Completing The North Shore Triple Triple - 10,500 Meters of Climbing, 260 Kilometers & 40 Hours of Riding

Sep 30, 2021 at 17:02
by Sarah Moore  
Riley Seebeck flowphoto co
Anthony at the start of the Double Triple in 2019.

Words by Anthony Boussetta / Photos by Riley Seebeck, Anthony Boussetta & friends

bigquotesIt’s only a crazy idea until you do it.

Three years ago, I first learned about the Triple Crown and immediately decided to do it. It was a Tuesday I remember well. If you live on the North Shore in Vancouver, you probably know what the Triple Crown is, but I'll explain it briefly for those of you that don't. It's a challenging route that starts and ends at sea level and climbs to the top of Cypress Mountain (920m / 3018 feet), Grouse Mountain (1230m / 4035 feet) and Seymour Mountain (1020m / 3346 feet). The route is mostly on singletrack trails and while you have to start and end at sea level and climb all three mountains, many itineraries are possible and so it's up to you to choose your route.

That being said, the route is usually done from east to west and it’s about 80kms (50 miles) long. If you do the math, that's a bit over 3000m elevation, or just about 10,000 feet.

I didn’t know what route to choose or whether to do it on a road bike or a mountain bike. I’d never done a ride that long before on either bike. So as smart as I am, my next sentence I said was:

bigquotesI’ll do two Triple Crowns in a row, in one day... One on the road bike and one on the MTB. I'll let you know which one is easier. Man, the things you say to impress someone!

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Riley Seebeck flowphoto co
When the hike-a-biking is such a serious undertaking you need to pad your bike.

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Four days later, with no specific training or preparation, I achieved my goal. It was a big accomplishment for me at the time. I felt like the road ride was really simple though and nowhere near as demanding than the mountain bike portion.

Since my passion is mountain biking I decided that I had to do the Double Triple on the mountain bike only. The following year, I invited a few friends on each segment. My friend Riley Seebeck (@flowphoto_co) came over to document the ride and shoot some awesome pictures. I was much more organized for this ride, my girlfriend at that time drove Riley around to shoot photos and set up food stations and water refills. Super luxurious.

Riley Seebeck flowphoto co
Riley Seebeck flowphoto co

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Riley Seebeck flowphoto co

As I started up the second mountain of the day, my friend David asked me: "You’ll be doing this segment three times?"

"No mate... I’ll do it twice. It’s a Double Triple."

“Oh, you’ll only do it twice, ok... sick.”

The "only" resonated in my head right away... “What? Twice is not enough? I guess not!"

bigquotesI finished the Double Triple completely exhausted, I couldn’t stand on my bike anymore, I was shattered! I looked bad and was really done physically. I was happy I finished it, but the word ONLY was still in my mind. For two years!

Riley Seebeck flowphoto co
Riley Seebeck flowphoto co

Riley Seebeck flowphoto co

Let’s take a break here.

Why do you ride bikes? It’s so fun, eh? I know! But is it just about having fun slashing berms and loam and riding steep slabs? To be more fit? To get muddy? To see your friends? To get the dog out? To have a beer, a burger, a baguette or a good croissant as a reward? Or to escape your daily routine or things that life throw at you? You’re right, it’s a bit of everything.

And how big of a ride do you want or need to do? What’s a big ride anyway? 30km? 1000m of climbing? 2000m?

Racing, riding, digging, sessioning to get better, jumping, riding the steepest trails possible... I did it all and I loved it. I was always stoked to ride my bike and always had a big smile when I was riding.

But for many years I also used it as an escape to things in my life. I never worked on those life things. I was forcing them away when I headed out riding. I'd divert the focus to riding instead of problem or a situation that needed resolving. It worked well until I reached a point last year, where it didn't work out anymore.

For the first time in 20 years, I wasn't having fun riding bikes. I tried getting out more on the moto, snowboarding, skateboarding, seeing friends, but it didn’t counterbalance how I was inside and I couldn’t figure out how to get out of this dark hole.

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I rode less and less. Everything got darker: friendships, my relationship, work, health… There are many personal reasons and this is not the place and time to talk about that. Let's just acknowledge that it was a dark time, it will help you understand why I wanted to do a big ride so badly this year.

