I was beyond stoked when this package arrived on my doorstep last week and a brand new Alpinestars Carbon BNS system was in the box! This is an invaluable piece of equipment that I wear every day I go snowmobiling and DH Biking. You can’t put a price on the health of your C-Spine and surrounding soft-tissue. Since I started wearing this brace a year ago, I no longer suffer whiplash or “huck-neck” while doing drops. I feel naked without it, and it still offers amazing protection while not compromising range of motion or vision. It is incredibly comfortable to wear as well which was why I initially chose this brace over other competitors. If it’s not comfortable you are less likely to use it ever day you go out riding, or you might be sacrificing performance riding. This is definitely not the case.
Here are two POV Videos of me doing sizeable drops with and without the neck brace. The evidence does not lie, and the benefits of the Alpinestars BNS system are quite obvious. The drop I wasn’t wearing the brace I suffered a soft tissue whiplash injury in my neck and spent the next two weeks in pain, extremely stiff and barely able to move my neck.
No neck brace:
Using the Alpinestars BNS System:
For more information, check out Alpinestars website at:
Sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve been back at school at SFU the past month and I’m taking a full 25 credit course load. It has been quite the readjustment going from a busy winter in the backcountry to busy school days in the city. The past two weekends however, I’ve managed to still get out and get some adrenalin pumping through my veins in the mountains. The Crud2Mud race took place on the 27th of May on Whistler, featuring a ski race from the top to mid-mountain, followed by DH biking to the base. Here are some photos that also appeared on Whistlerblackcomb.com that I shot.
I am beyond stoked for DH Biking season, and the Whistler Bike Park crew has done a phenomenal job of snow clearing and getting trails open for us to ride!
Gaper Day also took place on May 28th, and I did coverage again for Newschoolers.com at:
Here are a few teaser photos from the article.
The Whistler Question also ran a photo of mine in the paper of Sheldon Steckman hitting the pond skim Switch.
It has become noticeably colder in the evenings in the past 2 weeks, and with a bit of precipitation it resulted in the first snowfall of the 2011/2012 ‘winter’ season in the Alpine this morning. I awoke along with many other Whistler residents the gorgeous sight of a new dusting of snow on the peaks of the local mountains. Not a bad sight to wake up to at all! This evening was also the final Kokanee Phat Wednesday race of the year in the Whistler Bike Park, which is traditionally a chainless race and held on A-Line. This year was special, as it was also a fundraiser for my former BC Ski Cross team-mate Nick Geddes who is battling Leukemia. Anyways, I thought I’d take the chance to share a few photos from the evening. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention… it’s a costume race too!
Leatt Brace and a pink corsette, pretty awesome.
Adam Dagg aka “Skinny Arms”
Tie dye is always in style, right?
Sarah decided that using a DH bike would just be too easy, so she wore a dress and raced on a road bike. Killin’ it!
Caution, men at work.
Steve Lloyd also came up 2 weeks ago from Utah to shoot biking, I can’t share any of the proofs with you on here but HOWEVER, I can share this short edit that Steve has already put together of Logan, check it out!
The sun came out to play at long last, and I managed to get some shooting done during tonight’s Kokanee Phat Wednesday race at Whistler Blackcomb. Here are a few of the shots.
Tonight’s race was upper angry pirate, to lower angry pirate, to samurai pizza cat, to ho chi minh trail. Yarrrr!
It’s been so long the sun seemed like a foreign force.
What a fun night, and perfect way to procrastinate writing my paper that’s due tomorrow. 🙂
It seems that summer will never arrive here in Whistler, but that’s fine with me. It makes for some pretty spectacular photos, and means zero line ups in the Bike Park. The only downside is that my shower drain is clogged with 10lbs of dirt from the continual abuse.
I rode bikes with Amy McDermid the other day and we shot up on Garbo in some super spooky conditions. Here is her post on the Whistler Bike page blog.
Here are some of the shots from that day… fooling around with old man’s beard.
Empty chairs, all day long.
Amy gettin’ rad.
