Montreal, Canada was the latest destination for the Three Day Metro Pass series. Corey Martinez and crew head out to explore the city with only a Three Day Metro pass and BMX to hand.
Changing colours, cool temperatures and a city running on a foreign language all within a small plane ride from the States? Sounded pretty good to me, and it didn’t take long to convince Corey Martinez likewise.
Having just come back from a summer sabbatical in Paris, Corey was going through French language withdrawals back home. La Métropole du Québec, or simply Montreal, is the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris. So why not get a crew together and head north to see what that city has to offer?!
Corey recruited a mix of riders with different styles and tastes, and all of whom he hasn’t travelled with.
Chris Childs, an east coast raw shredder and rider’s rider was in without hesitation.
Dillon Lloyd, the officially appointed Canadian Beast is from Montreal originally but it took some arm twisting to get him to leave Los Angeles where he was spending a couple months filming.
To round it out we pulled youngster Matt Nordsrom to come, who turned out to be able to hang with the older dudes both on and off a bike with no problems.
With not much significant time spent in Montreal between us and a crew with no history with each other, this would be a new experience all around. With a proper AirBnB in a good spot nailed down, and train passes in hand, we set out to find what Montreal has to offer.
The first day we went to the Olympic Stadium, the city’s most legendary spot. Built for the ‘76 Summer Olympics, it now stands as the go-to meet-up and session spot. With perfect rails, banks, stairs, hubbas, and more, it’s easy to spend a whole day there – which is exactly what we did.
Heavy moves were happening back-to-back-to-back! I couldn’t believe how good it went, it was one of those days where you don’t catch a break till sundown.
After a bang-out first day, mother nature intervened with a rainy recovery day which honestly probably saved us from forcing a day while everyone was beat. The next couple days we scoured the city.
With Dillon as acting spot guide, we hit a variety of spots. Mostly schools, and a ledge/rail tucked behind a quiet building, we had a good time and handled business, but our attention was always coming back to the Olympic Stadium.
On the final day we planned for another full session there. All the guys had things churning in their heads since the first day, and this was their last chance to get it done.
For a second time, I was stunned with what went down at one spot in one session with four riders. Again the bangers were back-to-back-to-back! Just when I thought we couldn’t possibly get better clips, I was left with my jaw dropped.
Above all else (I can’t emphasise how good the riding was), Dillon Lloyd took the banger for the trip.
He called out a massive 16 stair truckdriver. It was one of those moments when photographers panic with tension. It took Dillion three or four tries to stomp the truck in front of a squad of riders and onlookers who couldn’t possibly understand how heavy a move they just witnessed. Dillon was victorious. The Canuck didn’t stop grinning the entire rest of the day!
With an insane amount of riding in the bag, no injuries, great weather, food, and a spot of culture, we left Montreal completely satisfied. All we needed was a bed, a bike, and a train ticket.
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