Trail Update – Angel Fire Bike Park Welcomes 2018 Season
Greetings from the Angel Fire Bike Park trail crew!
The snow melted faster than Aaron Gwin’s tires can rotate on our World Cup race track! Okay, that may be a farfetched analogy, but in all seriousness, the snow is gone and the trails are begging for some fresh tire tracks. Hopefully that excites you as much as it excites us! Our opening weekend is May 18, 2018 and our goal is to be 100% open. That’s right: we plan on being able to shred Upper Supreme’s “Cacao Pow” loamy goodness top to bottom! For those of you looking for a mellow warm-up lap (which is recommended), try out our revamped Easy Street green trail with amazing views and easy riding for the kids or first-time bike park riders.
Christmas in May for the Trail Crew
We purchased a new 4-ton excavator this spring, complete with wrist attachment to curve those amazing, ‘can-be-seen-from-Google-Earth’ berms we all love to ride. Additionally, we are renting 3 smaller excavators, which means every operator will have his own machine for the entire season. Yes, you will notice lots of dirt being moved and new fun stuff to ride all over the bike park on a weekly basis! Our in-house sawmill will be fully operational and constantly ripping through logs to build a surplus of bridge material. So look forward to new bridges and features to be popping up all over the bike park!
What We Are Looking Forward To
Too much to list! We will be heavily focusing on our green trail “Easy Street” for updates to create easier riding for kids and beginners. This is a necessary project for the growth of Angel Fire Bike Park. And besides, who doesn’t want to encourage the youth and new riders to try our sport? They are the future!
As for our “core riders:” don’t worry; we have you covered, too! Look for updates all over the bike park, including: new, rerouted connecting trails; constant maintenance upgrades; and new, fun stuff to play on all over the mountain. Keep an eye out for new sections of Boulder Dash, which will be closer to a fully top-to-bottom blue jump trail with over 150 features to punish you and your bike on. Updated trail plans also include: Hungry Hippo, Lemonade, Duke, Diesel, Ziggy, Mini Boogie…. I think you get the point!
The Angel Fire Bike Shop is bumping up the stoke factor by adding three new e-bikes to their arsenal. The Specialized Turbo Levo is a full-suspension mountain bike with a little extra kick by housing 460Wh of trail-taming juice, efficiently integrated into the motor in the down tube. All of our bike park and greenbelt trails are privately owned, so there’s no red tape on where these bikes can shred. So if you’re looking to explore some new trails, expand your routes, and have fun doing it, the Turbo Levo is the perfect blend of trail performance and power to give your ride the boost you’ve been looking for!
Aside from the bike park, we will be continuing our Greenbelt hiking/XC trail system expansion with the construction of the Cougar trail. This trail is 4 miles with a blue rating and will drop you down to Monte Verde Lake, where you can sit and relax by the water before continuing your journey. Another XC trail update will be newly legal Carson National Forest access points, complete with trail kiosk and mapping. We also are working closely with the forest service to legalize and adapt more trails in the Carson National Forest, resulting in more terrain to be enjoyed by all. We are very excited about this!
New and Returning Events for 2018
May 26th-27th – Demo Daze will continue for the 3rd year in a row, and it’s only getting bigger and better! Come demo your dream bike at one of the best lift-accessed bike parks in the country. We will also be holding the first race of our Fire 5 Downhill Race Series during this weekend, which now includes a Lil’ Shredders category for the 12-and-under competitors AND half-price lift tickets for registered racers during both Saturday and Sunday of race weekends!
June 9th-10th – Scott Enduro Cup returns for its 3rd year at Angel Fire Bike Park! Get your entire backcountry and bike park racing fix all in one amazing venue!
July 21th-22nd – Revolution Enduro Series is one of our new events this season! Six awesome enduro tracks complete with a chainless world championship DH race. Sign me up please!
August 11th – The Guerilla Gravity Scavenger Bike Race, ‘The Good, The Rad, and The Gnarly,’ is a 100% fun-focused race hosted by Guerilla Gravity. Grab your bikes, friends and party hat because you are in for a treat. This open-format-style scavenger hunt is complete with rad prizes and good times for all. Again, sign me up!
September 29th-30th – We are happy to announce the Trek Dirt Series Women’s Mountain Bike Camp is returning to AFBP! We are proud to be a part of building and promoting women’s mountain biking. So ladies, grab your girlfriends and get ready for good times with professional instructors to build your skills. All levels of riding are welcome!
October 13th-14th – Gravity Games & Final Fire 5 DH Race – Who’s ready for a weekend of fun, bikes, and racing? We are! This year’s Gravity Games is full of fun events mixed with a little Fire 5 downhill racing action. Oh yeah, and a mechanical bull riding contest. And quality beer. Enough said!
Mark Your Calendars
We hope you are just as excited as we are about this season and where the future of the bike park is headed. More and more (and more!) trails is our answer to that question. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces and can’t wait to get some Angel Fire “cacao pow” roosting off our tires. See you on the trails!
Bike Park Manager