The bike season is ancient history and winter is now in full swing. With the beginning of a new year I want to look back at my first, but hopefully not last, season in Whistler.
Before last summer I had one season of shooting races back in Scotland, six months or so of trail riding and only a few days of downhill riding myself. To come to Whistler to live and work was a dream come true and I can see why some people never leave, and why every year thousands of people like myself are drawn here.
After all who wouldn't want the world's best playground in their backyard?So here is my photographic journey through the Whistler Bike Park season. Although I mainly came here to ride, photography of course came a very close second, and I was lucky enough to have some fantastic people willing to help me out.
This shot of local pro Kenny Smith railing one of the final switchbacks was the first shot I took of the park, just a day or so after arriving. I took it on the walk up the hill to find out about a job interview, at this point I didn't even have a bike! He saw me watching and got his roost on, thanks Kenny!
On the day I moved into my new abode for the season, I took a walk around the village and came across the infamous dirt jumps. Thanks to Darren for sending this huge turndown. I know there are a lot of bmx riders on here so this is for you guys. Three days after I took this I got myself a bike, thanks to the Pinkbike classifieds no less!
Less than a month later the park served me my first of thankfully few injuries. With my knee useless for a week or so I took to wandering in the boneyard. Luckily I came across Gregg Watts, Casey Groves and the Camp of Champs boys trying out the big features for a shoot. They were cool with me tagging along and you guys seemed stoked for this one, thanks for my first POD!
On one of my wanderings I was accompanied by crazy Kiwi and Crankworx Air DH junior winner Bryn D ickerson. After our first shoot we met up a tonne of times to shred the park. I really can't say enough about how awesome he was to work with, so I'll try to let my meager captures of his incredible riding do the talking. A full gallery of which is on my profile.
The Phat Wednesday race was an awesome weekly occurrence, where everyone from the steezy vets to the wobbly novices could rip a timed lap. The track changed every week and was posted on the website, keeping things really fresh and allowing you to practice before you went all out in your race run.
In August came everyone's highlight of the season, and the biggest event of the Whistler calendar, the legendary Crankworx festival. An awesome way to be part of the event is to volunteer to be part of the crew. Besides a sweet free t-shirt you get full access to all the events and unique opportunities to be part of the action and meet the best riders in the world. To be part of something that I had watched repeatedly on New World Disorder and Seasons was unreal. Somehow I was also hooked up with a media pass, and of course the shots were there for the taking!
Gee Atherton and Troy Brosnan battling in the Dual.
Sending the newly tamed "hospital" jump.
Brendog getting his pump on.
Sam Duek in the VW Best Trick Comp.
Mike Montgomery making a leap of faith on his hardtail. Monster Energy Slopestyle Comp.
Mike M again. Dudes got stones.
Cam Zink, the winner of the day, sending a three off the same.
This was literally the very last shot I took in the park, and sometimes fate presents you with something you could never plan. I saw two riders finishing off the day on Crank It Up and decided to snap them as the ripped past. Luckily these two riders were Ryan De La Rue and Kevin Burnett! Whips every which way to finish things off!
Alas all good things must come to an end. The season was an incredible adventure and I met so many amazing people, I would do it all again in an instant. There are so many others that deserve honorable mentions but if start that you'll be reading all day. Theres a load more photos among my galleries if you fancy a gander, and if not thanks for reading this far. Happy trails and bring on (even more)Winter!