There are many ways to deal with that kind of situation. You can wait and see what happens. Or you can act and try to do something about it. Eventually, I did act. It was a bit too late unfortunately, but better late than never as they say. Being aware and accepting the issue was already a big part. Then, I also needed to change things for me, around me, for people around me, and aim to be better. I work well with challenges and I instantly knew this challenge would be my rebound! It would bring me what I’d need and use it as a fresh start alongside all the other work I was doing on myself and for my mental health.

As for the challenge, that word “only” kept coming back to me through. "Only" climbing up each one of the North Shore mountains twice.

bigquotesI’ll do three triple crowns in a row and my primary goal is to hit 10,000 meters elevation gain.

Why that number? It sounded good even though I had no idea if my watch would go up to 10,000 meters and I had no clue if I could make it either. Also, I didn’t like the idea of the Everest thing much.

If you know me, you know I don’t train. You know I don’t look much at my nutrition. And I also hadn't ridden much for over a year. I generally eat pretty well, but these last months I didn’t sleep much, didn’t eat much, wasn’t clear in my mind…

But I just love that unknown feeling of pushing your mind and body to achieve what you want. Would that be enough to make this ride possible?

The Triple Triple ride would be unsupported. No one would bring me anything. I made a huge amount of food - 20 regular potatoes, some yams, a full chicken and four noodle packs. I then made three boxes with all the food that I’d leave at the bottom of each mountain. I also made six massive burritos. You may be surprised at what I put in those burritos, but my goal was to have calories and sugar and protein and carbs... all at once! I also had loads of good bars, although no fruits and no veggies since I didn't want too much fibre as I'd be riding for 40 hours!

I drew a “map” of my itinerary with an approximate timeframe. It looked more like a 6-year-old's drawing than a map to be honest, but I posted it on a WhatsApp group I created with some friends and told them the ride.

I planned to start at midnight Friday night.

I parked a car at Horseshoe Bay near Cypress Mountain with food and supplies. I left a box of food and a piece of foam in the forest at the bottom of Grouse Mountain and then I loaded my bike on my motorbike's bike rack with the two bags full of food and lights and clothes... and a bit of water of course!

I was so excited that I was at the start two hours early!

bigquotesLet’s go for a monster of a ride. Let’s go for a challenge that will make me stoked to ride again! Think positive.

I decided to start from Deep Cove and go west for my first Triple, doing Cypress, then Grouse, then Seymour.

Seymour Mountain - First Mountain

I share my position live on the WhatsApp group and invite friends to join me if they want.

I take a picture at Deep Cove and it’s on. I don’t even realize what I’m doing at the moment. I don’t realize that I’m going for the biggest ride I’ve ever done. The biggest I’ve ever heard of anyone around me trying to do. The longest time on the saddle!

I start my music and make my way up to the top of Seymour along the road. It’s so dark. I only use my headlamp on the way up to save the battery on my bike lights. I don’t need to see much going uphill. It;s just me and my bear bell.

I arrive at the top of Seymour in 2 hours. I’m exactly on schedule. One negative point though - my knees hurt already! Not a good sign. I crashed three days earlier on both of my knees, without knee pads. One knee is swollen, the other one pretty bruised. I'd just added another layer to my challenge.

The weather is nice. Not too cold, not too hot. Time to ride down. What’s better to start a long ride than a nice trail? I start heading down CBC to TNT and Cambodia. This trail has seen some awesome work this past year. Thanks builders! But it’s more demanding than you think when your goal is to pace yourself and save energy. On my way down. I’m already thinking that I won’t ride this trail on my last triple in 30 or so hours.

I ride every feature, but not too fast. One light on the handlebar and one headlamp on my helmet isn’t enough to send it, just enough to ride all features safely. I finish with Bottletop down and I arrive at the Fisherman’s Bridge around 1am.

One mountain down! It’s so calm and quiet. It’s me, my bike, the mountains, nature, all my thoughts...and the animals.

Grouse Mountain - Second Mountain

Onto Grouse Mountain. To make sure I would have the elevation needed, I decided to go to the chairlift next to the windmill at the very top of Grouse. If you know the area, you know it’s mega steep there, around 30%. I called it "free elevation" because it’s so steep over such a short distance. You climb 130m (426 feet) in 650m (2132 feet), a lot in a short time period.

The view from the top of Grouse Mountain at night is incredible! I sit in the chair at the top and look at it. Remember the goal is not to go fast, it is to complete the ride and find my way to myself as well. I head down Jetboy, a really, really steep trail. In the wet it was slippery but fun! And fast! Two mountains down.

