Gettin’ Loopy

The new Lunch Loops Bike Park is slightly hidden from view, tucked into the western end of the Tabeguache trailhead parking lot, at the base of the Lunch Loops area. But don’t let that modest location fool you. Once you behold the fruits of the city of Grand Junction’s grand vision—the dual slalom course, the pump track, the 20-plus dirt jumps ranging from small rollers to massive doubles—you’ll be amazed that all of this was done in two weeks time.

School of Lunch: GJ’s dirt jumps have returned. Photo: Devon Balet.

The project was the brainchild of local Jen Taylor, an officer of the board of directors for Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). Taylor was riding Kurt’s Lane, a popular trail in the Lunch Loops area, when she came to a stop overlooking the parking area.

“I looked down and wished that piles of dirt were still there to jump,” she says.

That was all it took. Taylor kicked off the project in April 2010, under the premise that a bike park would be a good addition to the community, and that the existing infrastructure of a parking lot and bathrooms would keep costs manageable. It’s also an easy park to access sans automobile. The River Front trail now connects to the Monument bike path, making it simple to ride there from town.

Greg Mazu of Singletrack Trails took on the city’s challenge to build the park in just two weeks. Mazu used a crew of six to get the job done within the allotted time and the park’s grand opening on October 16th brought out many people from the community and surrounding areas.

“It seemed a little daunting, but possible,” he says.

If you have any questions about the park contact the Grassroots Cycles shop at 970-243-2453 or stop by at 401 Colorado Ave. in Grand Junction.

Valmont Bike Park, Where Art Thou?

Boulder’s much anticipated bike park still remains to be seen, despite having broken ground in 2009. On the upside, it promises to be a bike park like none other in the state, designed and built by pro racers and set within the manicured beauty of a city park. On the downside, it’s subject to all the bureaucracy surrounding a $4 million city project, in notoriously finicky Boulder. So what’s been the hold up? We’ve heard everything from a pre-requisite sidewalk-widening project  to a stalemate with the ditch company on approving the design for seven bridges that need to be built within the park. The one thing we do know—there’s still no ETA on the opening from Boulder Parks and Rec. As for the growing frustration in the local mountain bike and cyclocross communities, Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance president Jason Vogel says it best: “I’ve been asked to keep my clam shut about such things.”

Frisco Bike Park …Coming Soon
Set to open July 1st, Frisco’s bike park is part of the 220-acre Peninsula Recreation Area. The plan, as of press time, includes slopestyle jump trails featuring beginner to expert terrain, a dirt jump facility and a pump track.

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