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It’s Monday morning at Shred Hard Summer Camp and I’m overwhelmed with the positive buzz that surrounds me. The sun is sneaking in between the skinny alpine trees and a soft summer breeze is as cool and calm as I’ve ever seen.

We barely make it ten minutes into the morning before I’m asked, “What’s your best trick?” & ”Can you do backflips?!”

I laugh little, and tell the kids I’m enjoying the turns a lot more than the tricks these days. But I can still do a couple flips or spins if it’s a good session going off.

That sentiment is quickly followed with their squeaky voices shouting, “I one handered the step up yesterday!” and,
“I learned no footers this summer.”
“SICK!” I tell them.
And then we head to the trails.

We ride up the chair and I talk to them about how nice the day is. How positive an impact bikes have had on my world, and how much I enjoy seeing the impact that bikes are having in theirs.
Then we dive into slashing the turns and I casually toss a few pointers their way.

“Watch for the second turn before the first ones done!”
“Unweight to the inside before you toss your weight to the outside!”
And, “Press your tires in like you want to spray the camera guy!”

Then we roll through the jumps and kick a couple no footers. I lean into a nac nac. And we all share in a round of heavy high fives.

Eventually the day is done and once again I see myself surrounded by that same positive buzz. But now their faces are defined by dusty little noses and a funky mud/sweat combo on their foreheads. Their buzzing on the fact that their confidence increased and they enjoyed feeling the sensation of flow, but they still don’t know we ever had a “lesson.”

I watch them load their bikes and toss their sac of stinky pads to their moms and dads. While they wave goodbye, they wipe the funky mud/sweat from their foreheads and the dust from off their noses but I don’t imagine they could wipe the smile from their faces, even if they tried.

And then I pedal back home with their image in my mind, thinking to myself, “That’s the coolest trick I’ve ever learned.”

#iamspecialized
#monday

With every passing turn, I feel the moisture baking from the berms.
I’m shedding layers every lap and slowly scrubbing speed before the dust attacks.
Because I know this is the beginning of the wild and dusty dog days of summer.

On one side of the coin, these are my most brilliant days of the year.
They’re host to the longest lights, the fastest laps, and the largest number of smiling faces I could ever hope to spend my time surrounded with.

On the other side of the coin, they’re my most ragged days of the year. They’re so bright and loud, as I’m running non-stop and seemingly always a couple steps behind myself.

It’s a challenge to escape the feeling of being plain old overwhelmed. And the challenge has become a little thicker each year, because I keep getting better at putting too much on my plate, and I keep getting worse at taking care of myself.

But I’ve been playing a little trick lately - which creates a great reset effect - and I thought it to be a trick worth sharing, if it might help you at some point when you’re feeling overwhelmed yourself.

I take a couple minutes first thing in the morning, to pour myself a coffee, turn off my phone, and close my eyes. I think back about two or three, maybe even five years ago, and I try to remember the things I was hoping for. The things that filled my daydreams and my imagination. The things I was working toward.

Then I open my eyes, and think about where I’m at. How a lot of those things now surround me. And then I promise myself I’ll spend the rest of that day not forgetting how bad I once wanted those things that I now have.

And then I’ll drop back into the day - celebrating the noise and the brightness for everything they are worth - and trusting that with patience, these wild and dusty dog days of summer will always bring dreams to life.

📸// @sara7rose
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#feedyouradventure #lifeintheloops
#explorekamloops
#iamspecialized
#mtbbc #sunpeaks360

I really don’t think I’ve ever met a fella that can wrap a bike around a turn as well as Olly can.
Way to post up in Kamloops and lock down the lifestyle. It’s lookin’ good on ya, mate.
Thanks for teaching me about the art of turning without berms and for letting me take your photo @olivr_glnn!
#lifeintheloops

It's been quiet and wet in the woods.
We've been thrashing the puddles and wearing mud freckles.
But a few raindrops create a reset.
And judging by the glow pouring in through the windows while I pour my coffee, it feels like summer is on.
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#iamspecialized #feedyouradventure
#lifeintheloops
#sunpeaks360

It’s been a pretty popular topic of conversation with friends lately - that the process is far more important than the product.
That is to say, that if we approach any given situation in a way that feels positive and true to self, it becomes pretty damn challenging to feel anything but positive about the outcome.