Cypress Mountain - Third Mountain

I head to Cypress Resort through the British Properties and the sun is coming up slowly. What a splendid sunrise! The climb up goes easily and I ride Sagar on my way to Horseshoe Bay. It’s daylight and I really enjoy that trail, but I need to save energy so I’m not sending it. What a treat riding it alone early morning!

At the bottom of Sagar, my awesome friend Ales joins me. I'm so stoked! I met him when I arrived in Canada 8 years ago. Since then we have stayed really close friends.

The Reverse Triple Crown

After a food break for me from one of my food boxes, I change and we ride down to Horseshoe Bay, to pedal back up to Cypress. Again. Onto the second Triple Crown. The Reverse Triple Crown I call it. I like this way more than the classic way, probably because of the hike a bike part!

From the Trans Canada highway to the top of Cypress is the steepest climb you can get. But it’s efficient! It's not my first time pedaling up that way. We arrive at the top and I decide we will ride Mystery DH to Stupid Grouse all the way down the highway. Remember, I want that elevation! These trails are way more downhill, more open, faster. So fun.

Just before arriving to the Capilano Dam, I see a familiar face: Cynthia Young! She’s so strong on a bike and does so much for the community with the NSMBA as well, I was really happy she came for this ride. She still comes on the hike-a-bike on her gravel bike, with her gravel kit, and roadie shoes!

That's my route. I hike-a-bike the BCMC that parallels the Grouse Grind. I love that segment as it’s pretty physical, direct, efficient and well, it’s not a real bike ride if you don’t hike a bike! I do have a trick for that though, as I use a piece of foam between my shoulders and the top tube! I mean it’s not every day you hike a bike up 850m over 2.4kms. It’s a succession of steps, roots, rocks. And it’s not as busy as Grouse Grind.

We got all kind of questions on repeat: What are you doing here with your bike? Are you going to ride down here? Why are you going up here? Why not taking the gondola? Is that the first time you’re doing this? Was hiking up not hard enough that you carry your bike as well? Are you lost?

At some point, we start answering a bunch of crazy answers, nothing serious at all. That has us laughing all the way up and was one of the highlights of the whole ride. I'm stoked that Cynthia has joined me for this segment! We talked about everything and anything. Life, bikes, troubles, rides, relationships, how to carry a bike, what are the best shoes to climb up, why people walk down the Grouse Grind, everything!

An hour and a half later, we're at the lodge. Cynthia rides down the road while I continue up to the windmill where I eat another one of those massive wraps!

Time to ride down! On the way down I meet three other friends : Jan, “New Guy” and Mike. We rallied down 7th Secret to Expresso to Lower Expresso without much stopping. They feed me with a banana and sugary treats! They follow me to the bottom of Seymour and then go back home.

I know that the hardest part is coming. Two Seymours in a row will leave some tired legs! It's the hardest part, mentally.

The Third Triple Crown - 36+ Hours In

Seymour is steep. I go up the power line. If you know, you know. The sun is going down. It gets dark and colder. I haven’t slept in about 36 hours now. I eat the last wrap I have while watching the sunset. It's peaceful and at the same time, a bit stressful.

When I arrive on the road, I start to hit a really hard part. My knees are so painful I struggle to walk or stand up. But I also couldn’t sit because I forgot to use chamois cream! I don't use a chamois, but for a ride this long I should have used chamois butter. So yeah, it's quite painful to sit at this time!

This is exactly that part of the ride I was waiting to fight in my mind. That part where my mental game needs to be strong! Where quitting wouldn’t even come to my mind, but finding the solution and the will to move forward through the pain.

I won’t lie, it was hard. But at no time I thought about stopping.

bigquotesI remember thinking "destroy your knees and your ass, whatever, you’ll finish this ride! You want it and will do it!

To overcome this ride would be huge. I felt like not finishing this ride and failing would have really bad consequences for me. I couldn’t afford to fail. It was not an option as I couldn't take more negativity.

The power of the mind was stronger than my body! It was great to experience that zone! I don’t hit it often, but I love it when I do. I do not give up. Anything. It may take time but I will do it! I’ll do my best.
This ride was to prove me I’m not a failure in everything. It was doing it to prove myself I can go over the pain (mentally and physically) to be better and act better and go further!

