After many years in the planning and approval process, crews from three different trail building companies finally broke ground on the much anticipated construction of fifteen kilometres of new trails in the Creekside Zone. After opening this zone for bike park access in 2015, the Creekside trail expansion beginning now is the most ambitious development project in the park’s history and will be a well deserved enhancement to this zone.
Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions
Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park’s trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.
Phase 1 build plan.
This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.
The Dream Build Team
The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.
Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.
The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.
A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.
Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.
Sections are coming together, bit by bit.
Flagging some fresh tech.
Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.
It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.
The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.
Lula cutting in the technical line.
Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.
Lula approving of her husband’s work.
Zander getting up to race speed.
An early taste of something that will only get better.
Hopefully more of this to come later this year.
Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.
Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty’s BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.
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Photography by: Clint Trahan
Top of the World Update – Opening This Saturday
Thanks to Mother Nature’s warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.
To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.
Manitou Mattoc – We Are Family
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The evolution of high-performance 29” wheel bikes is undeniable. From XC to DH, these bikes have proven to be incredibly capable, not to mention a ton of fun. Making great 29” wheels requires a purpose-built approach, because bigger without a purpose is not necessarily better. Developing a proper wheel for these bikes means understanding that this new wheel needs to capitalize on the quick-rolling properties they bring to the table, while still making them light, efficient, responsive and, above all, playful.
To accomplish this we’ve increased the spoke count, changed the lacing pattern, and engineered a new hub-shell design. The sum of these changes gives you a laterally stiff wheel that can smash berms and sprint out of corners, a torsionally stiff wheel that feels more responsive and accelerates faster, and a wheel that gives you the right amount of radial stiffness for best traction. And an added byproduct of the new ROAM 60 29 design is that tests show it to be really tough, too.
Faster. Tougher. Playful. More is better.
Roam 60 Details
Spoke count: 28
Spoke pattern: 4 cross
Spoke type: straight pull
Rim: Carbon clincher, hookless, tubeless-ready, asymmetrical profile
Finish: Unidirectional carbon fiber / matte clear coat / bake-on labels / decal pack included
Internal rim width: 30mm
Hubs: Double Time, four pawl,sealed cartridge bearings, 6-bolt disc
Front axle compatibility: QR, 15x100mm—regular or torque caps, Boost: 15x110mm—regular or torque caps
Rear axle compatibility: QR, 12x142mm Boost: 12x148mm
Weight:Front: 835g, Rear: 955g, Pair: 1,790g
Price (front/rear): $900/$1000 USD
Simon Pagès has made it! The young Frenchman can look forward to a spot in the rider lineup for the legendary Red Bull District Ride on September 1-2, 2017, thanks to a great performance at the FMB Gold Event “GlemmRide Slopestyle” in Saalbach (AUT) last weekend. Pagès now belongs to the 20 athletes who will be dropping into the gnarliest urban course in the world and will be showing off his steeze in all five districts, whilst competing against the world’s best slopestyle riders in front of 80,000 spectators. The second FMB Wildcard for Red Bull District Ride is up for grabs in Spain at the FMB Gold Event “O Marisquino” on August 13. The FMB Wildcard is awarded to the highest ranked athlete, who has not yet qualified for Red Bull District Ride.
20-year-old Pagès has been extremely active this year and already competed at 10 different FMB World Tour Events. He also raised eyebrows thanks to stunning performances at 26TRIX in Leogang and Crankworx Les Gets a few weeks back. His experience seems to be paying off and we can expect a great show from Pagès in Nuremberg this September.
Congrats to a sensational performance, Simon! What does it feel like to know that you will be sending it with the world’s best on Red Bull District Ride’s legendary urban slopestyle course this September?
I am really happy that I will be heading to Red Bull District Ride this year! I was there in 2014 and it was just crazy. I can’t wait to be back on the Hauptmarkt!
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Red Bull District Ride? What makes the event so legendary in your eyes?
It is an insane event! There will be so many fans lining the streets. The fact that the course is in the middle of the city and is very diverse makes it unique on the World Tour. I like these kind of courses because they are very different. They fit my riding style.
How will you prepare yourself for the FMB Diamond Event in front of 80,000 spectators?
It feels amazing when you ride down the course with all the people cheering for you. I don’t need to prepare for that especially. It is really motivating and helps you more than it is a distraction.
About Red Bull District Ride:
After five editions in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in Nuremberg and one appearance in Catania, Italy (2006), Red Bull District Ride has acquired a legendary status in the mountain biking scene. The world-class slopestyle athletes will be sending it in a unique urban setting and thrilling thousands of spectators.
