The Thaw: Early Season Shredding with Agassiz, Hunter, Beers, & Vanderham - Video

Apr 2, 2018 at 11:35
by Thomas Vanderham  
Views: 20,418    Faves: 221    Comments: 7


bigquotesIn the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.Margaret Atwood

Every year spring arrives in BC with a special energy to it. For many people this is a time of year for change, for planning and getting outside, and it's no different for mountain bikers. Warmer temperatures and longer days signal the start of a new bike season and the promise of perfect, tacky dirt. Skis are relegated to the dark, dusty corners of the basement and our bikes get the tuned up in anticipation of that first ride. As the snow line creeps higher, we head up to the our favourite trail to see what damage the winter has done and to see if we can assist Mother Nature with her annual thaw.


This past spring I had the chance to do just that with a few of my favourite people to ride bikes with - Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter and Luke Beers. We found the trails still partially covered in snow and in need some some repairs. After a solid day of removing deadfall, scraping snow and rebuilding jumps, we traded our shovels for bikes and headed back up to reap the rewards of our efforts.

Good times ensued, fun was had. Hooting and hollering could be heard all the way down the trail. There's nothing quite like the first ride of the year.



Thanks for watching, I hope you're inspired to go tune up your favourite trail and shred it! Special thanks to Toyota BC for continuing to support our sport and projects like this.

Happy Trails
—Thomas

Video shot and edited by Matty Miles and Karl Heldt.


48 Comments

  • + 62
 Oh man, that ruled.
  • + 4
 darn yeah .... finally supported by Taco's ....T.O.U. - taco' owners united !
  • + 2
 Video of the Year Scott?
  • + 16
 MUST... GO... BIKINNG...
  • + 9
 I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride it where I like
  • + 4
 @mtbikeaddict: i've got a bike, you can ride it if you like it, it's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good
  • + 8
 @nikifor88: Yeah right, we all know you borrowed it.
  • + 12
 The Silvia Touch! Now I just wanna ride!
  • + 10
 Awesome riding and driving and the music is fitting! Great edit!
  • + 9
 silviafim is back
  • + 5
 finally silviafilm is back
  • + 4
 Haven't seen a video of the interior done this well in a while!
  • + 2
 The brief POV really gave it perspective. They all look so chilled and controlled (cos they probably are), but the speed! Soooo fast!
  • + 2
 Hiked the local trail tonight. Still a foot of snow. This video will hold me over for another 3-4 weeks
  • + 3
 reminded me of Hunters spring segment from seasons - Diggin it !
  • + 1
 All star crew! I'm thinking about hitting kamloops in a few weeks. Any recommendations for some good gravity trails that will be dry enough to ride?
  • + 2
 The ranch is just about dry and by then everything around town/Savona will be dry. DM me if you have questions/anything else
  • + 1
 All the good stuff will likely still have snow
  • + 1
 Ranch was good to go a few days ago. Savona was ok. Bachelor good to go, bit other than that not much else open and don't think this will change soon with cold temps and snowfall.
  • + 1
 Any word on what Jamieson is looking like?@caribooyj:
  • + 1
 @Heckler51: Jameson is pretty snowy on the north slope and starting to open on the south. Anything above 1000m is still pretty snowy.
  • + 3
 Want to marry Luke Beers to get his name on my ID Card
  • + 1
 if you are into racers, there is also Matt Beer...
  • + 9
 Middle name Warm,
  • + 1
 and Nick Beer
  • + 2
 Looks like a blast! Makes you excited for spring and summer to finally hit.
  • + 2
 So stoked to see Matty and Karl filming back together and Matt Hunter back on a big bike. Good old days. Life is good.
  • + 2
 I really really enjoyed that. Thank you.
  • + 2
 But that wasn't a 29er V10
  • + 3
 It's the law!
  • + 1
 Am I the only one that saw the title and thought it was a Mike Tyson remake of a famous horror movie?
  • + 8
 yes.
  • + 3
 @teamcliff: Well thorry then...
  • + 2
 Nature, bikes, Freeride !
  • + 1
 Any idea what trails are these?
  • + 4
 The good ones
  • + 1
 Excellent ad for Tacoma's! sick riding too
  • + 2
 Thanks! Cheers!
  • + 1
 didn't realize how much i'd missed seeing Aggy on the bike..
  • + 1
 Looking forward to seeing dirt again, still a ways off for us
  • + 1
 Rad !!! nice grading btw
  • + 1
 So good......
  • + 1
 NICE!
  • - 3
 im sick of slow mo
  • - 3
 Better without music, I reckon.

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