Chances are you’ve either used the phrase or heard someone say it.

“What are you doing on Sunday?”

“I’m going to the church of the MTB.”

And every time we say it, we’re only partially joking. While certainly not church in the literal sense, there is something spiritual about getting out, being one with nature, and riding your bike through perfect ribbons of single track. Brandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss bring us to their version of church which happens to take place in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and it is beautiful.

Brandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss were the motivators behind Church. Our friendship was forged in college through riding bikes, with a mutual interest for multiple sports and the refined skillset that goes hand in hand with mastery of those disciplines. We have traveled distances together for riding but for this trip Brandon and Evan were the bike men and Zach manned the no-fun-gun (camera). With three days of perfect October weather we attempted to capture our mutual appreciation for Fall in North Carolina.

Why Church? It started as a joke, pulled from some kayaking edit. Over a couple months it turned into something more. I would find myself completely winded at the end of a long climb saying “What a fine Church service this mornin” and it would put a gigantic smile on my face. We are certainly not the pioneers of the term but have managed to redefine it and call “Church” our own. Going to Church is leagues beyond riding your bike. It is an appreciation of life expressed through what you are passionate about. For us, it is goofing off while keeping our minds youthful and fresh while at the same time shredding our local trails to the best of our ability. These elements encompass Church for us.

Seventeen – Youth Lagoon


  1. YEP ! NO GOOD TRAILS ON THE EAST COAST !! so stay home . dont bother coming out . leave the shyte trails to the rest of us 😛

  2. This is one of the best clips I have seen in a bit. Can someone tell me why it is cooler to not wear gloves or eyewear? Gloves and glasses have both protected my body from harm in the past.

  3. Great footage and a powerful reminder of how fortunate I am to call it my backyard.
    First video I can remember that did not give the music a mention in the credits, perhaps I missed it. Anyone know? That chicks vocals are haunting.

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