Video: MTB Scene in Rugged Newfoundland in 'Landwash' - Race Face Creator Series

Oct 4, 2019 at 13:01
by Race Face  


Synopsis: Newfoundland; a massive raw slab surrounded by the frigid North Atlantic waters. An island that defines east coast Canadian culture, where lobster traps and small town bars sit amongst incredible scenic vistas.

But as beautiful as it is, there’s a side of Newfoundland that doesn’t show up on the postcards that - for a small but growing group of passionate riders - truly defines what makes this place so special. A single dirt road runs through a small town, nonexistent cell reception deep within an old logging trail, and ancient rock formations with jagged seams that dominate the landscape.

Ride the rock deep across the island to discover the trails and tales that define this remote island's budding riding culture and the whatever-it-takes dedication to create a community that will last for generations.

Why We Chose this Film: Newfoundland, a province on the edge of Canada’s East Coast, is home to hearty, hardworking people that humbly survive on the area’s rugged and unforgiving land. It's somewhat surprising to see a place like this with such ideal mountain biking terrain not have a more established riding scene. Dru lets us in on a small but dedicated group of riders that have come together to grow the mountain bike scene in Newfoundland with a goal to create a vibrant, self-sustaining community that will last for generations. Enjoy this story of homecoming, fellowship and following through on a dream!




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53 Comments

  • 27 0
 That was beautiful. Well done
  • 21 1
 "Jesus, buddy, you got no engine in that. Waddaya doing?" Loves it!

Amazing job Dru & Co. showcasing the incredible trails and potential for mountain biking on the island.
  • 3 1
 #lovesit Couldn't be more Newfoundland!
  • 13 0
 Having lived in NFLD for almost 5 years now, theres a sense of community here that compares to nowhere else in the country. And the terrain! It's rugged, raw, dense wilderness that is completely untouched in every direction you go. A giant canvas of relief that stretches all over the island. It's a wonder it isnt more popular already, but with the help from these guys I'm sure we'll get there quicker than ever and share it with people who are just as stoked as we are!
  • 8 0
 We're stoked that we got to play a small part in sharing the story and showcasing the area and community!
  • 13 0
 Great work to all involved! Growing up in Newfoundland, it was awesome to see a Mountain Bike community grow from the near start. In St. Johns there is a solid group that has been building trails for 20 - 30 years. I'd always highly suggest getting over there for the culture and some truly unique riding! If you're there, check out Freeride Mountain sports, Chris, the owner, will point you in the right direction!
  • 1 0
 Good tips!
  • 3 0
 @raceface: The east coast is a beast to ride in! But the terrain on the west coast of the island is massive, and steep - as showcased in the video!
  • 16 0
 Never thought I'd be planning a trip to Newfoundland for biking...
  • 11 0
 We were hoping this would help put Newfoundland on some people's bucket lists! #sorrynotsorry
  • 8 0
 Some stark differences between the coasts, eh?

East coast: I'm gonna build this berm so generations after me can enjoy it.

