Bike May 2018

Bike Magazine showcases the sport of mountain biking like no other publication. It captures the sport's personalities, trends, and issues with a style all its own. Using insightful feature articles and the sport's best photography, Bike is sure to make you want to get outside and ride.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
spring forward   leaping into an awakening

I’VE NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO WHY I STARTED RIDing a bike, or why mountain biking somehow stuck with me over the years as other interests fleeted. Most of us probably don’t ponder whether our devotion to trails, mountains, open spaces, freedom and fresh air is a learned behavior, or one that is deeply engrained in our DNA. We just ride, using the power of two wheels to push past our comfort zones, face failure, challenge our capacity for pain or leave behind the pressures of daily life. But when a loss so grave hits that no amount of pedaling could ever fill the void it leaves behind, suddenly every part of life becomes subject to introspection. For me, what I always considered merely to be a hobby that for some…

3 min.

We felt extremely vulnerable. A large storm system with fast-moving clouds was approaching. It was late in the day at Purcell Lodge in British Columbia. We were drawn to the awesome force and beauty of the dynamic skies and, like tiny creatures with nowhere to hide, Lorraine Blancher, Kylee Toth Ohler and I rode, humbled beneath towering clouds. Nature’s power and magic never cease to amaze me, no matter how long I’ve been shooting. Mark Matthews and Mason Mashon in Cappadoccia, Turkey. Mike Hopkins in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Mark Matthews in the Panpan Valley of Kham Tibet, China. Vancouver’s North Shore is surrounded by water. It’s everywhere you turn. But I’ve never been able to work the surrounding sea into a riding shot. There isn’t a tall enough tree for me to climb to…

5 min.
with friends   like these

We all have that friend who ropes us into doing things we’d rather not do. And if we’re lucky, we have a lot of those friends. For better and worse, I’m luckier than most. Colleen’s that friend who always has an adventure up her sleeve, whether it’s a random road trip to go ride at elevations in the five-digit range or Christmas day ski runs in blizzard conditions. She’s also the friend who doesn’t bat an eye at celebrating your birthday by staying out late before going for an early ride, and then trading bike shoes for quad roller skates at the local rink. We were grabbing a bite at the same dive bar where so many of our best-worst ideas have begun when she casually tossed out her latest fancy plan. “We should…

5 min.
the harvest of time

Twenty-five years is a long time to do any one thing. Do one thing for that duration, and there are bound to be moments of repetition. Time will coil around itself, decades will collapse on top of each other, and what should be fresh tire prints in the ground will just be another layer of tracks on top of those, on top of those, on top of those already laid onto the tracks beneath them. At some point, this may feel like a futile repetition—the 1994-typed words of the first editor of this magazine echoing to haunt the present: “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the length of the hole ….” Those words never really held much sway with me, but they have bounced in and out…

7 min.
most people know loïc

BRUNI AS A PUREBRED downhill racer. Ever since the fiery young Frenchman began blazing down World Cup DH racetracks as a junior eight years ago, his name has increasingly become synonymous with speed. He’s a fierce competitor who puts it all on the line in every race. And in just a few momentous years, Bruni has carved out a reputation as one of the world’s fastest downhillers. He’s one of an elite few racers who are always in contention for a World Cup victory. Along with the likes of Greg Minnaar and Aaron Gwin, any given race is his to lose. With two UCI World Championship titles under his belt at the tender age of 23, Bruni’s career is off to one of the most promising starts in the history of DH…

21 min.
the kora

MY EYES BURNED AS A SALTY STREAM of sweat flooded them. With a fully loaded bike on my back and DEET-laden insect repellent dripping onto my hands, I tried to squint through the deluge of lost fluids coursing down my face. The frenzied nebula of mosquitoes buzzing around me was doing a stellar job of stymying my progress, landing on every inch of exposed flesh and piercing my skin with their needle-like proboscises. “This is pure agony,” I grumbled, resting my bike against a cluster of bamboo and swatting irritably at the shadowy veil of vectors. “At this rate, it’s gonna take us ages to climb out of this mess.” “That’s for sure,” affirmed my teammate, Sam Seward, squashing his helmet against his forehead and sending a cascade of perspiration down his cheeks. “Maybe…