Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Creekside Trails – Joyride – part 3
Joyride is Paddy Kaye. As a young lad, Paddy dreamed of building trail. 20 years later and Paddy is still building trail through Joyride which employs 18 people (9 people are dedicated to the Creekside build), owns 11 machines and contracts fallers, arbourists and wilderness foliage consultants. Paddy now has a young family and is truly a showcase of how dreams can become reality through copious amounts of dogged determination, perserverance and integrity (both towards life-goals and clients).
Joyride is best known for its machine-built/hand-finished Slopestyle builds but has had extensive experience building in alpine environments & hand-tooled trails When you look around Canada and worldwide there’ll be Joyride build somewhere.
Joyride SunPeaks 2004
Joyride has been contracted to put in an alpine trail from Mt Barbour
Working on alpine singletrack above the Tenquille Lake area
Signature Crankworx slopestyle build
Joyride in the Family Cross section at the base of the Whistler Bike Park
Joyride flagged and had its hand in building one of the first bike park trails at Whistler in 1997 so has deep roots in the Sea to Sky. Most notably, like all the top trailbuilding companies all the Joyride employees have significant building and riding experience in their own right. Every shaper on the Creekside build submitted trailbuilding resumes prior to being hired.
This kind of dedication to quality can’t be taught. It can only be learned by hours and hours of painstaking, almost OCD dedication to perfection which a rider won’t notice; but the trailbuilder knows its there. The quality shines throughout the Joyride build.
Paddy Kaye is in charge
From L to R – Jessie from Ontario, Will from Australia, Justin from Whistler operate the machines. Every one of the Joyride crew rides. Every one of the Joyride crew have built their own jumps or trails
Finished product on the upper half of 2a Insomnia
Corner 1 of Lower Insomnia being crafted. From top L – Paddy in Fall 2017 then the final product after being hand-shaped by Dawson of Squamish.
Corner 2 of low Insomnia. From top L – Paddy in fall 2017; then the berm tested in June 2018 following touches by Conner of Mission
Corner 3 is the infamous BFR corner where a massive rock outcrop prompted a re-route then incorporation into the trail. Top L is Fall 2017 with Paddy wearing his wtf are we going to do with this look. Then June 2018 shows testing following completion
The straightaways following the BFR corner required massive bench-cutting and rock-drilling plus some creative bedrock moving to shore up the embankments as the terrain was so steep. Top L show Will working away at the benchcut. June 2017 show the finished product. All the final product will require renaturalization. For that Joyride retains a vegetation and grass consultant so that vegatation that doesn’t attract bears is encouraged to grow back
Sharon on the bermed and benched built section following BFR Corner. Note the terrain through which the machine navigates
Phil from Christchurch, NZ on Corner 3
Peter from Comox/Fernie rakes and shapes corner 4
Jack from Reno on Corner 5 with the tools of the trade
The work site around corners 3, 4 and 5
You’ll likely be going too fast to see this good luck symbol
This will likely be the most instagrammed corner of Insomnia
Here’s Jessie sorting and compacting
Justin on the 5 ton working at this trail section exit. Justin Wyper is typical of the incredibly experienced Joyride crew. As well as being a trailbuilder Justin pioneered many of the slopestyle tricks that will be performed when Joyride shapes the Crankworx course. I asked Justin to lend younger riders some thoughts on how to have a career in biking and the industry – “Take pride in whatever you do” were his words.