Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cyclepassion calender

It's that time of year again folks. The new Cyclepassion calender is available and here is former 4x world champion Anneke Beerton

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Makken it happen

All I know about this video is, after I fast-forwarded past the talking, a bunch of sweet riding happened.

New Trails at Afan

We like Rowan Sorrel and we like what he builds. check out the new all season trails that have popped up at Afan bike park. The new bike park and new sections of Y Wal located at the Gyfylchi area of Afan Forest Park, South Wales SA12 9SP

Welsh people don't have real words.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Trail Boss

These guys go really really fast on some hard trails on some Chromag hardtails. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tech tip - Cassette Mod

VITAL MTB has a pretty good tip for riders who want to avoid mechanicals on their dh, freeride and slopestyle whips

We've probably all had a wheel eat up a derailleur that goes too far over into the spokes - it literally sucks. This is the last sort of thing I want to ruin a ride or race. To alleviate this potential fun ender, I've been doing the following modification to my bikes over the past few years with great success. I hope this may be able to help some other riders as well.

from Vital mtb

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bring Back X-ups And Kill The World

I like this video a lot. Odd tricks and a nice flow make this well put together self-filmed edit a must watch. Enjoy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vincent Pernin

Vincent Pernin rides the last of the dry fall trails of l'Arzelier, near Grenoble France

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From Fell to Forest

A really good edit for the All Mountain crowd, or anyone who likes bikes. This video gives off the vibe of a fun fall/winter ride with friends, enjoy. 

AT Showdown

Local pro Anthony Messere won best trick for his barspin to tailwhip. Well done.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Graham Agassiz

Graham Agassiz makes riding bikes look super fun. This video by the awesome team at Silvia Films shows what Graham has been up to since he got back on the bike since his recent injury. 

Ryan Leech

This is a quality mini-documentary featuring riding clips and and interview with professional trials rider Ryan Leech. Ryan talks about his past experiences and his future goals in sport. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Steve Peat

Steve Peat provides a bit of wisdom and some insight into the commitment needed to be a professional downhill racer.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Releaf Tree Planting

This morning at Invergarry Park/Invergarry Bike Park.

The City of Surrey, local community volunteers,, and a team from SORCE will be on hand in Invergarry Planting trees today. If you would like to help out, the fun starts at 10am this morning.

Invergarry Park is located at Surrey Road & Wallace Drive in North Surrey, British Columbia.

From the City of Surrey Site:
Plant the next shrub or tree in Surrey parks and along boulevards. We'll provide the plants, shovels, and instruction - you just have to bring your love for beautifying our City and enhancing the trees in Surrey!
Since 1991, volunteers have planted over 10,000 trees throughout Surrey. Thousands of volunteers have made an impact, like
  • community groups,
  • elementary and secondary schools,
  • local businesses, and
  • individuals who care about their environment.
Sign up for a Releaf tree planting or learn more about volunteering from our Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at 604-501-5158 or Space is limited for these planting programs, so reserve ahead to avoid disappointment!

Habitat Enhancement Planting

Plant native trees and shrubs in Surrey parks. By planting, you'll give wildlife valuable food and shelter, and boost biodiversity in parks and natural areas.
When we plant: Every October. Open to all ages.
How to get involved: Find out which parks we're working on at 604-501-5158 or

More info on the City of Surrey Releaf program here

Thursday, October 18, 2012


For Sale: 2012 Norco Aurum 2 in a unique colourway. Ridden five times, literally. This bike is mint. There is an ad on Pinkbike with all the info and more photos here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rampage 2012

Today is the Finals of the 2012 Red Bull Rampage. Check out the qualifyin video below. Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 1, 2012

Williams Lake

This weekend my brother and I had the opportunity to check out the riding scene in Williams Lake. This is a trip that I had been meaning to do for a long time but had always been put off by the "long" drive. Like most things, the idea of the drive was a lot worse than the reality of it, beautiful scenery all the way up the Fraser Canyon and next to no traffic made it quite a pleasant journey.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012


The Invergarry bike park official grand opening is today!

Join SORCE (Surrey Off-road Cycling Enthusiasts) on Saturday September 1. The grand opening is scheduled rain or shine 11am-2pm.

 There will be music, swag giveaways, a dirt jump bike draw( Bike Provided by the Bike Zone), great food by Central City Brewing and Restaurant and much more. Come ride the awesome new facilities at this unique bike park. Featuring an all-levels freeride trail, a large pump track, cross country loop, kids jump area and a natural freeride bowl area. There are lots of riding features for all genres of off-road cyclists. 