The part where we spent our time in the way that felt best, overrides whatever happens as an end result.

So I hope you spent your day on things you genuinely think to be rad. Then it’d be highly unlikely that your Monday could have sucked.

Thanks for being a sniper on this one @sorenfarenholtz 📸
#mondaysdonotsuck
#iamspecialized
#feedyouradventure
#lifeintheloops
#explorekamloops

When he was just fifteen years old, Walter discovered hitchhiking to be an enjoyable pastime.

On a Friday night in Vancouver, 44 year’s ago, Walter finished up a shift as a Longshoreman and went out for an evening on the highway. The driver who picked him up was headed to Alaska, so Walter tagged along for the ride.
The Driver dropped him off in Whitehorse, YT, and so that’s where Walter has been for the last 44 years.

Walter has never owned a vehicle, as hitchhiking has always worked well for him. He’s also never carried any form of Government ID, because he doesn’t like people keeping tabs on him.

Normally I would try to remove a persons hat or bounce some light to ensure their eyes are the focal point of a portrait, but after picking up Walter while he was hitchhiking on the Alaska Highway and hearing of his life-long affection for anonymity, I really felt like the hard shadow line covering his eyes was a perfect touch.

Thanks for the perspective and for letting me take your photo, Walter.

The fog that wandered between the trees has lifted and left the trails more dark and tacky than I can believe.
Now the sun is shining golden in the grass where the bucks and the black bears lay.
The turns are rolling faster every ride and we’re flying in the weightless space between them.
Summer at Sun Peaks is off to a magic start.

🚵🏼‍♂️ @olivr_glnn
@sunpeaksresort
@sunpeaksbikepark
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@clifbar
#sunpeaks360
#lifeintheloops

Opening weekend at Sun Peaks was a brain melter.
So many new turns. So much sticky trail. And such rad people to share it with.
Thanks for a killer summer kick off.
I can’t wait for more.
@proctor_jordan
@leeanneellis75
@kyemelnechuk
@gnarcie_shatshow

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@specialized_ca
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#lifeintheloops

He grew up in the hills and started pounding down the trails before he was even knee-high to a grasshopper. And I don't think I know anyone who can handle as many laps as @kye_melnechuk.
It's been fun watching Kye grow up, from attending pretty well every single Shred Hard Camp I've ever hosted, to being a V.I.P assistant at camps now.
I'm really looking forward to crushing open-to-close days in the @sunpeaksbikepark with you this summer, mate.
Thanks for pushing me to shred like a grom, thanks for keeping it silly the whole way, and thanks for letting me take your photo, Kye!

Wildlife Wednesday.
Sun Peaks Bike Park's dominant predator, an SWorks Demo 8, is spotted here, grazing, in preparation for its next attack.
🦉🦊🐻🦁🐯🦅
I'm ready to start racking up the vertical with this new weapon.
How 'bout you?
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@specialized_ca
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@clifbar
@chromagbikes
@whitegoatcoffee

We'll enjoy our lazy mornings through to the last of the days fast laps, slowly ticking off the lines that adorn our trail maps.

We'll rally over the rocks and the roots, thrashing the gaps and the chutes. Push through the arm pump and power through the puddles. Dropping into dark moist corners and breathing deep the alpine aromas.

Charging in the summer breeze as it blows between the trees, soaking it in, day by day, present and appreciative of summer's gentle sway.


It's only a week until the @sunpeaksbikepark chairlift starts to turn.
The peak of the season is soon to be seen.
@sunpeaksresort
@iamspecialized_mtb
@specialized_ca
@clifbar

I'm fortunate to share my love for two wheels with other riders very regularly.
My whole life revolves around that opportunity, really.
But it's quite a rare opportunity that I'm given the chance to actually introduce someone to mountain biking for their first ride.

I was lucky enough to have that chance during one of our Shred Hard Kids Nights in Whitehorse just recently, when this rad dude turned up despite having never actually ridden a trail before.

When I asked him how he was feeling, and he replied, "Well, there's just so many exciting things happening... I just can't really think of what to say," I knew for certain that his first trail ride wasn't going to be his last.

Thanks for that ride, mate. That was a really special opportunity!
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#feedyouradventure

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