Added a new video Finding Longevity // Keeping the Dream Alive with Kyle Jameson 8/8/2017 1:05 PM

Few people are as involved in the many facets of mountain biking as Kyle Jameson. The Davis, California native practically grew up on two wheels, going to Summer Gravity Camps at Whistler, BC as a kid and eventually attending Capalano University’s Mountain Bike Operations program. His drive and passion for mountain biking have since led him have multiple video parts, ride and judge at Red Bull Rampage, build jump trails for the likes of Brandon Semenuk, host Fest events and coach at Summer Gravity Camps. Kyle’s love for mountain biking is evident in every single aspect of the sport he’s involved in. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine: http://bit.ly/FreehubMag Follow Us! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreehubMagazine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freehubmag/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freehubmag Twitter: https://twitter.com/freehubmag

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Added a new video Thursday Night Therapy // Whistler's Toonie Rides 7/4/2017 9:25 AM

Whistler’s Thursday night Toonie Ride is one of the best traditions in the valley. Going on twenty-eight years, it is now as much of a communal gathering as it is a weekly ride. With a crowd of two to three hundred people sometimes showing up, the evening cultivates stoke, brings new bikers into the mix and gives back to WORCA, the local trail association responsible for so many of the area’s awesome trails. Over the years, the Toonie Ride has evolved into something much bigger—and more important—than ever intended; it has become a celebration of one of the world’s most renown riding communities. To learn more about biking in Whistler, visit whistler.com/bike

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Added a new video Free Candy Tour // E3: Fading Sanity and a Three-Winged Chicken at the NZ Enduro 6/13/2017 10:00 AM

There comes a point toward the end of any road trip when both the passengers and the vehicle begin approaching a state of disorder, both physically and emotionally. This is the point we are at as we arrive in Havelock for the NZ Enduro. Combined with three days of torrential rain, any aspirations of “racing” are replaced with mere survival. We make it through the event by any means necessary: tripoding, scootering and flat out walking. After the race, we explore the steep trails, lush forests and diverse bird populations between Havelock and Nelson. Our birding is amateur at best, but we do manage to identify a three-winged chicken in the takeaways section of a Nelson grocery. Read more about the Free Radicals' shenanigans in "Welcome to Fat Camp" from Freehub Magazine Issue 8.1, which is on newsstands now. VitalMTB readers can save 40% off subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Free Candy Tour // E2: A Case of the Madness at the Trans NZ Enduro 5/9/2017 9:57 AM

The Trans NZ Enduro provides everything you need for a positive racing experience: Party Trains. Off trail excursions, resulting in near death experiences. New friends and legends. Life management. Day drinking. We also happened to be racing the course blind, which means no pre-riding, no practice logistics to work out, no real race strategy. There are no start times to rush to meet each morning, and each night, there is no helmet cam footage to review in preparation for the upcoming day. With no idea what terrain each day will bring, there is no pressure, regardless of current standings. What there are plenty of, however, are moments. Moments of brilliance, when we link turns on unfamiliar stages perfectly, at a pace that is only achieved when racing. Moments of terror, when our calculations are slightly less accurate and leave our bodies and bikes tomahawking through the woods. And moments of intense gyration, when Paul “DJ Vandy Van” van der Ploeg gets ahold of the auxiliary cord at the after party. It’s certainly madness, but it’s damn fun.

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Added a new video Building Black Sage // Preparing for Black Sage with Kyle Jameson and Carson Storch 4/26/2017 8:37 AM

Hosting a Fest event is akin to throwing a huge party for all of your good friends. But that's often the easy part—it’s building the course that is the real challenge. After a winter of unprecedented snow in Oregon, Kyle Jameson and Carson Storch have been working non-stop on the build for the Black Sage Fest. With Kyle’s experience building Cruz Fest and Carson’s connections in Oregon, these boys have created the perfect venue, putting an insane amount of blood, sweat and beers into making the entire event come to fruition. Once the build is done, it’s time for the party.

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Added a new video Free Candy Tour // E1: A Verification Situation 3/28/2017 9:43 AM

Every winter we fantasize about moving to New Zealand, so this year we did. Well, “move” in a very loose sense of the word—we bough a van and have been scouring the South Island for singletrack and sketchy situations. Now, finally “down undah,” we’re enjoying the simple life and riding our bikes a stupid amount in order to ready ourselves for race season. From Christchurch to Queenstown to Nelson, we’re headed where the trails, races and good times take us.

