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New Juniper Features

June 3, 2009

I have a short story to tell. So, please… Indulge me.

This last weekend, I was in California for a conference, and I missed the big grand opening. I sent my wife to win the bike frame, and whatever other goodies she could in my absence. I wanted to be there so bad, you have no idea. So, when I got back, I was dying to get up on the hill and try out some of the new features that were built. The first new obstacle was the ladder on the lower part of the Juniper trail.

Lower Juniper

Lower Juniper Ladder

This new feature offers two exits. The first on the left offers a small drop, and the second goes a little skinnier, and offers a larger drop.

Lower Juniper Drop

Upper Juniper
After completing the lower loop, and rounding out to the bottom, I header for the top again to see the new features on the upper part of the trail. The first new feature is a long teeter-totter.

Teeter-Totter

Almost immediately, there is a new skinny feature that this humble bike would call the most advanced feature in the park. There is a small climb, and a quick left turn followed by another left turn through the trees on a footing that gets narrower the further you get down it.

Upper Skinny

Once you get to the end, you only have about eight inches of wood below you, and a quick drop that follows. My first time attempting, I bailed at the end, taking out the small tree to the left of the trail. Best of all, I bent up my front crank, and shattered the screen on my phone. $200 later, I have a new phone, and bike parts are bent back into shape! Time to ride again!

Biker falling off a bridge!

Thanks again to all the hustle that everyone put into building these great new features! They are a blast to ride, and add a lot of depth to the trail.

The New Drop…

May 23, 2009

The new drop...
Looks like fun right?

The New Teeter-Totter

May 14, 2009

Just got back from the Mountain Ranch Bike Park where the new teeter-totter was built. Kalin Norman was the first to try out the new feature. Come on out on Saturday and do some building and try out the new features. As an extra incentive, tickets for the bike frame raffle, and other parts and tools too.

The Eagle Mountain Teeter-Totter from Jake Spurlock on Vimeo.

December Work Party

December 3, 2008

Thanks to all of you who have worked so diligently on the bike park. With the favorable weather we have been enjoying things are beginning to take shape. We are planning a work party for Saturday, December 6th from 12-4. If you are available during any of these hours, then please grab a friend and make it out.

I’ve posted some pictures below of the work thus far! Thanks again for all of your dedication in getting this project off the ground.

Juniper Trail Ladder Drop

Slopestyle Trail Jumps

Skills Area

Skills Area Ladder Bridges

Pump Track

Skills Area Ladder Bridges

Juniper Trail Filter

Slopestyle Trail Berms

Closed During Construction

Park Update

November 12, 2008

Some good progress was made last week in the skills area of the park. Three long ladder bridges are all but complete. A smaller bridge marking the Juniper Trail trailhead was also completed and a new section of singletrack was partially completed. This week we are planning on building several wood jumps in the skills area and also at the bottom of the Juniper Trail. We would also like to shape and pack the pump track while the dirt is most.

Work on the remainder of the park has been slow. We have not had much luck with the heavy machinery. Darin has been working the phone diligently trying to get the bulldozer work on the slopestyle trail complete so that the loader can begin placing dirt for berms and jumps. It seems that we are low on their list or priorities. They have assured us that things will get done this week, but we’ve heard that before.

The bobcat operator who will be shaping the jump line, and working the slopestyle and intermediate trails once the bulldozer work is complete, is out of town for several weeks.

David Dresen has done the graphics for park signage and we have submitted the kiosk signs for city approval.

This is a huge project and we need all of your help. We need everyone to help out on Saturdays when they can. We also need help cutting wood for the ladder bridges at night during the week. Please be assertive in helping get the park built.

For those that are having difficulty grasping the vision of the park, especially the wide, machinery-cut trails and the pump track, please watch the following videos:

Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park

Stowe Pump Track

We did receive a nice write-up in the Provo Daily Herald. Check it out if you have not done so already.

Finally, please spread the word and invite your friends to come help out. Let’s keep the momentum we have gained and do all we can before the snow arrives.

Thanks,

Cougar

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