Video & Photo Epic: Don't Not Go - The North Shore Triple Crown

Jun 14, 2018 at 10:20
by Sterling Lorence  


DON'T NOT GO
THE NORTH SHORE TRIPLE CROWN

Photography by Sterling Lorence
Words by Vince Shuley
Video by Anthill Films


“It’s a little wet... But it’s ok, we ain’t made of sugar,” says Joe Schwartz as he wrings his soaked gloves, water dripping onto his already-saturated shoes. Joe is around a third of the way through the Triple Crown. Along with Andrew Shandro and Aaron Bradford, his goal is to climb and descend three of North Vancouver’s mountains - Seymour, Fromme and Cypress - all in a single day.

The motivation for such a ride remains a mystery for the uninitiated, but for those versed in the art of suffering, the reasoning is clear: without adversity there is no appreciation. Think about the all the little things you might enjoy a daily basis; a latte from your local coffee shop, a cold beer while kicking back in a comfortable chair at the end of the day. It’s so easy to take such creature comforts for granted, but when you’ve put your body through the proverbial wringer, there’s an unequivocal gratitude for life’s little luxuries that quickly bubbles to the surface.

Soaked to the bone and exhausted to the point of delirium. They say time flies when you’re having fun... so does that also mean it slows to a crawl when you’re experiencing hardship? Or does it mean that you appreciate those fun moments so much more? When self-doubt begins to take hold in the face of adversity, it’s the reward at the end that keeps you going. The reward of of saying that you made it. The chance to gorge on food and drink that’s never tasted so good. The reward to just rest.

Endure. Overcome. Enjoy. When you know the sweet suffering of a big ride, little things don’t seem that little anymore.


Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

bigquotesWet, greasy, misty… An iconic Shore day.Andrew Shandro

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

bigquotesOptimism is 90 percent of it.Andrew Bradford

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.

Andrew Shandro Joe Schwartz and Aaron Bradford complete the triple crown on Vancouver s North Shore BC.



67 Comments

  • + 66
 Props to Sterling Lorence for getting such great photos on a dark, wet and clearly long ass day.
  • + 15
 sterling is the North Shore master. His old Vanderham photos are some the best ever shot there. Man most of these kids now days don't even remember Shandro and Schwartz in the prime. Glad to see they guys still getting after it!
  • + 6
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Yeah I remember videos of Joe Schwartz going huge on a Marin DH bike ( I think) in around 2000. Great to see him still doing it.
  • + 28
 Just did the triple crown with a buddy this past Saturday. Man, what an epic! We weren’t as crazy, or dedicated, as these guys and did it on a nice long summer day. Still, Deep Cove, up all 3 mtns, down to Horseshoe and back to Deep Cove is a 100km ride with 4km of elevation gain. Felt so good though. Props to anyone who has done this.
  • + 18
 I did the triple on a Trek Fuel 100 with v-brakes and left my post up the entire way back in 2005. Not recommended.
  • + 16
 What was on the end of the post though? That's the real question...
  • + 2
 @Tmackstab: Take a wild guess
  • + 2
 @WayneParsons: Imma go with "nothing".
  • + 2
 @cooperquinn-wy: I was thinking more along the lines of Darth Vaders helmet but you could be right
  • + 18
 there is one last picture missing: a cozy warm pub, a pint and some kind of burger! Wink
  • + 11
 Joe Schwartz!? THE Joe Schwartz!? I'll never forget his segment with Robbie Bourdon in the first New World Disorder, drinking beer and throwing the bottle at the Nelson sign, jumping off roofs. So awesome he's still in to riding and getting out there with Shandro. Couple of legends. Shandro's segment in Seasons is seared into my memory too.
  • + 3
 Joe seems to have managed his life well, I met him while he was commuting to business classes at BCIT to advance through the kona ranks. Kona owes a lot to the dude and it seems like they've stuck with him. very cool
  • + 1
 That was my impression of Nelson before going for the first time this winter. First night there I see Bourdon walking out of the grocery store. Classic.
  • + 13
 Great idea, great trails, wrong month of the year Smile
  • + 8
 I wonder how patient those guys are - having to wait while SL sets up photo stuff when you're cold and miserable and have another 50km of riding i the rain to do. It's one thing to keep moving on a long ride, it's another to hear "just one more time".
Maybe SL is so good that he just pops out of the bushes blasts some ISO and is gone again?
  • + 4
 And video!
  • + 3
 There's also the '5-star of death' ride. Haven't completed it yet but you do [ Burke --> Eagle --> Seymour--> Fromme --> Cypress ]
It's for people with more brawn than brains, haven't gotten past Seymour in that order. The climb up Eagle destroys you every time, then the transit time to Seymour means you have to have been cooking it or you're gonna run out of light.
I'd like to see someone do it though
  • + 6
 We did a version of that once. It was a wild day! www.pinkbike.com/news/the-kings-crown-2016.html
  • + 1
 @stephen: dayum yeah that's a full ride. The boat is smart though. We keep trying to get by car and always get too slowed down by Iron Worker's. End up running out of sunlight and we don't have lights so it's always a race haha
  • + 6
 That's a crazy long day. And the photo of Digger's picnic table is probably the best one I've ever seen.
  • + 5
 Been riding the shore for 20 years and still can't get enough of this place, amazing work Sterl and Anthill!
  • + 3
 Man I love the nw. Curious what the squad thought of the Pearl Izumi gear in that huge day of rain. Riding in it 365, and always lookin for good apparel.
  • + 5
 Nice wet gear product placement.
  • + 2
 I guess that ride alone would pay for one of those $500 rain jackets.
  • + 1
 Awesome video. Thanks. I would like to do this suffer of a ride. What trails constitutes a Triple Crown ride? There seems to be a lot of definitions of what a Triple Crown is. So what would be official other than doin all 3 mountains in one day? Cheers
  • + 7
 There's no official. It's just a thing to do. Some people go from ocean to each peak. Some go halfway. Some do it fuelled by McDs. Some do it fuelled by Daiya. Just go ride it and have fun without fussing about cis-trans-yellow-ginger-white-black-red-gray or whatever else painfully earnest trail associations get painfully earnest about
  • + 2
 @leelau: will do. Thanks Lee!
  • + 3
 @Satn69: Do the Tri-cities triple! Burke to Mental Floss, Eagle to Full Pull and Sfu to whatever you want from the top down. Must ride back to vehicle though, with a stop at Mariner of course Wink
  • + 2
 Agreed! What the hell are they doing over there? When do we get to vote people out again? @leelau:
  • + 2
 @theedon: Im not a member; don't support them. Up to you members to figure it out.
  • + 1
 Bag the top bike trail on each mountain. Ride all the way.
  • + 2
 2 years ago I did a version where we had to touch the ski chair lifts of each mountain. Which equals a lot more distance and elevation than the more standard route in this article. I doubt I'll do that again! Ina group with stops and mechanicals, took over 12 hours. Most people just ride to the top publicly mapped trail of each mountain.
  • + 2
 @canadaka: yup that's a good one. i did one where I went sea (dipped wheels in ocean) then went to chairlift but pussed out on the last mountain due to blowing up. It does mean a lot of road. I believe @shirk-007 did the full sea to ski Triple Crown in subsequent years
  • + 1
 @leelau: I think the fact those boys could eat McDs all day is as much of a feat as doing the triple crown, to do them at the same time is a deathwish!
  • + 1
 @leelau: Yep, the year after you and I tried it I pulled it off with @north-shore-bike-shop

