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Freehub Magazine Releases the Sea to Sky Photo Book
(Member Blog)

10/18/2016 2:41 PM

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Added a new video Next Exit // Revelstoke, British Columbia 10/4/2016 10:08 AM
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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
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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
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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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Added a new video Snapshot // E2: Squamish, BC with Reuben Krabbe 7/19/2016 9:59 AM
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As an action sports photographer, some days often end up being more about documenting an activity rather than actually doing it. Reuben Krabbe, a Squamish local and renowned photographer, has been focusing on packing light and documenting from right beside the riders to authentically capture in-the-moment action. Joined by Stephen Matthews and Sid Slotegraaf, the trio pedal out the door to ride some classic Squamish granite and shoot photos for Freehub’s upcoming photo book.

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Added a new video Defining the Cup // Episode 2: Angel Fire, NM with Stan Jorgensen 7/12/2016 9:51 AM
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In this Episode: As an action sports photographer, some days often end up being more about documenting an activity rather than actually doing it. Reuben Krabbe, a Squamish local and renowned photographer, has been focusing on packing light and documenting from right beside the riders to authentically capture in-the-moment action. Joined by Stephen Matthews and Sid Slotegraaf, the trio pedal out the door to ride some classic Squamish granite and shoot photos for Freehub’s upcoming photo book. 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 Snapshot // E1: Whistler, BC with Robin O'Neill 6/21/2016 8:13 AM
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In this Episode: Robin O’Neill learned to bike and ski in the Whistler Valley, and both sports gave her an endless appreciation for the beauty the area provides. Nowadays, she’s a professional photographer making a living by capturing that same beauty. In search of images for Freehub’s Photobook, Robin heads out to Micro Climate, one of Whistler’s premier trails, with Jesse Melamed, Dylan Wolsky and Sarah Leishman. The weather’s a bit variable, but a little artificial lighting goes a long way and being in good company makes for inevitable success. 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 Defining the Cup // Episode 1: Moab, UT with Amanda Cordell 6/7/2016 9:33 AM
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In this Episode: Amanda Cordell prepares for the first SCOTT Enduro Cup of the season in Moab, UT with a few days of practice on the course. Some windy weather mixed with back pains force Amanda to abandon her camping plans and retreat to a hotel. After a good night’s sleep, she prepares for race day with stretching and a good breakfast before heading off to battle the course’s slick rock and sandy corners.

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Added a new video Made With Love // Episode One: Devinci Cycles 5/24/2016 10:21 AM
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In this Episode: Mountain bikes have come a long way in just a few decades and now a process that was once trial and error is a dialed system, equal parts science and art. Devinci Cycles, based out of Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a company that takes pride in their locally sourced aluminum, in-house fabrication and rigorous safety standards, all of which culminate in high-quality frames with a well-deserved “Made in Canada” sticker. Take a look at every step of the process, from design to powder coating, in this episode of Made With Love. Manufacturing—most people don’t think of it as glamorous, but there is an allure to it that inspires and drives creation. The process and production behind modern mountain bikes and their associated products is an art form in itself, one that captivates both bike nerds and bike jocks alike. Made With Love is a series designed to capture the literal nuts and bolts upon which our sport is built: The components and people that bring bikes from the assembly line to trail. Stay tuned for more episodes of Made With Love throughout the summer.

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Added a new video Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding 5/3/2016 9:21 AM
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The Sunshine Coast is slowly making waves in the mountain bike world. Just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver, British Columbia, the coastal towns have witnessed logging, fishing and mining industries both thrive and dive. In the midst of all this, there’s been an insurgence of trails everywhere, from logging road networks to old landfills, that have caught the attention of the communities and riders alike. Nowadays, the weekends see a mass-migration of bikers to Coast Gravity Park and pickup trucks filled with bikes getting on their second ferry to Powell River. Tourism has become the area’s newest industry, one that is welcomed by the communities and thankfully has no signs of slowing down. This video compliments our print story "Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.1, which is on newsstands now. VitalMTB readers can save 40% on a one-year subscription with our Shared Reader Discount: http://bit.ly/fhshared

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Added a new video HOME // Episode 3: Defining Home with Jill Kintner 3/16/2016 12:47 PM
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In this Episode: It’s impossible to know what to expect for a November ride in Bellingham, Washington. Jill encounters a little snow, high winds, a few soggy corners and some good views while riding Double Black Diamond and Double Down in the Chuckanut Mountains. “Home” is a term that has a very solid meaning, yet the concept itself has a very loose structure. Home is a place. Home is people. Home is a trail. Bryn Atkinson and Jill Kintner recently moved to Bellingham, Washington, where all of these aspects converge into a community that matches their own passion for riding. Some things about their new locale might take some getting used to—like 34-plus inches of annual rainfall—but it’s all these elements together that make it what it is: home.

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Added a new video HOME // Episode 1: Defining Home with Bryn Atkinson 3/16/2016 12:45 PM
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In This Episode: Bryn heads out for a solo mission in the woods, rallying gravity-fed singletrack down the mountain, and drifting corners on a four stroke all the way back up. “Home” is a term that has a very solid meaning, yet the concept itself has a very loose structure. Home is a place. Home is people. Home is a trail. Bryn Atkinson and Jill Kintner recently moved to Bellingham, Washington, where all of these aspects converge into a community that matches their own passion for riding. Some things about their new locale might take some getting used to—like 34-plus inches of annual rainfall—but it’s all these elements together that make it what it is: home.

