Rode the North Shore of Vancouver a few weeks ago for the 1st time -- a freeride mecca of sorts, which I should have been hitting regularly since I moved back from England. My buddy Justin Herx had a flip video camera and, knowing the area really well, stopped in certain areas and took videos. Below is the compilation he finished -- well done I might add!!
I'm the guy with the smurfy blue Santa Cruz Bullit bike. All the terrain there is just incredible, but the video (generally looking up the trail) does not do justice to the technical nature of the riding and the consequences of a fall. Highlights include:
- At about 1:15 is the rock section (pretty sure) which I sailed through the 1st time (on camera, for proof!) but went over the handlebars the 2nd time when my front tire slid out to the right. Head/shoulder first into a large bolder -- took 2.5 weeks to recover from that one, and stopped me for the day.
- At 2:01 is where I took my 1st fall of the day -- not even a very hard section, mind you. Thought I'd pause at the time (trackstand) and get my balance, but then didn't have my balance. Same shoulder that I planted into the rock an hour later!
- At 2:45 is a fun shot of me coming down a large boulder. The descent is straightforward -- what you don't see is the fairly difficult approach/ascent (a skinny about 10-15' long).