Don't miss out, bring the kids!  Check out the latest club news to see the poster. 

Invergarry Park is located at Surrey Road & Wallace Drive in North Surrey, British Columbia.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We're famous

The Surrey Leader has an article on Invergarry bike park you can read here 

We were also in The Now newpaper recently you can read it here


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Steve Smith

 There is no question we like local boy Stevie Smith. Watch this new edit entitled "Wandering"

Invergarry bike park

Some of the local crew have put together a digging timelapse and riding video filmed in the freeride areas of Invergarry bike park. It officially opens this Saturday, see you there!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Van Road trails

The Van Rd trails located in Caerphilly, South Wales look absolutely fantastic! The builders talk about their experience of making the new riding spot a reality.

Their group is on facebook: for news of when this sweet spot is open to ride.

Chris Akrigg

We love watching Chris Akrigg ride. Here is his latest edit: Through the mill

Monday, August 20, 2012

Shlohmo - video marsh

LOL Boys - Changes (Shlohmo remix) from Video Marsh on Vimeo.

LA producer Shlohmo’s latest music video features some really amazing visuals from the masterminds at video marsh.

By now people probably know we are big fans of video marsh here at dirtwest. This new video is no different. This video has an unmistakeable chilling feel to it. The strong monochromatic visuals leave vivid impressions of what seem to be lost memories floating to the surface of a young girls consciousness. The prominent strobe-like editing effects sync up flawlessly with the unmistakably creepy visuals we have come to expect from the team at Video Marsh


Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Crankworx is on now in Whistler. Watch this video of the Whip Off World Championships

1st - Tyler McCaul
2nd - Thomas Vanderham
MVP - Brendan Fairclough
Honorable Mention - Cam Zink
Best Whip Not Brought Back - Bernard Kerr
Best Ladies Whip - Lorraine Brancher
Best AM Whip - Chris Young
Highest Air - Jamie Goldman
Best Scrub - Ian Morrison

Monday, August 6, 2012

kyle Strait

Rapid Fire: Kyle Strait, Scrubbin' Jumps and Foldin' Knobs.

Very Impressive riding in this short edit.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fabien Barel

Fabien Barel tells us about Mondraker’s innovative zero reach stem and forward geometry on the new 2013 model. What do you think? Will this stick around?

Friday, July 6, 2012

East LA riding

Daniel Martinez and Luis Caballero appear in this fresh split edit for Volume.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Revealing

Lots of really excellent building in this video. There is a really cool high speed manual thru a big whoops section and some big whips in this one. Rider: Dustin Gilding

Here's the revealing part 2 with more of a focus on dirt jumping. The trails are all built by Dustin in his back yard in Abby... pretty sick!

Joey and Matt Cordova

ride bmx on some southern California trails

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

World Cup

More Mountain Biking Videos

Steve Smith took second over the weekend at the Windham World Cup in New York. This is a video by the talented Parkins brothers

Silvia Films

The boys at Silvia Films put together another great edit. This time its a promo for the opening of Sun Peaks Bike Park for the 2012 season.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Invergarry is now open

Thanks to all the event sponsors: The Bike Zone, Central City Brewing, City of Surrey! We had a great turn out and got a ton of really excellent work done on the new bike park.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Invergarry bike park

Phase 1 of the construction at Invergarry bike park is now complete. Well... What does that mean? It means the machines are done and any dirt from now on gets moved by hand. There is a lot of stuff to ride, and some stuff that needs finishing, so come out to the bike park this Saturday!

The new bike park features an XC loop which climbs and descends thru many types of forest. There is an all-levels freeride trail called Shovel Buster with jumps meant to remind you of Whistler's Crank it Up and Aline. The bike park also features a unique advanced/Expert only freeride gap jump area located in a natural sloped-bowl area, located right near by is the beginner jump area. The park also features a large pump track with a ton of lines and fun corners.

The City of Surrey will be on hand to provide lunch for attendees and be there to answer questions. SORCE (Surrey Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts) will be there to sign up new members. So be sure say Hi to SORCE while you are there. SORCE works really hard to put on races like the BC Cuo XC race 'the JunkYard dog'. SORCE looks after all the bike parks in Surrey and they rely upon volunteers to keep everything running smoothly. SORCE is in urgent need of volunteers, so any help is appreciated! . The focus of Saturday's dig day will be packing and shaping the pump track, and buffing and shaping and building on the freeride trail. The dig day will be led by Derek and Jordan from Dirtwest.

