You're Invited to Ride the New Full Nelson Trail In Squamish, BC

Apr 27, 2012
by Julian Coffey  
 
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Mountain bikers are invited to join us on Saturday, May 5th for the Full Nelson bike trail opening in Squamish. Ride your bike and meet the pro’s on Full Nelson’s Opening Day, a mountain bike community project. All proceeds will be donated to SORCA.

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Built by Ted Tempany and a number of volunteers, including Danny Frey, Lindsay Gosnell, Wayne Goss, Leah Orosco and Chelsea Hurford, Brandon Semenuk, and Anthill Films, the extension is just over a kilometre long. The trail is a golden dirt snake run that rolls, swerves, dips, and dives down the 1-km extension to Half Nelson. Originally, Ted Tempany flagged the line over ten years ago and it has taken a great deal of time to get the permits in place to build this trail. They began the construction of the trail in September 2011 and since then have worked long days all winter to get the trail ready for the upcoming opening on May 5th. All levels of gravity riders (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) will be able to enjoy the Full Nelson.
bigquotesBuilding the trail was easy but getting permission and some budget was very difficult. Thanks to the Province of BC, SORCA, Anthill, and of course Red Bull, the first step of Full Nelson has been realized. I look forward to riding the new trail with everyone May 5th. - track builder Ted Tempany
There will be a BBQ during the day for all riders and spectators, bike suppliers on site with a demos from Giant, Rocky Mountain and Devinci, shuttle services provided a chance to meet and ride with the pros. Keep a watch out for riders including Brandon Semenuk, Stevie Smith, Thomas Vanderham , Andrew Shandro and more. Following the ride day, there will be a Strength in Numbers viewing at Quest University. All proceeds of the day will be donated to SORCA - the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association.

Full Nelson Ride Day Poster

About Strength in Numbers
Strength in Numbers is an action sports film that explores mountain bike culture through the experiences of the world's best riders. Anthill Films, in co-production with Red Bull Media House, have created a film, which will change the way the world sees mountain biking, both on and off the screen. Ultimately, the film’s mission is to inspire and show how we are all part of a global community who love to ride.

Strength in Numbers combines progressive action and beautiful cinematography with compelling stories to show how the many different sides of mountain biking are all connected. The movie features a diverse selection of riders with some of the biggest names in the sport, including Brandon Semenuk (Squamish, BC).

Join us for the Full Nelson Bike Trail Opening Day, a mountain bike community project. Ride your bike, meet the pro’s, and join us for a BBQ. All proceeds will be donated to SORCA.

What: Full Nelson Bike Trail Opening Day

Who: Brandon Semenuk, Ted Tempany and the Squamish mountain bike community

Where: Coast Mountains of Squamish, BC | Meeting point is at lower parking lot on Ring Creek Road, behind Quest University.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012

Schedule:
10am – 4pm: Ride Day
11am – 2pm: BBQ open to the public
8:00pm: Strength in Numbers Viewing at Quest University


About SORCA
The Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association (www.sorca.ca) is a mountain bike club with a focus on creating fun events for their members including social rides, Toonie, downhill Rides, trail advocacy, and maintenance. The members directly contribute to the maintenance and growth of the incredible mountain bike trail network. A big part of Squamish’s community wealth is due to the trails and dedicated volunteers make this a world-class mountain biking destination.

