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Accomplice Trip Report: The McCaul Brothers vs. Southern Utah

Cam and Tyler McCaul have a special kind of sibling bond - in includes riding some of the gnarliest terrain in the world on their bikes. Katie Lozancich photos.

Virgin, Utah is home to a very specific type of mountain biking – unlike anything found anywhere else on the planet. The combination of easily shaped red dirt, big cliffs, and winter riding - all at just the right angle for pointing a bike straight down - makes the perfect recipe that connoisseurs like the McCaul brothers can consume voraciously. For years, Cam and Tyler made the trip to southern Utah together for the legendary Red Bull Rampage competition, progressing the sport of freeride mountain biking into the exosphere. These days, while Tyler still has his eye on winning Rampage, the brothers focus much of their riding on creating unforgettable film segments, like the one in Accomplice.

After living on the California coast for most of his life, Tyler now calls the Virgin area home, giving him unparalleled access to this type of riding. That’s the thing about this place – if you want to ride Rampage-style lines, this is pretty much the only place in the world to do it. For Accomplice, Cam made the trip to see his brother, and the two set off into the desert to put together the best line they could find. With a few cases of Sierra Nevada in hand, it was about finding big hits old and new, and showcasing this special microcosm of mountain biking to the world.

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We’re always scheming for excuses to film together. So this opportunity with Accomplice was sweet. For one the director is Jeremy Grant, who edited all my New World Disorder segments. When I found he was directing this and wanted us to ride together I was amped.

- Cam McCaul

I’m looking right out my window here in Utah, and I want to ride the hills I see right out there. It’s my favorite place to ride in the world, and I moved here just for that. If I could be extra picky, I’d add in no wind, a little moisture in the dirt, and a comfortably warm but not too hot temperature.

- Tyler McCaul

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