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The Unsung Heroes of the BC Bike Race

July 26th, 2011

A race, in its most basic form, breeds heroes. These heroes usually take the form of the champions, the athletes that rise above to conquer his or her field, besting all contenders.

The demanding format of the BC Bike Race allows for new heroes to emerge. These are the folks that may not be the fastest of the day (heck, some of the heroes end up being some of the slowest riders out there). But these unsung heroes are the ones grinding and toiling out on the course, leaving behind their day jobs and lives back home to focus on one thing and one thing only: getting across that finish line each day of the race.

There are people like Dave, who spent the whole first night in Cumberland overcome with a vicious flu. The night was passed curled up in a dirty bathroom, alternating between bouts of vomiting and fitful sleep. He crawled to the start line in the morning, and fought through the day. The next day his flu subsided and he kept going strong on course.

Speaking of overcoming challenges, there was the couple from Austin that was looking forward to a week of racing without their kids in tow. Their nanny fell through at the last minute, and undeterred they changed their race entry to tag-team, brought their kids, alternated days of racing and had a great BC Bike Race family vacation. Not Disneyland, but the kids didn’t seem to mind.

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Lane Love: Vancouver

July 18th, 2011

Interesting perspective on a bike lane in cycle friendly Vancouver, BC. Always good to see creative markings of bike designated routes.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

Image: waferboard

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Lane Love: Ancaster

July 11th, 2011

A classic summer cycling shot from Ancaster, Ontario.

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Image: Nicki Varkevisser

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BC April Ski Tour: Mt. Philistine Photo Gallery + Video

May 16th, 2011

Aside from the looming overhead cornices on the climb, and the swimming uphill travel at the top of the couloir, the 3,000-foot ski descent was epic, knee deep powder. Take a look.

YouTube Preview ImageMt. Philistine-North  Couloir


Skiers: Andy Traslin, Mike Traslin, Alex Gibbs, Maddy Armstrong

Story: Andy Traslin Photos: Andy Traslin, Alex Gibbs

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The Hut Life: Skiing the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia

April 25th, 2011

There is nothing quite like standing on an untouched mountain ridge surrounded by friends and looking down at untracked powder-laden rib lines that beckon for a descent.

Last week my team and I were embedded in the Esplanade range, less than a two-hour ski tour from a warm, large ski lodge, where no person had ever skied before and no other person was to be seen for miles around. We were alone in the vast expanse of the backcountry.

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Lane Love: Toronto

April 11th, 2011

Great urban cycling shot from Toronto, Canada.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

Image: Dylan Passmore

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The Value Of Positive Attitudes and Plan B

April 11th, 2011

Every year it has become somewhat of a tradition to ski the 26km Spearhead Ski Traverse. It’s almost a rite of passage for skiers and climbers from Vancouver to Pemberton.

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Spring has sprung…let the super tours begin!

April 3rd, 2011

It had to come to an end… the best season of powder skiing I have ever had at Valhalla Mountain Touring. Something like 80 of 90 days of the calendar winter with measurable precip. WOW… that just says to me, non-stop blower pow with no weak layers. I have never skied so much deep powder over 35 degrees in my life. So many new lines opened up at the lodge, and so many runs skied in the best conditions ever.

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Take Action: Mountainfilm Announces More Special Guests!

March 30th, 2011

We’re excited about the latest round of Mountainfilm guest speakers to be announced. In keeping with the 2011 Moving Mountains Symposium theme of “Awareness into Action,” the series of special guests announced last week, “have all committed their lives to rolling up their sleeves and making a serious difference in the world,” Festival Director David Holbrooke said.

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Decker Ski With Olympic Gold Medalist

March 10th, 2011

Decker Mountain is a quick side trip from the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, and a great introduction to the Spearhead range. So it was pretty cool to reconnect with a friend from the mountain bike race days and ski some powder.

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