For the Love of Trails – BMC’s #TrailLove Series
Trails are the most basic of common denominators for mountain bikers the world over. It's our love for trails that unite us as a global collective, but there's a tangible affect they can have on any number of scales; including the very personal one we feel as individuals. On a mission to discover some of the best trails that North America has to offer, the BMC US Trailcrew riders Derek Bissett, Adam Snyder and Brice Shirbach travelled to some of most epic mountain bike trails to not only ride, but get to know some of the communities behind their construction and upkeep. The result of this journey are four videos that make up the #TrailLove film series.
TrailLove Episode 1: Sedona, Arizona
Episode 1 of BMC’s 4-part #TrailLove series comes from Sedona, Arizona, where the BMC Trailcrew had the opportunity to meet some of the most influential people behind the local mountain bike community, and explore some of the trails they've worked so hard to provide. This red rock oasis is as equally scenic is as it fun, and is the result of a lot of hard work between builders and land managers, and a very progressive approach to trail design. Join Trailcrew athletes Adam Snyder, Derek Bissett and Brice Shirbach as they explore these trails on their BMC Trailfox 02s, and enjoy the company of Sedona's most passionate riders and advocates!
Read the full Sedona story on Pinkbike.
TrailLove Episode 2: The Grand Valley, Colorado
Episode 2 of the 4-part #TrailLove series comes from the Grand Valley of Colorado. This region, found on Colorado's western slopes, is an arid and rugged high desert, with beautiful flat top mesas and red rock formations; and features some of the world's most heralded mountain bike destinations. While the region is exploding with more and more trails, and exciting opportunities including lift-served downhill atop the Grand Mesa overlooking the valley, it is Grand Junction and Fruita that serve as the area's premier trail destinations. Despite only a dozen miles separating their respective city centers, the two towns offer vastly different riding opportunities, with Grand Junction's Lunch Loops providing an abundance of rocky and technical options, and Fruita's 18 Road area offering ridgelines and flow for miles and miles. Adam Snyder, Brice Shirbach and Derek Bissett had a blast exploring the two areas in spite of some early season inclement weather and untimely injuries, and soaked in as much of the Grand Valley mountain bike culture and history as they could.
Read the full Grand Valley story on Pinkbike.
TrailLove Episode 3: Sisters, Oregon
Sisters, Oregon would be the home base for episode 3 of the #TrailLove series. Located smack in the middle of the Beaver State, Sisters would prove to be an amazing location for the BMC Trailcrew to stage it's week plus of filming, with the Peterson Ridge trails located high above town, and other regions including Bend and the McKenzie River trails located a short drive away. Central Oregon provides riders with a bevy of very different riding opportunities, with bike park options found throughout Bend's trail networks, to the high desert terrain in and around Sisters, and the lush rain forests of the McKenzie River area 45 minutes west of town. With Derek Bissett sitting this out due to an injury sustained while filming the previous episode, it was left to Adam Snyder and Brice Shirbach to explore the region and find out just what this area offers up to riders. They would eventually discover not only a small but passionate community in Sisters, but some of the most fun and breathtaking trails they'd ever been on.
Read the full Sisters story on Pinkbike.
Episode 4 : East Burke, Vermont
Trail love is something that certainly exists all around the world, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place on the planet that loves their trails more than the town of East Burke, Vermont. This small town is in the middle of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, and is home to the legendary Kingdom Trails, an enormous network featuring over 100 miles of sinewy, dark and glorious singletrack. These trails represent the town's biggest commercial expectation, and are open in some capacity throughout the year. Burke has one of the East Coast's best bike parks, as well as a pumptrack in the center of town, and if you know the right people (which is easy enough here), some of the most beautifully sculpted dirt jumps you'll find anywhere.
But it's the singletrack that draws people in, and for good reason: the same trail can offer up a variety of riding options for a variety of riders. Beginners and pros alike can derive an equal amount of joy while sharing these trails, and that's due to the advocacy, trail work and land management by the Kingdom Trails Association. The greatest example of trail love can be found amongst the private landowners, whose properties hold 96% of the trails found throughout the network. In an increasingly litigious world, it's reassuring to find so many people who encourage the building of trails on their own private property, and without any incentive other than knowing that their decision is for the greater good of the town and of the trails. We couldn't think of a more appropriate place to bring the series to a close than here in East Burke, Vermont; the epitome of #TrailLove. Enjoy.
Read the full East Burke story on Pinkbike.