Until May 2011, the North Shore, the birthplace of free-riding, a network of trails contiguous to a metropolitan area of 1.5 million people had no guidebook. Sure there are websites with online maps, sites that aggregate GPS information and trail information and some maps (eg the Cove Production maps and the Seymour NSMBA map). But there is no one single resource that ties this all together.
One look though at online forums whether here on Pinkbike or on other venues and you will find many of the same questions again and again. Where do I ride? Where can I rent a bike? Where/how do I even start?
Wade Simmons and Sharon Bader (who posts on MTBR as brodiegrrl) have put together a guidebook that will go a long way to filling this knowledge gap.
Not many other people could have put together such an undertaking. Wade needs no introduction. He can ride all these trails and then some and has been around almost as long as everyone. Sharon’s been the tireless behind-the-scenes advocate for Shore biking. President of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association for 5 years, she knows all the builders, all the trails and more importantly, knows what to put in and what to leave out of such a guide.
|Sharon and Wade on “Upper Tall Cans” – Cypress. Didn’t know there was such a trail? Buy the book!|
The book is replete with an astounding amount of detail. The major trail areas of Cypress, Fromme and Seymour are described. Maps are abundant; there are general overview maps which are then expanded into detailed maps. GPS points are given to help navigate as are trail descriptions. Many locals take navigating the trail system for granted. Although there are signs, there are also many unsigned intersections and it’s easy to get lost. This guidebook might just help you find the trails that you’ll want to ride.