Video: Geoff Gulevich Rides '7th Secret' in North Vancouver

Jul 12, 2020
by Geoff Gulevich  

7th Secret is a North Vancouver staple. If you know your way around this rough piece of work, you can find incredible fluidity.
You just need to know where to go. Come along down this piece of North Shore history.

Riding my Focus Bikes SAM²
Filmed on my GoPro HERO8 and Max.


34 Comments

  • 12 1
 I rode 7th secret for the first time on Friday and it was a really fun trail. Then ripped down Expresso to Baden trail all the way to the parking lot. Fromme has so many different types of trails from tech to flow to challenge you.
  • 9 3
 I've done it many times, but not as fast as this. Must be the bike...
  • 7 0
 I rode it over 30 years ago! Thanks for the memorys.
  • 5 0
 @edwardbear: the Leppard classic
  • 11 0
 One of my favourite trails but I skip the two logs and the Gangler. Cool to see it ridden fast.
  • 4 0
 Excellent video of a classic trail. The GoPro effect is so weird. I makes really steep stuff look less steep but there are parts which look like they're downhill but you've been there and know they aren't, like the entrance to the long log (the first one). The GoPro effect basically compresses the full range of possible steepness into "vaguely downhill".
  • 5 0
 That camera angle and those alien looking arms! You'd almost have to be alien to ride a trail like that so cleanly!
  • 4 0
 You know it’s a technical trail when you have to go from your iPhone to iPad just to have enough screen to spot the line.
  • 5 0
 It is. For sure not the hardest on the Shore but I went up on a spring day after a ton of rain thinking it wouldn’t be that bad, but I lost my front tire on some woodwork and put my ribs into a gnarl that was sticking out.
Your comment is spot on, there’s a lot going on with 7th Secret.
  • 9 0
 @vw4ever:
Funnily enough 7th is one of the best riding trails in the wet, that and ladies only are my go to wet weather trails! There's so much rock and wood that it holds up pretty well and it's all surprisingly grippy, so long as you're careful on the brakes
  • 2 0
 @notthatfast: for sure! Yeah, I hadn’t ridden the Shore in a while, and didn’t have my groove on, was probably riding a little timidly since my memories of the trail were rusty and got owned. Lesson learned- let off the brakes and commit (at least a little)!
  • 2 0
 @vw4ever:
You definitely have to choose your moments for braking.
Living on the north shore sharpens your skills pretty fast let me tell you! Haha
  • 5 0
 Another sick vid! Thank you!
  • 5 0
 Hard to even tell where the line is!
  • 3 0
 They let motor bikes on Fromme these days?!

I'm a fan of shuttle killers but surprised to see no e-bike hate in the comments!
  • 3 0
 I ride mine up there pretty often and I'd say it's about 95% either interest or indifference in the real world. The occasional chirp but usually if you make a joke out of it folks will laugh along.

It's just bike riding, and I'm there just as often on a bike with no motor.

In fact come to think of it, I rode 7th on mine twice yesterday!
  • 5 0
 It is a wonderful trail.
  • 2 0
 Always wondered how a pro would ride those two really tight left handers with with tonnes of rocks, now its obvious. Really fast!!
  • 1 0
 @Gulevich87 Sweet vids. Sam2 a cool bike - bummer Focus gave up on America before buildIng major reputations for quality bikes. What rear shock setup do you run, does tech pack fit?
  • 2 0
 great video and well done riding it that fast!
  • 1 0
 Glad to see seventh hasn’t really changed , raw and gnarly, hope they leave some trails like . Sure miss the north shore.
  • 6 0
 This is an interesting story. The current Secret Seventh is a significantly rebuilt and repaired version of the 1992 original though not as much as Crinkum Crankum and Kirkford below it. Seventh was super loamy and fun that first autumn but rapidly succumbed to erosion and sections became either unridable or just ugly and uninteresting. The repairs, particularly the added skinnies, rock revetments and generally improved drainage serve to make it more technical and interesting than the original. It's also in a beautiful and spectacular section of forest, especially this year which has been quite wet. A few weeks ago my 11 year old nephew was asking about my favourite North Shore trail, which I had to think about, but indeed, this was the one.
  • 1 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist:1992 wow! I started riding 7th about 32 years ago on a Klein hardtail with a Futureshock, ie 1.5 inches of travel and cantilever brakes. It was rutted, rocky and rooty what is referred to as janky now. As the “improvements” were made we complained that the gnar was being eliminated but we accepted that flow trails were the future. This is the trail we ride the most because it’s the highest trail and ithen the mid level trails can be ridden afterwards.
  • 1 2
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: Its the highest trail on the map but definitely not the highest trail . Wink
  • 2 0
 I get the impression it is steeper than it looks?
  • 1 0
 Not especially steep, it criss crosses the fall line but towards the end it falls away steeply beside you. One does not want to slip off the first of the long fallen tree skinnies.
  • 1 0
 Its running really nice right now. Need to do the Gangler. Next run. just gotta turn left.
  • 1 0
 Its interesting how people don't go bat shit crazy about ebikes when Gully rides them.
  • 1 0
 Nice riding, sweet line. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 I see skinnies, I think broken ankles.
  • 1 1
 POV is sooooo 20000s
  • 1 2
 Sweet power button!
  • 4 0
 There it is
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