Words by Rhonna Gurevich

Photos by Dan K Lui, Stephen McCabe and Rhonna Gurevich as noted.

This past weekend marked the date of the 4th and largest NSMBA trail day of the season. Over 120 people showed up to buff CBC, arguably the North Shore’s most popular mountain biking trail.

This was an All-Sponsors trail day supported by the who’s who of the local mountain biking community.

Photo ~ Rhonna Gurevich
 Photo ~ Rhonna Gurevich

Building BridgesOn Saturday, May 2nd, members of the NSMBA Trail Team teamed up with the Muddbunnies to revamp a section of Slash.  We polished off two sweet sections, including rockwork and woodwork, in only 4 hours!

It was great to have such a dedicated an enthusiastic group giving us a hand on the trails. We're excited to see our newly minted "Bunny Builders" putting their new skills to work at our next trail day. Thanks a lo Bunnies! 

Check out the complete story on the Muddbunnies website.

 

On Sunday May 10, the NSMBA with sponsors Steed Cycles & Kintec Footlabs hosted the 3rd trail day of the season on Crinkum Crankum, a classic Fromme trail. Rated as an Intermediate to Advanced trail, it sees a lot of riders who continue on from 7th Secret trail, and then carry on to the Griffin trail which was the lucky recipient of our last trail day.

 

Photo - Graham Archer 

Words by Rhonna Gurevich                                        Photos by Jordan Silver                             

On Sunday April 26, NSMBA hosted the second trail day of the season. Originally scheduled for Pink Starfish, lingering snow meant the trail day needed to be moved to one of the lower Fromme trails.

And what better choice than Griffin! As an intermediate trail located below the first switch-back, many new riders have honed their skills on Griffin. It is also the main exit trail for riders coming off of Crinkum Crankum, as well as a popular walking trail used by residents and hikers. Fifty-nine volunteers came out and significanly improved this popular North Shore Trail.

It was clear that Spring has finally sprung, and we were treated to a warm sunny day, perfect for spending time in the forest!

Volunteers met at Upper Lynn Elementary school to be shuttled to the trail head by Dan in the On Top Bikes van. Fresh Coffee from Bean Around The World at Lonsdale Quay got everyone perked up and ready to work!

Words by Rhonna Gurevich.                                                                        Photos by Jenny Lee Silver 

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The 1st NSMBA trail day for 2009 was held on Empress Bypass on Sunday April 5. If the weather is any indication of things to come, the 2009 riding season is shaping up to be far better than the 2008/09 ski season was! 



Empress Bypass is a unique trail deserving of a short history lesson. So bear with us!

 

In 1997 BC Parks mandated the closure of all mountain bike trails; only sustainable, multi-use trails were to be maintained. In response, the Empress Trail, which at the time ran through BC Parks land, was re-routed through the District of North Vancouver (DNV) as part of the Northlands Golf Course Perimeter trail. 



In 2003, construction of a small housing subdivision meant it was necessary to re-route a section of the Perimeter Trail. To accommodate users that access the lower Seymour trails, a new multi-use trail running through DNV and BC Parks land was proposed. The trail would exit onto the Old Buck Trail near the parking lot at the corner of Anne McDonald Way and Mt. Seymour Road.

Words by Chris Barker                                                                                             Photos by Dieter Bahr

It’s always satisfying to see good things happen to good people. Come to 3 NSMBA trail days and you’re entered in a draw to win big…. REALLY BIG, as Dale Nagata found out. Knolly Bikes stepped up again in 2008 donating one of the sweetest and most drooled over frames out there - the Delirium-T.

 Complete with drool-proof anodized paint

Dale wasn’t actually able to make it to the AGM, ironic because he was the only volunteer to show up to every trail day the NSMBA held in 2008! When Dale’s name was randomly drawn, the question was briefly raised – should we draw again to pick someone who’s at the AGM tonight?As much as every person there had been anxiously waiting to hear their name called in the draw only moments before, this notion was quickly stomped to the ground with the feeling only likened to casing a 30 foot gap. A resounding NO! erupted from everyone in the room who knows Dale and how committed he is to keeping the North Shore trails flowing. What a great feeling of community & pride! 

There are frogs in the ponds of Mountain View Park, and they don't mind if we ride by!

While not a destination for mountain bikers, those wishing to squeeze as much trail into their ride often find themselves exiting through Mountain View Park. Historically, local youth had built some stunts in the area, and with increasing use by hikers, dog-walkers, and mountain bikers, there were so many braided trails it was hard to take the same path twice.

The issue surrounding whether or not mountain biking was having an negative impact on the parks wildlife didn't surface until 2003 during public consultation for the Residents Only Parking initiative.

The NSMBA was proactive in addressing the lack of a defined trail through the park, and worked with the District of North Vancouver to define a route and enhance the trail through the park

Here's what you've all been waiting for. The dates are set for everyone's favourite event, NSMBA Trail Days. A huge thank you goes out to all our returning sponsors, and a warm welcome to all the new ones as well!