Geoff Gulevich has established himself as one of the most photographed and filmed freeriders in the sport. The North Vancouver native is busy with slopestyle and freeride competitions, as well as photo and movie shoots all over the globe. He thrives on versatility, being as comfortable on remote all mountain adventures in Argentina as he is hitting the Oakley Sender at Rampage. With 5th-place finishes at both the Red Bull Rampage and Crankworx Whistler — the two biggest contests in freeride mountain biking — Gulevich has established himself as one of best freeriders in the world. Here’s the latest from Gully, a new web series dubbed Gullyver’s Travels. For more details, you can read Gulevich’s inspiration for the series below.
I’ve crisscrossed the globe as a competitor for many years, but I rarely ventured beyond the mountain resorts that contests are held in. As I get older, I’ve started pushing to escape the industry bubble and get off the beaten path more. The premise behind Gullyver’s Travels is to motivate everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and explore new places.
Episode One takes place in the French Alps and features longtime friend and Rocky Mountain teammate, Tito Tomasi. A world traveler who also happens to be a phenomenal mountain biker, Tito has ridden some of the most remote places on earth. His personal motto is vive la vie, and we intended to do just that.
Our mission began in the village of Abriès. We pedaled as long as we could, before the grade forced us to dismount and carry our bikes. We reached the Malrif Lakes, which sit at about 8,000 feet, and set up camp for the evening. Just before the sun dropped we got a fire going and filled our stomachs with beer, bread, meat, and cheese — we were in France after all.
The next morning, an early rise followed by four hours of carrying our bikes on our back was all made worth it when we arrived at the snow-covered summit of Grand Glaiza. After enjoying the spectacular views, we pointed our bikes down the 10,800-foot descent that lay in front of us. Once back in town, Tito and I parted ways. He was off on another adventure and I was off to Bike Park Chatel for some big rig ripping.
It’s no wonder why the Bike Park Chatel locals are all shredders, the park is filled with trails that have great flow and a number of sizeable features. After two days of racking up vertical, it was time to head home. A big thank you goes out to Tito for being an amazing tour guide, and to Bike Park Chatel. Their hospitality is always second to none.
Until next time, see you on the trail!
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