Dirty face after a fun filled day.
I received a box of biking goodies from The North Face last week. Needless to say I immediately put the gear to use, and am LOVING the Downieville Shorts, they survived some pretty brutal conditions.
I’m also using the “Dirt Merchant” gloves, which are feel like a second skin. They’re so comfortable.
This is what my pack looked like after a full day in the mud.
Heckler’s Rock during the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx. This year got a little crazy, complete with a chainsaw and grim reaper.
Few shots of the racers.
It’s been a super fun week, but pretty busy with full days at school in the city, or biking in the park followed by working nights. There’s no rest for the wicked. I’ve had one of the course builders and a few of the athletes staying at my place, it’s been a blast chasing them around biking, and has definitely made me a better rider. Yesterday I got my bike sideways for the first time and I couldn’t get the smile off my face all night.
With an unprecedented snowfall this winter and unseasonably cold and dreary temperatures the last few months, the snowpack is still quite low and large. My friend Kachina suggested that we go snowmobiling up Sproatt to watch the Canada Day fireworks in town from the weather station on top of the mountain. It ended up being a blast, we made a bonfire and had the best seats in town.
Craig is such a rockstar in his pink helmet.
Kachina and Craig watching the fireworks with a spectacular view of town and Whistler/Blackcomb in the background.
Sledding by starlight.
Of course, I had to get my fix and get the track off the ground. Thank you Matthew Mallory of my24eh.com for the photo!
I never thought I’d be sledding in July.. it was so much fun!
My room-mate from a few years ago, Jameson Florence came back up to visit and go biking. Garbanzo chair in the Whistler Bike Park just opened on the 30th due to the large snowpack and removal efforts. I had my first day up Garbanzo yesterday with Jameson and had a BLAST! Despite somewhat larger crowds earlier in the day lower down on Fitz chair, Garbanzo was empty. I really loved the longer lines, and faster more open nature of some the trails we rode. Of course, I took a few diggers and even scorpioned myself pretty good while penguin sliding down a landing. The term “eating dirt” has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Here are few snapshots from the end of the day.
Is that a suntan or a dirt tan? Who knows.
Happy muddy bike. Happy muddy Nadia.
Jameson loading up.
I love how you run into people you haven’t seen since winter ended in the Bike Park. With only 2 chairs the odds of seeing someone are much higher. Yesterday felt like a reunion of sorts, it was awesome to see people that usually disappear on you once summer starts and spin a few laps and catch up with them. It’s going to be an amazing summer!
I’ve been back at Crossfit for about a month and a half now, and I’m loving it. As I’m sitting here typing this my arms are still shaking and my palms torn up from another round of “Fran” this morning. There is no better way to start your day than by pushing yourself in the gym and perhaps tearing some callouses off. When I’m in the city I go to Crossfit Vancouver at www.Crossfit.ca and train with Andy. When I’m at home in Whistler I go to Crossfit Whistler at www.CrossfitWhistler.com with Jordan. I just thought I’d share some of the workouts on here..
65lb Clean and Jerk x 30
21, 15, 9 (Thrusters @ 65lbs and Pull ups)
1 rep max Hanging Jerk
6 rounds of:
Thrusters 65lb x 5
Widow Makers from Hell
30 back squats at 60% of 1 rep max
30 back squats at 50% of 1 rep max
30 back squats at 40% of 1 rep max.
135 pound Deadlift, 21 reps
80 pound Push press, 21 reps
135 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
80 pound Push press, 15 reps
135 pound Deadlift, 9 reps
80 pound Push press, 9 reps
It’s a great way to add strength, agility, power, endurance and flexibility in a one hour workout that usually consists of a warm up, skill training, WOD or “Workout of the day” then a cool down. I love it, and it seems to have a cult following. Anyone interested in a great way to train in the off season for skiing, look no further.
Also, I’ve been shooting the Kokanee Phat Wednesday series here at Whistler Bike Park. Here are two photos from yesterday’s “PhaSt Wednesday” and the short video edit I threw together.