Category Archives: Biking

Fantastic Phat Wednesday

Last week saw the fourth Phat Wednesday of the year in the Whistler Bike Park. As always my general goal is to ‘not’ be on the last page of the results. Sometimes I achieve this goals, sometimes I do not. Here is my race run from last week. Perhaps not the most exciting course but it was a lot of fun all the same.

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Cut Yer Bars

CYB Roll Dale 2 signed

We have been blessed with some incredible weather in Whistler the past few days.  This time of year is amazing.  A great mix of people wandering through the village.  Skiers, boarders, bikers, hikers, you name it, they are all strolling about.

Checking Out CYB

A mate and I ducked into this awesome trail near the village and played around.  Cut Yer Bars is a short but fun trail with some fast fun descents, a couple of cool rock rolls and a little bit of pedaling for good measure.  It was a glorious day.

CYB Roll 3

CU

CYB Roll

CU 2

Front On

 

2013 Instagrammed

2013 was an absolutely incredible year for me.

Continued my life in Whistler.

Traveled to Japan to ski for the first time.

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The pow was deep in Niseko!

The pow was deep in Niseko!

Started this blog.

A great start to the year saw out the winter season

A great start to the year saw out the winter season

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Biked one heck of a lot.

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Frolfed!

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Explored some fantastic alpine hikes and camps around Whistler and Pemberton.

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Checked out Quebec City.

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Chute Montmorency

Chute Montmorency

Traveled to New Zealand to ski – ended up hiking the whole time.

Sheep like Lake Wanaka too.

Sheep in NZ??

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Visited family and friends in Australia for a few weeks.

Anzac Bridge

Anzac Bridge

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

The old dirt road home!

The old dirt road home!

Ran Sydney’s famous City2Surf.

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Did some more biking and camping in Whistler.

Top of the World

Top of the World

Semaphore Lakes

Semaphore Lakes

Semaphore Lakes

Semaphore Lakes

Locomotive

Locomotive

Journeyed to England and Paris to hang out with friends and family once more.

Awaited the ski season to begin which included biking right up until the resort opened and even afterwards.

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Skied.

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Played ice hockey…on a frozen lake!

Nita Lake

Nita Lake

Worked.

Got Festive.

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Instagrammed.

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Ski & Bike – Why Not?

Instagram @jta85 - view from Blackcomb looking over Whistler village.

Instagram @jta85 – View from Blackcomb looking over Whistler village.

It seemed like we waited along time for the storm that rolled into Whistler on Sunday night. Almost the instant the rain turned to snow an excited buzz flowed through the village. As I was out working, watching the flakes fall, I became more and more pumped for the powder day to come.

Although snow was forecast throughout Monday, it turned into a stunning bluebird day. With limited lifts open I was surprised to see how well the slopes held up. We were a little late uploading, however we still managed to put in some amazing turns while admiring the stunning scenery at the same time.

Taken with my old point and shoot, it's looking a lot more like winter around here.

Taken with my old point and shoot, it’s looking a lot more like winter around here.

Gotta love an Instagram filter! @jta85

Gotta love an Instagram filter! @jta85

Another point and shoot shot, downloading in the Excalibur Gondola on Blackcomb.

Another point and shoot shot, downloading in the Excalibur Gondola on Blackcomb.

After I came off the hill I didn’t want to stay inside on such an incredible day. I decided it would be a great idea to go for a cross country bike mission to see if “Cut Yer Bars”, the trail closest to my house, was still ridable. As it turns out, it is, and I got fresh powder tracks from start to finish! BOOM!!!

Instagram @jta85 - Cut Yer Bars during sunset

Instagram @jta85 – Cut Yer Bars during sunset

Instagram @jta85

Instagram @jta85

First tracks!

First tracks!

What a line!

What a line!

Fresh Pow! Stoked!

Fresh Pow! Stoked!

Now that’s my sort of day!

Top of the World

A view from above

A view from above

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park certainly has a lot to offer.  A great deal of variety in the trails.  Steep, difficult technical.  Fast and smooth jump trails.  Trails full of wooden bridges.  Even green trails for the first timers.  One incredible trail that opened in 2012 is the Top of the World.

Top of the World

Top of the World

It is a trail that starts at the peak of Whistler Mountain and allows a biker the potential to descend almost 5000 vertical feet to the valley floor.

Entering the 'Top of the World'

Entering the ‘Top of the World’

Some mates and I went up for one epic lap last week.  We stopped at various places on the way down to take some photos.

Top of the World

Top of the World

 

Getting there….

Once again it’s been a little while between posts. I could list all of the excuses however I am pretty good at finding them so it would probably take 3-4 posts to do that, I’ll just apologize once more and get on with it.

It’s been a pretty busy week, lots of work, a bit of biking, struggling through marathon training and a fantastic camping trip. I am still working on the camping photos and I’ll get that post up tomorrow.

In the meantime I will put up a couple of photos I took last week. We had planned to do a full photo day, slowly moving through the park and trying to get some cool shots all over the place. The weather was around 30 degrees Celsius and humid. As a result none of us could really be bothered doing anything. We did struggle through one run before the heat was too much. I was testing out my new camera and was still finding my way around it.

I am hoping we get a couple more sunny days so I can take it back up and shoot properly now I know my way around the camera a little more and the weather has cooled down.

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Stay tuned for my post on Semaphore Lakes. A great spot for a hike or an overnight trip.

***Marathon Training Update***

Today was the day for my weekly long run as I continue to prepare for the Seattle Marathon. There was a serious lack of motivation today for a number of reasons. The biggest deterrent was probably the torrential downpour that was occurring outside my window. The next biggest was the fact that I was looking at a 20.9 km battle. A text from my fellow marathoner pointing out that “…a marathon in Seattle, in December, is probably going to be very wet…” got me up on my feet and I when I realized that 20.9km wasn’t even half the distance I was training to run I figured I had better get myself out the door and into the elements.

In the end it wasn’t to bad, the rain kept me nice and cool. I hit a bit of a wall towards the end of the run but managed to struggle through it. I wish I could say I am looking forward to the long run next week.

Red Bull Joyride

It is arguably the best time of year to be in Whistler.  Beautiful weather, amazing athletes and huge crowds for the mountain bike festival Crankworx.  For about 10 days it is hardcore mountain bike action of all aspects.  Sadly I am not there to see it this year but there are some incredible photos at the Official Crankworx Flickr page.

Some fantastic downhill races, intense grueling  enduro events and best trick and slalom style events.

The big one that everyone waits for all week, it draws the biggest crowd by far, is the Red Bull Joyride.  It is an incredibly gnarly course that sees athletes throwing massive air and landing huge tricks.

I am devastated to be missing it, however fortunately we can watch it live.  The video below has a replay of the whole event.

http://www.redbull.com/en/bike/stories/1331605833816/watch-live-red-bull-joyride-at-crankworx-whistler-2013