“The opportunity to join forces with GT, a brand that has such deep roots in the mountain bike community, is an honour and we are thrilled to see where the relationship takes us in the future”, said Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “GT’s reputation as a race and freeride-driven organization will bring new energy to the Bike Park allowing our guests to hit the trails on the best bikes possible. We are stoked to roll out this season’s line up which consists of the Fury as the DH sled and the Sanction as the All-Mountain/Enduro option”.
Returning to the program for the 2017 season are our friends at SRAM, Maxxis, ODI, DT Swiss, IXS, GMC, Clif, Pinkbike, Monster, Oakley, GoPro, Dakine and Kokanee – thanks for making it all happen.
To celebrate the new partnership, GT will be giving away a trip for two to opening weekend of the Bike Park where GT will also be on site. Be sure to stay tuned to @gtbicycles and stop by their booth at Sea Otter to see the custom built bikes!
While winter is still very much underway on the West Coast of Canada, our dreams are no less filled with the sound of tires ripping through dirt and air whizzing through our helmets. Start prepping, tuning and polishing; the Bike Park opens May 19.
ABOUT GT BICYCLES
GT is a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries’ (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) Dorel Sports segment, encompassing several powerhouse cycling brands, including Cannondale, Schwinn, Charge, Fabric, GURU, SUGOI and Sombrio. Dorel Industries Inc. has annual sales of US$2.7 billion and employs approximately 10,000 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide. For more than 40 years, GT has provided riders of all abilities with a trustworthy, rock-solid bike they need to push their limits. GT’s legacy is instilled in every design, be it a BMX, mountain, road, or pavement bike. For more information, visit www.gtbicycles.com.
Big, bold and purely American, Kyle Strait stormed onto the gravity scene as a kid, and didn’t hang around too long before making his mark. Lyle, as friends know him, is the first rider to ever huck himself off Utah’s cliff’s well enough to win Red Bull Rampage twice. And for as well as the big man dominates the big-mountain lines, he’s perhaps even more at home on the high-G turns of slalom and speed & style—Strait famously declared “Slalom is an American sport” after winning the Sea Otter Classic event a few years back. He’s limitlessly talented on two wheels, but he’s also one of the humblest dudes you could ever hope to meet.
It takes a lot of strength, leverage and confidence to move that much man carcass and bike, so Kyle’s bars are 808 millimeters wide. And to make sure you don’t forget his nationality, he chose a big ol’ eagle to decorate them.
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“There’s nothing I would rather do,” he tells himself when feels the nerves of competition or the struggle to learn a new trick gets to be too much. Martin Söderström has every right to be nervous as he gets ready for a slopestyle run and he knows a thing or two about struggles—the tall Swede has fought back from some massive injuries over the past few years. Can you name another rider who got a big prize-money check in a hospital bed? The fight has made him stronger and better. It’s something you can see in his runs, a dedication to being the best he can be that always keeps him coming back—and always with a smile on his face.
Martin lets his style on the bike do the talking for him, and his bar design is clean, with a reminder of his country’s colors and the dates and locations of his biggest crashes.
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Jey Clementz is at home anywhere. You have to be when your job is traveling the world to race a mountain bike. But truth be told, Clementz is happiest when he’s riding between the trees—entre les arbres—taking in the sights, sounds, smells and textures very, very quickly. The French Enduro specialist rides with an unmistakable style that is light, quiet and efficient, like a bird, earning him the nickname Loizo Rider. And his ability to find the best racing lines would make you think that there’s a little bird, flying high above, helping him see the fastest way down every trail.
Jey’s inner need to thread tight and technical trails at high speed caused him to chose narrower-width bars, relatively speaking. And to make sure everything ties together, JC’s logo is bright Cannondale green.
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On or off the bike, if you wanted to keep up with Stevie Smith, you needed to bring your a-game. And the chances were good that he’d still go harder than you. Straight talking and hard charging were ways of life for the man who brought the title of Downhill World Cup Champion home to Vancouver Island in 2013. Make no mistake about it—the kind of speed it took to win that championship required a hell of a lot of work. And desire. And dedication. You’re not given this kind of success—you make it. But every once in a great while, a legend is born. Stevie Smith was pure legend. Already in development for months prior to his passing, Stevie’s new bar is a result of his collaboration with TRUVATIV. With permission from his mother, the Stevie Smith model bars will be made available for sale, and their profits will go to the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation.
Following Stevie’s tragic death, the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation (www.steviesmithlegacy.com) was formed to help ensure that new generations of mountain bikers might benefit from the encouragement Stevie gave is teammates – and from the sacrifices his mother Tiann made for him. Donations from friends, fans and sponsors have already climbed to almost six figures.
The Descendant Steve Smith bar commemorates the brilliant riding style of Canada’s greatest downhill racer, with go-for-broke style and a nod to the red of the Canadian flag.
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