It's that time of year. Your social media feeds are likely full of autumn colors from riding camarades and at the same time, powder pics from resorts already pushing ski passes. But if you're like us, you're looking to get the most bike park laps possible before the lifts stop loading bikes. And with more bike parks than ever before operating long into October (and November), it's all time fall time for some of the best laps of the season.
JACKSON, WY – Now in its third year, the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Awards survey carries with it an undeniable momentum, and for us, has become an official start to the summer riding season. This year, with increased participation and some surprising rankings, we found ourselves watching the top spots change constantly in the 11th hour as the final flood of votes poured in; it’s become our Super Bowl. And then on Super Tuesday, as we compiled the results while much of the country kicked off a heated election season, we couldn’t help but draw parallels to our nation’s politics.
The East is on fire with the color of the changing leaves and snow is starting to make its mark on ski hills everywhere. With the not so subtle hint of winter in the air, you may be tempted to hang up the bikes and tune the skis—but there's still plenty of opportunities left to shred! Take a minute to check out our handy guide for to planning out the rest of bike park season, and beyond, with our final look at where you can still get a gravity fix in the East.
With the summer months dropping off the calendar one by one and the days growing shorter, many of us begin to go into bike park panic mode. In many parts of the country, even our local trails aren't accessible all year long, let alone the lift-served gravity goodness that has become a beacon of the summer months for those seeking a downhill fix.
CHARLEMONT, MA – Lindsey Runkel and Tyler Ryan were the first adaptive athletes to ride Thunder Mountain Bike Park this past weekend in custom hand bikes. "No one even hesitated or looked at me like I was in a wheelchair," says Runkel in the inspirational video.
CHARLEMONT, MA – Thunder Mountain Bike Park opened for 2015—and the first time ever—yesterday. The brand-new park, designed and built by Gravity Logic, Inc., calls Berkshire East ski resort home, and features 13 trails on 1,000 feet of vertical drop with more in the works. See what some riders thought of the finished product on opening day in this video from Farrell Video Productions.