Words by Bryce Bike Park
Bryce has always been viewed as a beginner friendly bike park with some options that allow for progression but they've decided to up the ante this year with a new jump line, Hooch. The advanced rider was the target audience in mind with this build. If you're a fiend for jumps you'll want to make a trip to Basye, VA this summer. Bryce continued their relationship with Gravity Logic to get the trail built in time for the 2021 season. Gravity builders Tom Howell, Eric Canfield, and Alex Pierce-Mercer went ham on this trail and stacked up jumps that are sure to draw crowds from afar.
Bryce rider, Elliott Banks drops in for some test laps.
Riders are forced to float into the trail by way of a hefty wooden drop. The line of jumps that follows is an impressive step up from anything else in the region. "Get your rubber ducky's ready because it's hard not to float down this line" - Elliott Banks.
Corey Jackson took no time at all to figure these out.
Corey Jackson grew up just down the road from Bryce. The bike park has served as his proving grounds over the years. He's been able to take some runs in between trail work and patrol duties this spring and it seems he's had no problem figuring the jumps out. Hooch allows for "maximum airtime, [a] feeling of floating, and the ability to throw massive style", says Jackson. The jumps "surprised me as they are still comfortable and easy to ride."
It's clear Corey feels comfortable on Hooch.
The trail wraps around the perimeter of land recently acquired by Bryce and ties into two trails built last season. Hooch comes in just under a mile long and is chalked full of lofty jumps, gaps, and drops. In total the trail features 15 jumps and 2 sizable drops.
Davis Jones (Top), Bryce rider, Ronnie Vance (Bottom Left) and Gravity Logic builder Eric Canfield (Bottom Right) have no issue letting go of the bars.
The new property came with a bonus pile of porcelain. Toilets were quickly implemented into the trail making for some entertaining marketing material.
Elliott Banks seeing triple on one of the bigger step ups.
Eric Canfield taking a quick lunch break from shaping jumps while Ronnie Vance takes a lap.
Bryce has been letting some of the regulars onto the trail in exchange for feedback to the trail builders. "Hooch is exactly what our rugged, rocky, and rooty region needed. A large jump line to excite even the most seasoned rider and help intermediate riders progress as well. Bryce and Gravity hit it out of the park with this one." - Ronnie Vance
Hooch is scheduled to open May 1st to the public. If you're lining up a bike park tour on the east coast this summer add Bryce to the hit list because this trail alone is worth the short detour off I-81.
Davis Jones hitting the step up after the second drop.
Party trains are bound to be abundant.
Eric Canfield and the Gravity Logic crew are proud of this one for good reason.
The locals approve.