Flashback to the Summer of Grom - Video

Jan 31, 2017 at 14:40
by Norco Bicycles  
Views: 4,748    Faves: 20    Comments: 2

As a kid, the highlight of my summer each year was cruising my BMX around the neighbourhood and camping trips with my dad. Now that my 9-year-old son, Weston has fallen in love with biking, I decided to make this past summer one that he would never forget. First, we needed to find the right bike.

Summer of Grom
Weston with his new Norco Fluid 4.2

Weston had been jumping a little bit last year, but only at the local dirt jumps and nothing that made me too nervous. We went to a local dirt jump zone above Salt Lake City and started eyeing up a gap that he was scared of - it was a really smooth jump and I knew he could do it. As a professional photographer I wanted to capture this moment perfectly, but as he went in and committed to the gap I could barely even keep my camera straight and completely blew the shot. But there was Weston, safe and sound on the other side, with his knees shaking and heart racing. I ran over and grabbed him and we were jumping up and down like we had just won the Super Bowl. This set the tone for the summer – for Weston facing his fears, and for me to let go of his hand and let him progress in a way that would only be possible if he did it on his own.

Summer of Grom

As the snow started melting up high in the Wasatch mountain range, I thought it was time to do some backpacking. Brighton Resort has some amazing granite lakes that make for some really good camping and exploring. We tried to pack as light as possible, but I loaded Weston down with enough gear to give him the experience. It was a hard push up to the camping spot, but I was impressed by Weston’s strength and he was proud he had carried his own pack.

Our campsite for the night. A warm fire and food felt good after working to get here. West carried a good sized load for a 9 year old kid.
We set up camp and cooked our dinners (and marshmallows, of course) over the fire.

Weston stepped up to some steeper slabs and was scared until he realized that it was possible and he could control his decent just fine.
The next day we set out to explore some slabs to ride. Weston had never really ridden anything like this before, but after watching me ride the line a few times he went for it. It was so amazing to see his eyes open to what he could actually do.

Weston making his way through the first snow field. His mind was blown that you could ride on snow.
We packed up our camp and continued up the trail for another first – snow riding! Weston’s mind was blown that you could ride on snow…I think it was the highlight of the trip for him.

As our summer continued we looked into how to further his riding experiences. Weston and I had never raced before, so we looked into the Utah Gravity series and entered him in the Sundance Showdown downhill race. He was a bit intimidated, but we spent some time riding the course and figuring out rock sections and drops.

Weston at his first DH race. The Sundance showdown
Weston did really well in his run even though he didn’t podium. We look forward to racing more next season. 

Our next mission was to give Weston a taste of high alpine riding – snowcapped mountains and rocky ridgelines have always had a special place in my heart. Since the trails are hard to access, it would be necessary to hike-a-bike. By this time, I knew Weston is a tough kid and that sometimes all it takes is some jerky or gummy snacks to make him feel good as new.

Spending time in the high alpine with Weston. Helping him train in all aspects of biking was our goal this summer.
Sharing with him the aroma of wild flowers and the cool crisp air of the high alpine are experiences that you can only have if you put in the effort to get there. 

Weston was able to make some incredible friends biking this summer. Luke and Alex Mallen and Finley Kirschenmann had really helped Weston step up his game as they pushed each other.

Last on my checklist was the bike park. We shot the video below at Canyons Bike Park, with trails that run through the aspens and the best fall colors we’ve seen in years. Seeing Weston shred the bike park, I’m amazed how far he’s come since that first day on his Fluid when he was so scared to hit his first gap. It was a fun way to close out the Summer of Grom. Thank you to everyone who shared in our adventures this year and to those who helped make it possible. Big thanks to @norcobicycles for making such rad little kids bikes! It made all the difference in the world to Weston's riding. Many thanks to Demon Dirt for keeping Weston protected with pads, and to Sweetwood Jerky for keeping this kid going with jerky!

By: @stevelloyd

MENTIONS: @norcobicycles




29 Comments

  • + 23
 what a great read , these kinda stories and posts make me want to ride my bike and enjoy life like i did as a kid . Good on the father for making his son feel the same way about his passion to ride and share the great memories they made ! cheers
  • + 3
 Thanks so much for all the comments! It was one of the coolest things I have done shooting this video of Weston. To see him progress and work hard to make the video. We had such a blast camping this summer and just spending time as a family. Im stoked to see what some of you guys do with your boys.
  • + 4
 So rad!! I just got my (just turned) 5yr old a norco samuria he started riding the trails here in corner canyon last summer. He is already stoked to ride in the spring. This will get him more stoked. Keep it up weston.
  • + 1
 Soooo rad! This made my day to read as it is exactly what I'm hoping to share with my kids as they get older. I have a 3 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter. I've built them a kids-bmx/pump track in the back yard and have them both on Spawn bmx-style bikes.
  • + 3
 Great read! Does nothing but create stoke and make me think of what my boy and I will be able to do in a few years time...Cheers for the article!
  • + 3
 As a father of 5 and 7 year olds.., this is it right here for me. Way to go Weston!
  • + 2
 Hey Steve....you are a great Dad and this was absolutely awesome!.....Weston is a very lucky boy. Hey Weston, your riding was awesome.......keep it up!
  • + 2
 Twoplanker10, Thanks so much man! really I will let weston know as well.
  • + 2
 snap to the future, in 5 years i'm hoping my 3years old will step it up and we will ride together in whistler, until then we got a lot of work on the trais
  • + 2
 Rad. You've got a lil' shredder! I'm excited to do this kind of stuff w my boys in a couple years.
  • + 1
 I think I'm living the same life but in Canada. My son is even the same age. Drop me a line if you two ever make it to BC. Thanks for sharing!
  • + 1
 Awesome! ... My 2y/o son loves these videos, keep em coming. Usually goes to bed watching bike videos on his tablet...
  • + 1
 That was just awesome,I wish I can convince my daughter how great mountain biking is,will get there one day...
  • + 2
 You adopting any time soon? I am a kid at heart? Nice work Dad!!
  • + 1
 Awesome video! I'm only 23, but I hope I can be as cool a dad as that when the time comes.
  • + 2
 wow that kid makes me look like a noob on a bike!!! nice work
  • + 1
 So good, I remember when Weston would wear a full face around all the time when he was like, 2. Little shredder!
  • + 2
 good jumping! Smile Beautiful scenery and great soundtrack! Smile
  • + 2
 Super rad!!
  • + 1
 Thanks man, You are gonna be there some day!
  • + 2
 Great job, love the vid!
  • + 2
 Way to go Lloyd boys!!
  • + 2
 Haha, yea bud, Soon you will be shredding with the little one! Papa Weston.
  • + 1
 Pumps me up to take my son when he is big enough! Good stuff!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah Weston!!!!! Killing it!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah Weston!
  • + 1
 Rad Dad!
  • + 1
 Yeahhhh Westy!!!
  • + 1
 This is fantastic

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