Whistler Mountain Bike Parks Creekside Trails – Gravity Logic – part 2
Gravity Logic was founded by Tom Pro, Dave Kelly and Rob Cocquyt; the team behind the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s success on inception. GLI started as an inhouse business unit of the WMBP and was then spun off as an independent company in 2007. While GLI is still a key partner in many WMBP builds as a contractor, GLI’s resume now includes 30 completed bike parks with contracts to design, consult, maintain and consults for more than 100 bike parks across the globe.
Gregg Winter on Midgard – June 2018 – used with permission
GLI’s current body count varies but the northern hemisphere summer peaks at approximately 6 crews of 2 to 3 people worldwide. At Creekside, we were shown around by Shawn B in July of 2017 during the very initial stages of this Phase 1 build.. GLI had 3 full-time personnel and 5 contractors dedicated to the 2017 build season. GLI has had its signature on Whistler’s trails throughout the years. We’re all familiar with A-Line and B-Line of course. GLI also was contracted for the exceptionally difficult Top of the World Alpine trail build as well as the Ride Don’t Slide reroute contributing both machine and hand-work expertise.
Top of the World – 2016
Top of the World in 2014
Top of the World mid build in 2015
Top of the World – 2017
Since 2017, GLI has completed Trail 3, 5b, c, and d and are continuing to build throughout the summer on Trail 6, 13a and 13b. These roughly correspond to what is now known as “Delayed Fuse” and “Earth Circus” with work ongoing on “Midgard”. . All of the Creekside trails currently being built were designed by GLI, though Joyride and the WMBP crew have, of course, put their own unique interpretations and flavour into their builds.
Complicating the build is weather! Mountain environments are always tricky beasts. However June accumulated snowfall in Whistler brought 30-50cms of snow in the alpine and laid down 1cms/hour of blower pow at 1400m. . Yet such is the glamorous life of the trailbuilder that Gravity Logic soldies on.
The majority of these pictures are from summer and fall of 2017. Look for more build pictures as the summer of 2018 wears on.
From July 2017, Shawn near to a particularly scenic waterfall on a steep part of trail 13 (now “Delayed Fuse”) where the build had been flagged but not yet started
Tricky terrain to route through aesthetic Creekside old growth
On Delayed Fuse (fka Trail 13) the plan is to allow riders to bed in the trail surface then work on some sections pre-emptively. Sounds familiar? That’s how the natural tech of Garbanzo was built
Sharon testing the routing of this handbuilt black line projected to run from subalpine to Creekside. It will be a long line hence the multi-year nature of the complete build
Alternate lines will get rock and dirt treatment to bring them into play
Steep section of trail winding through old growth tested by Shawn and Sharon
Some progress on the same section of old growth cedar by Mid Sept 2017. There’s now benchcut; grade reversals below and more benchcut
As of Sept 2017 the trailbed surface was still loam. That won’t last long
The odd berm and rocked-in line will magically appear on sections of trail where deemed necessary to keep flow. The trailworkers responsible for this magic? Bridge master Chris Conrad, Radek Pokorny and Lukas Zvonicek
Both Radek and Lukas are from the Czech republic. They cold-called Tom Pro out of the blue. Experienced motivated trailbuilders who love Pilsener are always needed and they were hired and working in this dream zone. Here Lukas collects some moss that was laid aside and puts it back on the border of the trail for re-naturalization
Chris Conrad’s mill-site for bridging is for logs and wood harvested on site
Some other trailworkers are from Germany and had the day off. We got to admire their exacting berms; here with a log placed on it to mark that it shouldn’t be ridden while it dries out and sets
Bridge supports are being laid in perfectly flat via spirit level
More bridgework on the lower machine-built trail
The handicraft of the bridgework is exemplary. Inset shows the skeleton of the bridge. Stringers for the bridge were from a Douglas Fir just uptrail. The rest of the milled lumber was from Zeke of local business Little Whistler Lumber.
Shawn Beaudoin shows off the Gravity Logic work truck. The truck bed displays a wood frame built out of one fallen tree put together by Chris Conrad
Ryan Bowland lives in Creekside and now commutes 5 minutes to work and gets to sleep in his own bed after a hard days of work – a far cry from the world travel usually demanded of Gravity Logic trailwork. Ryan is the machine operator master deftly using a 17 to help create bermed magic. This blue trail will parallel BC’s trail as an alternate DH descent to Creekside
Following Ryan’s craftsmanship and GLI’s finishing handbuilt touches here’s that very same berm in Sept of 2017