We did the version, starting at sea level then up to the ski hills than back to sea level between each mountain. Also we started riding from mid Lonsdale then rode back to Lonsdale from Horseshoe Bay. Neither of us had a GPS to record it. A couple years ago Matt did it again and put it on Strava. It was a big one.
  • + 1
 Everyone has their own interpretation of what a triple crown is. The self-imposed rules my buddies and I follow on the North Shore is that we have to go back to sea level between each peak, we have to ride to at least 1000m, and we have to end where we started. Oh yeah, and the ride is not over until after consuming many burgers and beers. Props to these guys for doing it in horrendous conditions. We pick a sunny day in August!
  • + 4
 Haha, these guys looked so miserable.
  • + 1
 Something doesn't add up. GPS shows you going all the way down to Mt. Seymour Prky and then up Lillooet Rd but there are pictures showing you crossing over a bridge and up stairs to Richard Juryn...
  • + 4
 Type 2 sorta photo epic
  • + 2
 Incredible pics. This kind of thing is why I continue to come to Pinkbike. Good stuff.
  • + 2
 Likewise. More real riding, something we can all relate with. Racing's fine if that's what you are into, but I don't really care who won this or that.
  • + 3
 Okay. I will buy one jacket.
  • + 1
 PLEASE BIKE COMMUNITY!!! more of this !!!!. PLUS it seems in Canada. it may pouring rain all day. no one wear any fancy google. LOVE IT.!! THANKS A LOT
  • + 1
 That looks like...fun? Props to them for riding it even though the weather looked horrible. I bet if nothing else they won't forget this ride due to the weather.
  • + 1
 damn, that looks so miserable, I def have to do this.
also, anyone know what backpack Aaron Bradford is using?
  • + 1
 Wondering the same thing
  • + 2
 @Rockydildoa: It's a Shimano bag. Not sure of the model but they all have that same x-style front. They work pretty good, tried one once. www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/gl/bg/products/performance/index.php
  • + 1
 The Baron of Radford! Inspiring work from all of you guys, especially Mr. Lorence.
  • + 1
 It'd be awesome to see the route via trail forks or strava, this looks like solid type 2 fun!
  • + 1
 Agreed. A map of the actual route would be cool, and might provide some interesting context and inspiration. At any rate, great work guys!
  • + 2
 Does a shuttled Shore Triple Crown count for anything? Smile
  • + 1
 Great stuff to watch! Looked kind of brutal to ride and film. Thanks for the suffering! Smile
  • + 1
 climbing the cypress road,I’m too lazy without a shuttle but damn those trails are good times!
  • + 3
 Heroes
  • + 1
 Fukn A right on cheers boys
  • + 1
 North Shore is unbeatable. So much damn fun.
  • + 2
 Bad. Ass. . x3.
  • + 1
 I could've sworn I saw all you boys out on E-bikes that day!
  • + 2
 looked so awesome
  • + 1
 Epic! You must go!
  • + 0
 Am I the only, who thought there will be 'shore' riding?
  • + 1
 it was North Shore riding, but what did you expect?
  • + 0
 @Xandr: u know goo.gl/images/wc6EHM thouse wooden construction s etc
  • + 1
 @clownpnd: those wooden 'constructions' are called woodwork or wooden technical features and include wooden rolls, rollercoasters (pictured), skinnies etc.
  • + 1
 Gps data anyone?
  • + 1
 Posture 5 umbrella
  • + 1
 Looks wet...

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