I make it to the top of Seymour. The moon is really lighting the night but I'm really tired. I decide to lay down and nap for 15 minutes. I start a timer and sleep on the floor of the washroom. When you’re tired, you don’t care where you are! I fall asleep and wake up with the alarm. I snooze it for another ten minutes and then wake up freezing! I completely forgot to wear all the clothes I had with me. After warming up with push ups, I decide to ride down to Deep Cove.

I arrive at Deep Cove stoked!

The Third Triple Crown - 24+ Hours In

Two Triple Crowns done in a little over 24 hours.

bigquotesMentally I was thinking "I only have one Triple Crown left. Physically, I was feeling really well. My knees though were thinking "Oh oh, we still have another Triple Crown left!"

It's 3am. I change, put on a chamois and eat a lot of food! And then I get the idea - there is a gas station open!!! I hope they will have what I need. I approach the employee at the cash door and ask him if he has Vaseline. It's 3 am and you ask a gas station employee Vaseline! Weird!

They had it and it was the best $4 I spent on that ride. I used ¼ of the tube in the chamois and get ready for Seymour!

I'm so slow. I'm pedaling slow, not straight at all. I'm imagining a nice warm bed. I tell myself if I reach the Baden Powell parking lot, I can take a nap. I sleep right on the side of the road, leaving the headlamp on next to me and the rear light on my bike on. I put on all my clothes which is not really enough for comfort and put an alarm for 1 hour. I need a break! I sleep but get woken up by every car driving by next to me on the road.

After 30 minutes, I wake up and decide to start again. I continue my way up. And at this moment again, I started thinking. I let the thoughts of my actions coming through, I work with them, I analyze some, I don't push feelings away. It’s like meditating... while pedalling. It brings some light. It also bringst me some fun as I am enjoying doing this ride. That’s the kind of moment I was searching.

After that, I also start using Instagram and Facebook. I see so many messages and answers to my stories. I was so surprised! Really! You can’t imagine how good it felt seeing the answers and all the messages cheering for me through this crazy ride. I chatted with some while pedalling up and it made the uphill easier! I thank you all for that support you gave me! Keep your mind busy, think positive and you’ll make it up. Even when you clearly hate this moment! I did hate it for a few minutes. I hated that climb! But I knew I’d love to be up there and will consider it done once I was there.

Sunday, 8am. 7500m up and 190kms. I only have 2 mountains left! This night has been a long one and clearly the hardest part. It took me forever to climb Seymour twice in a row, but it is behind me now. I left my knees behind me as well.

Time to ride down. I decided to head down Dale’s. I forgot how demanding that trail is. This is a classic in the BCBR North Shore edition. It's a technical trail, full of rocks and janky moves. It fits great in my ride.

I arrive down at the bottom and go get a coffee. I might drink 5 coffees a year maximum. When I do, I’ll stay awake for hours and get a crazy boost! I make the best cocktail ever, a double espresso, a Coke, some ibuprofen and a pain killer pill.

Time for a third time up Grouse Mountain!

I have so much energy that I don't stop at all until the top of the windmill. No breaks. I get passed by a small kid though at some point who was reaching for his dad to get a pull. I want to ask the dad to pull me too.

I arrive on top of Grouse and look at Seymour to my left and Cypress to my right. I know I'm going to reach my goal and it's a good feeling. Although, to make sure I have enough elevation to make my 10,000 meters goal, I decide to ride down from the windmill to the lodge... and back up again. A bonus mini lap.

I rode Jetboy a day and half ago, in the dark, in the wet. I want to enjoy this one now and so I decide to “race” the segment, non-stop, from the lodge. Let me tell you, it’s a long one, a really steep one and my brakes were working hard.

Anthony with his 170-165mm travel Rocky Mountain Altitude that he rides in Position 4 with an Assegai Double Down Max grip front tire and a DHF rear tire. With Cushcore Pro front and rear, this is not your classic XC bike.

At the Capilano Dam, I meet my friend Sean with another espresso! Oh man.. two espressos, I'll start to climb trees!

Time for the last climb. I enjoyed this one a lot. I told Sean I’ll surely have to stop many times because I’ll get tired, and we’ll go slow, but that never happened. The two coffees were what I needed, and some more bars. We reach Cypress Resort with Mike who joined us on the way. That was it. I just climbed 9 mountains, mostly solo with my thoughts and my will, my motivation. Lots of food and water and two knees that were crying. It’s never completely done until it’s done though so I didn’t celebrate anything until the end of the last trail of the day.

