PRESS RELEASE: Cedar Valley Bike Park
In an area known for big houses, bad traffic, quaint downtown, urban sprawl and NASCAR- a local shop owner and a small team of volunteers harvested the unthinkable from land that is typically host to run-of-the-mill singletrack commonly indigenous to the Charlotte, NC metro area.
Cedar Valley Bike Park sits humbly beyond a kudzu gauntlet at the entrance of a long-running trail center known as Fisher Farm in Davidson, NC, which it shares its locale with. Evan St. Clair, partner at a prominent shop in Cornelius, NC, has mobilized volunteers and local resources for over two years to see out his vision to create a destination trail center that allows local mountain bikers to push their riding to the limits. The feel is unlike any trail in the area, with every square inch of trail intentionally crafted for maximum fun - berms, rollers, drops, gaps and jibs litter the easily navigable loop and beckon multiple laps.
Cedar Valley features 3 trail segments beyond its main gateway kiosk.
Sweet Leaf: This trail brings you across the power line cut, over several fun rollers into a left sweeping turn that sets you into an awesome step-down. Berms and rollers along with some nice options make this trail an excellent means of getting your legs under you for the session.
Roaster Coaster: Truly lives up to its name. As the speeds and magnitude of features begin to scale up. Although keeping your speed consistent throughout this trail can be tricky, you are greatly rewarded for staying on the pedals and off the brakes. Lines and choices for going big are aplenty.
Double Black Sabbath: Hail Iommi, hail big air. The current iteration of the trail system closes with a trail sure to impress anyone that likes throwing the bike around. This trail gets straight to the point with roller after roller, gaps and step-downs and lots of opportunity for hang time.
On Sunday, June 18th 2019, St. Clair, along with vendors, shops and the local trail organization, debuted this awesome trail system to the public. The turnout was tremendous and the stoke was high. Hundreds of riders from near and far sweated it out in the Fathers Day heat.
The crowd favorite being the step-up/gap that St. Clair and Co. constructed just days before the event. This feature lent itself perfectly to a whip competition where the winner took home a Cane Creek DB Coil Shock.
This trail deserved nothing less than the opening it got, many riders came together and had an excellent time on bikes to celebrate the first of many excellent additions to the Charlotte Areas trail offerings. For more information on local trails here in the Charlotte Area and how you can help, check out http://tarheeltrailblazers.com
Cheers Evan, TrailBlazers and Volunteers!