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Happy Canada Day, eh! (Bromont TR)

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So yesterday Whiteroom, two non EpicSi members and I made the Trek up to Bromont for some DHing. This was my third or maybe fourth trip up there. It's not very far away either only an hour and a half or so. We pulled into the parking lot at about 10. The place was pretty busy for a Tuesday, but then it always is. In addition to biking, there is an alpine slide and a waterpark. The parking lot is kind of funny because half the people are putting on body armor and fullface ehelmets while the other half are stripping down to thier teeny weeny bikinis or grape-smuggling outfits. After some confusion about where to get tickets we finally made it onto the lift. Our first suprise was that we got to ride the high speed, normally they just run a fixed grip on the weekdays and you have to share it with the alpine slide also, each chair can only carry one bike. On the detachable, there are bike carrier chairs that you roll the bike onto yourself, then you take the next chair, when you get to the top you run up and pull your bike off the chair in front of you. It's sooo much faster.

The first trail we rode was #7 Bing-Bang which is one of my faves. It's a red trail with a little bit of wood work and a lot of rock. New this year was a bottom section with berms and jumps and stuff. The trail has a few short uphills that interupt the flow, and also had a little construction going on. We came back for a second lap and the first wreck of the day. Seth (non-Epic) wa riding close to Mike (non-Epic) and almost hit him coming over a jump. Got into the brakes too hard to miss him and wrecked hard. A few minutes later we were coming down a long bridge when Seth took a beater again. There was a sign sitting on the bridge deck which got caught under his tire causing him to skid and fall off the bridge. He went pretty much head first and rolled up like a dead bug iin the rocks on the side of the trail. Luckily he was wearing a full Dainese suit and while he was dirt covered and torn up, he was pretty much OK. Next run was trail #20 Radical a little rockier, but the top was really messed up with construction.

Soon, we realized that the Lac side quad was running. It's not supposed to be and we were a little bit wary about going down there, because if it wasn't open to the public we'd be trapped. When we finally felt confident about getting back up we decided to go for it. We set off down trail #9 Boomerang. I was a little wary of this trail. On my first trip to Bromont we rode #9 and I got my ass torn off on a giant rock. We had been telling Mike about that trail for a long time. The long slab into a sniper crossing of a pallet over snowmaking pipes. We got up to it and rode right down. Anti-climax. It's amazing what some dynamite and woodwork will do. We followed 9 for a while and then onto #59 and #52. #52 was really cool. It was like a 4 cross track through the woods. We rode that combo three or four times. On one lift ride we went up wit a reguular who explained to us the the reason why everything was open is because it's Canada Day. He said nobody in Quebec cares about Canada Day, but it's a good excuse to take the day off and go riding, so Happy Canada Day!

As we rode up the Lac lift (another quad) we were looking down at some super gnarly terrain with a lot of exposed slabs. This was trail #53 L'Intrepide. Turns out this is the course of the World Cup DH in a month's time. So we rode it two ro three times. None of us rode all of it. I can't wait to see how a Sam Hill or Steve Peat will ride this thing. This course is the opposite of the race taht will be held in Mt St Anne a week before.

We rode #9 one more time and took a left onto the bottom of #23 L'Indescente. The bottom of L'Indescente was cool with bombed out rosk areas and a lot of wooden "North Shore" stuff. We took one last ride up and rode #23 from the top. The stunts were bigger up there, but I only skipped one (it has a gap and I didn't want to ride it sight unseen). We took a few pics near the bottom, hopefully Whiteroom can figure out how to post some.

Anyway, awesome day. No casuaties (amazingly). We'll be back.
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I'll post some pics soon.
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[quote=epic;922679] On one lift ride we went up wit a reguular who explained to us the the reason why everything was open is because it's Canada Day. He said nobody in Quebec cares about Canada Day, but it's a good excuse to take the day off and go riding, so Happy Canada Day!

Epic,

BUT...they will care about tomorrow, which is the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City!!!!

So happy 400th...Félicitations !
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I'll post some pics soon.
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Anything humbling?
No twisted metal or broken bones?
post #5 of 27
Eh?
Eh!
Eh.

Very versatile.

Spent the day practicing my Inspector Clouseau accent, I'm not sure if the staff noticed or not, but it amused me.
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Eh?
Eh!
Eh.

Very versatile.

Spent the day practicing my Inspector Clouseau accent, I'm not sure if the staff noticed or not, but it amused me.
Maybe by the time I hit Stowe again, you and epic will sound more like Me! Eh?
Keep spendin time vit dos guyz from up nort end you vil be sayin stuff like dontcha know, end youbethca!
post #7 of 27
We're celebrating Canada Day on the 4th down here. I don't know why they do it late, but I guess every country has it's own way to honour the Queen
post #8 of 27
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Here's the "drop" on #9. It looks like a joke in this picture, but there was almost always somebody stopped at the top looking down or trying to summon his courage. Picture it without the wood transition and without the granite wall on rider's right blasted away.



Here are some pictures of somne of the slabs on the World Cup course. The gnarlier stuff was farther down and we didn't take any pictures of it, but I did ghost ride the M6 off a 4' drop...

me


Whiteroom


other Mike


Here's a shot of one of the bridges on trail #23. Fun trail. Kinda like a roller coaster for bikes.



