Depending on your perspective, 2016 may have been a smoldering dumpster fire or just another year falling unnoticed off the calendar. Seemingly more public figures passed away than any year in recent memory, and unfortunately the sport of mountain biking was not exempt from untimely loss. And we won't get political, but that end of the spectrum was also interesting to say the least. But there was also a lot of good times, big news and exciting moments in the world of bike parks.
HAWLEY, MA – Visitors to Thunder Mountain Bike Park will have more trail riding options in the region soon. The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Partner plan to open 15-mile Single-Track Trail Network at Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, MA, approximately 20 minutes from Thunder Mountain's Charlemont home at Berkshire East Resort.
GRANBY, CO – Bike Granby Ranch will host its second annual Granby Ranch Meltdown race series beginning January 28, 2017. No word yet on official courses, but last year's race took competitors down Dragon Lady, a trail groomed for the race with snow berms, rollers jumps and other features.
WHISTLER, BC – In a short video from from TELUS Optik Local, Logan Peat shares his story of living and training with legendary slopestyle athlete Brandon Semenuk and what it takes to get on the podium at the legendary Red Bull Joyride held every year during Crankworx at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
MARSHALL, NC — Bailey Mountain Bike Park will host its fourth "Ladies Takeover" Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The year-round North Carolina downhill mountain bike park said women would be given preference on the day's shuttle reservations, but men are able to get on a wait list in the event the women's slots aren't filled.
KELOWNA, BC –Big White Ski Resortrecently announced it has begun construction and plans to open Bike Big White, a new lift-served bike park, in 2017. The resort says to expect "a world-class, lift-served mountain bike trail network with hundredss of acres of gravity fed trails, terrain parks, pump tracks and freestyle training facilities."
MASCOTA, MEX. — The North American Enduro Tour recently wrapped up South of the Border with the Big Mountain Enduro Sierra Madre, dawing riders from Canada, the U.S., Mexico and as far away as Scotland to Mascota for two days of climbing the rolling countryside and dropping into technical, rocky descents and small Mexican towns.
BASYE, VA – Bryce Bike Park has re-imagined the downhill run Pickleback as its new signature black diamond jump trail. The trail is approximately 90 percent complete and currently open to riders during normal park hours, with completion scheduled by the weekend of November 19 and 20.
CHARLEMONT, MA – After fending off Old Man Winter as long as possible, Thunder Mountain Bike Park will close for the season on Sunday, November 20. The bike park will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.