Video: Pioneering the Sport of High Alpine Extreme Tubing in 'Tubular - A Biking Story'

Dec 6, 2021 at 10:23
by Wilderness Trail Bikes  

What happens when everything in mountain biking has already been done?

Rather than swapping their 29" bikes for mullets or testing the limits of handlebar widths, sibling teammates Ryan and Becky Gardner decide to give up racing altogether to become high alpine extreme tubers. However, pioneering a sport is never easy; Becky and Ryan have faced many hurdles and endless judgment along the way.

Becoming the best and first competitors of H.A.E.T. (High Alpine Extreme Tubing) is no joke. It takes practice, dedication and isn't for every aspiring rider with two wheels and a pool noodle. The motivation must be pure and your gear must be dialed. A lot can happen in pursuit of the perfect alpine float. Poor line choice, whether on the trail or in the water, could have catastrophic consequences. Forgetting your patch kit could mean more than going home with a flat tire. You may end up kicking rocks on the shore while your competition floats off into the sunset.

Like all other top athletes, the Gardners are driven by their goals. First on the to-do list was snag the first decent of the most challenging high alpine tubing route in North America, Blue Lake. With its gnarly climbs and even harder downhills, this tubing route could establish Becky and Ryan as the best of this new sport. To accomplish the Blue Lake Route, the team had to be in peak physical and mental condition.

Will Becky and Ryan bag Blue Lake? Will they progress the sport of H.A.E.T. or will the demands and pressure of evolving a sport crumble their hopes and dreams? Oh...and who is Hans Libermann!?

Blue Lake may only be the beginning. The Gardners will float on, with one shared goal: snagging first tubing descents in previously tubeless high alpine lakes.

Video by Aurelie Slegers
Photos by Ben Eng


  • 39 10
 I tried to watch couldn't do it sorry
  • 13 6
 Almost 10 minutes for a parody? Too long.
  • 9 4
 I can’t figure out the point. You have to leave the bike upstream and float down or leave it downstream and hike up to float down. Either the bikes or tubes are superfluous. I’m voting for the latter.
  • 10 0
 I watched all the way to the end. I admire your decisiveness
  • 3 4
 Jumped through. As far as I can tell, you didn't miss anything. Pure cringe.
  • 3 0
 @gnarlysipes: I believe the word you might be looking for is satire?
  • 15 0
 Totally looking at getting into H.A.E.T here in NZ. I reckon it's gonna 'blow up'!
  • 3 0
 It's a fad. I reckon H.A.E.T will deflate.
  • 5 0
 With inflation creeping up it could get expensive
  • 11 0
 Great, now tubes are coming back to mountain biking?
  • 3 0
 I run tubeless but fortunately, I am porky enough that I float.
  • 9 0
 The best part is that the villain lost because of ebikes.
  • 7 0
 I had that horrible feeling that I was watching an ebike video & I hadn't noticed yet...
  • 8 0
 Hans has nothing on the Gardners. you two will always be my heros
  • 8 2
 Hmmm not April 1st, I'm confused.
  • 8 1
 That was hilarious!
  • 6 0
 Ryan, you are one flexible dude!
  • 4 0
 We have a mulleted whitewater kidding. The tube is bigger in the front, smaller in the rear, until you turn around. Diminishing tube technology.
  • 6 3
 Soon all of this will be behind a pay wall.
  • 7 1
 If this doesn't spur people on to shell out for that Outside+ membership, I don't know what will.
  • 2 0
 My kids loved this and so did I.... Although I'm really just a bi kid too.
  • 2 0
 Wow so where can I find this music - the soundtrack was great.
  • 2 0
 Saucer Boy, paging Saucer Boy!

[sigh] I miss McConkey.
  • 1 0
 1) 3 minutes of Semanuk or MacKaskill > 10 minutes of H.A.E.T.

2)That is all.
  • 1 0
 That seems like a pretty nice compliment honestly! Those guys are arguably the most fantastic riders in the world.
  • 1 0
 See you guys next year at FIBArk, err I mean FITArk
  • 1 0
 Yo bud! Hans slammin a tucky!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 not funny
  • 1 0
 Raft scum.
  • 1 3
 You (please don’t) Tube ?

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