True Triple Crown: Part 1 Seymour Mtn
It’s was the only ride that I ever thought of whenever I looked across at the North Shore here in Vancouver. With a combined climbing of about 3400 metres up three mountains over 140km, it was the one ride that always wanted to cross off the list. Starting in Vancouver one climbs the three mountains of Seymour, Grouse and Cypress on the North Shore, each time returning to the base before attempting the next. Each climb on is decent on its own, averaging 8% and are popular with the local cycling community, but linking them together is where the magic is. Especially given that Grouse is a gravel road. Yes, an 8% gravel service road up to a ski hill.
After three years of wanting to attempt it, the day finally came on July 21st. At 6am on a blue sky saturday morning Alex, Matt, Peter and myself departed. Rolling east to west we tackled Seymour, Grouse and Cypress over the course of 7.5 hours of riding. Three flats were encountered, a low number given that 30km was on gravel with 23c tires, an average of 2 coffees were downed and countless Clif Shot Bloks were consumed but in the end we accomplished it. A truly epic ride.
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