Summer is officially here and Park County Pedalers is firing up our Thursday night mountain bike ride series. We will pick a different local classic to tackle each week. You've heard the legends of these Cody area trails and now it is time to ride it with those that made them legendary. Rendezvous at JoyVagen for a 6pm departure. As we develop a schedule of rides we will try to add them here or you can look at our events on Facebook. These rides, unless otherwise posted, are for intermediate and better riders. Here are images of some of the places we plan on going.
Sold Out - if you want to get on the waiting list you can still register online at EventBrite. $175 fee.
A two-day mountain bike camp, with a Friday evening meet and greet, July 6 - 8. This two-day camp is for women who want to ride mountain bikes, develop skills (or improve the ones they’ve got!), gain confidence on their bike, correct bad habits, meet other local women riders, and have fun doing it.
Expert coaches from the Rowdy Gowdy Mountain Bike Camps will lead two fantastic days of essential skills and practice with your bike in Cody, WY. Open to beginner and intermediate+ lady riders (21 and up). Key areas of focus include braking, dismounting, shifting, balance, vision, body position, cornering, obstacles, wheel lifts, drops, ascending and descending. More advanced skills will be offered to those interested.
If you are unsure of your skill level or where you fit in, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Included in the fee are lunches and snacks during camp, qualified instructors, skills sessions, guides, epic singletrack, bike maintenance practice, bike park features for intermediate riders, Sunday morning yoga session, Friday evening meet-and-greet, laughter, jokes, and fun and a cool performance T-shirt to prove it.
Space is limited to 30 participants to ensure a small group size and all proceeds benefit Park County Pedalers.
Camp details will be provided following registration. Register online at EventBrite.
The bike park opened May 27th. We kept it kind of quiet, a soft opening. We plan on having a full blown grand opening celebration sometime in July. Stay tuned for more details. For more information and photos of the park, see the Beck Lake Bike Park and Trails page.
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.