As CBMR’s Evolution Bike Park Manager Christian Robertson says, “There’s a lot to be stoked about” for this upcoming bike season. Here, Robertson talks about what’s happening on the hill for 2013, including a series of new trails, strategic realignments, and Crested Butte Bike Week.
Elosha Building new trail features.
New Trails and Realignments
CR: The hill is drying out and we are getting closer to being able to start and open trails. We had a CBMBA (Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association) work session on May 22 that was a success. We worked on a piece of new trail named Up and Away. This will be an Uphill Only bike and 2-way hiking trail that will give hikers and riders access to upper portions of the trail network without encountering downhill traffic. As for people descending on bikes, there will be both Green and Black trail options to take them all the way into the base area without encountering any uphill traffic. I think this will be a great addition to our trail system for all users.
CBMBA working on trail with 3 yr old Temple Robertson
We are also going to work on a new piece of Green downhill trail down the last portion of Warming House Hill. We will make a few upgrades to the lower section of Avery as it brings riders into the base.
A new green trail, Downtime.
In addition, new trails will be under construction throughout the summer. This includes an alternate finish to Timeline, a new piece of Upper Westside, an extension of Meander and a downhill trail on the Gold Link-side called Crusader. All of these pieces will enhance the Bike Park.
Crusader, a new downhill trail on the Gold Link side.
Crested Butte Bike Week - June 26-30
CR: There is a lot going on with Bike Week. Our involvement is mostly focused on racing, as it has been in the past. The weekend of June 29 and 30 will be busy as we are hosting both the Fat Tire 40 and the Big Mountain Enduro. The 40 takes place on Saturday and starts and finishes in the base area. This is an awesome CB cross-country race that attracts a big field of riders. The Big Mountain Enduro will be Saturday and Sunday with multiple stages each day. This is a very exciting discipline of racing that has a lot of energy behind right now, and should make for a great weekend of racing action.
Opening Day - June 15
CR: There is still a fair amount of snow on the hill, but I feel confident we will be good to go mid-June. Please encourage folks to stay off the hill until then, as there will be a lot of muddy sections that will cause trail damage if they try and ride.
A happy crew working on trail.
Interview with Christian Robertson, Evolution Bike Park Manager
By: Mike Horn