Video: Mountain Creek Celebrates 20 Years of Downhill

Aug 9, 2019
by Mountain Creek Bike Park  
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This year marks the 20th year of lift-serviced downhill mountain biking operations at Mountain Creek. To celebrate the resort threw the biggest party of the season... Jersey style! The day consisted of a beginner kid's bike camp for those just getting into the sport, a Grom freeride session on the small jump line, a trail crüe led jump session on the big jump line, women's group rides led by Kathi Krause of Dirt, Rock and Root Training and two #trailboss rides led by local-legend Jeff Lenosky. The main event of the day was the Mountain Creek's "20 Lap Challenge" encouraging riders to complete 20 laps for 20 years. Not an easy task in the high heat of summer. Rider's who were able to tough it out and get their punch cards cleared we're entered into a a massive product raffle at the 20 Year after party in the resort's outdoor Biergarten bar & grill. Lucky riders who's tickets were pulled walked away with their share of over $5,000 in products including: Resort Ride & Stay packages, season passes, helmets, bike racks and a full Shimano XTR group set. The giveaways were followed by a 20 year retrospective video showcasing the resort's history in mountain biking, cake and of course Karaoke... because what would a Mountain Creek party be without Karaoke. It was great to see so many old friends and new celebrating together. Cheers to another 20 years!

6 year old Julian Voytilla getting some whip advice from Diablo Freeride Park co-founder Clayton Harper
John Nicholson was on a mission to be among the first to clear their 20 Lap cards. John kept a blazing 5 lap per hour pace getting done in just over 4 hours

Trail Boss Jeff Lenosky led two group rides. Here he is with the Forgotten Trails of Mountain Creek group about to explore the gnar

Jeff leading the train into the Double Black Diamond bike trail known as Ripper
High fives, positive vibes and laps with your crew were the order of the day
An unkown rider taking the A line into Breakout

The Phantom Rider has been a staple at Mountain Creek since he was 15. Looking fast and flashy as always

Trail Crüe's Jeff "Jeb" Anderson is equally talented with a bike or with a shovel. His energy has helped to fuel the vibe at Mountain Creek for almost 10 years

Kathi Krause has been riding and racing at Mountain Creek since day one. Mikeala Albanese only started riding downhill a few year ago, but both we're looking sharp during the women's group ride
Kristen Lenart took a break from building trails at neighboring Blue Mountain and racing the Eastern States Cup to come show her support and celebrate with the community

Head trail builder and Trail Crüe manager George Ryan leading the way on Lower Dominion

Whip it. Whip it good. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah...
Jump trains on Lower Dominion are about as much fun as you can have on two wheels, just ask Oscar Orozco and Christian Suarez
A crowd of locals taking in the show at the jump line

Winding down and reliving the day in the Biergarten
And yes, the cake tasted as good as it looks

Former Bike Park Manager Marc Tremain is the undisputed King of Karaoke. Just look how excited Fly Racing's Dave Spruil is to hear his cover of Steel Panther
The sun may have set on the day but the spirit of downhill is alive and well in New Jersey. Thanks to everyone who helps to make Mountain Creek what it is

Words by: Hugh Reynolds
Photos: Christopher Vanderyajt

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 One of the best days on my bike. From coaching kids camp in Morning, Then to doing the forgotten trails of Mcbp with Jeff Lenosky, followed up with the trail crüe jump jam, Then finishing out my day by hammering out laps to fill my punch card. Yeewooo, What good day! Thank you Mcbp and Thank you Chris for capturing all action.
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 Awesome photos Chris! A house hold name at Creek, always making Creek look good.

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