 minute loop is a 45 minute drive away. Which would be OK, if I had a car.
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 Gloucestershire may not have mountains but Leckhampton hill, Birdlip woods and Standish woods are full of flowing trails Smile If I want bikepark it's not far to FOD or Wales. I'm pretty happy where I am. Smile
  • + 1
 Well...
Its hard to take you guys serious when you´re complaining living in Ontario or something instead of Kamloops or Whistler.
In my F***ing country is our biggest hill 150 metres high and is forbidden to build trails there because its an "tourist attraction", and is a 5 hour drive away from me! The longest trail is about 600 metres long, and there is no lift( again a 5 hour drive away from me) There is only one DH trail in my part of the country( An island called Sjaelland) and its only about 100 metre long, and is about to be closed because it´s in a poor condition! When people think of mountainbiking they think, wide gravel roads and Lycra. The people in my local club don´t what a manual is, and they think i´m crazy when i´m jumping.

I would love to live in Canada, also if its kamloops instead of WhistlerWink
  • + 1
 Banff, AB. Left my girlfriend behind and moved out from Nova Scotia to work for the summer...15 years ago. The lifestyle is too good here to ever leave. The riding is awesome and whatever we don't have here is reasonably close by - Moose Mountain, Panorama, Golden, Revelstoke, Silver Star...
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 I moved from the dizzy heights of the English Surrey Alps to Whister four years ago and could not be happier. I'm a biker through and through and if there is any future move in store then the quality of biking will be the first thing on my consideration list.
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 The riding where I live is not too bad, it could be better but I could certainly be worse. I do have a really good bunch of guys to ride with though. The job opportunities in this side of the world are really good tho
  • + 1
 I moved to an island called chiloe for business reasons (we are starting a lodge) and i brought my trail bike along. Proud to be the first one to ride many trails on a bike, I preety much discover a new one on every other ride...
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 can,t complain too much i,m 5min from THE WOODLOT , 15min from BEAR & RED MTN , THE SHORE is and hr West of me and i can hit the Valley for SUMAS , LEDGEVIEW and VEDDER and Whistler is 2hrs or so , plus lets not forget about what Washington has too offer
  • + 2
 Moved to Austria 2 years ago and I've got all the parks within 1,5hrs.. Same for the winter! yet I still miss some pure nature. something that is quite rare here in Central Europe..so i guess this isn't the end Smile
  • + 1
 Great article pinkbike. It'd be cool if you started covering certain cities and doing articles on the bike shops/trail network, beer etc... For example, I live in Boston which is a very active, healthy city with miles of extremely technical single track right north and south of the city. Sure these patches of woods and reservations don't make the POD but that's not what it's about. To me it's about finding a good crowd of people and shredding the local woods to hell.
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 I live in Ireland, north Dublin, and I swear I can't imagine a worse place for a mountain biker. There's nothing here apart from farms and golf courses. There are some forests in the south, but if you don't have a car, you can't get there. I'm already sending job applications to Austria and Germany and I cant't wait for the day when I finally move away.
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 You should have "no, but I plan to in the near future". Because I am moving to Denver from Dallas later this year to race and ride Smile
  • + 1
 all i see is a bunch of comments about doesnt it snow 6-8 months of the year the answer is yes but why stop because of snow it just makes things a lil more interesting stud your tires and quit sniveling thats it just get out and ride it will make you way better i promise
  • + 2
 Moved from Ashland OR where the trail head was across the street from my driveway. I am now in Portland OR where it's a 50 min drive (usually weekend dawn patrols) to Sandy Ridge but it's better for my family.
  • + 1
 if i knew in my early 20s what i do now id move to a riding location in a second,, now with job kids n stuff in my 40s its too late and seeing how into riding my son is i fel i let him down as well as myself,,, sucks for riding where we live
  • + 3
 Uk is deceptively good for riding, all kinds of terrain and fairly relaxed accessibility. Yeah it rains but just buy a decent jacket!
  • + 1
 I live in Houston, Tx and our mountain biking leaves a lot to be desired but in my industry it's the place to be. So I can either live where I want and worry about a crappy economy or live here, make great money and have the ability to travel to good places to ride.
