Roca Verde/Salsa Verde
I've always been intrigued by the myriad of styles, character, and construction in mountain bike trails. Years of riding The Shore, The Woodlot, Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, and the interior offered up a plethora of building techniques that I took in as an astute observer and eager student. Unfortunately, the time building a full trail requires never seemed to materialize.
That is until an untimely injury sustained during a bike trip to Central America. I had broken my hand in a crash in the first week of that trip leaving me unable to ride or work when I returned home.
In the classic case of 'when life hands you lemons
' I took the downtime as an opportunity to explore the forests around me. Before long I had flagged multiple lines and got to work clearing brush. Each day in the woods inspired new ideas for features. Within a few months, my hand had healed and I was able to start the real work.
The terrain I had chosen was difficult at best to work with, but with help from all around good guy Danny Martins, the task was made 99% easier. Not quite 100% due to his habitual late morning starts. But considering he works for free and doesn't complain, Carlo as he's sometimes known, is the best pal you could have trail building by your side.
Over two years, we slaved away cutting, shaping, and digging. Building this trail became our obsession. In that time, we spent more time working on our dream build than actually riding our bikes. Our backs ached, muscles were taxed, joints became chronically sore. Day in and day out we returned at every free chance we had. Completed sections were christened with ritual post dig beers.
What seemed like an impossible task soon became a reality and the arduous journey to completion was done. We never took short cuts and it took much longer than we both envisioned. The time and money invested are nothing compared to the feeling of riding our own hard work sculpted from the earth. We're proud to present our creations, Roca Verde and Salsa Verde.None of this would have been possible without help from these amazing friends
Thomas WoodWords by @stevestorey Photos by @Justa25 Video by @mike-gamble