Eight of us ride out from the usual meeting spot for a Saturday ride. We are a motley crew of ATVs, dirt bikes and side-by-sides. The foreboding clouds and spitting rain may have deterred some, but Saturday only comes once a week, and we like to make the most of it, no matter the weather.
Besides, today is a riding-only day—no trail building or scouting. There is no way my kids are going to pass up the chance to rip around on the trails without having to stop and clear them.
My son speeds off in the lead, heading towards Yellow Brick Road and some bluff trails we’d cleared years ago near Campbell River, B.C. I laugh to myself. Somehow I knew we’d end up going that way eventually as those trails never seem to get old. Quickly, I hop onto my quad and follow him as he disappears around the bend. The rain slows and a ray of sunlight peeks out from behind a cloud. Maybe this will be a picture-worthy day after all.
Graham Lindenbach, second vice-president of ATVBC, enjoys riding with his family around the Yellow Brick Road area near Campbell River. The location got its name from the labyrinth of rock bluffs covered with yellow moss. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach
It’s not that I need more pictures of my family and me riding. We have folders upon folders of riding shots on our computer, not to mention the GoPro footage. Now, don’t get me wrong—it is fun to look back at the shots, especially given the growing trail network and riding community on the North Island. But there comes a point when there are more pictures than time in the day to look at them.
That got me thinking: why not put these photos and videos to good use, and share them with a wider audience? It’d be a way to show off some of our favourite spots and maybe find out about a few new ones. With that, the My Favourite BC Trail video contest was born.
Pye Mountain is 30 kilometres north of Campbell River, B.C. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach
The rules are simple. Put together some of your best riding clips showing your favourite trail. You can add some narration and music—just make sure to keep the video under four minutes. Captions that give the name of the town or riding area are a good idea for viewers. Then, simply post the video to YouTube with the title “My Favourite BC Trail Contest 2019” and send the link to ATVBC.ca. Be sure your video shows good trail etiquette and proper use of standard safety equipment (yes, please do wear a helmet). Any unsafe or irresponsible riding could be grounds for disqualification.
The closing date to upload a video is July 31, 2019. Winners will be announced at the ATVBC annual general meeting in August. Now you’re probably thinking, “But get to the part where you tell me why I should do this.” Well, here’s the best part—all of the prizes to be won are CASH! Five hundred for first prize, three hundred for second prize and two hundred for third prize. On top of this, we will award the top five most popular entries (based on the number of YouTube likes they receive by the public) with a $100 fan-favourite award.
This is your chance to share those riding videos that are piling up on your computer or phone and possibly win some cash for your trouble. If nothing else, you can give the world a small peek into the beautiful riding areas we have here in B.C.
For the complete set of rules, you can go to the ATVBC website/video contest.