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 I live in Canberra Australia and my wife and I have a great house, jobs we love, earn some decent coin (enough to go on riding holidays) and are close to family. I am a few minutes ride from some okay trails (but excellent hill training), fifteen minutes ride from some good trails, and twenty minutes drive from several excellent riding spots. I've been to a few so-called 'world class' riding spots overseas (e.g. Whistler, Moab, Santa Cruz, and rode with locals and I lived in NorCal for three years) but my area must be pretty good because I didn't think these areas were that exceptional. Don't get me wrong, they were very good, but they weren't good enough to entice me to move there. I can race at least once a fortnight and I have more riding buddies than I can poke a spoke at.

I'm pretty happy.
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 I'm happy right where I am 2.5 hours across from Canberra on the Australian East coast in a little town called Broulee. Great trails ten minutes from my house (including the well known Snaketrack which I built and maintain), climate that allows year round riding, beaches surfing swimming and snorkeling on my doorstep. I've got a wonderful wife and home and a job at the local bike shop. Love it!
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 Good on ya. I lived in Canberra for three years. I miss Mount Stromlo! South coast isn't too bad either.
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 rstwosix, you are brilliant!

The Snaketrack has THE most perfectly executed flow on any trail I have ever ridden. Each turn is the perfect radius for the preceding turn, there is no need to bear down on the brakes at any point. I tell the guys building Stromlo that they need to go ride Snaketrack so they can see how it should be done. Usually I prefer more natural trails but for the berms on Snaketrack I will make an exception.

Mogo is so good I ride down AST and think "Can a track get any better than this?" and then a few minutes later I know the answer is "Yes, it can!".
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 Well, thank you very much!
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 I live on the French Riviera in France. Not as good as in BC but for riding there a lot of worst place in the worls. Not far from the Alps, not far from very good spot in Italy like Finale Ligure, good weather. We can ride all year long and muddy conditions, honestly we don't really know what it is. Add to that that I have a private trail which arrive directly at my house, so it's pretty easy to go for a ride after work.
But in the summer,let's face it, it's not BC ;(
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 I forgot to mention , 30 minutes away and you can be riding Wharncliffe, The place where the one and only Steve Peat learned his craft and still lives and trains, (see seasons the movie), and of course you have Wales and the Atherton tracks and terrain 2 hours to the west, 5-6 hours North and your riding Fort Bill. I think for me time is more of an issue than where I live, with a wife a 2 year old and work I'm so lucky I live pretty much in the woods other wise if I had to drive every time I wanted my fix then I'd be buggered.
And to comment on wind rain and generally perceived shit conditions, what doesn't kill you only makes you harder stronger faster. Look at the 2013 WC standings in the men's 7 Brits in the in the top 20 more than any other nation, women's 5 Brits in the top 20 more than any other nation, this is where I ride.
All those countries with there fancy BIG COUNTRY terrain, you need to pull your finger out, hahah
  • + 1
 Lived in Washington my entire life except for a year in Wyoming for tech school. Some decent riding down there, but nothing compared to the PNW. Absolutely love it here. Great mountain biking, snowboarding, music scene. Bout the only place I know of where all my hobbies/passions are easily accessible. Not to mention, Squamish is only a few hour drive away.
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 Soo, 3 week holiday in Alberta, visited some of the good spots e.g. Jasper, Banff etc and am now considering moving to canada full time. Hearing that Capilano university offers a course for mountain bike operations just brightened up the day. Need any more motivation to move ??
  • + 1
 Well the high desert on socal is not that great, have to look aruon an biuld your own trls cause there are not many to none, and even when we/you biuld your own , some f*g dirtbiker comes and rips up ur trl an destroys it!!! So we just basically bunny hop tumble weeds out here lmao!
  • + 1
 Appalachian Mtns in Pa. Little bit of single track but mainly four wheeler trails and lease roads Frown
would move to somewhere like whistler or bc but it's hard meeting new people you can trust. I've got two little ones
and no family there.
  • + 3
 Washington has a lot to give. We can sleep in our own beds and exit A line and tell Semenuk "nice job last week" in the same day.