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Added a new video The Free Radicals // Two Weeks on Vancouver Island 2/28/2017 9:54 AM

Last September, with one fully functional bike and seven functional wrists between the four of us, we boarded the ferry to Vancouver Island with a plan that was somewhere between vague and nonexistent. This is a brief glimpse into the aimless and carefree two weeks that followed. The Free Radicals are four guys who are just trying to ride some bikes. We live in vans, work seasonal jobs and eschew the comforts and constraints of traditional lives in order to ride our bikes as much as humanly possible. Racing is the impetus for our travels, but we live for the in-betweens: the hidden trails, local swimming holes and general mischief encountered on the road while traveling between races. For 2017, we're embarking on the Free Candy Tour, an adventure that will take us all over Oceania and North America, racing a schedule of Trans-style enduro events. Along the way, we will be documenting all of the uncensored and unglamorous experiences that come with our exploits and releasing eight episodes, one per month throughout our racing season. Keep an eye out for Episode 1, releasing on March 21st, exclusively at FreehubMag.com! -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine: http://bit.ly/FreehubMag Follow Us! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreehubMagazine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freehubmag/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freehubmag Twitter: https://twitter.com/freehubmag Follow the Free Radicals! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.free.radicals/

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Added a new video Wide Open // E4: Trading Motos for Mountain Bikes 2/21/2017 9:47 AM

With the scouting done, it’s time to build. Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec head out with mountain bikes and shovels in tow and a few jumps in mind. As the sending begins, they each take to the bike they know—and love—best, making for some prime doubles action. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure and Escape Issue, which is on sale now! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Wide Open // Episode 3: Finding Features and Scouting Lines in Caineville, UT 2/7/2017 10:23 AM

With endless terrain to explore, Darren and Ricky take to the motos to try and find some lines to ride on their mountain bikes. With ridges and cliffs everywhere and access to almost anything they can see, the door is opened to some truly unique features.

As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide.

Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Issue 7.4, on sale now! VitalMTB fans can save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount.

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Added a new video Wide Open // E2: Life on the Road with Darren Berrecloth 1/24/2017 10:15 AM

After an intense week at Red Bull Rampage, Darren Berrecloth has most of his seasonal obligations behind him, allowing for a little rest and relaxation in the desert. Of course, this still involves charging big lines on the bike, but mostly it’s a time to enjoy the freedom of life on the road. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Issue 7.4, on sale now! VitalMTB fans can save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Wide Open // E1: Defining a Lifestyle with Ricky Brabec 1/10/2017 10:25 AM

Fresh off the plane from Africa, Ricky has a few days at home to regroup and ride the local trails before heading off to meet up with The Claw in Utah. Both Ricky and Darren dabble in the other’s sport and the upcoming week will undoubtedly find ways to push each of their two-wheeled limits in a new way. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue, which is on sale now. VitalMTB fans can save 40% off subscriptions with coupon code ADVENTURE16.

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Added a new video Michigan Meandering // Exploring the UP's Best Singletrack 12/26/2016 10:32 PM

Venturing into the unknown is often a gamble, but when it pays off, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our plans to explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula felt a bit like rolling the dice, as we’d heard whispers of surreal singletrack in the area, but without much of a plan or many contacts, we were operating off local advice—most often from people we met at bike shops or dive bars. It didn’t take us long to figure out that beta was better than anything we could find on the internet. Joined by Eric Porter, we landed in UP country and started our tour de singletrack in Marquette before venturing east to Munising. Working our way back north, we continued to ride any network that was suggested, including Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and finally Copper Harbor. Our wager paid off, as we found exactly what we were looking for, but rather luck, it was all thanks to the locals. Continue the story in print with "Da Yooper Delicacy" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue. VitalMTB members can save 40% off subscriptions with coupon code ADVENTURE16.

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Added a new video Cowboys, Gold & Grizzlies 12/20/2016 10:50 AM

Settled between British Columbia’s coastal mountains and Interior Plateau, the Chilcotin Range is rugged and wild. Even though it’s only two hours north of the mecca that is Whistler, it’s one of the best places to go get lost on your bike. Miners first landed in the area in the mid-1800s, tearing the hills apart in search of gold, and in the process creating most of the trails and roads that still stand today. The vast and harsh landscape has been drawing bikers in since the early days—when 4130 chromoly steel frames and cantilever brakes were state-of-the-art. Wade Simmons made his first trek to the Chilcotins in 1994, and thanks to the addicting nature of the trails, he’s been back every summer since, this year with Andrew Shandro. The allure of the Chilcotins is palpable, and the view isn’t bad either. We've teamed up with Bell to offer FREE online access to the print feature of Cowboys, Gold & Grizzlies from our most recent issue. Create a trial account for 48-hour access here: http://bit.ly/chilcotin_feature You can also check out the full story in print with Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, which is on sale now. VitalMTB readers save 40% on print subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Snapshot // E3: Pemberton with Blake Jorgenson 11/9/2016 3:34 PM