West coast: I hope this berm I spent all day building survives long enough for me to ride it next weekend.
  • 6 0
 Growing up in a small Vancouver island town with a rather high Newfoundlander population. I grew up beside these people, worked beside these people, experienced their culture, created bonds and friendships that last a lifetime. I have a special place in my heart for Newfoundlander folk and always will. This was a great video really showcased the beauty of the island and her people. Well done and thanks for adding another place to the mtb bucket list.
  • 5 0
 It's nice to see someone on top of Blow Me Down. I spent a lot of time working on top of that mountain. It's pretty awesome terrane. After twenty years I'll have to revisit with my bike now. Thanks for putting the time and effort into building trails in this part of the island guys.
  • 7 0
 Incredible work Dru! You and the other builders have some wicked geography to work with out there. We've got more good things in the works from the island!
  • 6 0
 One of the best bike films I've watched in awhile. I could actually see myself heading up there to ride and I think that says enough. Well done.
  • 7 0
 On behalf of MTBers on the island, we are always happy to have you and show you the trails!
  • 3 0
 A very cool place to ride. I remember riding the rail trails, gravel roads, hiking trails, and roads twenty five years ago in the Clarenville, Shoal Harbour area. The scenery was awesome!!! My favourite ride was to the top of the White Hills Ski Report and then bomb back home. I'll always remember these great rides.
  • 3 0
 Common theme in Canada . Friendly people in the town's and cities. Then you travel into the undeveloped wilderness. For the most part it's crown land. What does that mean? Owned and enjoyed by all Canadians.
From the West coast all the way to the East coast. Good people having a good time .
  • 3 0
 I spent about 2 years living in Newfoundland for work. I had no idea what to expect. Once I got there I loved it immediately. Folks from Newfoundland are some of the friendliest people in the world. The winters are long (then again, coming from an island in the Caribbean any winter is going to seem harsh to me) but the natural beauty of the landscapes and the warmth of the people make up for it big time. So glad to see a video about the growth of the scene in Newfoundland.
  • 3 0
 In 2005 I visited Corner Brook Newfoundland and rode bikes in the area. Mostly road bikes as there wasn't much in the way of trails. But I remember the friendliness of the locals, the potential of the terrain. Peter of Cycle Solutions gave me what trail info there was and lent me his own personal RM Instinct. I'm so glad to see how things are turning out and one day hope to revisit and check the trails out for myself
  • 5 0
 Awesome. The riding scene has such massive potential in the Atlantic provinces.
  • 4 0
 Amazing story and series...the people of Newfoundland are "salt of the earth",couldn't think of a better place to visit and ride..next summer 'buddy' Smile
  • 3 0
 The east coast of the island has less vertical but the trails are challenging and fun. The west coast of the island has vertical and endless possibilities. Gaddamn, watching this has made me homesick.
  • 5 0
 So rad to see all your comments, it was an incredible experience! Riding for 10 days with friends, what a laugh!
  • 4 0
 Newfoundlander's are simply the best people in the world. Give them 5 year and they will also have the best trails in the world.
  • 5 0
 In what areas of Newfoundland was this filmed?
  • 8 0
 Western Newfoundland mostly. Trails are Goldmine, Moose Knuckle, Coppermine DH, Dr Ds, Cub MTN. Come hang out!
  • 3 0
 Is this around the Pasadena area? @DruKennedy:
  • 3 0
 @StinkyTO: Yes, Humber Valley and Massey Drive area!
  • 4 0
 Superb! Get ready to see a lot more people heading to NFLD for riding in the near future thanks to this film.
  • 3 0
 Here's hoping!
  • 3 0
 A minor injury prevented me from getting out to the west coast (of the island) this year, can't wait to get out to those trails next spring.
  • 2 0
 Great video guys definitely need to check out the east coast, I have been to the west coast this year and it was a blast, Newfoundland should be fun, what about Labrador? I hear it is gorgeous but any riding up there?
  • 2 0
 Yes and no. Obviously the flies are insane. The traditional old footpaths are now ATV/SxS double track so it’s a different experience...not really built for biking and the population isn’t there to support anything off-road, but it’s great adventure biking!
  • 3 0
 Very cool, tbh i wasn't sure of the type of scenery in Newfound Land. Tks for doing this
  • 4 0
 Good for you’s, even a White Hills bike park next...
  • 5 0
 Frigging deadly bys
  • 4 0
 Always wanted to check out NFLD. Where r the trails?
  • 3 0
 Corner Brook on the west coast and St. John's on the east coast are where you'll find the most popular trail networks.
  • 3 0
 I hope you DO want more people to come. Because with films like this, your'e gonna get them.
  • 2 0
 Great job! When i think og nfld i think of rock because "the rock". Dirt looks amazing. Sweet drone footy. Have to get there. Save a dominion for a crafty mainlander ?
  • 2 0
 It's great to see this explosion in the scene on the west coast! Awesome video. Awesomer terrain! As a townie, I am jealous of your dirt and real hills. Big Grin
  • 3 0
 I'm liking that one...very good.
  • 3 0
 Awesome... You're next adventure!
  • 2 0
 Awesome vid guys! I'm a bluenoser living on the west coast and this makes me nostalgic for home
  • 2 0
 I love BC, but Newfoundland culture and landscape absolutely blew my mind the first time I visited!
  • 3 0
 Super nice job.
  • 2 0
 is that Gabe Fisher guy related to Gary Fisher?
  • 2 0
 awesome mountain biker will put newfoundland on the map
  • 2 0
 Awesome work and an absolute breathtaking scenery!!
  • 2 0
 Great job guys this is awesome to see! It made me miss home for sure.
  • 2 0
 Definitely some home sick feelings hapening. Awesome work!!!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic!!

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