There is a great bike park to enjoy in Invergarry, but as with any machine-built riding features, they need some love before they are perfectly shaped and rideable. Please come out to the event and if you want to help out some more sign up to SORCE

There will be Free Stuff and Schwag handed out throughout the day and Free Food. We look forward to seeing you at the Dig Day/Opening Day, Bring your bike too!

Invergarry bike park is located at Wallace drive & Surrey Road in Surrey BC.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SORCE trail days 2012

Sign up on the facebook event page.

This is the last SORCE trail day of the year at Port Kells Park. Be sure to show up to help buff the jumps. The focus is simply making all the lines look tip-top. Be there this Saturday June 16.

Come get your shovels dirty and help keep this awesome jump spot in the great shape its been made into .

 Lunch will be provided  so it is important to let SORCE know you are coming thru the Facebook page

We need to know how much food will be needed, please sign up!

 Swag/prizes donated by Velocity Cycles. Sign up on the facebook event page.

This event is rain or shine

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Invergarry Update

We have received a lot of emails recently requesting more low quality I phone photos, so here they are:
The freeride bowl features a lot of advanced skill level gap jumps

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Invergarry Update

Pump track Sunday morning

Pump track Sunday evening
We got some tweaks completed on the new pump track and beginner jumps area finished up last Sunday. The changes equal better drainage of the track and a better flow.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Truckee Pump Track

Some folks in the North Lake Tahoe Area put together a smashing-looking pump track. They got the idea to build the track after visiting another cool pump track in Sun Valley Idaho. There is a video too after the jump too.>>

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bear Mountain DH

The Bear Mountain Downhill Chanllenge is coming Sunday July 1. This BC cup round is super fun to race and a great one for spectators. Show your support for this awesome race on a classic course.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The freeride bowl area

New signage is starting to appear

the new pump track still needs quite a lot of fine tuning, and drainage
 It has been a while since the last Invergarry bike park update. ESP finished the machine work portion of the construction process. Now it is time to pick up our shovels to buff everything, add drainage and make to everything ride-able for the bike park.
More photos after the jump>>

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Junk Yard Dog XC race


Junk Yard Dog BC Cup XC #1

What: A fantastic suburban mountain bike course, the Junk Yard Dog cross country race is back for 2012. Loaded with technical singletrack, The Junk Yard Dog is a great, relatively flat, sprint race course with lots of great spectator areas.

When: Sunday June 10th, 2012 10:00am.

Where: Located In the City of Parks, Surrey, British Columbia.  The South Surrey Bike Park is 10 min from the US border and 50 min from downtown Vancouver.

South Surrey Bike Park - 2199 148 Street


For the latest up to date information, follow SORCE Facebook!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Port Kells Dig Day!

Armed with the new tools provided for us by the City of Surrey we commenced to complete the big set of jumps at Port Kells Lucky Trails. Although we had a modest turn out, a ton of work was completed including a transfer line from the middle set to the big set.

Big thanks to Travis at Velocity Cycles for providing some awesome DVD's and a flat of much needed Red Bull. Thanks as well to Kelly from Eye of One clothing for the sick t-shirts, and Lisa at Price Smart Foods in Clayton Heights for the gift certificates for lunch.

Looking forward to seeing more people coming out to session the jumps and add more features on the next dig day June 16.

More pics after the jump.

Friday, May 11, 2012

SORCE Trail Days

Sign up on the facebook event page.

There are TWO more SORCE trail days at Port Kells Park. The next one is Saturday May 19. Come get your shovels dirty and help get this awesome jump spot ready for the approaching riding season. Lunch will be provided  so it is important to let SORCE know you are coming thru the Facebook page

We need to know how much food will be needed, please sign up!

 Swag/prizes donated by Velocity Cycles. Sign up on the facebook event page.

This event is rain or shine

Life Behind Bars

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fleet Foxes

We really like Bobsled on Fromme. This edit features Bryan Gregory and was shot on Bobsled. Thumbs up for the use of Fleet Foxes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Invergarry Freeride trail construction
it takes lots of raking and rolling until the trail is smooth and firm

Progress in Invergarry is all weather dependent at this time of year. Another great day of progress was had yesterday on the Freeride trail. We had a lot of Volunteers out in force shaping and packing the newly formed jumps and rollers.