Clearly we need to work on the phot skills a little bit here. Shutter lag, out of focus, over-exposed and no depth of field. But it's better than the photos I usually post, right?
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this one wasnt so bad just needed alittle help.

what camera are you using?
post #10 of 27
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I'm not sure. It was Whiteroom's. If I had my SLR, I could do a lot more, but I don't want to ride DH with it and I went up there to ride.
post #11 of 27
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I'm not sure. It was Whiteroom's. If I had my SLR, I could do a lot more, but I don't want to ride DH with it and I went up there to ride.
most P&S suck for action.....I am getting frustrated everytime I use my friends.

My now destroyed Canon A630 took awesome action shots...





and amazing landscapes too
post #12 of 27
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Poor Canon.

I have a Nikon N90S, but shooting slides is kind of a pain when you are just going to use them for digital stuff. I want a D2 body since I have quite a bit of nice Nikon glass, but it costs as much as a new bike (or frame at least), and I probably wouldn't ride with an SLR anyway.
post #13 of 27
The camera is a panasonic Lumix FX 55.

The camera is alright, the operator (mostly me) is suspect.

We really didn't take much time to set-up any photos, so I was rushing to pull the camera out and line up a shot while someone was riding at me... not ideal.
post #14 of 27
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We really didn't take much time to set-up any photos, so I was rushing to pull the camera out and line up a shot while someone was riding at me... not ideal.
That doesn't help. Like I said, better than the photos I normally post (none).
post #15 of 27
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I'm not sure. It was Whiteroom's. If I had my SLR, I could do a lot more, but I don't want to ride DH with it and I went up there to ride.
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t.

We really didn't take much time to set-up any photos,
so I was rushing to pull the camera out and line up a shot while someone was riding at me... not ideal.
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That doesn't help. Like I said, better than the photos I normally post (none).
Bushwacker, quit pee'ing on a perfectly good TR! In case you missed it, it was about the ride, not the photo opportunity!

Having been the person who forgets to take the camera out because I'm having too much fun, I appreciate the pics!
Awesome!
Maybe I should forget about upgrading my gear and use the money to buy myself a set of brass ones, so I can get the courage to do that kind of terrain.
I'm humbled, and thrilled all at once!
post #16 of 27
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BWPA's not peeing on the TR. He was acyually saying "hey, it's not that bad".
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Bushwacker, quit pee'ing on a perfectly good TR! In case you missed it, it was about the ride, not the photo opportunity!

Having been the person who forgets to take the camera out because I'm having too much fun, I appreciate the pics!
Awesome!
Maybe I should forget about upgrading my gear and use the money to buy myself a set of brass ones, so I can get the courage to do that kind of terrain.
I'm humbled, and thrilled all at once!
just trying to offer advice....despite the amount of photos I post I would just guess my time on trails or skiing is greater than most just due to sheer volume of free time.

yes very cool TR DHing looks cool, cant wait to do it more some day.
post #18 of 27
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Maybe I should forget about upgrading my gear and use the money to buy myself a set of brass ones, so I can get the courage to do that kind of terrain.
One of the best things about Bromon is that they have terrain for everyone. You see girls in bikinis and guys wearing loafers riding down their new green trail "La Grand Douce". You can progress up from there on mello blue trails and stop at the reds if you want to. They also rent everything you could want from basic hardtail bikes up to Rocky Mountain Flatline DH bikes and every kind of armor that you can possibly strap on.
post #19 of 27
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just trying to offer advice....despite the amount of photos I post I would just guess my time on trails or skiing is greater than most just due to sheer volume of free time.

yes very cool TR DHing looks cool, cant wait to do it more some day.
Please accept my apologies.
I was just stoked that Epic and Whiteroom had a tr with pics of any kind and didn't want someone to harsh their mellow.:
Forgive me?
post #20 of 27
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yes very cool TR DHing looks cool, cant wait to do it more some day.
It's a freaking blast. I gave it a shot a few weeks back and I'm hooked.
post #21 of 27

DH Cycling at it's very best....

Have a look at this guys

The rider in the clip is Sam Hill....

and he is FLYING!

http://freecaster.tv/1000006_1005144
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this one wasnt so bad just needed alittle help.

what camera are you using?
Nicer colors but you cropped out the chairlift which added visual interest for me. I like to see the tree tops and sun and sky also. I know that area was washed out worse than the rest, but I like the original better.
post #23 of 27
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I'm not sure. It was Whiteroom's. If I had my SLR, I could do a lot more, but I don't want to ride DH with it and I went up there to ride.
Looks like some great riding there, out of my league.
post #24 of 27
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Whiteroom and I went up again yesterday. It's been raining almost every day since this TR was posted. The mountain sure has changed. Some of the trails have really been "remodelled". Good suspension was needed even more than ever as even the berms were full of holes and braking bumps. Sometimes I felt like I was sliding down a luge track filled with Mobil1. It was really nice to have the confidence to just stay off the brakes in the slick parts and brake in the few areas where traction was available. We did 7 or 8 runs before thunder rolled in and shut the lifts down.

Once we packed up the bikes we drove over to the other side to check out the World Cup. We had already seen a little bit of practice at the top of the mountain, but it's always fun to walk the pits and see all the cool stuff. We also found out that Rachel Atherton is really tall. Probably close to 6 foot. Tomorrow we are going back up to watch the DH. No pics today, but we'll be sure to get some tomorrow.
post #25 of 27
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Here's tomorrow's course - http://www.freecaster.tv/1000006_1005475
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Whiteroom and I ...............
I expect a story that starts out like that to include..........
I Sh!t you not, Whiteroom and I.........
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No pics today, but we'll be sure to get some tomorrow.
Cool that you got to see the WC stuff!
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Here's tomorrow's course - http://www.freecaster.tv/1000006_1005475
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Anybody want to meet up for Canada Day this year? 

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