It’s a testament to the members of Growlers Gulch Racing that the change of seasons has not slowed progress at the Castle Rock Bike Park.
We just finished two very productive days that were helped tremendously by having an excavator operated by Ryane Olin and a skidsteer operated by John Toney onsite.
On Wednesday, Ryane and John combined to dig good-sized holes in the most troublesome drainage spots and then fill them with drain rock. We will still need to tweak things but we are becoming increasingly confident that even after a monsoon the site will drain fairly quickly.
On Thursday, hardcore members of the Underemployed – including Bob Horness, Vaughn Martin, Wayne Nussbaum, Paul Norris, Jack Berry, Kelley Hinkle, and the Board of Director – joined Ryane and John to work on features coming off the east side of the elevated area. In addition, Ryane and John completed more drainage work and Ryane did some brushing on the west side of the site where the perimeter path will be located.
My total shows that 45 members of Growlers Gulch Racing have contributed a total of 629 hours at the bike park since June.
In addition to the drainage and brush work, here’s what got done.
- Two rollers added to the feature along the River Walk Trail that Dave, Jeff, Ryan and I built last Saturday. They are a little soft but will be great once they firm up.
- Several offs along the feature described above so that people can bail when they get uncomfortable.
- Retaining wall on the northeast side of the elevated area.
- Steps leading off the elevated area to a 20″ – 24″ flat drop
- Two step-ups of 16″ apiece built with rock and concrete slabs; these follow the flat drop
- A common area built with concrete slabs, approximately 7′ wide and 12′ long, that follows the flat drop and step-ups. We will have additional ways to access it. This area will be the focal point for the skills area on the east side of the site and will have roll-outs to a variety of features.
- An incredible flat drop off the south side of the common area.
- Tweaking of both the advanced and beginner pump tracks