Or ride till you die… That was the theme while we were in British Columbia.
As you saw in our last vlog, Canada part 1, we had just scratched the surface of our Canadian adventure. Once we hit British Colombia we were in full on ride mode and Crankworx or Bust was the slogan on our chalkboard. We practically slept in our bike clothes.
Kamloops to Pemberton and Whistler to Squampton
Each stop got progressively better and better. We slept at trailheads and rode all day long. There is something to be said for the way a lot of the flow trails in Canada are set up. You grunt it out on a climb up a fire road, getting all of the uphill out of the way, and then its non stop flow all the way down. It makes going lap after lap so do able.
Crankworx though, that changed the game. If you’re not familiar with Crankworx, its like the Superbowl of the Mountain Bike community. Naturally there are parking lots full of gear heads sleeping in their vans and tailgating before the events.
Whats up lot 4!
(just ignore the “no sleeping in vehicle” signs plastered everywhere.)
We volunteered for the event and in exchange for a few hours of stacking chairs and talking to vendors we got free tickets to Whistler Mountain Bike Park… where dreams are made. We snagged some free downhill demos from Pivot Cycles and hit the trails until we couldn’t grip the brakes any more.
Hot tip for travelers: If you’re going to any events, always look for volunteer shifts, its a great way to meet people and score some freebies
Next up.. SQUAMPTON.
After our fill of expensive Canadian beer and Whistler’s hoards of people we hit the road in search of Squamish. What we found was a rad community of adventurers doing everything from biking to climbing to kiteboarding. The landscape was unreal.. think epic mountains plunging straight into the sea. Talk about a town full of van dwellers. With its diverse activities, it attracts a huge crowd of people who live and breathe adventure. We instantly felt at home and wanted to move right in. Yes we even scoped out job openings to extend our stay…
Squamish we will be back…
maybe for good one day.
For a full look of our misadventures check out our latest Vlog Canada Part II
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