Matt Hunter Tours Mont Blanc Alps with the Specialized Enduro


Mtbr Q&A with Matt Hunter:

Mtbr: Who are you, what you do, what you love?
Matt: I’m Matt, I’m from Kamloops. I ride bikes. And I love adventures.

Mtbr: What were your expectations about this trip? What were the surprises?
Matt: I was expecting to see a lot more riders on the trail! Most of the other trails I have ridden around there are full of riders, but we only saw one other group. I was also surprised by how well the trail was laid out. There is no route-finding, all the turns are marked. It’s very established.

Mtbr: What are some of your favorite places in the world?
Matt: Wow. Serious question! The short list includes the Andes, the Rockies in Colorado, Utah desert, and of course British Columbia!

Another interesting aspect of the TMB is the towns that it passes through. A big part of why the towns are there is because of Mont Blanc and the people who are drawn to explore it, or even just look at it. There is very old mountianeering culture everywhere.

Sponsors: Specialized, Shimano, Clif Bar, Chromag, MRP, IXS, Fox Racing Shox, Dakine, Smith Optics

Trip Report:

Whether it’s in the parking lot or the pub, “How was the ride?” is a loaded question. Coming back from a multi-day, multi-country adventure with some old friends and a new bike, the question gets asked a lot. Fresh off the trail and filled with post-ride fever, I often find myself pouring a stream of expletives and hyperboles in reply.

I admit that in an effort to describe the best moments of a ride, the truth can take a bit of a holiday. OK, maybe not EVERY corner was bermed, and the drifts weren’t ALL roosting shoulder high. Luckily for me (and for you!) the story of the Tour Mont Blanc has proof. The following photos and videos describe our adventure without exaggeration.

Please take a moment to explore the evidence behind this truly “epic” ride. Check out the scenery and the trail, and let your imagination put you in the saddle. Then get out on your bike and make your own adventure.

About Matt Hunter:

I was born in Kamloops, British Columbia in 1983. Singletrack zigzags through the hills behind my parents’ house; bikes were freedom. I explored the hills and trails wherever and whenever I could. I was 12 when I got into XC racing. I was really into it until I was about 15, when I started focusing more on DH riding. Some of my friends who I raced with made the same transition, and we started to learn together. We started building big jumps and aggressive trails. We filmed ourselves riding and I made a short video. I entered the video in an online contest, the “Ultimate Freeride Challenge” and ended up winning. That was the beginning of my sponsored career in 2003. Specialized sponsored me then and I have been with Specialized ever since.

My focus has always been shooting photos and filming video segments, that is what I love to do. I really enjoy finding adventure in the mountains – whether it be challenging moves and airs or maybe it’s a multiple day ride.

I like watching big mountain skiers and snowboarders, the way they shred the mountains in the snow inspires me on dirt. Besides riding, I surf, fish, and backcountry ski as much as I can.

The 2013 Specialized Enduro

a close-up look at the all-new Enduro All-Mountain bike that carried Matt Hunter around Mont Blanc, through three countries, and over truly stunning terrain. Climb higher, descend farther.

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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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