Finding Flow on a North Shore Classic

Flowing a trail means finding motion and grace


Jeff teams up with Mt. Fromme local, Morgan Taylor, for a tour of “Ladies Only Trail”, a notoriously fun but difficult double black comprised of steeps, rock rolls, crazy wooden features that pop out of nowhere and seemingly end where they shouldn’t. Such are the trails on the North Shore of BC.

Jeff Finding Flow

Jeff finding his flow on wooden rollers; features that are uncommon elsewhere in the world but in BC they are everywhere.

Modern “Shore” trails tend to be built for more flow and classics like “Ladies Only” tend to be considered anti-flow but somehow Jeff finds his groove despite a vast array of flow interrupters. By chance they even run into Todd “Digger” Fiander, the creator of “Ladies Only” and famous trail builder for over 30 years. He’s also the happy recipient of new knees thanks to a successful GoFundMe for his medical expenses.

Todd Fiander

Todd “Digger” Fiander. Many of us owe this guy a debt of gratitude for all of his hard work over the last 30+ years of trail building.

A lot of Vancouver trails were built back in the day when bikes were less advanced and less capable or downright dangerous to ride in the area due to steep terrain, large rocks and tons of roots. To expand the trail network and make them more ridable, builders started using wooden bridges, rollers, teeter-totters and rough-hewn logs to cross over obstacles. Jeff and Morgan make the tail appear easy but anyone who has ridden it will tell you it’s much harder than it looks. My hat goes off to all of those who shed blood and sweat to build the trails we ride today.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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