Ethen Roberts Has the Perfect Edit for MTB and Moto Lovers
The Nitro Crew is made up of a lot of different athletes with different personalities and philosophies, but one thing they all have in common is they don’t spend much time talking about their grand ideas before they actually take the steps to make those ideas happen. Ethen Roberts is a prime example of that philosophy. The Utah native and Godfrey Clan stalwart is constantly plotting his next big adventure. We saw his epic backcountry snowboarding trip come to life last winter. And now he’s given us a glimpse at another journey we all wish we could have made with him.
Ethen grew up surrounded by action sports, so he was practically born on a dirtbike and took up anything and everything he could as he got older. He eventually started focusing on mountain bike, but his love for dirtbikes never flagged. “I’ve always dreamed of a way to connect the two worlds,” he says. So that’s what he did. We won’t keep you in suspense. Here’s the edit, but if you’re curious to learn more about how Ethen made this happen along with his brother (and fellow Nitro Crew member) Josh Roberts, photographer Aaron Brimhall, and filmmaker Kollyn Lund, read on after the video.
The main hurdles for this trip, as Ethen saw it, were deciding which motorbikes to use and then figuring out how to carry their MTBs and camping gear on those bikes. They settled on Husqvarna 701 Enduros for the motos and went to Ethen’s engineer uncle to design the bike and gear racks. It definitely helps to have a multi-talented family when you’re planning an epic adventure. It took Uncle John two days to build the racks, and that’s when things got real. “I knew we were finally ready to see this concept turn into a reality,” Ethen says.
“Spending hours looking at maps, connecting every trail I could think of, we carved out a route. Gearing up for the unknown is always a gamble. With limited space, you never really know what you’re going to need until you don’t have it,” he says. “The anticipation building up is borderline unbearable.” As you can see from the edit, they almost immediately hit bad weather. Snow and rain aren’t ideal when you’re out on the open road, camping in the sand and tracking down lines virtually untouched by mountain bikes before, but these guys aren’t your ordinary weekend warriors. They pushed on, cold and wet and loving every second of it. It was obviously well worth it.
Ethen’s full account of the experience, along with more photos, can be found in Meta Magazine. If you’re looking for more in-depth accounts of the Crew’s adventures, check out Hitting the Slopes in Oslo Winter Park and Checking Out Skate Parks Across Europe.