First light. First tracks. It’s a manta for those hungry enough to break trail to reachuntouched backcountry snow. But with this very specialized love comes the need for a specialized clothing system,one thattakes into account the terrain, the uphill push ofsetting the skin track in snow up to your knees and therewardsofskiing long runs in pure, alpine powder.
Biking is one of the best ways to see Europe’s ancient towns, rolling vineyards and historic castles. And of course, any good riding holiday should include great food and wine. Beaune, France has it all. I took a couple of riders from Canadian Cyclist magazine for a tour of my top places to bike around Burgundy. – Post by MEC Bike Product Manager Tim McDermott
You prep your skis before the new ski season, but what about your body? Even though it’s still fall, now’s the time to start getting ready for skiing. Here’s how I prepare. – Post by MEC Envoy Tobin Seagel
Our MEC Envoys are a group of athletes and ambassadors who inspire people with their active lifestyles, and strive to set benchmarks and innovate within their fields. Jim Willett from Newmarket, Ontario embodies the values of the Envoy Program, and has completed an incredible achievement by setting the record for running the entire length of the Bruce Trail.
Crankworx is mountain biking’s biggest festival, and brings thousands of riders and spectators from around the world to Whistler, BC. At Crankworx 2014 (August 8–17), a new trail named Micro Climate has been chosen as a stage in the Enduro World Series – and this trail was built by MEC Envoy and NSMB team rider Paul Stevens. Paul’s also racing the Canadian Open Enduro at Crankworx, and we caught up with him to find out more about the trail and the event.
On July 25, MEC launched Homewaters, a multi-year commitment dedicated to preserving Canada’s fresh water from coast to coast. To kick things off we held a contest, asking our Instagram followers to capture their perfect Homewaters moment for the chance to win a NRS Earl 4 Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard and a Jimmy Styks Adjustable SUP Paddle.The response was inspiring—we Canadians really love our lakes and rivers!—so we’ll be featuring “behind the image” posts for our top four favourite shots in the weeks to come. Read more…
MEC Envoy Stephen Matthews is a world class mountain biker. He’s pretty relaxed about most things, but has strong opinions about the features that make a pack right for mountain biking. Here’s his take on the subject.