I told them at the top that we'd ride slowly and I’d take breaks since I didn't want to crash. I did one corner and jumped into a slab, jumped the next compression, pedaled and smashed the two turns hard and was like "It’s ON !!! No breaks, this is so siiiiick!"

I never rode Sagar that fast. Ever. Sean told me he couldn’t keep up and didn’t understand how it was possible. I rode some sections death grip. I think I was so stoked at this time, a lot of euphoria, adrenaline. The mix was the perfect combination of everything I was missing in the last year. I felt like on a cloud riding down and connected to my bike.

Almost at the bottom, we caught a group of DH riders, we chatted briefly and then party trained down. I didn’t understand how I could still ride that fast. I arrived on the last log ride, the last 100m of the trail. I came up on it so fast. I wanted to euro turn on it but I overturned and had to jump off the log into the middle of rocks and ferns. I think on a regular day, I would have ate shit. This time, I just rode it out like nothing.

That ride proved to me I’m strong and willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish my goals! It may seem only a physical goal, but to me, it proved me I can set the bar high on the mental part, on myself and will achieve it. No matter what. It may be late for some part of my life, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be good from now!

The DH guys were stoked to see me there and share the last bit with me. They said it inspired them to go try something bigger, maybe a Triple Crown as well. That was my goal as well. If I can inspire you to think about going for a bigger ride than usual, I’ll consider it a big win as well. If I can bring some lights on the mental healing part doing this kind of ride, I will be really stoked. If you want to talk about your ideas with me, I’d be honoured.

I ride to Horseshoe Bay to officially finish the ride.

260kms. 10,533m climbed. 20,328 calories burned.

A huge load of good memories. Some pain I’ll remember, but won’t focus on. I wanted to make sure my knees and legs were ok when I finsihed so I decided to do a pistol squat on each leg! Done. And I didn't even cramp. No cramps at all for the whole ride. I nailed the nutrition with good amount of food and drink. Even though I didn’t sleep I felt good.

This is it. What I needed. I reached down into myself and explored a bit. I really wanted to see the connections in my body and mind. And how it works all together. That was a really good experience. You don’t need to go for that big of a ride to experience it, just set something you really want to do. Or talk about it with your friends. Challenging yourself is a great way to move forward, in many aspects. I wish I’d have been doing some changes before, but now that I’m aware of it and work towards a better version, I’m really looking forward to see where it brings me.

I received a lot of nice messages after that ride. I didn’t do that to be known as the crazy Frenchman doing monster rides. If I can bring some awareness to depression, while being better myself, I’ll consider it an honour and the best reward. It’s not over, it’s never over. There is so much to learn. It’s endless! I’m in no way giving lessons, I just wanted to share my experience. I don’t want to bring attention to me but I hope this can help someone or make them look inside themselves.

I can’t name you all here, but thanks to all the people who helped me Ales, Cynthia, Sean, Ash, Julia, New Guy, Jan, my mum, etc. You know who you are. Thanks Darren and Kelli at Endless Biking as well for everything. I’m really happy to be part of this amazing bike community. Biking isn’t everything, but it brings us so much.

After that challenge, I received many messages about what's next. My next step is to continue to be happy and enjoy everything. To be stoked with what I'm doing and how I do it. It’s getting there. This ride helped alongside the learning process beside it.

After that? You bet I already have other challenges in my mind! See you next year... Who’s coming with me?

Riley Seebeck flowphoto co


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 I know you guys like stats and time.. so here is the time frame of the ride.
Defintely not impressed by how long Seymour took me Smile

Start at deep Cove : Friday 10pm
Top of Seymour (#1) : Saturday at midnight.
Down Seymour : Saturday 1am
Top of Grouse (#2) : 4:00am
Down Grouse : 5am
Top of Cypress (#3) : 7:45am
Horseshoe bay : 9:25am — 11h25 in
Top Of Cypress (#4) : 12:00
Bottom of Cypress : 1:30pm
Top of Grouse (#5) : 6pm
Bottom of Fromme : 8pm
Top of Seymour (#6) : Saturday 11:15pm (long break to eat) —25h in
Deep Cove : Sunday 2:30am
Top of Seymour (#7) : Sunday 8am (so painful uphill)
Bottom of Seymour : 9:30am
Top of Grouse (#8 ) : 1:15pm (contemplating the view)
Bottom of Grouse : 3:30pm
Top of Cypress (#9) : 5:45pm
Horseshoe bay and final stop : Sunday 7pm — 45h in.

