WORDS/PHOTOS Margus Riga
The first trail I ever rode on the Shore was Severed Dick. It was 1995 and raining. I had a borrowed Kona Kilauea hardtail with 1" inch of front travel, cantilever brakes, and no helmet. I remember thinking, how was it humanly possible for anybody to ride this whole trail? Everything about negotiating my bike down and over those glistening roots, and jagged, steep boulders felt so unnatural and totally impossible. Somehow, I made it down, but not without walking a large portion (most) of the trail, and a massive bruise to my ego. It took two-and-a-half hours...and I was hooked. Nowadays, kids can loop this "fun" trail from the bottom parking lot in a half hour as a mellow warm-up lap. WTF!
|Oh no, not another "What does the Shore mean to you?" article.... - Johnny Smoke - Original Shore pioneer|
|The anticipation of a Shore ride, the moments and victories along the way and the sense of satisfaction and relief afterwards are unmatched anywhere else. Every time I ride the North Shore, I become a better rider. - PJ Hunton - Engineering Manager - Norco Bikes|
|I rode the shore for the first time when I was eleven, that was thirteen years ago. Since then it has taught me hard lessons about slippery roots, sharp rocks, and the ground. I feel blessed to be North Shore born and raised, no matter how it changes it will always be home. - Ross Measures - Pro rider and videographer|
|The North Shore is the reason that i first came to Canada, and I'm not going anywhere. There is no other place in the world like the North Shore to ride. Its a love hate with the shore. Bring your A game and you'll have an awesome ride. If you're not on point, you may see the North Shore devil. That's what I love about the Shore. - Matt Ryan - Enduro race slayer|
|The North Shore is one of the most challenging riding zones in the world - there is no shortage of trail choice and none of it is easy. For those that 'Ride' the shore there is often a small sense of fear that accompanies each ride. This is also called 'pucker', and that is how we like it. Respect and a little fear on every ride. - Andreas Hestler - Ex-Olympian and general Shore good guy|
|Classic mountain biking gnar! Look out for those roots... they're 'gonna getcha! - Garett Buehler|