Mountain bikers seem to have an unwavering desire to challenge how far they can push their limits. For some it means jumping farther. For others it means riding a line that terrifies them. For Whistler legend Adam Billinghurst, it meant attempting to ride way more than he ever had in a single season.
If you live in Whistler, or visit the bike park more than once a summer, its probably safe to say that between you and your pals, you have bets on who can do the most laps or days in the park in a season. Its a challenge that everyones willing to take on, because lets be honest, who doesnt want to ride endless lift-access trails in one of the best places on earth? There is one person, however, who is taking this concept to the next level: Adam Billinghurst.
One version of ‘living the dream’ is a lifestyle based around spending every day riding endless downhill. Like a die-hard surfers living close to the beach, passion-driven riders are building a community around the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This dream requires sacrifice. But no sacrifice is too big for the committed. In the greater mountain bike community we hold these people up as purists. They are the ones we think of when we feel trapped in our own routines. They are the ones that help keep our dreams alive.
Adam Billinghurst is a Whistler local and a featured rider in Anthill’s new film Strength In Numbers. Adam lives to ride the Whistler Bike Park and has done so for 13 years. His commitment to living his dream is an inspirational story that revolves around the park and a man’s love for his downhill bike. Last week, Anthill Filmmaker Jonathan Schramm asked Adam some questions to find out exactly... “Who is Adam Billinghurst?”