Video: Eric Lawrenuk Rides Cypress Mountain in in 'Eau de Shore no. 3'

Jun 1, 2022 at 10:22
by RideWrap HQ  

Rider: Eric Lawrenuk
Director/Cinematographer: Graeme Meiklejohn

Vancouver’s North Shore mountains are home to some of the world’s best mountain bike trails. Three riding areas: Seymour, Fromme, and Cypress, each deliver a unique take on the steep terrain offered up by the southern tip of the Coast Mountain Range. Each has a defined style of trails, brought to life by the builders and riders that call that terrain home. However, they all share the same steep, deep, and wet geographic landscape that culminates the essence of Vancouver’s Northshore. A distinct aroma rises from the decomposing cedar logs, duff, loam, and moss to create a damp, musty yet sweet smell. When this aroma hits your nostrils as you pedal to the top of a trail or get out of the shuttle truck, it triggers memories of rides past and invigorates your body before dropping into the next steep technical descent.

This smell is the Eau De Shore.

This three-part video series captures the essence of riding in each of these zones and is inspired in equal parts by the photographic styles of Sterling Lorence and the unique atmosphere surrounding each mountain

Deep, dark, rough, and fast, the Cypress trails are unforgiving. Primarily a downhill shuttle zone, Cypress has evolved into a training ground for some of the world's best downhill racers. The trails are wide, steep, and extremely fast. The culture surrounding Cypress is one that brings tons of volunteers to maintain the trails. It inspires more riders to get out there and enjoy what Cypress has to offer. Many of the trails finish just above the Cypress lookout. The shuttle reload area looks out over the Burrard Inlet (when it’s visible). An unreal backdrop to a shuttle day.

bigquotesLorny (Lawrenuk) and I grew up on The Shore riding bikes together, and one thing that is inherently linked, for us, to the look and feel of riding on the North Shore mountains is the photographs of Sterling Lorence. Those images are as connected to our version of The Shore as any of the trails on those mountains. So, it only felt right to try and shoot these pieces in a style inspired by those images and Sterling’s continued work on The Shore.Graeme Meiklejohn


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 This is a really powerful and distinctive video. Props to rider & filmer both for making something with great riding and very memorable!
  • 6 0
 Wicked Cypress shredding’ Lorny!
  • 3 0
 Thanks so much Tippie!!! Smile
  • 3 0
 During the rainy cold winter months I would see riders staging at the bottom of Cypress and wonder who was hard core enough to ride Cypress in these conditions, now I know…
  • 2 0
 Haha it’s challenging and slow-going… as you can see. She’s a different beast in wet conditions
  • 3 0
 Reminds me of the north van segment from kranked 3, squeaky brakes, wet, cool music, black and white and tech gnar ! Nice one !
  • 1 0
 The vibe, style and music from this reminds me of a video made in 2012. Has it really been a decade since this Cove STD video was released?
  • 3 0
 So good! Thanks for not using slo-mo.
  • 3 0
 killer. great music as well, fitting. awesome riding.
  • 2 0
 Everything about this video is rad. Recently made my way up and rode this trail, for sure a challenging one in the wet.
  • 2 0
 the smells of Cypress... something vids are not able to share... the forest... fresh and beckoning...
  • 2 0
 Great depiction. Loved it. Could have used more cowbell though.
  • 2 0
 Fifth - the Grandfather of Gnar
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 Ehhhh cheers Boss!
  • 2 0
 Full value riding! Nice dancing with ye bike
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 So dope!
  • 1 1
 Brilliant. Just don’t tell anyone you did that on a Slayer - apparently they break (sarcasm).

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