PETE & HAYDEN ZABLOTNY
Speciality: DH Racing
About Hayden: I grew up riding bikes in Alberta. I remember watching videos of the pros jumping and I really wanted to ride like them so in our yard, I turned anything and everything that I could into dirt jumps including the flower beds! When I was five, my dad introduced me to BMX racing and I raced for four years. Then when I was eight he bought me a Kona Stinky 24 while we were on a road trip to SilverStar. I don’t think I even looked at my BMX bike after that! We road tripped a few times a year to BC to ride the SilverStar Bike Park, then my dreams came true in the spring of 2015 when my family sprung the news that we were moving to Vernon. I feel honoured to be part of the team and am definitely living the dream!
About Pete: As I’m the oldest athlete on the SilverStar team, my biking career is also quite long. I grew up in North Vancouver riding BMX bikes. I started BMX racing when I was 13 years old in 1978 and after a bike shop sponsorship and a few support sponsorships, in 1985 I became the first Canadian to earn a full factory sponsorship from a United States team, Team GT. I was living the dream at 18, being paid a great salary and having the opportunity to be flown around the U.S. and Canada to race bikes. I have ridden mountain bikes since 1987 when I was a bike courier in Vancouver. We would ride up Cypress Mountain on the road then take the BLT trail back down. My first season of Downhill racing was in 1994 on a bike with a whopping 50mm of travel! In September of 1994 I raced the UCI Grundig World Cup Finals, which was the very first World Cup DH Race in Canada and it was right here at Silverstar. With my son Hayden getting into downhill racing I couldn’t resist racing again! It is a lot more fun than just watching! This summer Hayden and I will be competing in the BC Cup Downhill series.
Speciality: Enduro Racing / Freestyle
About: I started riding as early as I can remember, I was building jumps and doing stunts where ever I could. Growing up in Banff there was no shortage of extreme terrain and natural trails to ride. What I looked forward to most of all were the trips we would make out to Silver Star to ride the impeccably groomed and manicured trails - I couldn’t believe how good it could be. I would study the videos on the SilverStar website, so inspired by every curve and contour. My Dad and I traveled out six times to ride the summer before we finally moved here in 2011. Since that time I have been riding as much as I possibly can, rain or snow of blistering hot, always challenging myself to go that much faster or smoother, or bigger. I’ve definitely broken a lot of bikes! (Thanks Mom and Dad ;). I just love to ride, feeling one with my bike and the terrain and nature. I love sharing that feeling with young riders through volunteer coaching with Sprockids. While still pretty new to Enduro, with just a few races in 2015, in 2016, I managed to come in second in the overall BC East Enduro Series and fourth Nationally, earning me a spot on the Junior National Team. This season is looking great with some great results so far including a win at the MEC BC Enduro Series West in Vernon. I’m headed to three World Series Races this season in Aspen CO, Crankworx in Whistler and Finale Ligure, Italy. I was able to get an athletic scholarship at Quest University to continue training and competing at the World Series level. I feel so lucky to have an area the caliber of SilverStar in my backyard.
Speciality: All Styles
About Noah: I grew up in Vernon and have been coming to Silver Star for as long as I can remember. Between travel and work the bike park is where I spend all my spare time in the summer. Come find me and lets do a lap!
Location: Washington, US
Speciality: DH Racing
About: I'm an outdoor enthusiast & a bit of an adrenaline junky. I grew up in Wyoming and skied throughout my childhood & learned to mountain bike when my family moved to Montana when I was a teenager. I immediately fell in love with the sport and the community within it, I have always raced and while it was never a goal to race world cups, it's still a great way to ride faster & challenge myself. I relocated to Washington to have access to better dirt and more freeride trails and followed that path straight to SilverStar Bike Park. I love filming, inspiring and encouraging others to ride and progress, and generally just being in the woods on my bike with friends, and am really look forward to an amazing summer at SilverStar Bike Park and look forward to seeing y'all on the trails this summer.
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