Association of Washington Cities Salutes Growlers Gulch Racing

The Association of Washington Cities selected the Castle Rock Bike Park build as the recipient of its project-of-the-year award for 2014. AWC was especially impressed by the volunteer commitment, the use of recycled materials, and the creativity that was the [Continue Reading]

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, [Continue Reading]

Bike Park Build Set for April 19th

We will be having only one major build day at the Castle Rock Bike Park. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th. We could use about 25 volunteers to assist. Castle Rock Mayor Paul Helenberg will be on hand to serve as our equipment operator. Start-time is 9 a.m. [Continue Reading]

Castle Rock Bike Park Still on the Radar

Growlers Gulch Racing has invested 2,500 hours in the Castle Rock Bike Park since 2011 and has completed the build-out of most of the site. We plan to be involved again in 2014, but the time commitment should be greatly reduced. Hats off to a great group that has [Continue Reading]

Mountain Bike Miracle – A Kid’s Perspective

Fantastic work by Jon Van Natta’s daughter Erin in this story about the Bike Park Blowout and her psycho father. Mountain Bike Miracle By Erin Van Natta Ms. Pritchard’s Class “Get up! Get up!” My annoying younger sister stood in my room, disobeying my [Continue Reading]

Big Crowd Shows for 2013 Bike Park Blowout

Nearly 250 people were on hand to celebrate the Bike Park Blowout at the Castle Rock Bike Park on September 21st. Fifteen challenge stations were set up around the 2.5 acre bike park to test riders’ skills. The stations included log-overs, skinnies, pump track, [Continue Reading]

Crew Needed for Mega-Build at the Castle Rock Bike Park

Our time has been limited in 2013, so we have decided to focus all attention on a two-day build at the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th. The scope-of-work for these two days is huge. It will take great logistics and an excellent [Continue Reading]

Fundraising for GGR Weedeater Complete – $400 Donated, $0 Needed!

What a tribute to the people who are part of the Growlers community! It took only 24 hours to raise the $400 for the weedeater, with 20 people contributing and two others saying, “What the heck. Keep the money for the Growlers fund” – even after [Continue Reading]

Huge Effort Keys Work at Castle Rock Bike Park

When Paul and I spoke at the recent NTWA meeting, the easy part was telling them that we could get people to come out for our work parties. What was much harder to explain was how much our guys are able to get done in a limited number of hours. That’s because [Continue Reading]

McMaster to Host Skills Clinic

Ryan McMaster of Growlers Gulch Racing will be the instructor at a skills clinic at the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday, October 13th. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and should be finished by 12:00. Focus will be on riding the pump track, log-overs, and jump [Continue Reading]

Massive Crowd Highlights Grand Opening at Castle Rock Bike Park

The grand opening at the Castle Rock Bike Park on September 22nd, drew a crowd estimated at nearly 300, with a huge number of kids in attendance. The day featured skills clinics, a 10-station kids’ challenge, raffle prizes, and lunch provided by North County [Continue Reading]

Itinerary Set for Bike Park Grand Opening

The schedule of events has been set for the grand opening at the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday, September 22nd. We are hoping all of you can make it. The event is open to kids; in fact, they are our focus that day, so plan on bringing yours if they ride. We [Continue Reading]

Bike Park Receives Three Donations

The Castle Rock Bike Park picked up three recent donations totaling $1,037.25. One came from an anonymous GGR member who contributed $100 for the second time this year. We also raised $387.25 at the TDG party at Porky’s last Saturday. This included $237.25 in [Continue Reading]

Castle Rock Bike Park Features Single-Track Option

The Castle Rock Bike Park continues to grow. At the north end of the park, a short gravel path takes riders to a trail that heads north on the very edge of the Cowlitz River. This is a great option for riders of all ages and ability levels. Currently, the trail [Continue Reading]

Growlers Gulch Racing Recognized as Champions for Healthy Lifestyles

Cowlitz on the Move and Pathways 2020 has announced that it will recognize Growlers Gulch Racing as a 2011 Champion of Healthy Lifestyles. Pathways 2020 Director Paul Youmans said that GGR’s work  “exemplifies our efforts for everyone to eat smart, [Continue Reading]

More Press for the Castle Rock Bike Park

The following story by Kim Colucci – “Volunteers Build Castle Rock Bike Park” – was published February 23, 2012, in the Town Crier, which is distributed in Lewis and Cowlitz counties. ********************* A volunteer crew of dedicated [Continue Reading]

TDN Highlights Castle Rock Bike Park

The following story by Barbara LaBoe was published in the Daily News on February 20, 2012. Photos by Bill Wagner With more than 1,000 volunteer hours behind them, builders of the Castle Rock Bike Park say they’re making good progress and hope to have the [Continue Reading]

Saturday Work Party Caps Massive Two-Week Effort

Snow storm last Sunday. Rainy and cold this Saturday. But in spite of the weather, the GGR crew – along with a few friends – put in nearly 300 hours of time at the Castle Rock Bike Park during the past two weeks. Eighteen people showed last Sunday. [Continue Reading]

Baby Steps Adding Up at the Castle Rock Bike Park

It’s slow going, but the beat goes on at the Castle Rock Bike Park. The south end of the site now has a ramp that should enable riders of all ability levels to easily access the common area and the feature trail that will follow. A 36″ flat drop coming [Continue Reading]

Castle Rock Bike Park Continues to Take Shape

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 [Continue Reading]

Preview Day Draws Local Kids

Nearly two dozen kids from the local area stopped by the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday to test things out as part of Pump Track Preview Day. The event was hosted by Growlers Gulch Racing. After watching a demo by Kevin Knorr, bikers had a chance to ride a [Continue Reading]

Major Work Underway at CR Bike Park

Progress continues at the bike park this weekend with a two-day build on tap. The plan is to complete the expert pump track. The beginner and intermediate tracks are rideable. However, Kevin Knorr, Ryan McMaster and Ryan Hicks – who have been involved with [Continue Reading]

Bike Park Photos – Additional News

The photos below are from last Thursday’s work day – with Ryan McMaster, Ryane Olin, Randy Toney, and Randy’s dad, John, on site to handle the layout, rocking of the access area, scrape-off and grading. Huge thanks to them for putting in 11 hours [Continue Reading]

Castle Rock Bike Park Breaks Ground!

A small crew from Growlers Gulch Racing broke ground on the Castle Rock Bike Park on June 23rd. Our Fill & Grade permit, which allows us to disturb less than one acre of dirt, was approved earlier than expected and we decided to take advantage. The initial [Continue Reading]