68 Comments

  • + 27
 why must all the good trails be in BC!!!!
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 cause there's mountains Wink
  • + 24
 Actually its because there's lots of trailbuilders
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 I ride the rocky desert trails of Arizona normally, so my trip to BC was one of the best times of my life! So many awesome people and trails! I got to get back there soon!
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 There's a sign at the top of the trail from the park service or BC tourism that says it plain and simple: "British Columbia. The Best Place on Earth." Ain't THAT the truth? (the sign appears other places, it's just appropriate to Trance's comment that it is also at the top of this sick trail. I can't wait to get back to it!)
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 So is this above or below the original half nelson? and will there be shuttle service for anyone
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 I'm pretty sure it's on the same access road as Half Nelson, but further up past the entrance to Angry Midget. I found part of the unfinished trail last week when I was doing some trail hunting of my own and was pretty stoked to find it seeing as I had no idea they were building it. It looks like it may have two entrances to it as well because there is a fork in the trail for a different entrance than the one I was following. I didn't see where it connects to Half nelson, but I would assume it will connect part way down. It would be nice if they bring the trail all the way up to Garibaldi Park Road eventually, but I guess we will have to see.
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 I believe its self-powered for now as it hasn't been extended all the way to the road given the BC Parks issue (as pudding points out). That's fine as its an easy pedal or push up the FSR. I'm not a big fan of shuttle bikes on that trail myself but that's the builders call
  • + 5
 BC rules for so many reasons. The mountains. The people. The huge number of trail builders. Builders rule, and are praised for their hard work. Then the fact that the Canadian Goverment and land managers there are kinda ok with the building. The Canadians also reailze trails pay back the communities that build them. The biggest thing going for BC and Canada unlike the US. It is very very hard to Sue and win a lawsuit against a land owner for hurting yourself on their property. In the United States all bets are off. Land owners here even the Ski Resorts are terrified of building sick trails. Because if some Joshmo does something stupid and gets hurt. He can, and sometimes does sue the land owner. To make matters worse, Joeshmo often wins. A lady won a lawsuit back east. After she rode into a Bright Yellow, 20 Foot wide gate on an acess road! That she claims she couldn't see. I've seen pictures of the road, and the gate. You can see it clear as day from over a hundred yards away in both directions. I feel her pain, but she should have sucked it up and taken responsibility for her actions. She clearly wasn't watching where she was going. Sadly all land users here suffer because of people like her.
  • + 1
 that looks utterly fantastic, but why don't they hard pack it? won't it just wear out really quickly?
  • + 1
 angry - the pictures were taken a while ago. The trails basically hard-packed now
  • + 2
 cool, sorry
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  • + 10
 Seriously can't wait to go, I better be able to get the day off work.
  • + 7
 As much as i was looking forward to getting drunk all day for Cinco De Mayo.....this will be 10x better to say the least! Cant wait!
  • + 1
 gonna be a fun weekend
  • + 1
 What a time to break my foot...
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  • + 8
 That's on my wedding anniversary. I guess we have a new plan for the day, babe Smile
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  • + 9
 semenuk, why u make jumps look easy!
  • - 7
 because they are, duh.
  • + 4
 we got a badass over here!
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  • + 6
 i m gonna take some air tickets Big Grin
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  • + 6
 STOKED TO LIVE IN SQUAMISH!
  • + 2
 yea SQUAMPTON RULES!!!
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  • + 1
 Hey there fellow Pinkbikers, I was wondering if anyone from Whistler is heading down and has a space for me + bike? picking up my new bike on Monday and this would be the perfect opportunity to test her out and get to know some people of the local community. Reply here or send me a PM. thanks Smile
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  • + 1
 Chilling in Squampton vs. whistler? Ill take the cheap route every time. Better trails. I like to get some climbing in on a trip as well. The granite is more than good. Thanks builders. And thanks to all the happy folks out camping where its good!
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  • + 5
 We will be there for the opening, stoked!!
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  • + 2
 i bet that wooden red bull sign is not going to last there for long. idiots stealing shit are everwhere....!
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  • + 0
 what skill level is required, do you think? Mandatory gaps, etc? Thinking of bringing a friend who's just beginning (he can do A-Line/Dirt Merchant but still cases some jumps a bit..)
  • + 2
 Probably wont be any harder than A-Line or DM. Any gaps probably wont be mandatory.
  • + 3
 Half Nelson is rated a blue trail, so it is definitely easier than A-line or Dirt Merchant. there are no mandatory gaps, it's like a pump track that only goes one way. You can gap the jumps, but it isn't necessary. I have seen guys ride it with XC bikes many times before.
  • + 2
 Ridearounds on everything so all skill levels
  • + 3
 Looks good to me, nice warm up for park riding, coming soon to a Whistler near you Smile
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  • + 2
 If I had known about this I'd have been working on my wrestling moves all winter.
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  • + 3
 Y do i have live in onterrible? Y!?
  • + 2
 natural selection
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  • + 3
 Wish i could go, im on the other side of the Atlantic tho Frown
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  • + 1
 after seeing the full seggy from strength in numbers, i must say the full trail looks remarkable
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  • + 1
 I want to go! But i cant drive myself there Frown i hope everyone going has a great time though Big Grin
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  • + 2
 teaser vids like this should be barred!
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  • + 2
 And I thought Half Nelson was fun to ride!!!
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  • + 2
 That looks like what i see in my dreams.
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  • + 1
 Going to Whistler and Squamish in a couple months...So Excited to hear this!
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  • + 1
 this trail is literally for everyone. I was up yesterday on the half and one my buds rocked it on a 29r no problem
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  • + 1
 rode the old section....this makes a perfect little trail even better....can't wait
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  • + 1
 After we watch strength in numbers at Quest university will we hike/ bike to the parking lot or drive up??
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  • + 1
 I LOVE WHERE I LIVE!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 Just rode Half Nelson and wished it was about twice as long....Hell Yeah
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  • + 2
 shame i live in the uk
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  • + 1
 I've been meaning to check this trail out ... now I have no excuse!
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  • + 1
 This is sick! Half nelson is wicked
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  • + 1
 Is that step down in the picture on it? Razz
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  • + 1
 Does the invite include travel fee's? Otherwise I can't get there! Wink
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  • + 1
 HOW SLACK IS THAT BIKE? (last shot when hes on the bridge) Smile
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  • + 1
 Bah, just realized this is the same day/time as the WORCA bike swap. Frown
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  • + 1
 gona be there! YOOOO
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  • + 1
 nice))) good job))
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  • + 0
 Can we ride Nelson Trail after the opening day ?
  • + 0
 I wanna know this too :O
  • + 3
 No, people worked very hard on completing a trail for one day of use only.
But seriously, how can you not figure that out? Haha.
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  • + 0
 semenuk + dual crown = awesomeness I cant wait for
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