- Bike Checks
by Cory Tepper
Going to Utah in June seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn’t. It was hot as hell. But siting in my room today with five-inches of snow on the ground outside really made me miss Utah. It's about this time of year when we start thinking about our annual Supertrip™ and about the same time I get around to finishing up the previous year's lackluster coverage.
My favorite part of these trips is that we don’t have any expectations. No contests, events, photoshoots, product testing, demos or any other industry bullshit. It's just a group of friends in a van looking to get lost, get rad and get rowdy.
Our 3rd Annual Supertrip™ program of half-baked plans, low grooming standards and hella candy embarked with some new faces this year. Garret Stuart (Carrot) and Cole Cook (CoCo) hopped in the van as Supertrip™ veteran, Damien Douglas, ruined all the fun by getting job and bailing on the trip. Dylan Bibbins generally considers himself in-charge on Supertrips™ so his attendance was required as was mine because someone has to poorly document these adventures.
While our focus is typically hardtail shredding, we managed to throw an epic ride in the mix this year. Our Moab shenanigans led our wheels to the dirt of the Whole Enchilada. This is a multi-zonal gravity fed fun ride that everyone should do once in their life. Just don't do it on one of the hottest days of the millennium with very little water, like we did. Our memories of the ride may be a bit dry and crusty, but I think we are all glad we did it. We also checked the fabled Slick Rock loop off one list and added it to a new list of “The Worst Trails Ever.” The hardtails kept us smiling though, so many fun spots this trip.
I'm already getting excited for our next Supertrip™. I want to keep it simple with just hardtails and hit a new spot on the map. But until then I will keep looking at the photos and watching our edit. You should do the same and then call your friends. Always get in the van!