"We are taking a trail that had great bones and expanding it by adding new and bigger features as well as extending the trail into new areas of the mountain," Derek Clifton, Bryce's bike park manager told MTBparks. "The intent is to make Pickleback one of our showcase trails."
VIDEO: Scroll down to see Pickleback in action.
The same Gravity Logic crew responsible for Thunder Mountain's new Hawleywood trail has been sculpting the Virginia soil with fervor, and current features include a new step-up known as the "Mega-Up," a 50-foot tabletop as well as several drops and wall rides. The crew plans to have several more features in by next weekend including a massive wooden corkscrew.
One of the new features not yet completed, this corkscrew will finish in a drop. | Photo: Bryce Bike Park
"No other bike park in the area will have anything like this," said Clifton. "We hope to draw in more rider types and offer a trail for those advanced riders to rip on which is something we feel we have been missing."
The new top-to-bottom run takes advantage of every one of Bryce's 500 vertical feet. Clifton says the timing is perfect. With Bryce's season extended beyond its initial October 23 closing date due to favorable weather, it will give riders a few weekends to ride the trail in before it sets for the winter, ensuring prime spring conditions.
A rider samples Pickleback's new 50-foot tabletop.. | Photo: Bryce Bike Park
In the process, Clifton and crew have also rerouted Copperhead to make it longer and a true "natural downhill trail."
"The only rule we have for that trail is that there are no machines allowed on that trail," he said. "We look to make it one of our race course next year which will make things interesting for those riders who kind of missed the old school natural DH trails and have really have been really only riding on machines trails."
The 'Mega-Up' requires some serious hang time to clear. | Photo: Bryce Bike Park
Clifton has other refreshes planned for the 2017 season including several reroutes and new features.
Bryce Bike Park is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting with no official closing date yet set for the season.
-by Don Stefanovich