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 My old friend what a ride! Sorry I can’t keep up with this level of « challenge à la con » like back in the days

I really should have filmed you 20+ years ago pushing and complaining going up our local hill!

Can’t wait to see what’s the next challenge à la con you have in the bag

From now on hope to see you someday on the shore or in the Salbert
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 Legendary effort Anthony!!!
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 @nobrain: I'm glad you didn't film me then! 20 years ago, I was only starting riding..and we were pushing our 21kgs DH bike with 44T though. Now I hike a bike my enduro.

We will ride again together, don't your worry.. like we did many moons ago and we'll have the same fun (but pedalling up this time!)
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 @WeAreOne: Thank you guys. Maybe Next year I should have a "big" ride in Kamloops Big Grin

And I'm also glad and stoked my bike didn't need any attention during the whole ride (and after!). Always stoked to ride parts that are reliable!
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 Who needs sleep when you can do epic shit cubed! lol This is the stuff lengendary rides are made of.
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 @nobrain: talking about Triple crown and Salbert in the sentence is a performance! Belfort: the next Vancouver?
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We were not that bad back in the days but it s a really decent spot that need to be extended
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 @nobrain: full agree, I grew up there and always ride it in a lot of pleasure, since 30 years
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 This is insane and so rad.
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 Perfect mix for a great recipe Big Grin !! Thank you!
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 Nice this is mtb..this kinda blows the whole ride farther bullshit marketing of ebikes out of the water..
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 You'd need multiple battery swaps to make a ride like this possible.
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 Anthony you're insane, but you're definitely an inspiration!
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 That's an amazing feat Anthony - a legendary North Shore story for the books!
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 And here I am impressed if I go for a 40km 1800m vertical ride.
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 That’s more than most people do.
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 @adrock-whistler : By no mean my ride is meant to diminish any other rides.

40km and 1800m up is huge!!! It is and will continue to be. It is not something everyone will go do just after waking up.
So keep being stoked about those rides and stats or any other you do. The number means nothing... Did you have #goodtimesonbikes ? Then..perfect !!
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 @akamera: That’s not a every day ride, that’s once a year and it usually kills me. Anyways, high five on the Triple Triple. Absolutely bananas.
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 Incredible physical achievement. No doubt about that and I don't want to take anything away from that. What leaves me a bit confused is how it helped you with where you were at in regards to your mental health. In your article you say you'd push stuff away by riding more. I don't mean to sound critical, I'm genuinely curious, but how is this any different other than being more extreme? I mean I can see the immediate positive effect of simply achieving this incredible feat, but U would be worried that it's only a short term fix.
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 Could you find a better way to be more insensitive? Pretty sure in the article he stated it was personal and this was neither the time nor place to get into it. Maybe do a little homework outside of a public thread if you want to learn about mental health. It is an absolutely incredible achievement. Celebrate it for what it is.

Congratulations Anthony! That is awesome!!
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 @jaznomore: I think I understand his question and he's right asking it as it can be bordeline to understand. Thanks for your words though mate and I'm glad you read the story too!

@mhaager2 : You're right, it can be hard to understand. While I won't explain too much personal things about me here... if at some point you covinced you're not good, ear or think you're a failure in some things or not good at this and that.. it can be pretty oppressing and you'll think this more and more inside your head.
(I'll take a shortcut here as I'm by no mean a therapist or anyone able to advice with any education)
I set a goal that I thought was impossible 2 years ago. It's clearly what I said "3 triple Crowns, there is no way to do that!".
To me achieving this ride was a way to reinforce the work I was/am doing on myself that I thought was impossible to change. Not being a failure on everything. You can achieve something that is "big", "important", "meaningful"... etc.

So yes, it helps short term if you do not continue towards your goal. Riding 10 500m up doesn't fix anything. What it brings achieving it either. But combined to extra work will help.

Riding more doesn't help. Riding with a goal behind it helped me.

