Eagle Bike Park in Idaho - Progress for 2009

Feb 23, 2010
by Brad Nelson  
We wanted to show everyone the progress made in 2009 at the Eagle Bike Park in Eagle Idaho (Boise area). Thanks to grants from Bikes Belong and Lowe's, we were able to install a few more trails this year.

A big thank you to Bikes Belong for a $10,000 trail building grant. We combined this grant with a $4,800 supplies donation from Lowe's to build two new trails and some new expert dirt jumps this year. Thanks to all the volunteers as well who have put in close to 9000 hours of work since this project started. The local riders have really stepped up along with several local organizations. Volunteers from the Ada County juvenile court system, Lowe's, REI, SWIMBA, Boy Scouts, Idaho Youth Ranch, and the Boise State TRIO youth program have all pitched in.

Details and videos inside,

We are also building a new website that we wanted to show off - eaglebikepark.org

This new site has a calendar for events, an interactive map with videos and pictures of trails, info about visiting the park, a blog, and other pages under construction.

The main additions to the park this year include a (0.8 mile/1.3km) downhill trail called "Shake and Bake" and a (0.8 mile/1.3km) freeride trail called "Stormin' Mormon". We also built some expert dirt jumps this year. Here are some pictures and videos showing the new stuff.

Art Widmar on the new expert dirt jumps
Art Widmar on the new expert dirt jumps

Expert DJ - Art Widmar
Expert DJ - Art Widmar

Working on the expert dirt jumps
Working on the expert dirt jumps

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If you're wondering why the landscape in this video looks like Tolkien's Mordor - we had a brush fire at the park this summer that killed off a bunch of 200 year old sagebrush. Luckily, our mini excavator was parked in a small excavated area and the flames went right around it.

Mini excavator work on the Stormin' Mormon trail was completed by Bob Radke of Sagebrush Trails and Services and Will from Gingerich Site and Underground.

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This is the 1st drop out of 3 on the Stormin Mormon freeride trail.  We constructed the drops using galvanized steel with Trex type decking - should be solid for years to come.
This is the 1st drop out of 3 on the Stormin Mormon freeride trail. We constructed the drops using galvanized steel with Trex type decking - should be solid for years to come.

Stormin Mormon trail - 24 foot jump after first drop.
Stormin Mormon trail - 24 foot jump after first drop.

Jim Mongomery hucking it over the canyon gap on the Stormin Mormon trail.
Jim Mongomery hucking it over the canyon gap on the Stormin Mormon trail.

Phil Vega of Joyride Cycles (local bike shop) showing some style on the new trails.

Max Dolar on one of the rock garden/drop zones on the new Shake and Bake downhill trail.
Max Dolar on one of the rock garden/drop zones on the new Shake and Bake downhill trail.


In addition to the new dh/freeride/dj stuff, a short track XC race course was installed and the skinny tire group also installed a cyclocross race course. The competition scene at the park now includes 4X, dual slalom, downhill, dirt jump, XC, short track XC, and cyclocross.




28 Comments

  • + 4
 living in Estonia, i know how hard it is to develop any sort of MTB trail in a relatively flat area, so props to the bike park crew - these trails look worth ridng.
  • + 1
 Excellent work by all the riders and supporters of the Eagle Bike Park. Special shout out to Brad Nelson and the Dirt Board as well as Bikes Belong / Lowes for making these new trails possible!
  • + 1
 you guys have done some work since i saw this place last! can't wait to get back down and ride! on a side note any word on the Velodrome? are they still planning on completing it?
  • + 1
 The IVCPA (Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park Association) still plans on trying to raise the money for concrete.
  • + 1
 sweet! it sounds like they needed a lot of concrete to do it tho Frown
  • + 1
 Great work to everyone who has worked on this thing. It is really amazing to see what has become of this place since it's conception......it is a truly awesome place!
  • + 2
 This place is incredible. We drive 4 1/2 hours just to ride it. Would be going there today if it weren't snowing.
  • + 1
 it's totally ridable right now. I was out there on Sunday
  • + 1
 Those new trails look sweet, I'll have to make my way back over there this year. Is it obvious how to get to the two new trails from the skills park area?
  • + 1
 Oh yeah. They both start from the largest hill. You can see the first drop on the freeride trail from the parking lot.
  • + 1
 That looks AWESOME. I have a friend that just moved from Idaho and he said all the riding up there was gnarly.
  • + 1
 Nice! I plan on making a trip down there soon and riding, my friend lives there so he can show me around
  • + 2
 i can see my house from that video!
is this open now?
  • + 2
 It has been open for a while now.
  • + 2
 stormin mormon is a long trail, you should get a rope tow tup
  • + 3
 ROAD TRIP!
  • + 1
 why did you name it Stormin Mormon?
  • + 1
 there's a lot of momo's in boise
  • + 1
 It was my project and I'm a Mormon (momo) - riders/friends started calling it that and it stuck.
  • + 1
 great looking setup , wish we could get something like this here...
  • + 1
 Looks Sick, Wish something like this was near me!
  • + 1
 Does the bike park is open all year long?
  • + 1
 yep its completely public. man i wish it was this nice when i went last year. looks like i need to come back
  • + 1
 It's going to be so awesome this year. I'm stoked!
  • + 1
 crazy trails!
  • + 1
 Can't wait for summer!
  • + 0
 Good on all of you! Talk about making the most out of nothing(not much).
  • + 1
 Is that Lonhoolio?

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