Here is the status of the bike park. Shea and Flow Ride Concepts have packed up and moved on. Shea will be back, probably the end of next week, to punch out a few last items. Ward, Shea and I have consulted and believe we will be ready for a “soft opening” of the bike park the weekend of May 27. A formal grand-opening extravaganza can take place sometime in June.
We have quite a list of things to do before a Memorial Day weekend opening. So, this weekend, Saturday, May 20 we are doing a (hopefully) large scale volunteer effort across the bike park. If we can’t bang a bunch of this out this weekend, it may delay the opening. We will start at 10am (if you want to start earlier, please contact me for instructions) and work until we are done. Tentative rendezvous point is the top parking lot at the large orange construction fence before you reach the pit toilets.
Because of the large amount of work to do, I am looking for people to commit to this project ahead of time so I have an idea of how many “managers” we will need and start assigning tasks. Want a chance to ride the park early (say Saturday evening after work is done), then volunteering is a sure way to do it.
Please reply or contact John Gallagher if you can commit to helping on Saturday. If you would like to direct a small group of volunteers doing anything from packing berms to mixing concrete to picking up dead sage brush, please let me know ahead of time.
If it is too wet on Saturday, we will try again on Sunday.
As always, thanks for your help in getting this awesome bike park open.
President, Park County Pedalers, Inc.
There are about a million details to work out, but most of the big stuff is done. Stay tuned for opening information. The beginner lines are fun for everyone (see the video below) and the expert lines are a bit intimidating, but definitely something to aspire to.
Tonight I watched Shea Ferrel, partner in FlowRide, Concepts test riding his fine work. Only a few more weeks and this could be you. Until then, you will just have to watch the test riders and mentally prepare yourself.
The kickers and lumber are all on site and that means we are mere weeks away from wrapping up the major construction. A big thank you to all the volunteers who showed up on what I think was the finest night of the year. The water pipe trench was quickly filled in and the pot luck put a real damper on the pump track session. Nobody wants to be the first to puke on the new track. Where did all these hot pump track riders come from anyway?
The Beck Lake Bike Park is coming along quickly, but there are still a couple of weeks to go until it opens. In the meantime, remember this is an active construction zone and you need to stay out while work is under way. For those of you wanting to ride the pump track, if you see workers, equipment or dark (aka wet dirt), please stay out. We are still actively packing the dirt on the pump track, which means it is getting watered. So, even though it may not have rained recently, we may have hosed down the pump track. Trust me, you do not want to be the one caught riding the pump track when it is wet.
Come by Thursday, May 4 after 5pm for a legitimate session, pot luck and some quality volunteer time filling in the water system trench.
This week you will see the progressive drop zone and jump lines start to come together as the Progressive Bike Ramps and lumber for the drops and wall rides shows up. And yes, that drop zone catch-berm you see below is over head-high.
In less than two weeks the pump park has gone from a drawing on a piece of paper to this. The majority of the machine work is done and there is now a lot of hand finishing left. They are working from west to east and you will see the difference in level of finish from end to end. The jump lines have been cleared of vegetation and work is starting on them. You can see the master plan here. Please keep out. Parts look rideable, but remember this is an active construction zone and nothing is fully packed or ready for traffic. Remember, we still need more money to pay for all this. Buy a raffle ticket to support this project here. The bike we are raffling will be a shredder in this park.
With an abundance of natural moisture in the soil, Flowride Concepts is off to a blazing start on the park. They are currently building an access road for moving the thousands of yards of dirt delivered to the top of the dam. The pump track is the first order of business. As foreman Ward says, "it's going to get ugly before it gets pretty!" Remember this is an active construction zone. Please keep out until we officially open. It won't be long at at all.
Trail Maintenance Day at Beck Lake a Big Success
A big thank you to the more than 30 intrepid souls who braved the 30 mph wind gusts to get the Beck Lake Trails into prime riding shape. Winter has not left and we have active water flow coming from numerous drifted in gullies. Most of the wet spots were fixed. We also fixed more bike tire ruts than I would like to see. Remember, it you are leaving a rut, get off the trail and fix the damage, even if it means coming back to the damaged area later when it is a bit drier.
Gather up your families and friends, s and show up to support the Park County Pedalers at their annual, family friendly FUNraiser with Jalan Crossland and Kalyn Beasley. Park County Pedalers is proud to cap off our Beck Lake Bike Park fundraising efforts with our annual concert. Bring your wallets, dancing shoes and a thirst for some fine Red Lodge Ales beverages. There will be an amazing silent auction, beer, and refreshments.