Not sure if it's more understandable now ?
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 @akamera: Thanks for the response man and my apologies for getting defensive on your behalf. I suppose I have my own demons to slay and I got my back up a little quick.
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 Sometimes tricking your brain is the best therapy. Everyone has different approaches
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 I heard about this and wasn't the least bit surprised. I don't know Anthony, but feel like I do because any time anyone mentions doing something challenging on a bike around here it seems to be met with a comment like "sure, that's crazy, but did you see Anthony's ride" or even more often when looking at a line "Anthony rode down that" as they point at something that appears un-rideable, shakes head and walk away.

Very impressive sir, I hope it was healing for you.
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 Obviously the most epic ride that can be put together on the Shore. I think that all the accolades and respects and “beasts” are well deserved. You’re an inspirational animal Anthony! Hopefully I can help in some way next time!!!

But what I take from your story is, unfortunately, that mental health issues remain a bigger problem for friends, neighbours and fellow riders than we all hoped. Many of us (not me, thankfully) are suffering in silence. Cycling of all types has attracted those looking for an escape and to suffer for hours upon hours on the bike since bikes were invented. Look at the current mental health state of road racers - it’s a mess. Those who “succeed” in road racing are the ones who seek out pain and suffering for more daylight hours than others. Bikes might be fun but for many they are a self inflicted torture machine.

We need to watch out for each other and help friends who are in need better than we do. Our community has higher rates of mental health issues than most.
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 Congrats to my favourite Spaniard. That's a big ride.

Also happy to hear about addressing internal issues, we all have our things to work out. I recently read this and it's become my daily moto.

"Avoid being a perfectionist, be an Improvenist. The goal isn’t to be perfect every day. The goal is to improve a little every day."
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 It doesnt matter how you compare to someone else, all that matters is how you compare to who you were yesterday.
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 Amazing. My 'even thinking about a triple triple crown days' are long gone, but it'd be cool to do a single triple crown at least. Some great inspiration here, Anthony! Cheers!
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 You got this! The triple crown is already an impressive and fun ride to accomplish!
Prepare it how you need to.. or don't. I found not preparing it helps : way less expectations and no time to think about it Big Grin .
I'm also impressed you thought about the "triple triple" at some point aha!
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 I think 'just' riding cambodia, jetboy and sagar in one day is probably the biggest day I could ever attempt...but you did them in the dark, solo. You sir are the hero we all need!
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 Amazing accomplishment and great story Anthony. I really enjoyed reading about your awesome adventure. I have ridden all of those trails, but never alone in the middle of the night! I have also done a single triple-crown a few times, and can only imagine how hard doing three times in a row would be.
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 Congrats on that Triple Crown mate!! It's a big ride already on those trails. Maybe in the middle of the night it would help you as... you don't really see too far ahead. You're only in the moment and not in the Future (far up the trail Big Grin ).
I'm really stoked you enjoyed reading the story. It was harder for me to write about it than doing this ride but worth it.
Thanks again.
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 So much respect for what you achieved there, awesome effort dude! I've stood on top of all three of those mountains, but never in the same day. My new goal is to complete just 1 Triple Crown, when I move back to BC in a few years! Maybe I'll see you out there, stay rad man!
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 How do you call it, type 2 fun?
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 I think this qualifies as type 3
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 Full on type 3 - flirting with type 4 I bet
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 hard to say. Overall still type 1 mega fun. Maybe ask me during the ride next time... I either have fun, either don't. So to me it's type 1... with some hints of type 2 here and there to make it way more interesting and challenging and memorable.
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 Right On! Loved the story. Stoked for you. What an achievement.
  • 2 0 I'm so stoked you liked the story. Writing it was harder than riding.
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 @akamera: Boss man.... Come and do one in Squamish next. Megacy, Alice, Chief triple?
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 @bikerider78: stay tuned for 2022 or later Big Grin . I thought #squamishsucksdontgo Big Grin .
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 Definition of masochism.
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 Unreal accomplishment. Great read. Congratulations to you. I try to teach my kids (and myself!) resilience and self-awareness. I will be sharing your story with them.
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 That made me stoked to read that. Really! Maybe don't show your kids the numbers though Big Grin . Many years ago I would have ran the other way ahah... Biking is easier than working on ourselves but both rewarding.
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 @akamera: You came to BC for #goodtimesonbikes and you have become a keystone member of the MTB community. From teaching and guiding to your invaluable service to Trans BC, you are a Legend. Cheers from my flask to yours. Can't wait to enjoy another pocketpie on the trail.
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 @dirtyalpine: Cheers Brooks! Pocketpies on me next time I see you. Thanks for the words my friend and can't wait to share the same trail with you... soon.
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 Positively surreal, well done. An incredibly testament to physical and mental endurance.
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 I feel weak and feeble now. The Trifecta in my area is about 1000 vertical meters and about 16 miles. I'd have to do it three times. Hard pass.
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 You do not HAVE TO do those numbers.... just enjoy any kind of (bike) ride and it's perfect enough!
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 @akamera: But I'm competitive and like to do big numbers and big rides. Lol. But with my injured knee those days are likely over. Maybe an ebike with those numbers. Haha.
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 You’d have to do it a lot more than 3x.

