Unlike the previous posts on this blog, today’s featured spot I do not encourage you to try. That being said I believe that many people have imagined hitting this hill at one point. The video embedded below features Eric Peters and Ben Boudreau riding down the Sherman access during a lane closure in 2011.
The route starts at the edge of the Hamilton Mountain in the Sherman Cut, right next to Juravinski Hospital. After clearing the cut the riders turn left through the closed road barricades down the Sherman Access towards Charlton Avenue.
First things first, yes this run looks extremely fun. Unfortunately I’m not able to say for certain because of how dangerous a run like this is.
At beginning of the video the riders notice a car behind them and the tail rider broke off to distance the car. The vehicle then passed by them in a solid line at high speed. After passing through the Sherman Cut the riders enter a closed lane which offers them some protection from the traffic. At this point in the video Eric and Ben fly past knocked over traffic pylons and looks rocks avoiding them skillfully.
At 3:15 they turn the camera around to reveal a steep portion of the access snaking back around the wide corner towards the east.
After taking the turn they slide through the intersection at Sherman and Charlton quickly scrubbing off the speed from their descent.
I know how attractive this all sounds and how easy the riders made this stunt look, but a quick google search of ‘longboarder killed Hamilton’ reveals that actually trying this one for yourself is probably not a good idea. I think its safe to file this run under ‘the bad’ and ‘the gnarly.’