Sun Peaks, BC - What a phenomenal start to the Bike Park season we've seen already! We hit the ground running with some hot and clear weather right off the bat, drying all the residual moisture the late spring had left us with, followed by a huge turnout of racers for our Canada Cup and BC Cup races. Slowly getting back to reality and our day-to-day office lives, we thought it high time to again reconnect with our trail crew to check out their progress on our beginner machine-made trail, Smooth Smoothie.
With some long sought-after machine time at their disposal, the boys are in the midst of a total rework on this trail. We met up with Kamloops This Week's Sports Writer Marty Hastings for an introductory lesson, tour, and overview of the Bike Park. Having never pedaled a mountain bike before, all it took was a few pointers and Marty was ready to sample the top two thirds of a vastly new and improved Smooth Smoothie. Complete with low angle berms on practically every corner and rollers in between to amp up the fun factor, even seasoned pros will be stoked to bring their beginner friends out for a couple runs down this fun and flowy route.
The bane of Smoothie's existence ever since its inception has always been the loose and shaley hold-on-for-dear-life bomb down a section of Ridge ski run, until now. Way Out has been constructed as an intermediate route around this section of Smoothie, funnelling through a steep-walled gully packed with incredibly tall and beautifully transitioning berms that will get you sideways and guaranteed plaster a smile on your face. Way Out is slated to open this Friday, July 19. All work on Smooth Smoothie will be complete by Friday as well, with the machine then moving on to Insanity One and Home Run for major reworks.
With the opening of Big Rock Ride and Barn Burner late last week, all trails are now open with the exception of Sugar and Sweet One. The top section of Sugar is set to open this Friday! Sugar will first be open to Homesteader Road, where riders will need to take 5 Mile Road down to Home Run or Holy Rollers. The lower and final section ofSugar is tentatively slated to open July 26. Stay tuned for updates!
See you on the trails,
Sun Peaks Bike Park Team
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