  • + 1
 I live in the flatest land imaginable. Iowa is nothing but farm land and small cities... I can't move, Im only 14, and I can only wish and dream. But I hope that my future will lie on the trails of Whistler, where everyone gets my craving for dirt, blood and air.
Ultimately, I make Iowa what I can, and build the trails the best I can, and enjoy them as much as I can as well. I dont know if I belong in the Dh/freeride community, because I can't afford it... I can't even afford to live hardly. But a kid can hope, and someday my hard work may pay off. Ive broke to many walmart bikes to give up now. I proudly show off the scars I got from falling, and I can't wait to get more. Transition Dirtbag is probably the only bike I can get, but I don't mind. My mom is hopeful too, she knows how important it is to me, and hopefully I will get a bike. Because in my current position, the feeling I get when I ride the trails is my only pleasure. Its the only thing that matters to me anymore. I don't fit in with my society, but maybe I will fit in with you guys. Or maybe you will shun me, because I am not one of you. I don't know what to do.... but I hope someday I can share the trails you do. Thank you for reading.... if you did. See you someday.
  • + 1
 I live in a relatively privileged place in Brazil. We have plenty of natural trails for all mountain and for the downhill side of things, its ok, there's a dozen of tracks. But the problem is my country is not organized. Most of these DH trails are on private land, so normally you can't ride whenever you want and, if the owner change his mind, it's all gone. Also, there are no parks or trailbuilders. Things are messy. If I could choose now, would move to Canada and live in a simple house with two or three bikes. Actually I'm planning to go to whistler and staying for two months next year (anyone wants to help me with renting a place there?? Thanks! =P)
  • + 1
 I live in Oxfordshire, England. It is very flat and it sucks balls! Forest of dean is 1.25 hours away, thats probably the closest decent place I know of. I do have a local spot, the runs are fun but last 30 seconds or so, which after a while gets pretty stale. Living where I do, come winter at least, its pretty easy to get depressed about the lack of riding. Which is partly why Im going to New Zealand in december for 3 months!
  • + 1
 I went for 3 months and ended up staying for 3 years, have fun bro
  • + 3
 I traded in the Midwest for the pnw ten years ago and it was the best move I have made in my life. Oregon and Washington are all I need.
  • + 5
 I live in the most horrible place called Columba British... Wink
  • + 1
 Ashland Oregon kicks some serious ass. plus there's a good college there that's cheap. I moved there for school/bikes and it was a good decision. I can ride out my back door into a massive trail system between classes. The more it rains the better the trails get, so as long as there's no snow you can ride year round.
  • + 2
 This is a loaded question with a small range of answerable descriptions. Many of us have school, work and family among other things that come before biking when you're not pro.
  • + 1
 I live on Alameda Island in the San Francisco Bay. I can bike to some singletrack in the Oakland Hills, but there's some sketchy areas in between. Santa Cruz and Marin are a stone's throw away and boast some pretty tasty trails. A flow trail was added to my favorite local spot north of San Quentin. Tahoe is only a little over 3 hours away. I really have nothing to complain about, and I definitely make the best of what's around. I moved here from Southeast Michigan, so it was definitely a step in the right direction. All that said, I am actively searching for a job in the PNW. If all goes well, I'll be up there within a year. Maybe put down roots with the wife and pooch somewhere near Seattle, and put my bikes and skis to good use.
  • + 1
 south of France, San Diego region, New Zealand !!!....
all come to mind of course, but you know what.... i ride lifts at Bromont every week end, i go on epic XC rides in East Burke VT many times in the season....also, i went up my local tails and local hill yesterday end of the afternoon on my XC hardtail and imust admit...i love where i am.
stuff you can hit pretty much every day or so is awesome. Traveling to see other stuff is always a good time (ever been to Whistler?, impossible to not have fun and fun...i mean fun) but really, i thinkg it's what you make of what you have that keeps you ridding. (build it, ride it and progress)

cheers,
  • + 1
 I really hope next year that the EWS comes to visit us in Chile, South America, the mountain bike community sees how EPIC the Andes Mountains are. You'll never ride so close to so many volcanoes, or see so drastic changes in weather, fauna and flora. You can ride from 10000ft to 2000 ft in a single descent, experiencing all types of dirt imaginable!
