THE PINKBIKE CREW VISITS RETALLACK
Featuring Bas Van Steenbergen, Casey Brown, Kenny Smith, Micaya Gatto, & Brett Tippie
Photos by Margus Riga // Video by Chris Ricci
The full Retallack experience is pretty incredible, but to be able to share it with some of the raddest folks in the bike industry including Brett Tippie, Casey Brown, Bas van Steenbergen, Micayla Gatto, Kenny Smith, Retallack lodge manager Mike Kinrade, and the legendary Pinkbike staff, was next level.
Over the course of our two and a half day trip, we descended over 30,000 vertical feet, were served up incredible meals and consumed copious amounts of alcohol. Day 1:
We began with an early breakfast and clear skies. The guides loaded up the shuttle truck, Bas cranked some sweet tunes, and we went straight to the top. The trails at Retallack are incredible - a true labour of love for the trail crew. I’d never ridden trails with such flawless design.
Bas and Kenny pushing back up to get some more.Day 2:
With a sprinkle of rain overnight, the trails were reset and tacky as all hell. I started to wonder if this was actually heaven on earth? We loaded up the heli for a quick burst up to Texas Peak. The views were spectacular, with mountain range upon mountain range as far as the eye could see. After spending an hour or so capturing some footage of the pros doing their thing, we descended 10,000 feet to the lodge on a mix of shale slope, alpine meadows, perfectly crafted jump trails and loamy single track. The variety was insane. Cold beers and a fire awaited us at the lodge, and the balance-board and Jenga shenanigans went late into the night...
The stoke that comes with a heli drop.
Feels good to be at the top of the world. Day 3:
We squeezed a couple of early shuttles in and then most people departed around lunchtime. Trevor (a.k.a Mr. Trailforks) and I stayed back a bit longer and were treated to a few private shuttles on the lower trails at the insistence of our guides. Yes, I’m still pinching myself several months later.
Yep, we'll be back.
Shout out to all the Retallack
staff for all their hard work, excellent service and friendly smiles. You really made the experience.
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