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Hey Neighbour: Lee and Sharon

The Early Days of the NSMBA

Photos by Morgan Taylor. Video by Matt Dennison.
January 11th, 2013

Lee Lau and Sharon Bader have been making their mark on the North Shore since the late ’90s. Their collective influence runs from helping get the NSMBA’s ball rolling in ’97, to heading the organization in the era of 50 pound tanks, to today, where they both toil away at projects with more than just their own interests in mind. While their roles in the realm of trails and advocacy are no longer official, you can bet they’re out there making a difference nonetheless.

Seb was more than animated about the topics at hand. Advocacy efforts may not be glamorous, but they are important in the history of a trail network.

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Lee Lau.

Sharon Bader.

Sharon wanted to take us to a bridge on Mt. Seymour’s Bridle Path, a Shore XC loop staple, that was installed during her time as President. Recently the land manager covered the span in tar paper as the surface was beginning to get slippery, but the NSMBA’s plaque is still there.

Bridle is an all-weather Shore trail, and in some places it resembles a Roman road. Rocked in trails are not the norm these days, but they can’t be faulted for their longevity.

Bridle, like the horse-steering implement, not bridal as in wedding gown. This trail’s history goes deeper than mountain biking, but riders have done a lot of ground work on the trail over the years.

The ever-prepared Matt Dennison.

Seb, aka Matt’s gopher.

Shrooms.

More shrooms.

Pink on everything. To each her own…

Sharon and Lee proudly wear the badges of the places they’ve visited, this sticker from a recent trip to Switzerland.

Ready to roll. If you’re looking for Lee and Sharon, they’re out ski touring for the winter, but you can bet they’ll be riding lots this summer…


Have you run into Lee and Sharon on the trails? Maybe back in the wild west?

  • Papa Kern

    I’ve been riding the shore for years, but didn’t actually get the opportunity to meet Lee and Sharon until a trip to Moab last spring. They immediately took me and my buddies under their wing acting as hosts and tour guides on and off the trail. For me the trip was a return to mountain biking as a result of corporate burn-out and poor health. I was for sure the oldest and slowest of the group, but even so I will always remember that trip for the warmth and acceptance offered by new friends.

    Cheers.

  • IFO

    exellent chat there…

    keep em coming.

  • CraigH

    Good interview of Lee & Sharon’s involvement in the early and mid years of the NSMBA. See you on the trails!

  • Jeff at the Bikeroom

    Glad you are my neighbor.

  • Uncle Duke

    great work you guys!

  • Axl

    4,300 km away neighbours. glad to know you lee and sharon!