  • + 1
 I live in the "Thuringer Forest" in Germany, which is one of the best regions here for Enduro riding and also pretty good for DH, it's just missing some gondolas, but there are some tracks where you can shuttle.
I'm a student and the University is pretty good, but I actually moved here because I wanted to ride my bike Smile
My family thinks I'm crazy, because my brothers all live in big citys now and don't understand why I moved here, my town has less than 30,000 residents and yeah, if it wasn't for mountainbiking, I would be really bored here!
  • + 1
 I live in Kansas City area...would be awesome if could live in Grand Junction, Colorado - awesome trails in the area and easy riding distance to many other great riding areas - Moab, Crested Butte, Salt Lake City, stuff in the Rockies...
  • + 1
 I live in Ireland. Good riding and the whole scence is progressing and becoming more widespread which is good but everything is very much XC and light enduro that doesnt last very long and the run is over before you know it. BC would be a dream place for me to live. Even for a year or two. I'd want it where a run can last 15-20 minutes of solid riding...
  • + 5
 Go squamish go! In between vancouver and whistler, doesn't get better! Smile
  • + 2
 i would really love to live in Canada,enywhere on Vancouver Island but I'm about thousand and thousand miles away from but I have a dream to live there and that's important.I hope that my dream will become reality.
  • + 1
 Moved to France (Nice) for a job, knew there were some nice hills behind the city... Didnt realise those hills were home to Vouilloz, Barel etc, now ride the transprovence trails every weekend and have had the opportunity to ride or race the top French enduro guys. Absolutely mint!

My contract is finishing up soon tho... I think I'm willing to sabotage my career just to stay riding here a few more years... Let's keep that between you and me, ok internet? cheers
  • + 1
 Edmonton was good when I was younger but now that I'm getting older and hitting bigger jumps and whatnot I would rather move to B.C. where I'm not 8 hours away from a bike park.
  • + 0
 The world surrouding me exists only as an ndividual immagination. I can only travel, observe news on tv, read some websites and this is how I am building my picture of the world. So if one asks me where I would like to live in this world, I would answer New Zeeland, Cannada, Japan or Italy, but all the preferences are based only on what I learned about the places throughout my past life. I should remember that there are factors and aspects of life, like local customs, people's thinking of what is right or wrong so different from mine, that it is always easier to stay where I am, although it may seem so much worse, and so unjustified. People are adaptable but this comes with a cost.
  • + 1
 No it's shit, takes an hour to get to the nearest place worthy of getting the bikes dirty, and the place is rammed with litter dropping benefit claimants that wouldn't think twice about robbing your bike given the chance.
  • + 1
 Cant complain.Spend winter living in a deluxe ski lodge with no expenses earning very good coin,Snowboard most days if i dont feel like that i go down into jindy and ride the deserted trails.
  • + 1
 Napier in New Zealand is home for me, sure, river , hills, sunshine , single track and mountains ! Our mtn bike club had 2500 members last year , haven't heard of a club bigger anywhere else in the world !
  • + 5
 squamish.
  • + 3
 almost anywhere on the west coast is awesome..but I share the Squamish bias. Amazing mtb community, even more amazing trail network, and incredible proximity to SO MANY other AMAZING areas. Day trips from Vedder to Pemberton, weekend trips to the Island, Sunshine Coast, Chilcotins, Washington... need I say more?
  • + 3
 Yorkshire and the Peak District has everything you could ever want,all natural.Just wish it would stop raining
  • + 1
 Except decent land access. My mates started building a track on private land with permission and the locals still kicked off about it. Other than the odd berm and kicker it was just a singletrack winding down a steep hillside. Could barely see it from the roads and no houses were near by.
  • + 3
 Whistler may have a Bike Park, but I've got Scienceworld and Kingsgate Mall 2 minutes away.
  • + 1
 I Live on the North Vancouver "the shore" for 14 years now. 5 whitewater rivers from class2-5 and hundreds of trails.
I am 5 min ride to the trailhead..
North Van is beyond cool if your like it outdoors...
  • + 1
 AK Girdwood is where I live but now I gotta get a real job and go live in anchorage and hopfully keep my marriage together... Alyeska has some sick trails check out Alaska anyone for riding
  • + 1
 Applying to Grad school now...I feel like I finally have a good chance to put my foot in the door somewhere! UBC and Colorado School of Mines awesome so far, but what about Corvallis or Eugene Oregon?
