Winter Park’s Trestle named top bike park in the Rockies
It’s no secret among Coloradans that Trestle Bike Park is a world-class destination for downhill junkies.
Now the Winter Park biking mecca has been voted the top bike park in the Rocky Mountains by riders from across the continent.
Trestle took the honor in the 2014 Rider’s Choice Awards, an online contest held by popular mountain biking website mtbparks.com.
It’s the second year that Trestle has taken the region’s top spot.
“I think it just goes to show the reputation of Trestle Bike Park within the biking industry,” said Steve Hurlbert, communications director for Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park. “These are people who are dedicated and devoted to mountain biking and for them to recognize Trestle as the best in the region is certainly gratifying. I think it shows us that we’re doing the right thing, and we’ve got a great product here.”
Mtbparks.com gathered input via an online survey to judge the best mountain biking destinations in eight regions across the United States and Canada.
In the Rocky Mountain region, Canyons, Utah, took second place while Keystone made third.
The announcement comes just as riders are no doubt oiling chains and filling tires in preparation for the upcoming season.
Trestle Bike Park has confirmed that it will open on June 13, and riders will be greeted with a number of additions and improvements, the largest of which will be a new area for beginners.
The Green Horn-It! is a new one-third mile trail that runs adjacent to the Coca Cola Tubing Hill.
Here, new riders can get acquainted with some of the features found elsewhere in the park, including rollers, banked turns and a pump track, Hurlbert said.
The new trail is part of the park’s effort to create a more family friendly experience.
“The idea is to give beginners, particularly kids, a chance to experience gravity mountain biking without leaving the base area,” Hurlbert wrote.
The park is also adding a new beginner lesson program called “Intro to Trestle.”
The 90-minute program goes over all the basics of downhill-mountain biking without requiring kids to commit to a half-day lesson, Hurlbert wrote.
“They can take “Intro to Trestle” and still have time to ride the Alpine Slide, do the human maze, and other stuff kids like to do here because everything is centrally located at the base,” Hurlbert wrote. “Again, the primary focus is to make downhill-mountain biking more accessible to kids and by extension, families.”
More experienced riders can look for additional improvements along “Shy Ann,” a popular, centrally located blue trail.
For more information about Trestle Bike Park, visit trestlebikepark.com.
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