KRob visits British Columbia And Whistler Bike Park

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Day Five Top of the World

Top of the World by kentsaundra, on Flickr

Through some connections that Lee and Sharon have from Sharon’s time with the Bike Park Patrol we were able to get a shuttle up to the very top of Whistler Peak on Friday to sample the recently completed Top of the World trail.

Many thanks to Justin and Kira from bike patrol who got us up there despite the lift being closed for the season. You guys rock!

Words don’t begin to describe this special experience and a more aptly named trail would be hard to find. Even though the total elevation of Whistler Peak is slightly lower than my home town it looms up so abruptly from almost sea level that it feels like you are literally on top of the world. The views are nothing short of astounding.

Top of the World

Almost immediately upon entering the trail we encountered some of the best rock armoring I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine the work that went into piecing this puzzle together—Equal parts genius and artistry.

In fact major kudos need to go out to Gravity Logic and many others for the work on this entire trail. It was supposed to be finished in three years but was done in two. Trail line and work was put in by Tom Pro, Alex Pro and Gunnar . The fantastic rock work you’ll see in the top section was by Kenneth Melamed with help of Hiro and Boyd.

Top of the World

Top of the World

It just keeps going on like this for quite a good long time. If you can just flow the whole thing it probably wouldn’t take that long, but I recommend you stop and take in the views as often as possible. I don’t know how many times I’d have to ride this trail before I got so jaded that I wasn’t totally awed by this scene.

Top of the World

The trail just weaves its way over and around this shoulder as you descend towards the treeline with what could only be described as inspired routing.

Top of the World

Top of the World

Top of the World

Top of the World

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