New trail at Bike Granby Ranch to open with race |

New trail at Bike Granby Ranch to open with race

Bike Granby Ranch will be celebrating the opening of their newest trail with a race to see how many times competitors can complete the trail in three hours on July 6.

The new trail, called Strawberry Jam, is a green rated downhill style trail that is being constructed by Greg Mazu, president of Single Track Trails.

“We felt like we needed more green and beginner friendly trails here at the resort,” said Bike Park Manager Jamie Wolter.

The trail is described as a PB&J trail with pumps, berms and jumps and cuts through wild strawberry patches (hence the name), and is nearing completion along with updates to a number of other trails on the mountain.

The new trail will wind down the mountain through scenic vistas and aspen groves and will sport rollers and table top jumps that are aimed to please those looking for a fun and less challenging downhill trail.

The new trail is roughed in and is two weeks away from completion, according to Mazu. Mazu commented that trails like Strawberry Jam require a great deal of dirt moving and shaping, which could only be completed after the late season snow melts from the resort.

The race will start with a ride with the trail builder at 10 a.m. and the race will start at noon. The entry fee is $15 for people 14 years or older and free for 13 years and under.

The riders with the most laps completed by 3 p.m. will win a 2014 Bike Season Pass for first place, $50 Granby Ranch gift card for second, and a $25 gift card for third.

Prizes will also be doled out to the person with the best red-white-and-blue themed costume, best overall costume, most laps for boys 13 and under, and most laps for girls 13 and under.

Bike Granby Ranch is toting the longest season of bike parks in Colorado with the season starting on May 23, and an estimated closing date of the bike park set for Sept. 29.

The bike park is host to a variety of downhill trails geared towards riders of all ability levels, experience, and commitment. If the green trails are a little too easy, Bike Granby Ranch also sports a number of black-rated trails that are sure to get the heart racing and the adrenaline pumping.

The bike park is currently hosting its first training program geared towards children. “The kids who are in the program now are loving it and having a great time,” Wolter said.

There is still room in the program for more kids, according to Wolter. Contact Wolter for more information or to signup at 888-850-4615.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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