Thursday, April 29, 2010

Peru update and photos: yesterday

Ray Warner's email that arrived from Lima last night:

It´s official.  We´re in Peru.  It feels kind of surreal really...  Bob from BC summed it up yesterday when he said, "I'm just waiting to wake up, because this cant really be happening."  He said that as we continued our ascent to over 10,000 feet in a luxury bus on what appeared to be a burro trail.... One cannot truly appreciate the beauty of the Andes without seeing it first hand.  The warm people....The great weather...The AMAZING food....The history and the culture.....All these have combined to make this an experience out of this world.  Or the world I know, anyway.  Then there´s the riding.  WOW..  Each day has been an over the top sampling of tasty singletrack while viewing the rugged Andes.  Chutes, drops, flow, slickrock.  It´s like all the places I´ve ridden in one destination.  How can you beat that?

The group - that's Ray third from the left with the extra big smile and guide extraordinaire Wayo Stein at the front.

The shuttle bus loaded up mid-ascent. The destination? 10,000 feet to a ride that ends on the shores of the Pacific. That's a big big descent!

BTW, we can create a custom DH or all-mountain trip in Peru if you want. Gather some friends and get in touch with us and we'll let you know the details. For Canucks, Air Canada flies direct from Toronto to Lima which is really convenient...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Win a summer of shred with BC Bike Parks

Hmmm....summer dreaming...
It's June 19 and you just found out that you won the contest: a season's pass at each of BC's best bike parks - Whistler, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Fernie and Mount Washington. And, two extra day tix and two nights accommodation, two days of bike rentals to each of the resorts for a friend...and a G note for whatever you want. Beer perhaps?
Suddenly, you get inspired: you call your mom and tell her the good news, you quit the job that you hate anyway, you buy a beater car, toss all your gear in it and throw a rack on it and hit the open road. Summer off. Grow your hair, get some new shades, get some new flip flops. Your roomate can deal with your mail, you set up auto-pay on your bills. Camping, friends, riding across BC. No schedule and no one to tell you what to do.
Enough dreaming. Enter the contest. I am. Go to Bike Parks BC or Facebook. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Scott Dickson & the art of mountain biking

You probably haven't heard of artist Scott Dickson but you've surely admired his work when you picked up a copy of Freeride Entertainment's New World Disorder movies, or seen one of their ads in Bike Magazine. Well, that's Dickson's art. That's right, the chaotic mess of characters burning shit, breaking shit and causing general mahem with a mountain biker usually airborn in there somewhere - Never Enough, Smackdown, Ride the Lightening etc. See the Kootenay-based Dickson's website for more of his work. There's not enough art in mountain biking. Thanks Scott for inspiring us with your beautiful creations.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Calgary slideshow this Thursday!

Read more about this Thursday's Calgary slideshow and Brighter film premiere on and Kona's Cog blog. Come out, it's going to be fun

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Earlier today near Lima, Peru

"Today we went for an extra ride before the start of the trip and the guys were amazed with this little ride hehe. Wait until they see what's to come! We are already having a lot of fun and drinking just a few beers. Looks like we are going to have a super trip!" Words from our guide extraordinaire, Wayo Stein, in an email that just came in a few hours ago.
A group of Canucks from Ottawa just arrived into Peru yesterday. With them is Ray Warner who heads up our Yukon Midnight Sun trip. Stay posted here for more updates on this trip!

Want to ride the Andes with Big Mountain? Trust us, it's UNREAL!! Let's go. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Copenhagen Chic

According to the Population Reference Bureau "The world has experienced unprecedented urban growth in recent decades. In 2008, for the first time, the world's population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. There were more than 400 cities over 1 million and 19 over 10 million. More developed nations were about 74 percent urban, while 44 percent of residents of less developed countries lived in urban areas. However, urbanization is occurring rapidly in many less developed countries. It is expected that 70 percent of the world population will be urban by 2050, and that most urban growth will occur in less developed countries."
Interesting trend isn't it? Does this mean that more of us will choose the bike to get around than the car? I sure hope so. Even better, if we can adopt habits like our much cooler friends in Copenhagen or Barcelona where the bike a vacuum. Check this mini doc out from Mikael Andersen, founder of the sexy blog Copenhagen Chic. You might not like all his ideals, but he's definitely got some solid thoughts. Enjoy.

