Truckee Bike Park - Building Community Through Cycling

Aug 29, 2018 at 15:29
by Ian Hylands  
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I feel like many people take bike parks for granted. Not to say that everyone does, far from it. I know there are many people out there that contribute countless hours to their local bike park, but the majority of people just show up and ride with no thought to how the park came to be. Bike parks don't just spring out of the ground, mostly they start small and they grow with the endless labor of a few tireless people.

Truckee Bike Park is such a place, and this spring I had the opportunity to check it out the during the Little Big Festival, a one day bike event at the park that includes skills clinics and some fun contests and races for kids and adults alike. The weather was cool and cloudy with a few more rain sprinkles than I would have liked, but in spite of that the park was packed with people of all ages; and not just locals, I spoke with a few people that had driven more than a few hours to get there.

Lots of options to choose from.

Cortney Knudson introduces the coaches at the beginning of the skills clinics.
Cortney Knudson introduces the coaches at the beginning of the skills clinics.
Cortney Knudson introduces the coaches at the beginning of the Little Big skills clinics.

I was there with Kirt Voreis and I took the opportunity to sit down with him and the park's founders, Brooks McMullin and Cortney Knudson, and discuss how the park came to be.

Brooks had been working on trails for quite a while, but nothing official, nothing really legal or sustainable, and he wanted to contribute something lasting to his community. While they were on a riding vacation in Sun Valley, Brooks and Cortney spent some time at the pump track in Hailey, Idaho and came away with an idea. "We need to have a pump track like this at home!" That was seven years ago, and the park now includes several dirt jump lines for all skill levels, an awesome dual slalom track, a straight rhythm course, and a pro jump line as well as that original pump track. They've put in thousands of hours not only digging but also lobbying the local government for permits, even starting a non-profit to help make everything easier. The park relies heavily on funding from sponsors, both in the local community and also in the bike industry, and fundraising is an ongoing process.

They haven't built everything themselves, instead, they've hired many different reputable trail builders with the intent of building a world-class park, and if the crowds at the Little Big festival are anything to go by it seems they've succeeded. If you're going to be at Interbike in Reno this year it's definitely a place worth checking out, and there will be an invite-only jump jam on September 15th at 5:30PM.

The Camelbak water station drinking fountain and bottle bladder filling station.
Support from the bike industry and other sponsors have really helped with the development of the park, this is the Camelbak drinking fountain and bottle/bladder filling station.

The Truckee Bike Park features all sorts of features perfect for learning and advancing your skill set.
Kids are the future never stop learning

The Truckee Bike Park features all sorts of features fun for all ages.
The Truckee Bike Park features all sorts of features perfect for learning and advancing your skill set.

Never stop learning
The Truckee Bike Park features all sorts of features perfect for learning and advancing your skill set.
The Truckee Bike Park features all sorts of features of varying sizes and difficulty, perfect for learning and progressing your skill set.

With several different pump tracks of varying sizes it s easy to progress.

The Little Big Festival at the Truckee Bike Park
With several different pump tracks of varying sizes it s easy to progress.
With several different pump tracks of varying sizes it's easy to start small and build up.

Park Tools work stand with a decent set of tools just in case you need to fix or adjust something...
Having mechanical troubles? There is a Park Tools work stand and tools for repairs at the park.

Kids on bikes are the future

Kids on bikes are the future
Kids on bikes are the future

Kids on bikes are the future
Kids on bikes are the future

Kids are the future it was awesome to see so many families at the park.
Kids are the future it was awesome to see so many families at the park.
Kids are the future, it was awesome to see so many families with kids of all ages at the park.

Brooke showing us how it s done. Nice style over a hip during a session with Kirt Voreis.

Nose press over the spine.
Brooke Anderson watching and learning. Foot plant over the dirt spine.

Brooke Anderson showing us how it's done during a coaching session with Kirt Voreis. With skills like these it's not surprising she won the 10-12 yr old women's AIR DH race at Crankworx this year. Definitely keep an eye out for this girl in the future.


Kirt getting all tucked into his bike over one of the hips.

360
Bike flip it took a while but he finally landed it
The larger jump lines were closed due the to rain while I was there, but people were still throwing down in the jump jam.

The new Dual Slalom features a pneumatic start gate and the course is awesome!

Dual Slalom start
Dual Slalom start

Dual Slalom
Riders walk back up to the start of the dual slalom course.
Riders walk back up to the start of the dual slalom course.

Dual Slalom

Kirt helps himself to some fresh water compliments of the Camelbak water fountain.




13 Comments

  • + 8
 Cortney and Brooks have put so much time into an amazing park. Those two rock! I make the drive from San Francisco every chance I get to ride the park and surrounding area. Always a good vibe! Thanks again for all the work and community support that goes into a project like this!
  • + 2
 Rode there this past Monday with my son and had a blast, we were bummed we had to go after a few hours but we will be back. It was awesome seeing all the youngsters riding. Thanks for all the hard work that has been done, you really have created a special place for a father and son to make some good memories!
  • + 8
 It's a shame now of these days that there are not very many open fields where us kids use to build the most awesome jumps and tracks. so i glad that at least someone is building tracks for the kids.
  • + 1
 Every city does need this!
Unfortunately, every city has a long labarynth of policy and permits to even get something like this started.
I was told that Truckee was totally on board to get the park started and the initial phase was open in just 1 year.
When our (not so) secret pump track was bulldozed for the final time, I contacted two neighboring city park departments. And though ammenable to the idea of a bike park, it was going to take several months just to get a audience with the planning commission.
  • + 1
 Just another attempt by the bike industry to sell us pump track bikes! All joking aside, these are so fun to ride and take our families. Great job Truckee!
  • + 3
 Looks fun! 26 is not dead!
  • + 2
 For those who know......it never has been. 26 for life.
  • + 2
 That's my dawg! Rainier in the pint glass!
  • + 1
 Rad place for riders of all stripes. Cheers, Truckee crew.
  • + 1
 Looks so cool! I went there on winter but couldn't ride Frown
  • + 2
 Brooks & Court dig 3
  • + 1
 Judging from these pictures, I'd say the future looks pretty great!
  • + 1
 Every city needs this!

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