Small Crew Completes Big Work at Castle Rock Bike Park

It was our only significant work party of the year at the Castle Rock Bike Park and we made it count. A crew of 27 completed a number of jobs that will bump the quality of the park up another level.

Thanks to those who came out – Randy Toney, Kevin Knorr, Dave LeMonds, Jeff Lipton, Mike Patterson, Andrew Holder, Greg O’Brien, Josh Anderson, Bob Horness, Bryce Horness, Vaughn Martin, Rob Larsen, Nicole Peterson, John Kowalski, Bryanna Foster, Paul Helenberg, Steve Reed, and Greg Ogden, along with a group of Boy Scouts led by Aaron Varney that included Dane Kitchens, Alex Wallis, Robert Kleames, Brian Naillon, Bryson Lomax and Adam Ith.

Thanks also to Canyonview Cyclery for once again providing lunch. This is the fifth or sixth time Mark Plotkin has stepped us to support us. Canyonview also paid for a porta-potty for the event.

And kudos to Castle Rock Mayor Paul Helenberg who ran the machine all day and saved us a huge amount of time and effort.

Yep, it rained. Yep, we kept working.

As usual, the amount of work completed in four hours was off-the-chain and a real tribute to our planning and logistics and the quality of our personnel. Here’s what got done –

  • 250 pavers installed on the south side berms to increase rider speed. We were able to finish 4.5 of the 6 berms
  • Improvements made to the advanced jump line
  • Two new features added to the west side. See photos below.
  • A much more rider-friendly off added to the 5-foot flat drop on the west side
  • Several yards of bark dust spread
  • General clean-up and trimming completed
  • Second jump on the south side modified
  • 12 yards of gravel spread throughout the park. Those Scouts made that rock disappear.

It’s possible that we may have a small work party later in the spring or summer to work on the donor sign, complete the pavers installation on the berms, and do some general clean-up.

Long-term we are considering using railroad ties – likely stacked two to four high – at the top of the start hill. This area would then be filled with dirt. It would give the hill a little more height so that riders heading toward the jump lines could generate more speed. Another option is to construction a start hill on the north end to add a little variety.

Landscaping crew (L-R): Bryanna Foster, Nicole Peterson, Jeff Lipton, Vaughn Martin
Landscaping crew (L-R): Bryanna Foster, Nicole Peterson, Jeff Lipton, Vaughn Martin

 

Berm crew
Berm crew
Mike Patterson (R) with some of the Boy Scouts who provided plenty of manpower
Mike Patterson (R) with some of the Boy Scouts who provided plenty of manpower
Mega pipe-over. It's bigger than it looks.
Mega pipe-over. It’s bigger than it looks.
South side berms now completed
South side berms now completed
Intriguing new feature on the west side
Intriguing new feature on the west side
Modified flat drop now has transition for mere mortals
Modified flat drop now has transition for mere mortals

 

Scouts
Boy Scouts prove immune to bad weather. Notice the lack of body fat.

 

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