Commuters passing Federal on 6th Avenue on their way into Denver may have noticed construction on what is shaping up to be an epic new mountain bike and BMX skills park, designed by Gravity Logic and pro rider John Cowan. The park will be operated by Winter Park's Trestle Bike Park crew in partnership with the City of Denver, in an agreement similar to the Rail Yard ski and snowboard terrain park at Ruby Hill. But if you've been counting down the days to the bike park's tentatively announced July 23 opening, you're going to have to wait just a bit longer: The official opening has now been pushed back to August 6 at 10 a.m.
It ought to be worth the wait: For the last five years Gravity Logic (based in Whistler, British Columbia) has been building the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park into one of the world's premiere freeride mountain biking destinations and helping it earn accolades like Westword's Best Mountain Bike Park pick in our 2011 Best of Denver special issue. The Trestle Bike Park plays host to the annual Crankworx Colorado downhill and slopestyle mountain bike festival. Gravity Logic is also responsible for the world-famous Whistler Bike Park and at least six other parks in North America and Sweden, and to have them building a park right in Denver... well, let's just say it's kind of a big deal.
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"We see every new trail and feature we build as the next step in the future of the sport," says Bob Holme, director of the Trestle Bike Park. "On one hand, we're working with the top athletes to help push progression and facilitate the tricks that they've been wanting to try, and on the other hand, we're building up a progression that makes sense so that we can attract and grow new riders and help grow the sport."
You can already see a pump track, wooden features, a slopestyle line and multiple jump lines in the park; we'll keep you posted with more details as the big opening day gets closer.