From Dirt Issue 109 – March 2011
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Photo: Reuben Krabbe
“Last summer Whistler went through a dry spell of over a month. The trails were the most dusty I've ever seen, and had bomb holes a foot deep in places. Then an apocalypse style rain storm hit (Blackcomb Mountain was literally on fire for a bit) helping return the trails to the tacky Whistler dirt that is so characteristic of the hill. Cavan Brady and I went out the day after the storm, shooting high on the mountain all day as clouds rolled over the hill casting beautiful light over the trails.”
Photo: Jacob Gibbins
Mitch Ropelato, the pinner from the USA and new SPS team rider, made a funny winter training move and came over to the UK for a week or so to ride some roots and mud instead of going to Spain/Cali and searching for sun. Here is the man himself scrubbing the hell out of a jump at Hindhead.
Photo: Simon Nieborak
Sometimes when things around are ugly and weather is dull it is still possible to find something beautiful...even if it is only for a split second. Szymon Godziek with a nailed tabletop on a pile of dirt in Farnborough one day in February.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson
"Back in the day I watched Richie Schley ride down steep rock slabs in the movies and I always thought it looked rad. This past summer he was keen on doing a few step slabs again and I happened to be in Whistler. This day we went up late in the afternoon to get the good light on this particular slab on the very top of Whistler Mountain. It was a gnarly outrun with snow and rocks, so he hesitated a bit first, but still went for it. Pretty amazing to see the old man still charging so hard." Mattias Fredriksson