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A Finished Expresso

Dawn of a New Era

Words by Trevor Hansen. Photos by Kaz Yamamura.
July 20th, 2014

Once upon a time the “brain trust” here at NSMB.com decided to adopt an old baby from the forest. It started out as a project designed to bring a blown out trail with rotted and broken stunts back to life. The beginnings can be found here, and the very first trail day back in 2012 is reported here. Since then Expresso has seen over 30 trail days between its two adopting parents, NSMB.com and MEC. In addition, Digger has put in over 2000 hours on the trail outside of trail days. This old baby has seen a lot of love and nurturing in the past three years.

In addition to the stories linked above, the work on the trail has been documented, dissected, analyzed, discussed, and produced a few videos.

As we send our baby out into the world, we the proud parents had one last graduation ceremony to say, ”Son, you have come a long way, your road will be a twisty and turny one. Some sections of your life will roughen up but remember to enjoy the new rocks in your life and no matter how many people ride you take care of yourself; the more gold you get the better your life will be.
Here are a few shots of the final day for the adopting parents, Nsmb.com and Rockshox, as we finished the trail June 25, 2014 (although a trail is never finished – Digger has been refining it most days since the 25th).

Digger explaining the birds and bees of trail design to2014  Expresso TAP builder Trevor Hansen. Digger spends every trail day going up and down the trail explaining what needs to be done, why it has to be done and is always entertaining and motivating.

Digger explaining the birds and bees of trail design to2014 Expresso TAP builder Trevor Hansen. Digger spends every trail day going up and down the trail explaining what needs to be done, why it has to be done and is always entertaining and motivating.

Digger always goes in before trail days and flags the area that needs work.

Digger always goes in before trail days and flags the area that needs work.

So many volunteers have said how much they love digging and how much they appreciate getting dirty and working muscles differently than they are used to. No computer screens and keyboard carpal tunnel out here; just sore backs, shoulders, arms and legs.

So many volunteers have said how much they love digging and how much they appreciate getting dirty and working muscles differently than they are used to. No computer screens and keyboard carpal tunnel out here; just sore backs, shoulders, arms and legs.

So many rocks were moved to new homes to make way for the new baby.

So many rocks were moved to new homes to make way for the new baby.

Thousands of buckets of gold were mined from the forest and laid on the trail.

Thousands of buckets of gold were mined from the forest and laid on the trail.

Couples got dirty and bonded.

Couples got dirty and bonded.

Pro riders including Thomas Vanderham lent a hand.

Pro riders including Thomas Vanderham lent a hand.

Fathers and daughters came out.

Fathers and daughters came out.

Fathers and sons put the cats in the cradle.

Fathers and sons put the cats in the cradle.

Our youngest worker showed up a few times with his own mini shovel and did a lot of work for a young'un.

Our youngest worker showed up a few times with his own mini shovel and did a lot of work for a young’un.

Prepping the final groundwork for the final shovel for the final day.

Prepping the final groundwork for the final shovel for the final day.

The final shovels for the end of the Expresso line.

The final shovels for the end of the Expresso line.

Hundreds of volunteers learned The Digger Dance: the technique for tamping gold down on the trail bed. It is so simple but so many needed to be reminded how. Here the largest Digger Dance record was set.

Hundreds of volunteers learned The Digger Dance: the technique for tamping gold down on the trail bed. It is so simple but so many needed to be reminded how. Here the largest Digger Dance record was set.

Mr. Chambre has many years of union gardening know-how. Here he works the wheel-barrow while relaxing after a long day of pop culture quips and non sequiturs in the woods.

Mr. Chambre has many years of union gardening know-how. Here he works the wheel-barrow while relaxing after a long day of pop culture quips and non sequiturs in the woods.

One of the best sponsors a trail day could ask for, Shaftebury beer provided post work refreshments to accompany the Toyota Dealers of BC bbqs.

One of the best sponsors a trail day could ask for, Shaftebury beer provided post work refreshments to accompany the Toyota Dealers of BC bbqs.

So much swag went out over the past three years compliments of Rockshox and the Nsmb.com store.

So much swag went out over the past three years compliments of Rockshox and the Nsmb.com store.

Following  the bbq  many traded in their shovels for bikes and rode their work. Here brew-sampler extraordinaire and hottest single guy on the internet dating scene, Pete Roggeman, rides it smooth.

Following the bbq many traded in their shovels for bikes and rode their work. Here brew-sampler extraordinaire and bright colour embracer, Pete Roggeman, rides it smooth.

The end.

The end.


That’s it, that’s all folks. Now what are you waiting for? Get out there and ride it!

  • nick bitar

    Is that rock roller near the end of the article on Espresso? I’m now back in Australia after riding the BC Bike Race. The trails where incredible all across BC but Espresso and North Van where hi lights!!!! A big thank you to everyone involved!

    • http://nsmb.com Pete Roggeman

      Nick, yes indeed. The BCBR route took racers around the rock – known as Expresso Smooth. Glad you liked the trails on the shore so much – and congrats on completing BCBR.

  • Fuzzy

    You spelled it wrong :)

    • http://nsmb.com Pete Roggeman

      Actually the trail is spelled Expresso with an ‘X’. The idea was that when it was originally built, it was known as the “Expressway” down Fromme. Also named after the famous Brodie steel hardtail of the era.

      • Fuzzy

        Why not change the trail sign then?