Blake Jorgenson has an impressive resume as a professional photographer. From the days of Kranked and shooting the first tracks down A-Line, Blake has since witnessed a lot of change in the mountain bike world, along with the shift from shooting film to digital. He’s adapted in fine fashion, but is one of the few photographers still shooting film at all, something that says a lot about both his style and intentions. Most importantly, what hasn’t changed is his approach to shooting photos—enjoying the experience is the priority. Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the worlds best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

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Added a new video Next Exit // Copper Harbor, Michigan 10/26/2016 9:23 AM

Copper Harbor is the northernmost town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and might be considered the definition of “Off the beaten path.” However, to its population of barely over 100 year-round residents, that’s just one of the many factors they love about it, along with the tight-knit community, backdoor access to adventure and seriously stunning views of Lake Superior. The mining and logging industries brought a decent crowd to the area throughout the 19th century, but once the resources fell off so did the population. What remained though were the logging roads and mining tracks, scars from the resource extraction that would eventually sprout area’s first singletrack. Back in the day, a crew of hardcore locals would embark on color tours, grueling rides (on fully rigid bikes) that connected old double tracks throughout the Peninsula, often 70 or 80 miles. With that, the spark of mountain biking had ignited in Copper Harbor, and with the help of the Keewenaw Adventure Company and funding for paid trail building, it has become one of the area’s driving forces. Today, there’s over 35 miles of singletrack, making the most of the 500-vertical feet available, and the network has been ranked as one of IMBA’s Silver Level Ride Centers. All of this is proof that a passionate community can create an amazing riding experience with hard work and dedication—no matter how far off the path it may be. Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

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Freehub Magazine Releases the Sea to Sky Photo Book
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Freehub Magazine Releases the Sea to Sky Photo Book
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Added a new video Next Exit // Revelstoke, British Columbia 10/4/2016 10:08 AM

Surrounded by the Selkirk, Kootenay and Monashee Mountains, Revelstoke, British Columbia prides itself on its access and surrounding terrain. Just like many other mountain bike-crazed towns, Revelstoke has roots as a ski town, with nearby Mt. Mackenzie holding ski jumping competitions in the 1960s via a single two-person lift, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort opening in 2007. The community that soon after flocked to Revelstoke for the ski bum lifestyle is the same one that made the push to make the trails what they are today. Once a way to simply pass the summers (and get a little extra loose), mountain biking in Revelstoke has evolved into a lifestyle in its own right. Trails (In order of appearance): Mt. Cartier Summit Trail, The Rooster, Martha Creek (Sale Mountain) Trail, Frisby Ridge. Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well. Produced by Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity Research.

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Added a new video Between the Layers // Jill Kintner's Quest for Queen of Crankworx 9/6/2016 2:51 PM

The Queen of Crankworx is a competition that spans three different parts of the world and often four or more disciplines of mountain biking. Winning it is no small feat. From Rotorua, NZ to Les Gets, France to Whistler, Canada, points are stacked at each event of each stop, always with a heavy competition field. Jill Kintner put her focus on the Queen of Crankworx title for 2016 and was in the lead coming into the last stop at Whistler, only needing a few solid results to secure the title. The pressure is certainly something Jill is used to, and much of it comes from her own drive and mentality, but at the biggest contest of the year, it’s impossible to not be a little nervous. Learn more about Jill Kintner in her profile, All the Layers, in Freehub Magazine Issue 7.2. VitalMTB fans can save 40% on subscriptions with coupon code PROGRESSION16.

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Added a new video Defining the Cup // Episode 3: Sun Valley, ID with Teal Stetson-Lee 8/9/2016 10:11 AM

After a crash in New Mexico at the last SCOTT Enduro Cup, Teal Stetson-Lee heads to Sun Valley with a minor shoulder separation, unsure if she’ll be good to race. Once she feels things out on the bike, Teal decides to sit out of the race in order to make sure she doesn’t push her injury and helps support her fellow riders instead. Whether it’s dog duty or driving the shuttle rig, the sense of community and support among the athletes is what makes the whole SCOTT Enduro Cup much more than a race.

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