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Steve Smith and Ian Morrison on Vancouver Island

Steve Smith and Ian Morrison on Vancouver Island

Billy Thackray Billy Thackray

Words: Ian Morrison
No matter how awesome the riding in Whistler and Pemberton is, it’s gone once the snow hits. Spending copious amounts of time with Steve Smith this summer I really noticed a few weak spots in his training program, so Mikey and I headed to Vancouver Island to guide him to further World Cup wins. Checking out the forecast before we were headed out, it looked to be the rainiest 4 days in recent memory. So I grabbed a 15 pack of Lucky and headed to the Island to check out the Island life. Growing up in whistler i’ve been exposed to sick trails, rowdyism, bonfires, chainsaws, fireworks and numerous other exciting activities, but nothing would prepare me for the island.

Waking up to the sound of pouring rain on the roof is not the greatest motivator to roll out of your warm dry bed, but with Mikey at the helm there is no slacking on the 6 am start time. After a half an hour of hydroplaning down the Island Highway we arrived at Mount Provost. The term wet does not describe the next 4 days of shooting and the thought of building an ark crossed my mind more than once during our days of shooting.

In the end it was a memorable trip to Vancouver Island, the trails were filled with hero dirt for miles and the locals showed us their amazing bowling skills. Dreams were crushed, cops were called, urinals were broken and I can’t wait to get back there. I am sure Steve’s neighbors are not looking forward to my return.

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  1. binny

    Awe man I loved the bit when stevie jumps into that right hander right foot down full moto style!!!

  2. rayhaan

    That is very awesome!

  3. Eoin

    So good! Fair play to Ian who kept the feet up when Stevie was dabbing. Looked well fast.

  4. dog

    that were mint

  5. Big Bird

    So, Ian seems to be a pretty amazing rider, and able to keep up with Stevie, and with a name like that he’s already a rock star, why isn’t he on the World Cup circuit? I’d guess it’s the UCI’s stupid doping rules and he doesn’t want, or feel a need, to give up smoking hemp products.

    1. krissboo

      After seeing some ex British roadie on the news yesterday talking about how rife doping is in road cycling, and how the UCI seem to turn a blind eye to it, oh and how she was bullied by her team mates for not doping, I don’t think a bit of herb should stop Ian from joining the world cup. He’s definitely got the talent and speed for it.


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