Superior Bike Park

Superior Bike Park, also knows as  the Superior “Three Parks Site” has been essentially unused for years.

Well, other than a favorite walking/running path for local Superior residents.

I know I’ve used part of this area as a regular part of my early morning running route between Lakeshore Athletic Club and the Community Park trails many mornings.

Dog walkers, of course, and the occasional run-in with coyotes and rabbits too.

I know several local kids are flocking to the park almost daily, and with spring break, the park has seen quite a work-out from very skilled riders, to young children trying out a park like this for the first time, to many spectators.

While the park sparked some controversy over the cost associate with building costs, in the end, it’s great to see another outlet for kids besides hanging out at the mall or outside the grocery store!

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According to the website for the state news and some info from the Daily Camera, here’s more info on the new park…

What White and hundreds of others are finding so amazing is the new $30,000 mountain biking skills course at Superior’s Three Parks site, which officially opens Saturday following a morning’s worth of work to put the finishing touches on the long-awaited facility.

Dubbed the Superior Bike Park, the course has been three years in the making. It features both pump and flow tracks — which vary in how much pedaling is necessary — for children and less experienced cyclists and pump and flow tracks for the brave.

“It rides awesome,” Lee McCormack, a mountain bike skills instructor and designer of the new course, said Friday. “People are so stoked to use it.”

And use it they have, packing its start hills this past week with up to 50 cyclists during after-school hours and last weekend, when most of the construction and shaping of the course occurred.

One of those hitting the advanced flow track’s camel, table and roller jumps with vigor Friday was Brodie Hillegas, a recent Monarch High School grad who remembers having to ride for years on a makeshift mountain biking course behind the Safeway in Superior.

“The quality of the ramps are way better here — they aren’t just shooting you straight into the air,” he said.

Hillegas, 18, said he would use the skills he gains at the course and apply them to Boulder County’s vast network of mountain biking trails.

McCormack, who owns Boulder-based Lee Likes Bikes LLC, said that’s the idea with the Superior Bike Park.

“If you can master this pump track, the next time you’re on the Picture Rock Trail (in western Boulder County) it’s like the Matrix,” he said, as a cyclist whizzed by, caught four feet of air and cleared an eight-foot jump with a protruding lip. “It all comes together.”

McCormack, who also designed and built the Dirt Jump Skills Park in Lyons, said the construction phase for the Superior Bike Park lasted about 21/2 weeks. Much of the work was done last weekend, when more than 100 volunteers turned up to move rocks and tamp down the dirt on jumps and hills.

“It’s physically brutal labor,” he said of the tamping work.

McCormack said the jumps and bumps were packed and watered, pack and watered — over and over — until they formed into solid track features for cyclist who will rip, ride and rush over them thousands of times.

The town is considering adding a soil stabilizer to the course to harden its features and keep rutting and wear-and-tear to a minimum.

Superior Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department Director Martin Toth said the bike skills course adds an important component to the town’s “inventory of really nice outdoor activities,” including its nearly complete Coalton Trailhead and numerous mountain bike trails.

“To see it go from being on paper for three years to reality is absolutely gratifying,” he said. “It’s great to see the community take hold of this.”

McCormack said mountain bike courses are at the stage skate parks were at a decade ago — growing in popularity and in location.

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