MENTIONS: @redbullbike / @rasoulution
Stoke levels were high this past weekend at China Peak for the first stop of the VP Components sponsored California Enduro Series “Golden Tour” and the Kali Road Warrior program was in effect keeping people safe throughout the race weekend. The Golden Tour is a triple crown series within a series intended to spotlight top talent and events with the added bonus of being Enduro World Series Qualifier Events. That means more prize money on the line and valuable EWS points up for grab. It also means real rowdy trails and fierce competition.
The drive up to China Peak is as impressive as the venue itself. Passing through agricultural zones of the Central Valley and rolling through the foothills en route to the heart of the High Sierras is a reminder of the beauty and diversity found within the Golden State. China Peak is located near the end of a road that was originally conceived as a trans-Sierra highway connecting Fresno and Bishop. Due to the rugged Sierra Crest and Wilderness Areas blocking the way, the two segments were never connected which has left this area more isolated and undeveloped.
With the small mountain ski area vibe also comes the small mountain chairlifts. The lift line was stacked up all day as the trusty old two-seater worked overtime to get hundreds of racers and bikes up the hill for practice. Nothing but smiles and high fives though as people were undoubtedly glad to have a lift-assist. Passing over some sections of trail (including the super rowdy and freshly cut Stage 5), the chairlift also makes for great spectating, heckling, and line spotting.
Part of the charm of China Peak is the laid back atmosphere. All weekend long, people were posted up in the shade at the balcony bar, soaking in the sights, staying cool, and enjoying the vibe of the California Enduro Series scene. With the CES race weekend officially kicking off the Bike Park opening, it’s a great way to get things fired up for the season. The mountain is now open for business so get yourself up here!
Due to the higher elevations and clear blue skies, the sun was blazing hot all weekend. Thankfully, the hydration station was complete with a “mist’er” hose which provided racers with some much needed relief from the heat. Staying cool and hydrated was definitely part of the winning strategy for the weekend.
In addition to the shade and mist provided in the base area, there is a river running right through the middle of the venue which provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, and beverage chilling. The unofficial “Final Stage” of the race weekend is held at the swimming hole just upriver from the parking lot. This is always a crowd favorite for racers and spectators alike and usually generates some solid highlight clips as people jump, dive, flip, and spin off the rocks.
The Kali Road Warrior program is designed to help keep people safe at the races and sometimes that extends to spectators too. This little rider was ripping around all weekend and she chose to protect herself with this full-face helmet. In fact, she was dedicated to it. She was so stoked on the helmet that we agreed she should take it home. The force is strong with this youngster and now it is even stronger…and safer.
With this race requiring the use of full-face helmets, it is not uncommon to see some racers choose to bring both helmets (a half-shell to climb in and a full-face for timed stages). Another strategy that seems to work well is to remove the cheek pads during the climbs. This increases your airflow and breathability for those long transfers. Either way you decide to go, it’s definitely a wise choice to ride and race with a legitimate full-face helmet when you’re pushing the limits on such gnarly, loose, and technical terrain.
The parking lot at China Peak is just as exciting as the trails are rowdy. Making rounds through the caravan of adventure mobiles, it is clear that Vanlife (and hatchback/pickup/camper life) are alive and well in the mountain bike community.
Circle the Wagons! Some of the vans spotted in the parking lot were clearly more experienced than others. These dream machines got in early and scored the shady spots. It’s official, van-life is the new Enduro and these guys are winning.
Meanwhile, at the riders meeting, it was a perfectly crisp and clear morning. Racers rolled out as they were called and the battle would begin. With live timing, there was a lot of excitement and speculation about who might be on the podium after the last stage.
After a long and challenging day of racing, the awards ceremony was a change of pace. The fastest guys and girls took their rightful places on the podium. Some of them walked away with big checks and some with big bruises but all of them walked away with a sense of accomplishment for surviving the weekend and taming these super gnarly trails. This is definitely one of the most rugged and raw stops on the Golden Tour and sets the tone for the rest of the series to come. For complete race results click the link China Peak Results.
California Enduro Series
What is the Kali Race Support Program and who is the Road Warrior?
In an effort to support events and racers of all levels, Kali Protectives has launched a new Race Support helmet demo program in conjunction with the Kali Road Warrior.
We all ride and unfortunately, crashes do happen. Sometimes that happens at an event or race weekend, resulting in your helmet being damaged and unsafe to continue to use. But you have more racing to do. What now? When the Road Warrior attends a scheduled event, registered racers/attendees have the opportunity to demo a new Kali helmet at no charge. Kali is on hand to ensure riders can continue to compete without worrying about their helmet.
Currently, the program is limited to the West Coast, however, we are preparing to launch another Road Warrior and Race Support Program in Canada. Providing this initiative continues to be successful, we may establish Road Warriors in other territories.
If you would like to learn more about the Kali Road Warrior or possibly schedule him to attend your next event, shoot an email to [email protected].
Kali Road Warrior – Saving Your Race! / @KaliProtectives