Anthony’s ride was 10,500 vertical METERS, not feet.
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 @ddean: 10 times. Ouch.
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 Congratulations to you! Sounds like a great journey and it’s quite an accomplishment.

On another note, my legs say “f*ck all of that”.

Please keep doing what you do.
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 My knees were saying likeyour legs then.... Big Grin
Thank you for the words!

I will! You too!
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 best comment right here bro! aha
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 Nice ride Tony!!!

I now challenge you to the FAFF tripple tripple:

Three beers at three breweries!
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 I think New Guy should give that a test run first.
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 you're onto something. you would finish this one, I would still be at my 1st beer Big Grin
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 @sigma220: If I can find a DD I'd be willing to give it a go at WBP this weekend
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 My word. What an incredible accomplishment. Humbling to say the least!
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 Well done Frenchie!
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 Oh, you’ll only do it thrice, ok... sick.
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 Dude!!! Mad props to you sir. This is a major component and spirit of mountain biking. Kudos
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 Amazing accomplishment Anthony! Inspirational! Thanks for sharing your journey.
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 Incredible achievement. Great write-up. Enjoyed every word. Thanks for sharing your adventure and your experience.
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 You are a crazy animal, sad I couldn't join you for part of this. Next time.
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 Nice work! I will never look at the rear wheel I bought from you the same LOL.
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 AHAHAHAHAHAHAH That's gold. I hope the rear wheel keep going strong... Is that the one I dropped off to you at Cypress some time ago? lol
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 @akamera: Yep. It's still hanging in there!
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 Pushing the limits!
I remember when you did the Road bike/mtb project triple crown...but triple TRIPLE??!!!! WOOOW you a f***** GOAT.
Grand Bravo a toi
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 Merci mec! I didn't know my first big ride would lead me to this... and I'm grateful for it. Thanks for the compliments!!
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 Nice one Pocket pie!
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 You are a great guy!
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 Such an achievement! Congrats!
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 Why not do 4?
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 I know what you're doing right here ahah
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 Only three times?
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 That's nuts. Can't imagine how that's even physically possible
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 If it's mentally possible in your mind, physically it will follow, most of the time...Think positive.
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 Proud to have tipped a flask of rum many times with this absolute legend.
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 Very impressive. My quads were cramping just reading this.
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 That's how it is when reading too long on the toilet Big Grin
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 Crazy good! Well done sir. Hats off to you! Def inspired to try a local triple crown type ride here at home Smile
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 I'm stoked to read that! Enjoy Cumby triple and let us know how it goes!!
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 @akamera: Will do Smile Mt Washington, Forbidden & Cumby.....will report back!
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 this is incredible, thanks for sharing
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 Amazing feat @akamera. So impressive.
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 Thank you.
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 In freaking believable. But also, completely rad.
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 Thank you! what's your next challenge?
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 Love this. What a great story & ride. Truly inspirational.
@jaznomore let’s go do a 10hr ride to build up for this Smile
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 Super impressive dude, massive props! Great write up too. Awesome work!
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 Just heard a rumor that there was one or two swear words used in the group chat during the ride. Hahaha.
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 Rumors are not always true.... The content will stay private Big Grin aha
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 Damn. The triple crown is hard enough. Impressive.
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 excellent stuff
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 uh nope
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 type 2 fun? good job pocketpieman!
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 Thanks Crystal. Hard to say... a range between 1 and 2,5?... on the fun and pain scale Big Grin . But mostly FUN FUN Big Grin
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 What the actual F. Nice work, that's insane.
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 Great story!
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 thank you, I'm glad you liked it. Any challenges for you soon?
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 WOW, that's impressive!
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