  • + 2
 UBC all the way. Both are good schools depending on your program. Greater Vancouver Area trail options kills Front Range sidewalk trails. If comparing the BC province to CO state, its not even fair. If you are into snowsports, UBC even more of a sell (you will have 3 ski areas closeby).

But school is probably more important (depending on funds & priorities). At least, there is a bike park in Golden. Much of CO is overhyped including the bike parks. Good luck.
  • + 1
 Depends on your major. OSU is more science/engr driven good trails 30-50 mins. Eugene is home of the Ducks and more of liberal arts school with Oak Ridge near (if you haven't heard of the majestic Oak ridge trails your should check them out).
  • + 1
 I live in a beautiful mid sizes city on the water with amenities for everything out door, plus I can day trip Whistler. The only thing I miss is a surfable wave and more sunshine.
  • + 2
 Nelson BC. We've got it all. Well over a hundred local trails, Rossland less than an our away, the sickest powder in winter and no crowds. Valhalla!
  • + 2
 I'm late to the discussion, but I think there's something to be said for being content with where you live, no matter where you are.
  • + 4
 Queenstown for three months this winter
  • + 2
 Kamloops. Ride out of my garage and I'm on the trails in less than 5 minutes. I feel pretty fortunate to have that privilege!
  • + 1
 I spent last year in Vancouver and Whistler on Working Holiday visa. Returning back to Czech Republic was probably the worst decision of my life, the life doesn't even compare.
  • + 3
 I live in sunny socal and can ride all year at Mammoth and Big Bear and that's totally fine for me.
  • + 1
 where I live there's not much trails, but you can ride them any day in the year... Also, my culture is this.... I would move for a few months to other places, but I would hardly move forever to another country.
  • + 2
 Winter park colorado I can tell if the lift is running from my living room its nice to make some laps go home for lunch or when the lift shutsdown for lighting
  • + 4
 Living in Bellingham.... I can't complain!!
  • + 2
 Bellingham is pretty perfect, haha
  • + 1
 Central Washington in a peaceful town called cashmere! Sunshine and mountains 310 days a year baby!
  • + 2
 Bellingham is great. I love it here...great riding partners, great local trails, and BC is right outside our door.
  • + 2
 Bellingham!! Great DIY spirit here keeping it all alive!
  • + 2
 Living in America, yet also close to all the Canadian spots..
  • + 1
 Our Colorado office is located just outside of Vail. For us a fantastic location with amazing local riding as well as 1-3 hour drives to places like Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fruita, Moab, Grand Junction, etc.
  • + 2
 Santa Cruz is pretty much perfect. XC, AM, DH trails, dirt jumps. Doesn't snow so year round riding and racing. And if your bike is broken then you can go surfing!
  • + 1
 I don't necesaraly have a choice, seing that I'm 15yr old that rides dh in southwest co, i'd probably move to a more dh centered town, but hey, looks like durango might be catching on to it, sure do hope so.
  • + 1
 45minutes to first bikepark, 3km to local hill full of freeride tracks, and 30minutes to sea with wind up to 40 knots. Did I mention hour and a half to slopes full of fresh powder in winter? It's as good as it gets..
  • + 2
 Socal is great for mtb,..but taxes are crazy, high unemployment, hostile to small business, enviro nazis, worst gun laws. Idaho, washington, northern az, utah...
  • + 3
 Stay away from pemberton, It sucks here, and trails are crappy this time of year.
  • + 1
 I rode a trail there once. Took a while to get to the top (there were blueberries and fresh black and grizzly bear poo) and then the descent was so steep it was all over really quickly. Some Native Americans threatened to take our bikes because we were supposedly on an ancient hunting trail which they used to hunt bears. Not the greatest biking experience, but memorable.
  • + 1
 Queenstown is the place to be. Epic trails everywhere, a gondola, sweart bike park, the best jump bike park in the world, great crowd, great vibe and atmosphere. Best place to live
  • + 1
 Fanny packs aren't really anything new. They've been using them for trail running for some time now. They generally, though, have some sort of bottle sleeve.
