Inside Scoop: The World’s First Dedicated, Lift-Assisted Downhill & Freeride Mountain Bike Park
Fat-tire fanatics already know that hundreds of mountain trails, designated bike lanes and widened shoulders make Oregon a haven for incredible bicycling adventures (just have a look at the trails on our site).
We’re psyched to announce some really exciting news from our friends in the mountain biking community. We’ve just heard that Oregon will soon be home to the world’s FIRST dedicated, lift-assisted downhill and freeride mountain bike park.
For those of you unfamiliar with this sport, “freeriding” is to traditional mountain biking as the demolition derby is to bumper cars. And it’s performed by adrenaline-junkies seeking the ultimate thrill of gravity defying free-flight…on a bicycle!
For more about the world’s first dedicated lift-assisted downhill and freeride mountain bike park, read the following blog by Iris R, Oregon’s “bike guru” at the Dept. of State Parks:
We were thrilled to see an article in The Oregonian this week, detailing the latest advancements of Black Rock Mountain Biking Area, one of the most “killer” freeriding trails in Oregon. Located in bucolic Polk County near the rural logging town of Falls City, the trail system was created by a unique partnership between local government and riders and is the first “mountain bike only” area approved by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The trail is maintained by the Black Rock Mountain Biking Association, a volunteer-based organization, dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the Black Rock Mountain Bike Trails. They also support other mountain biking trails, as well as the sport itself.
This trail system and group really do deserve this media coverage and more. You may read the entire article here .
I am really excited to announce that one of the founding members of the Blackrock Freeride Association, Leo Kowalski, has formed a group that is pursuing the creation of the world’s first dedicated, lift-assisted Downhill and Freeride Mountain Bike Park. And the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area is one of three potential sites for the resort.
Kowalski’s one-of-a-kind project will offer professionally built and maintained trails in addition to man-made-technical-features (MMTF’s) for all skill levels; from beginner to pro/expert, including double black diamond runs. The quality of the offerings will be enhanced by the atmosphere of a cozy lodge with indoor and outdoor seating and an onsite pub that serves beer and comfort food.
With an anticipated riding season of 9-10 months, this facility will double the riding season of ski resorts that cater to mountain bikers during the off-season. The park will offer bike shop retail sales and services, bike patrol and emergency personnel, riding clinics, smaller skills parks, and professional photography; in addition, the park will aim to earn a spot in the World Cup Downhill circuit.
The purpose of this project is to breathe life and the spirit of adventure into the Willamette Valley, while doing so in an eco-friendly manner which promotes healthy living, a sporting lifestyle and family values.
Considering the stellar trails and passion of Black Rock Mountain Biking Association’s (BRMBA) members, the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area would be a great location for this resort. Not to mention the huge economic revitalization it could bring Falls City!
Editor’s Note: For more mountain biking action, explore the biking trails on our website.
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