KRob visits British Columbia And Whistler Bike Park

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Introduction:

KRob is the famous mtbr member/writer who puts out the best Interbike Test Ride summary every year. His latest work can be found here: http://reviews.mtbr.com/2012-all-mountain-bike-tests-at-interbike-outdoor-demo.

Shortly after Interbike, he made his way to Whistler to ride and meet up with LeeL and Brodiegirl who write for mtbr as well. Follow their adventures here.

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KRob visits British Columbia And Whistler Bike Park Gallery
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Aava Hotel Bike Tuning and Cleaning
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Aava Hotel Bike Tuning and Cleaning

Aava Hotel Bike Valet
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Aava Hotel Bike Valet

Aava Hotel
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Aava Hotel

Aava Hotel
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Aava Hotel

Honey, I think we’re in Canada! by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Honey, I think we’re in Canada!

Canada Flag by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Canada Flag

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

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Prospect Point Stanley Park

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Stanley Park Sea Wall

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Lee and Sharon

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Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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Floppy Bunny

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Floppy Bunny

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Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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Deep Cove

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Deep Cove

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Honey Doughnuts

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Horseshoe Bay

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Breakfast

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Knolly Chilcotin

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Knolly Chilcotin

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Knolly Chilcotin

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Knolly Chilcotin

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Pivot Mach 5

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Pivot Mach 5

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Pivot Mach 5

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Mach 5.7 Carbon

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Knolly Chilcotin

Knolly Chilcotin Joystick Seat by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Knolly Chilcotin Joystick Seat

Knolly Chilcotin Chromag by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Knolly Chilcotin Chromag

End Trails by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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End Trails

Exposed Hogs Backs by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Exposed Hogs Backs

The end of End Trails by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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The end of End Trails

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End Trails Steepness

Stairway to Heaven by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Stairway to Heaven

All geared up and ready to go by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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All geared up and ready to go

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Giant Glory

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Giant Glory

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Giant Glory

G1 Rental Shop by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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G1 Rental Shop

Top of the World by kentsaundra, on Flickr
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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

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Top of the World

Top of the World
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Top of the World

Bermed Turns
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Bermed Turns

Top of the World Rock Bridge
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Top of the World Rock Bridge

Top of the World Fall Colors
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Top of the World Fall Colors

Top of the World
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Top of the World

Photos by Lee Lau

Since my earliest forays into mountain biking and mountain biking reports I’ve seen pictures and read tales of the famous BC riding scene. But up until now these have been just surreal imaginings of deep green, moss, loam, ladders, and slabs that only really lived on my computer screen, ink smudged magazine pages and dreams. I scarcely believed I would ever get the chance (or develop the ability) to ride there.

Canada Flag by kentsaundra, on Flickr

I usually always go to Interbike the third week in September spending the first two days at Dirt Demo then moving on to Hurricane for a day then Moab for rest of the week. But this year, thanks to the urging of some good folks in this thread and via email, I decided to venture north before I got too old to enjoy the kind of trails for which British Columbia is famous.

My one hesitation was that I really enjoy doing the Interbike Dirt Demo reports and riding a bunch of new bikes, but with the generous aid of Lee Lau and the extreme kindness of many different people, shops, and bike companies, I was able to blend my desire to ride the Shore and test some different bikes while doing it. My super supportive non-biking wife graciously consented to come with me eventhough she knew this would be primarily a biking trip which really sealed the deal for me. So with bike gear stuffing my duffle to overflowing we caught our flight from the dry, desolate starkness of Nevada to the lush, deep greens of British Columbia.

It started with some very enjoyable touristy kinds of things in North Vancouver and Vancouver just chilling with my wife and seeing the sites.

Honey, I think we’re in Canada! Yup, pretty sure.

Honey, I think we're in Canada! by kentsaundra, on Flickr

Prospect Point Stanley Park

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

We even found us a Mountie to pose with.

Stanley Park Sea Wall. This walking/riding path goes clear around the peninsula on which Stanley Park resides. It was extensively rebuilt and paved a few years ago after high winds and rains washed much of it away. We were going to come back another day and rent a tandem but ran out of time.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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