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Added a new video A Few Thousand Miles To Go // 200-Year-Old Tire Tracks With Mike Hopkins on Montana’s Continental Divide Trail 3/16/2016 12:44 PM
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Back in July, the Freehub crew joined up with Mike Hopkins to ride a 26-mile section of Montana’s Continental Divide Trail. As fate would have it, this five-man, bike-powered expedition passed Montana’s Lewis and Clark Pass on July 7, 2015, 209 years, to the day, after Meriwether Lewis passed it on his journey back east. The trail winds through Helena National Forest, and passes over nearly every kind of terrain, from expansive ridges and burnt forests to steep scree fields. With the help of Pat Doyle from Bike Helena and Emmett Purcell from Prickly Pear Land Trust, the route was planned and supplies were stashed. The following days consisted of every type of weather imaginable, mixed with plenty of grueling climbs and exhilarating descents. The small-scale expedition provided a glimpse of the area’s endless terrain, and the unwavering quest for discovery that was required of early adventurers.

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Added a new video ONE HELL OF A PARTY // Northern British Columbia’s Bike-Powered Renaissance 3/16/2016 12:43 PM
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The recipe for a good party is pretty simple: good people. Any time there’s a group of quality human beings, good times are likely to ensue. When mountain biking is added to that mix, not to mention a week-long road trip through Northern British Columbia, it’s one hell of a party. The idea was to explore some of the province’s small towns that are aiming to revitalize their tourism industries and specifically working with mountain bikers to make this happen. The results have been impressive thanks to the effort the small towns of Prince George, Fort St. James, Terrace, Smithers and Burns Lake have put into their surrounding trails. The seed has been planted and all of these areas have become home to riding that rivals many of the well-known meccas in the province, with more on the way. The only thing left now is for everyone else to realize it.

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Added a new video A Casual Afternoon with Kelend Hawks // Spring Cleaning on Rainbow Road 3/16/2016 12:42 PM
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Last spring Freehub videographer Chris Grundberg spent an afternoon in the woods testing out a new sensor in the RED camera. However friend and test subject Kelend Hawks' idea of "keeping it causal" usually translates to "sending it" for most normal people, especially on the perfected jumps of Rainbow Road. The resulting footage was too good to be forgotten on hard drive, so Chris put together a short edit of Kelend nonchalantly cleaning every jump and berm on the trail. Enjoy.

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Added a new video Agricultural Education // The Brett Rheeder Story 3/16/2016 12:41 PM
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Brett Rheeder has climbed the ranks over the last few years and established himself as one of mountain biking's elite. After earning the top spot at Crankworx Rotorua and Les 2 Alpes in 2015, he was the sole contender for the Crankworx Triple Crown of Slopestyle heading into Crankworx Whistler. While he ended up coming up just short of the Triple Crown, he still took the overall win for the Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour. So what does it take for a small town boy from rural Ontario to rise to the top of the slopestyle world? We caught up with Brett while he was enjoying some rare "down" time at home in Ontario between contests. However, Brett's idea of down time was building a 30-foot-tall drop-in in his back yard to practice his tricks on—or doing his homework as he calls it. With the help of his brother Christopher, his childhood riding buddy Matt Pollington and the Freehub crew, the structure went up in two days and the homework was immediately underway before heading off to the Les 2 Alpes and then Whistler for the final stop of the Crankworx World Tour.

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Added a new video Rainbow Road // Golden Dirt Jumps in the PNW 3/16/2016 12:40 PM
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Shred edits are one of mountain biking’s purest forms of stoke. No interviews, no B-roll, just a trail and a rider—or four. However there is so much more than meets the eye, a long story behind the slow-mo and cuts. In this particular case, it took six months of hauling dirt, shaping and busting ass. Another long day of filming: hiking the trail multiple times and lugging pounds of gear. These gentlemen, along with the help of a few others, started the initiative. They single handedly scoped, dug and perfected this trail, turning dreams into reality. It is truly a work of art, and the proof is in the way they ride it. Riders: Andy Grant, Spencer Baldwin, Dylan Evanger, Scott Scamehorn

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Added a new video Paddy Kaye // The Godfather of Lift-Accessed Mountain Biking 3/16/2016 12:39 PM
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Paddy Kaye is a living legend in the world of mountain bike trail building. The Ontario-native came west in 1992 after graduating university and never went back. Once the off-season came around, he discovered mountain biking and then shortly after, trail building. From the humble beginnings of Joyride to it's now world-stage status as Crankworx Whistler's premiere event, Paddy Kaye's been there every step of the way, with plenty of calluses to prove it.

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Added a new video Riding Pisgah: Exploring Western North Carolina 3/16/2016 12:38 PM
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For each volume of our photo book, we choose a destination that is a microcosm of highly renowned trails and Pisgah National Forest is no exception. However words and photos can only go so far, so in collaboration with our photo book, we continue the story here, talking with the locals and touring the riding destinations. While the trails are certainly one of the biggest factors of any mountain biking community, they would simply be dirt paths if it weren't for the after-work warriors, the local shop employees, the young groms, the advocates and the local brews. So welcome to Pisgah, a unique place of Southern charm, wild geography and serious mountain bike fanatics.

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Added a new video FACES: The Rider Chronicles // Episode Four: Chris Johnston 3/16/2016 12:33 PM
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In this episode: The love of riding bikes and the notorious loam was all it took to get Chris Johnston to British Columbia, Canada. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Chris grew up in an active family, where there was always an element of competition. This drive transferred well into mountain biking and he's been crushing everything from the Enduro World Series to chainless downhill races since he started competing. However even after eight years of podiums, he hasn't forgot what brought him to the Sea to Sky Highway. Whether it's Crankworx's Canadian Open or his back yard trails, Chris is always riding fast and loving every minute of it. “FACES” is a four-part series dedicated to telling the stories of four Race Face athletes, looking at what drives them to race and ride as well as what drives them in general life. The series will cover a variety of team members, spanning all ages, riding styles and genders.

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