  • + 1
 i move a lot ! im in park city now for the winter but i hope to move to Bend OR. that is where mountain biking is ( for me ) ! so much good Flow and its funner Wink
  • + 2
 moved to Smithers BC from Calgary Ab, no more commute to the trails, and our trails rail!
  • + 1
 Good call
  • + 2
 Bellingham, WA. Killer local riding and super close to BC. Pretty tough to beat!
  • + 1
 Moved to Calgary to snowboard, but have to say the mountain biking is not bad - and getting better all the time. When I'm done here I get to go home to NZ. Life is tough.
  • + 1
 Already planning on emigrating to BC in a few years (hopefully Kamloops or Abbotsford) for the work and the biking.

Can't wait to get out the UK tbh.
  • + 1
 I live in the place, where I have wild mountains and deep blue sea. I just need to buy a car to have a real freedom to move me and my bike wherever I want.
  • + 1
 Top quality singletrack 6 minutes ride from the door, nearest"trail centre" 12 minutes driving from the door.
French Alpine trails 15 hours from the door... I`m happy*
  • + 1
 portland is only good for spandex or bmx. The city calls itself the best cycling city, but really its just a big poser. Soak up that sunshine for me people if you can!
  • + 3
 I'm happy in NZ, wouldn't say no to a holiday in Canada or Europe though.
  • + 4
 Moab, ut
  • + 2
 At some point I'll cash out and move to Nelson, B.C. Great town, great people.
  • + 1
 I live in Victoria, huge amount of riding and close to Steve Smith's home mountain. Mt Prevost. Year round riding, just get a bit wet.
  • + 2
 Left Fort William, Scotland to live in North Vancouver. Happy as a pig in shit :-)
  • + 2
 nop, that's why i'm looking atm for an job in another city where the trails are closer and hills bigger.
  • + 3
 Sunny Southern Cal. Year round riding!
  • + 1
 BC is good but lets not forget Alps, Oregon, Nor Cal for different reasons. BC I would say is one of the best not the best. Everywhere has its own certain advantage
  • + 3
 Life in the Colorado Rockies is pretty killer!!
  • + 2
 So-Cal mountain biking is great, but I can't help but crave some BC action.
  • + 1
 I live where the Army tells me to. Right now it's Washington which is amazing but here soon it will be Virginia which doesn't seem like it's gonna be that great Frown
  • + 1
 Hard to complain when you can hitchhike out your back door and ride the Teton Pass trails. The views of the Tetons aren't bad either.
  • + 2
 Pretty hard to beat Vancouver. So much good riding within a short drive, and a decent city.
  • + 1
 Duncan BC, I have 4 amazing hills only ten minutes from my house and to top it off Mt.Prevost Steve Smiths training grounds. Year round riding and a ton of cool locals.
  • + 1
 I prefer sunpeaks if i could do a summer there...ie vacation, but i live/plan things where i can live within my means and bike trips are part of that wich im happy
  • + 2
 Bellingham, WA Perfect for me. Smile
  • + 2
 Got to be Portes du soleil for me...
  • + 2
 Rapid City SD. Its actually pretty much perfect.
  • + 1
 how is the job market there?
  • + 1
 I've just spent my first year living in Vancouver having spent the last 6 in London (UK). Best decision I ever made.
  • + 1
 I just moved to my van down by the river and eat a steady diet of government cheese! and ride my bike along the river...
  • + 3
 whistler
  • + 1
 FU! Razz I live in lancaster pennsylvania where the only worthwhile place to ride is like 40 min away Frown (( super lame.
  • + 3
 enjoi... try Florida. I'm a man with a love for DH stuck in a rather flat state with good DH courses 8-10 hours away. My goal... New Zealand or Austria within the next 5 years.
  • + 1
 could ride in the swamps with the gators Razz hahaha jk that sucks man!
  • + 1
 As a matter of fact that's exactly where I ride xD saw an 8 footer the other day sunning himself on the trail... I kept my distance lol It does suck! Only upside are the beaches and beautiful women
  • + 1
 Lake District, Cumbria. Great trails a plenty. You also got Wales 2hrs away and Scotland, 2 hrs the other way. I'm happy!!
