Video: First Impressions of the 2019 Whistler Bike Park with Jason Lucas & Pete Matthews

May 21, 2019 at 12:09
by Pinkbike Originals  


First Impressions: Whistler Bike Park
Words & Video: Jason Lucas // Photography: Chris Pilling

Presented by Tourism Whistler.

The snow line is receding, the lifts are turning, and mountain bikers are swarming the village - Whistler Mountain Bike Park is officially open for business. Pinkbike's Jason Lucas was on site to ride the goods and share his first impressions of the trails with special guest Pete Matthews, the man in charge of getting the trails primed for thousands of riders.


It's that time of year again.

More than ready for the first laps down the mountain.

Upper B-Line is a great place to start whether it's your first lap of the season, or it's your first lap ever.


Ho Chi Min hits.


There's no place like A-Line.


Synchronized biking for Tokyo 2020?


If you see this man, give him a high-five and buy him a beer.

Always a good time in the Whistler Bike Park.


Whistler Mountain Bike Park mountain biking trails


Presented by Tourism Whistler.
To learn more about biking in Whistler or to book a trip, visit whistler.com/bike.

This video was shot entirely on the GoPro Hero 7 Black.


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals / @GoWhistler / @WhistlerMountainBikePark / @jasonlucas




65 Comments

  • + 173
 Well Pete rips
  • + 44
 Good to see that the people who run the place actually know whats up! So many sneaky little lines in there!
  • + 20
 no kidding, i was surprised how smooth and composed his riding is, more of these please.
  • + 7
 Thanks for flying Pete Mellow Air. Bike check pls. Push play for Med 29 V10, WR1 hoops.
  • + 6
 he definitely got that smoth style
  • + 5
 Yes he is. Such an amazing guy to follow down a trail.
  • + 5
 Don't judge a book by it's cover. Pete is a Rock Star!!!
  • + 2
 @millsr4: Talk about biking the bike!
  • + 11
 If Ron Swanson Ride DH...
  • + 4
 @imho4ep: check out both Pete and his brother Stephen; they have some amazing video parts out there.
  • + 4
 WTF did I just see him do to that rock on the B-line berm that connects to ninja cougar!
  • + 2
 Pete has always been so smooth stylie and understated in his riding. Such a down to earth awesome guy who just oozes steeze. I mean if you can rock a moustache like that you know you have steeze.
  • + 0
 @damo: If he can rock a mustache like that you know has an unmarked van with plenty of candy in the back...
  • + 1
 Big boy actually rips! I'm impressed. Breaking bumps already that bad though sheeeesh
  • + 80
 Pete is so awesome Big Grin Big Grin Guy looks like a well fed BBQ trucker, so mellow, destroying those lines while talking like he is relaxing on a couch Big Grin
  • + 17
 I was thinking about him looking like a flying walrus with that stache but BBQ trucker would suffice too.
  • + 4
 Pete the savvy veteran.
  • + 67
 Anyone know the name of this park? Looks decent
  • + 21
 It sucks. Don't go.
  • + 9
 I think it's somewhere in France cause you can hear people speaking French there
  • + 10
 @mihauek: I think its in Australia then
  • + 2
 North Korean maybe?
  • + 2
 It's definitely in Southeast Asia there are tons of buses of Asians there
  • + 2
 @mph51: In Australia they speak German, it's in south from Germany.
  • + 36
 Instantly like Pete
  • + 24
 Pete literally out Randying my buddy Randy!
  • + 17
 Oh how I hate and at the same time love seeing people make tracks like "detroit rock city" look that easy !
  • - 5
flag ADGproductions (May 27, 2019 at 15:01) (Below Threshold)
 There are way harder single track trails than that! Just gotta find the flow!
  • + 7
 @ADGproductions: I'm sure there are but those hops and gaps that Pete was hitting are still crazy impressive to me
  • + 16
 Pete is a gotdam ripper
  • + 15
 Ron Burgundy?
  • + 8
 Ron “Pete” Burgundy for sure. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. Go f*ck ourself San Diego and Stay classy Whistler Bike Park!
  • + 14
 Instant click on any story when I see "Pete Matthews" in the title.
  • + 11
 "Oh my GOODNESS Peter!"

That is some very wholesome ripping right there.
  • + 4
 Just got back from 4 days of riding today...Thursday was great weather...little rain Friday and Saturday...Sunday (yesterday) was the official opening day...packed like I've never seen it. Dirt Merchant was closed...getting upgraded...Lower Whistler DH rollers closed....boo...but everything else RIPPED like usual...Sending it in the Whistlet bike park.
  • + 2
 Man it was nuts on Sunday. Kept hoping it would clear out a little but I think it was still 5 lines deep going into 7:00. Saturday and Friday were great though. Don't think I've ever had such cherry runs down A-line. Gonna have to plan an early season trip every year.
  • + 8
 More videos with Pete, please.
  • + 8
 Pete is actually sick af
  • + 19
 I dunno man he looks pretty healthy to me
  • + 6
 Looks a lot less muddy than opening day!
  • + 5
 Pete: looks like Ron Burgundy, rides like Remy Metailler.
  • + 3
 Looks fun! So what’s the minimum requirement for Whistler? A Santa Cruz Nomad? Or is a downhill bike with a dual-crown fork a must?
  • + 2
 Plenty of folks riding long travel enduro bikes in the park these days. You just can't smash stuff quite as hard as riding a full DH/park sled.
  • + 1
 Ride what you like! Depends on how fast you want to hit stuff. Also if you can handle repeated days of abuse. A nomad would be good. You can go ride the other trails out the park too.
  • + 1
 I take my DH rig because I'm kind of a hack and it seems like the extra cushion can keep me going a couple days longer.
  • + 0
 Leave your own rig at home. Plenty of rental options in the village.
  • + 1
 Thanks for your replies. I have a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT. Took it to Mammoth. It was not enough bike, so I rented a downhill rig. But I did see a few Nomads (circa 2015-17) and Specialized Enduros out there.
  • + 4
 Well god damm CBD set me free
  • + 4
 Man Pete is a smooth rider, more of this calm shredder please!
  • + 3
 Pete's got that mustache power
  • + 1
 This makes the double black look almost possible for me? Might have to give it a go
  • + 1
 Thanks Pete, for doing what you do. Just spent four days at the Park and love it more every year.
  • + 1
 I miss Tippie and Just the Tip
  • + 1
 Is that the V10 29er? Pete makes that big bike dance!
  • + 2
 Love me some Pete
  • + 1
 Talk about trusting you skills and your equipment.
  • + 1
 Hi-tops for the win!!
  • + 1
 What side of the middle?
  • + 1
 Ron Burgundy can shred!
  • - 3
 Please stop using the full screen embedded videos they're obnoxious just a little normal embed is much better.
  • + 3
 Follow their YouTube channel and watch the video there and come here for the comments.
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