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Seth Sherlock vs. Squamish slabs

Junior national downhill champion takes on his hometown's notoriously steep rock faces at speed

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What happens when you send Canadian junior downhill national champion Seth Sherlock down some of the steepest rock slabs in Squamish?

Rémy Métailler decided to find out. The French freerider is one of the few who could keep Sherlock in sight down the steep slabs. For the rest of us, following through the screen is a much safer way to find out just how fast the Squamish local can ride a trio his hometown’s hardest trails.

The Alice Lake / highlands network is home to an array of imposingly steep slab trails. Starting on the newly opened Sourkraut, Métailler and Sherlock head to Chossy’s Slabs and the notorious Gouranga.

The trio of trails may not take top honours as the hardest legal trails in Squamish. But they are challengers to that throne for sure and few riders, if any, would dare attack them with Sherlock’s speed.

Gouranga may be familiar to some already. The classic Squamish slab line was the site of Andrew Hamilton’s wild crash at the 2018 Squmish Enduro (which he somehow walked away from just fine and finished the race).

Sherlock comes in to the film shoot on a streak. The Squamish local recently won his first UCI Downhill World Cup, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Shortly before, Sherlock won his first Canadian junior downhill national championship at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Seth Sherlock is headed from Squamish slabs to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. There, he’ll join the huge Canadian national team, and blazing fast junior men’s downhill squad, taking on 2019 UCI mountain bike world championships. MSA worlds run from August 28 to Sept. 1, 2019.