Angel Fire, NM – There’s a slight chill in the mid-May air and my lungs burn as I struggle to catch my breath at the top of Angel’s Plunge. It’s one of the newest trails on the mountain, and also one of the only ones requiring a bit of uphill effort once unloading from the Chile Express. The rocky doubletrack isn’t a very long climb, but at nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, the pounding echoing in my full-face begs to differ.
Whistler, BC – MTBparks.com is saddened to share this news about the accident on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Whistler Bike Park that resulted in the fatality of 40-year-old Matt Klee, from Hood River, OR. Matt was the President of the Hood River Area Trail Stewards group and helped create so many of the amazing trails in the area.
Los Alamos, NM – Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is proud to host this year's Central States Cup 2014 Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race and New Mexico Downhill State Championships! Pajarito was ranked #5 in the Southwest Region by riders in the MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards, so this should be on your list of places to check out this summer! This spectator-friendly race is sure to challenge riders to push their limits with this fast, steep, and technical course.
Enduro is EVERYWHERE. And since enduro seems to be on everyone's radar this summer, we wanted to give you a run down of the vast range of Enduro Races you can check out this year. MTBparks.com also checks in with the latest updates from lift-access bike parks in every corner of the continent.
Grand Targhee, WY – Everything from epic downhill techy and jumpy shuttle trails like Lithium, Jimmy's Mom and Fuzzy Bunny on Teton Pass, or Sticks and Stones and The Grand Traverse at Grand Targhee Bike Park to the smooth buttery flow trails at Jackson Hole Bike Park can be found in paradise just outside the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. Author Kim Cross and photographer Jay Goodrich captured some of the area's awesomeness in this article that recently appeared in Bike Magazine.
Snow Summit, CA – After a This just in from the trail crew at Snow Summit / Big Bear...
This week our hard working Trail Crew set out to fix a problematic berm after the new section of Westridge. The once too flat and too tight berm is now fully ripable and leads you into two new jumps. The first of which is a step-up and the second is double roller style. That’s right, more new jumps!
Mountain Creek, NJ – Just released for the Mountain Creek Gravity East Series race next weekend... the 2014 GES Course Map. The crew has taken into consideration the feedback received on last year's course, and have laid out a new course combining some of the mountain's most popular natural downhill trails. This should make for a fun and challenging race course for all ability levels and improve the overall flow and fun of this year's race... And yes, the ProGRT finish jump will be in the course for the advanced riders.
Sunday River, ME (Summer 2014) – Back by popular demand, the Mountain Bike School at Sunday River Resort will continue to offer lessons this summer to kids and adults looking to learn new skills or take their riding to the next level. The Mountain Bike School, which opened for the first time last summer, was designed around lessons that help students work on skills and techniques used in cross country and downhill mountain biking. A dedicated pump track serves as the school's beginner classroom. Classes are available starting Thursday, June 26, and take place Thursdays through Sundays (and holidays including July 4 and Labor Day) until Labor Day Weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer. The weather is beginning to transition to more warm and sunny days, and at bike parks across the contintent, everyone's cranking up for the season. To celebrate the launch of summer, MTBparks has teamed up with Mountain Bike Radio's Ben Welnak to bring you a weekly look at what's happening at bike parks near and far, will include event announcements and recaps, trail announcements, interviews with bike park staff and more.