You all rock. The entire mountain bike community as a collective are amazing folk. Y’all just “Get” it and look out for one another.
I’ve been around the block a few times. Been some places, done some things. I’ve been involved in several industries over the course of my photography career, and I’ve never experienced such relationships; riders supporting riders, riders supporting fans, fans supporting riders. It really is inspiring to see. We all have personal examples of this.
A recent story bears telling. Crankworx 2017 is approaching and two riders are in dire straits; their accommodation has fallen through and everything is booked solid.
Reed Boggs and Ethan Nell no longer have beds to sleep in for Crankworx.
Houston, we have a problem.
What to do? In a last ditch effort, Ethan and Reed reach out to Whistler’s newest hotel, the Pangea Pod Hotel. What they don’t know is that Pangea won’t open until 2018, which makes finding space there, well, shall we say, impossible. The boys are out of luck.
Or are they?
The Hail Mary pass, thrown in darkness, somehow connects. What the boys didn’t know is the owners of Pangea, Russell and Jelena Kling, have two kids of their own and understand the value of supporting others chasing their dreams. Jelana and Russell offer to put up the boys in their private residence for the duration of Crankworx, at no charge to the boys. Score.
Yeah, that happened. I kid you not. In what other industry does this occur?
Not to be outdone, the boys wondered how to repay Russell and Jelena for their kindness. Sometimes money doesn’t matter; actions do. But how? What can two talented riders in Whistler do for a soon-to-be-open hotel or their owners?
Plan a photo shoot and make a video through the construction zone. Yeah, that’ll work. The first concept was a few shots inside, maybe a stair ride, nothing fancy. Cool, but not really breaking ground.
Let’s up the ante a little.
Like the genie said, still not enough. How about manuals through the lobby?
Nope, not it.
Then it’s noticed that the bay window used to load materials into Pangea could also facilitate an expedited bike exit.
Done like dinner. Let’s do it. So they did.
As if you needed any further proof that Karma does exist, after all this went down, and on the day of Joyride, 1st alternate Reed Boggs gets the nod that he is in the show. Ready and rested, Reed jammed his way to an 8th place finish, beating the likes of Brett Rheeder, Nicholi Rogatkin, and Anthony Messere, to name a few.
Pay it forward people. Pay it forward.
Check out the full length video on YouTube or on Pangea’s Facebook page. And if you’re planning on coming to Whistler in 2018, check out Pangea. I think they deserve a little extra dose of good karma after all this. And yeah, that’s right, the voice narrating the video is none other than that of Brad Jay – Crankworx, X-Games, and Winter Olympics announcer. Brad, thanks a ton for your support as well. We’ve ordered some good karma for you too.