North Shore has increasingly
become identified with mountain biking, road riding has enjoyed
a longer, though less lustrous, appeal. Alex Steida, the first Canadian
cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, trained
on the North Shore in the 1980s. Here are a few smooth routes to
roll your skinny tires on.
they designed the paved Seymour Mainline, which runs for
8.7 miles (14 km) through the Seymour Demonstration Forest, with
bicycles (and in-line skates and strollers, for that matter) in
mind rather than logging trucks. With the exception of one moderately
steep hill at its midpoint, this is an easy ride to the walls of
the Seymour Dam. (Depending on the time of year, a torrent or a
trickle of water will be spilling from the dam's gates.) Note: There's
no water available along this route, so in warm summer months bring
Along the way you'll have one of the best views of Mount
Seymour's deceptively gentle-looking peaks. There's one drawback:
on weekdays during working hours, all but the first 1.25 miles (2
km) of the road are closed to recreation. Even when the weather
is at its hottest in Vancouver, there's always a soft breeze blowing
through the valley. In summer, combine a bike ride here with a splash
in the Seymour River, and you have the makings of a perfect
recipe for recreation. The entrance to the Seymour Demonstration
Forest lies at the north end of Lillooet Road, reached by taking
the Mount Seymour Pkwy exit (#22) off Hwy 1 in North Vancouver near
the Second Narrows Bridge. A large green GVRD sign at the intersection
of the parkway and Lillooet Road points straight ahead on Lillooet
to the Seymour Demonstration Forest. The last section of the road
is unpaved. A tipoff that you're on the right road is that you'll
often see groups of cyclists well before you reach the park.
Both the 5-mile
(8-km) Cypress Parkway
in West Vancouver and
the 7.4-mile (12-km) Mount Seymour Road in North Vancouver
have wide paved shoulders for those cyclists who enjoy the challenge
of a lengthy ascent. Cypress Pkwy climbs through four switchbacks
from the Upper Levels Hwy (Hwy 1) to the parking lot at the foot
of Cypress Bowl's downhill ski runs. Hard-core cyclists lash skis
and poles to their frames in winter when making their way here.
Mount Seymour Road provides a similar challenge. Riders on both
routes are rewarded with viewpoints midway up each mountain, and
the scream of wind in the vents of their helmets on the way down.
Check your brakes!
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