Full Nelson Opening in Squamish

Submitted by Ian on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 7:05 am


It is so much fun getting back on the DH ride!  This past weekend I made a trip to Squamish for the opening ceremonies of their new trail Full Nelson.  The trail was a little slick with all the moisture coming off the mountains but the day was amazing and the vibe for mountain biking was incredible.  There must have been upwards of two hundred bikers out to celebrate and test the new trail.  I met some guys who had driven up from Oregon for the day; I even got passed on the Sea to Sky highway by some Washington plates that gave me the Hang Loose sign when they checked out my bike in the back of the truck.  It was really cool to check out a community event like this to get a feel of how stoked people are to be back riding after the winter.  Everyone was offering each other shuttles rides to the top, Giant had this amazing new cube van setup that carried 18 bikes and 18 riders inside! (photo from the inside of the van attached)  It definitely helped having some really positive and rad bikers at the event in the likes of Stevie Smith, Wade Simmons, Andrew Shandro and Brandon Semenuk and all-in-all everyone seemed really pumped on getting together and enjoying some shuttling and fun riding. 

A few bike suppliers were on hand with some demos and to chat to people about their bikes, like Norco, Rocky Mountain, Devinci and Giant.  Sombrio had a booth set up showcasing their new gear and the local bike club Squamish off Road Cycling Association was running a BBQ to raise money for their club.  Red Bull had a hand in helping make this trail happen and helped get the day organized as well  if you watch Strength in Numbers you might recognize some of this trail and especially the bridge that Semenuk gaps.  Ant Hill films were on hand promoting the new film which they premiered at Quest University Saturday evening. 

If you’re in the area of Squamish riding I definitely recommend you take a trip up Mamquam road past the university and hit up Full Nelson.  It’s a bit like getting to ride short parts of Pipe Dream but by shuttling.  A great ride is if you drive to the top of the shuttle road and ride Cake Walk almost back to the road and then hang right instead of dropping on to the road and you hike up a fire road for about 8 minutes and it puts you at the top of Full Nelson. 

This was the first time back on the DH ride for me and I am so incredibly excited for riding season!  It’s continuing to melt really well up here so it won’t be long until we’re riding the trails!

For some pics of the weekend check out Margus Rigas photo essay about the weekend here:

He’s got some cool photos from the day.  Spring is here, not long until summer and the bike park!


Enjoy the ride,