604 pumptrack

I dropped by the 604 pump track last night to snap a photo. The track is running smooth and looks gorgeous with the springtime transformation taking place. That is all.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Port Kells dirt jumps

Lucky Trails Panorama
volunteers hard at work on the jumps
 The second SORCE trail day at Port Kells Park went down yesterday. The dig-day was led by Jordan and a ton of great work got completed.  I snapped photos of the results yesterday's hard work. Thanks to all of the eighteen volunteers! Special thanks go to Travis at Velocity Cycles for all the great Swag that was given away! Be sure to drop by Velocity for any of your biking needs!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

SORCE Trail Days

Sign up on the facebook event page.

There are three more SORCE trail days at Port Kells Park. The next is this saturday April 21. Come get your shovels dirty and help get this awesome jump spot ready for the approaching riding season. Lunch will be provided  so it is important to let SORCE know you are coming thru the Facebook page

We need to know how much food will be needed, please sign up!

 Swag/prizes donated by Velocity Cycles. Sign up on the facebook event page.

This event is rain or shine

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mitch Delfs

This edit of Mitch Delfs aboard his Kona Operator felt more like a car ad than mountain bike video... in a good way. Filmed somewheres in the dusty Australian outback.

Brian Mullen riding really fast with low bars in a muddy and rainy Cascadia, Washington.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chris Akrigg

An in depth look at what Chris Akrigg is up to at the moment and a bit about what makes him tick. As you'll see, he's still not up to full speed since falling off a cliff but he's getting there. Shot and edited by Alex Rankin.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shlohmo - Remixed

This is the brand new video for a really excellent new track. Our friends at Video Marsh dropped this gem late last night.

The video seems to delve into a massively deranged psychology. The first and last shots of this video add an extremely dark overtone to an otherwise hypnotically pleasant hallucination. The high contrast between the wonderfully colourful abstract moving shapes continually merging and dissolving into one another offset by vague images of remembered faces floating to the surface increased the impact of the already undeniably dark and macabre finale.

There is definitely a lot of hidden stuff in this one, you might want to watch it again.
video after the jump>>

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Invergarry update

The start of the freeride trail

new lines
The contractor has been hard at work on the features we designed for the new freeride trail in Invergarry Park. Here are a few photos we took this morning in Invergarry Park.

While the bike park is under construction, we ask that you give the machine operators room to do their work. Please Stay out of the work area. It won't be long until its complete!
More photos after the jump>>

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Valmont bike park

This is QuadCopter aerial video of Valmont bike park located in Boulder, Colorado. This City park has everything, gravity fed lines, all levels jumps, and features normally reserved for resort-type bike parks like Whistler. What the folks at Alpine bike parks have created looks epic.

La Poma bike park

Roy Groenewegen going big on the dirt jumps at the La Poma bike park. This is a City bike park located in Barcelona, Spain. In my opinion this is the future of City bike parks, rider-designed and executed.


We are pretty pumped that the bike park in Invergarry park is under construction. The contractors have been busy building some really great Whistler-style features on the new freeride trail. They will also be building a pump track and some other really cool features. I'm not going to give too much away, so just enjoy this time-lapse of a some building/packing work being completed.

Remember: While the bike park is under construction, we ask that you give the machine operators room to do their work. Please Stay out of the work area. It won't be long until its complete!

We will still need lots of help after the machines are done. There will still be some packing and finishing of the new trails, jumps and the pump track. We also hope to have some tree planting days closer to fall.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ben Reid

Ben Reid roosts it in on his Norco Aurum in the Spanish sunshine.

Coastal Crew

They ride Specialized bikes now.


Heads up everyone: We have sold out to the man.What does this mean to you, our faithful readers? Well, from now on, you will notice some Google ads hanging around the site and below posts. So, you are saying to yourself "what a greedy, money-hungry-excuse for a dirtwest writer" I know, I know.  But I need more money for more gold teeth, so chill out Bro. Well, That, and a garage full of fancy cars, and a huge rare art collection, and gummy bears.....

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Winter Trails

Silvia Films brings us another great short. This time with Matt Hunter shredding fresh tracks on some local trails surrounding Kamloops over the winter. There is also some really nice night riding in this one. enjoy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Anthony Messere

We've known for a while Anthony Messere is on the Red Bull program. It was his birthday yesterday so it is now up for official release, which means the rest of the world gets to find out too! Go Anthony!