Monday, April 19, 2010

no couch for you today

Ray Warner who runs our Yukon Midnight Sun trip woke up this morning to find that his Trek Remedy moved overnight. I think the bike is trying to tell him something...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Calgary slideshow Thurs April 29

Big Mountain, Calgary Cycles and NSMB.COM presents two shows...a slideshow of epic proportions starring Sterling Lorence in Iceland, Jordan Manley on the North Shore, Matt Domanski in Utah, Dan Barham in Alaska and the Yukon, Canmore-based John Gibson in Argentina and a little piece by Chris Winter in Peru.
Next in line is of the moving pictures type...a new film called Brighter by Nelson-based New Wave Cinema. Expect an action-packed blowout of raw talent in this film...riders include Mike Kinrade, Casey Groves, Garett Buehler, Kurt Sorge and more. At the helm of this film is Tamas Forde, a former editor for New World Disorder.

Details of the show!
DATE: Thurs, April 29
TICKETS: $10, at Calgary Cycle or at the door
WHERE: Mount Royal University, Jenkins Theater rm 115

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Peru trip featured in UK mag

We're flattered here at Big Mountain, What Mountain Bike magazine from the UK just printed a 7-page feature on our Peru Incredible Andes all-mountain trip. We are pumped! "If you're after high adrenalin, high mountain riding with a colourful culture for a backdrop, then the Peruvian Andes are hard to beat," says journalist Jason Sumner. We could not have said it any better. This trip is seriously worldclass and a must for any mountain biker. Get some friends together and get in touch with us!

In this photo by Chris Christie, Big Mountain owner Chris Winter and guide Andreas Hestler are dropping down to the Sacred Valley.

Friday, April 09, 2010

a collision of cultures, somewhere in Morocco this week...

have we told you lately that Morocco is unreal? it's true. think Sedona but transported to North Africa - centuries-old singletrack used by nomadic Berber tribes, towns straight out of Nat Geo, cities straight out of an Indian Jones flick...and a whole lot more. It's exotic yet European. And the very good.
Our current Dirt Merchant trip in Morocco is XC but if you're looking for an all-mountain or even DH trip just let us know, we can set it up for you. Best time to go is September through mid-November...grab some friend, get in touch with us and book your flights!

Check out these sweet photos from photographer Jaroslav Soukup, of pro rider Richard "Gaspi" Gasperotti from Jirkov, Czech Republic. By the way, Gaspi was clocked going 218 km being towed behind a speed bike recently, the world speed record...ballsy!


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

feel things

If being crazy means living life as if it matters, then I dont mind being completely insane. I want to feel things. Really feel them.
- Marie Antoinette

Monday, April 05, 2010

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica DH

photographer and all-round design shinobe Anthony Smith from the4color went on our recent Pura Vida DH trip in Costa Rica and captured some truly stylee images. this particular one made photo of the day on check out Anthony's slideshow here...sit back and enjoy....

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Kevin Landry in Squampton

Just up the road from Vancouver and just down the road from Whistler is a town called Squamish...which some call Squampton because of it's trailer parks, red necks and new Wallmart from some angles it shines a little like Compton CA, kinda. Beyond these features lies one killer network of man-made trails built by masters like Big Red Ted of Red Bull Rampage fame and a host of other builders. The place is insane - big bike shuttles or endless all-mountain loops, Squamish is worldclass. This clip is of Big Mountain guide Kevin Landry who built the trail himself. Want to ride with Landry? Well you can...join us on our new Sea to Sky all-mountain or Backstage Pass DH trips this summer and the man himself will show you around. Or we can set you up with a private tour of our backyard. Don't worry, not all the trails are as burly as this one. Put it on full screen, sit back and enjoy the ride....

dogs who shred

some dogs eat up trail like it's a big bowl of meat - head down, airing stunts and corners, chasing the odd wildlife and chilling when it's time to chill. some dogs know trail etiquette better than some riders. these guys are singletrack fiends, built to run in the forest and were pumped to hit their local trails in Pemberton BC. Gray and Bree weren't home and PK was holding down the fort. let's ride!