  • + 2
 Moved to Oregon to ride bikes. I am where I want to be.
  • + 1
 Omaha Nebraska is in the top 10 worst places to ride. I need to move but l cant right now :-(
  • + 1
 I can ride straight out of my garage to some of the best trails around. All good in this hood!
  • + 1
 I just moved from france to live in Van !so yes !I'm satified here !hahaha !unfortunately, only for one year...
  • + 1
 Winnipeg has the best riding available, I find it weird it's never featured in magazines or movies!
  • + 1
 Stellenbosch, South Africa. Probably one of the nicest places to live in the World. Riding season all year long.
  • + 1
 Santa Monica CA . I can walk to the beach and pedal to the trails above from my house .
  • + 2
 Living in whistler, nothing to complain about
  • + 2
 Hey Matt, how can we get back on the right track?
  • + 1
 I'm likely to move where the riding is better. Kinda bored with Santa Rosa, California.
  • + 1
 Anything High Rockies. Love Moab but High Alpine riding can't be beat. Colorado!
  • + 2
 Moved to Bend Oregon to ride bikes.
  • + 2
 Oregon is a rad place to live.
  • + 1
 may be some one knows good emigrational programs to english speaking contries..send me please)
  • + 1
 30 miles west of Fort William Scotland, the riding doesnt get any better Smile
  • + 2
 I feel sorry for the Dutch.
  • + 2
 i live in FORT WILLIAM!! life is good
  • + 2
 Just a British comment passing through...
  • + 1
 If only i had mountains where i live... oh well i guess i can go to holiday in BC at some point Big Grin
  • + 1
 Singapore is too flat and they don't like foreigners so I'm counting off the day till I can go back to seattle
  • + 1
 I live just in front of Vallnord bike park, we will have the 2015 world MTB champion ship, so i can't complain Wink
  • + 2
 IN A VAN, DOWN BY THE RIVER!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfR1TwosYQg
  • + 1
 Oklafreakinghoma where the wind comes sweeping down the flat as can be plains...
  • + 2
 You know why they call it the NETHERlands right?..
  • + 2
 That pun was a bit FLAT.
  • + 2
 Loving my new life here in Durango CO
  • + 1
 moving the hell out of calgary for the 4th time! Keep going back to BC! Lifes a great adventure; gotta keep moving!
  • + 2
 VICTORIAAAAAAA got almost everything within 75km!
  • + 1
 The worst is when you move to Hamilton from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Why mom????
  • + 1
 Boston and the northeast is ok, but it's not BC.
  • + 1
 EULÁLIA! Bento Gonçalves/BRASIL
  • + 1
 Wish i could put "in a van down, down by the river"
  • + 1
 LOL! Too funny.
  • + 1
 I live in denmark. Flat as a penny....
  • + 1
 Yeppers, hard to beat North Shore living...
  • + 1
 Moved to Utah from Minnesota 2 years ago, never looked back.
  • + 1
 Calgary to Cumberland, Can't imagine a better place live
  • + 1
 Moving to Squamish in June.
  • + 1
 sun valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Calgary's been good to me
  • + 1
 take me shopping to Morzine
  • + 2
 Stowe Vermont bitches.
  • + 1
 People don't know. Stowe is sick.
  • + 1
 Amen! All day, every day!
  • + 1
 It's all about Aptos California!
  • + 1
 All the surveys are annoying.
  • + 1
 Luxembourg isnt that awesome to ride bikes...
  • + 1
 Bend Oregon !!!!!! The best combo of riding !
  • + 1
 I'm exactly where I want-- I've got Kiara in my backyard!
  • + 2
 Bend, Oregon. nuff said
  • + 1
 single-speed on a rigid baby!!!
  • + 1
 Feliz, Brazil! Full year riding!
  • + 1
 North Wales is pretty good, but somewhere like BC would be the dream!
  • + 1
 pond or pool.
  • + 1
 Rossland, BC!
  • + 1
 NARNIA here i come!
  • + 1
 I live in Fort William.
  • + 1
 Spokane whip it up
  • + 0
 I plan on moving to Lillooet BC when Im done law school
  • + 1
 No mountains,No fun.
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