Hear about the start of his career and his excitement about joining the team. Expect big things from this kid, including his first feature length film segment in Anthill's "Strength In Numbers" coming out this May. Credit: Red Bull

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stop Motion

This Transition TR250 build would have taken more than one hundred years to film. Well done.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March x bikes=

 Ryan Nangle and Marcel Hunthat bust out a lot of tricks in this one. A great example of how magical riding spots become when enough people get involved in the scene. This is exactly what a lot of hard work can do.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Conner Lodes

Connor has been slowly working on this for almost a year. Nice style and some hard tricks in this one, all while wearing a helmet.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Level UP

Lots of cable cam goodness in this short edit about a fun looking DH track made by some friends during winter in France. Music: Kavinsky: Road Game

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jordan Timmer

Rides some spring/winter Sunshine Coast trails on his Commencal. Cut and Shut by Dexter Robson.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Port Kells trail day photos

How bikes make cities cool

"Fresh from the Kona Productions Crew, How Bikes Make Cities Cool – Portland, is a five-minute mini documentary that explores the thriving bicycle culture resident to one of North America’s most progressive metropolises. Filmed entirely by bike, with support from longtime Kona Portland dealer Sellwood Cycles and resident Team Kona athletes Erik Tonkin and Matthew Slaven, we spent the better part of a week talking to commuters, following kids to school and capturing the friendly vibe and funky nature of a city that embraces self-propelled commuting at the heart of its identity."

Geoff Gulevich

Geoff Gulevich rides some big mountain lines in Green River, Utah. Edit by Ross Measures

Smoky riding

That's funny, I didn't notcie JD Swanguen in this edit anywhere.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Dig


How to sculpt amazing dirt jumps...

JD Swanguen

So I guess JD Swanguen is banned from racing in the UCI for the moment.

Here he is in Ecuador keeping his skills sharp. Nice Rasta goggs.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pietermaritzburg World Cup Finals 2012

The 2012 World Cup season has begun in with a super exciting round in Pietermaritzburg South Africa!

Parkin Bros RED camera action from the Land of the Zulus. The highlight for me was Steve Smith's amazing 5th place!

Port Kells trail day

some of the crew wearing hoodies generously supplied by Velocity Cycles
we worked on the medium set, next time the large set gets the love...
I'll post the time-lapse in a few days... check back soon

Saturday, March 17, 2012

SORCE Trail Days

Today 10am-3pm
Sign up on the facebook event page.

There are four upcoming SORCE trail days at Port Kells Park. Come get your shovels dirty and help get this awesome jump spot ready for the approaching riding season. Lunch will be provided by the Surrey Partners in Parks program so it is important to let SORCE know you are coming thru the Facebook page to give us an idea of how much food will be needed. Swag/prizes donated by Velocity Cycles. Sign up on the facebook event page.

This event is rain or shine (let's hope for shine).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 World Cup round 1

The 2012 World Cup is on! Take a walk down the Pietermaritzburg World Cup track with Steve Smith, Brook MacDonald, Jill Kintner, Brendan Fairclough and Bryn Atkinson.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Island Winter 2.0

There is something to be said for trails made of dirt...  ...And that is: They are awesome. Brendan Howie does the riding in Aaron Larockequqe's latest release.

'winter' training

Matt Simmonds, Matti Lehikoinen, and Joe Smith ride in Malaga, Spain. Preparation for the 2012 World Cup season which starts off in South Africa soon.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Danny Hart

Victor Lucas brings us a great behind the scenes look Danny Hart, Needles(Andrew Neethling), Giant and the Sram crew testing in San Romolo, Italy.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chasing the Dust

The Hutchinson United Ride team takes to the dusty trails in Queenstown, New Zealand to get ready for the rapidly approaching 2012 World Cup Season. This video is really well put together and definitely got me stoked. Enjoy!


Wyn Masters is always fun to watch ride bikes. This time he spends a day up the Wairoa Gorge in Nelson New Zealand riding No Pressure trail and then some riding at the Ben Nevis tracks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Australian Gravity Cup

This is a recap video of 2011/12 Australian Gravity Cup Series Final. Sam Hill and Troy Brosnan(and others) battled it out in muddy conditions on the Monkey Trail at Awaba, New South Wales.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Keilder XC trails

This video is a snore-fest*. It has Jack Reading riding a load of totally bland XC lines* in Kielder forest park in England.