Windrock Bike Park - The Story Behind the Mountain

Feb 15, 2018 at 7:00
by Sean Leader  

Windrock Bike Park was born out of the passion for downhill mountain biking. Neko Mulally and Sean Leader tell the story of how they built a shuttle service mountain bike park in the Southeastern United States.


Windrock Bike Park


Windrock Bike Park mountain biking trails


87 Comments

  • + 58
 This is definitely THE best place to ride! My buddies and I drive 9 hours each way to come enjoy their park! It has the best network of trails that they are constantly changing and improving. Such a great vibe there too! Can't wait as we're going again next weekend!! Canada Crew!!!
  • + 6
 Hell yeah! I think I rode with you guys on New Years! Ill probably see you there next weekend!
  • + 2
 @NorthCoastZack: Yeah you did! Sounds like a plan, we'll see you next weekend!
  • + 2
 This place is SOOOOOO HIGH on my places I want to ride. If I can finagle it with Mrs and a new born, it'll happen this summer.
  • + 53
 This looks like the best thing to happen to US DH since Shaun Palmer.
  • + 33
 I remember the first time I rode at Windrock around 2008. It was my first time riding what I would call real DH. My buddies Chris Bramlage and Steve Pervis (R.I.P. brother) kept telling me about how gnarly this place was and how I would love it. I showed up with a 2006 Specialized SX Trail, a fullface, and some knee pads. We got on the shuttle trailer with about 15 other dudes who looked like they were ready for battle. Full armor on, big bikes, the whole nine yards. There was a silence that's hard to explain. No one was even looking at each other, I think everyone was praying for their lives. We dropped into Old Windmill Trail from the top, and I couldn't believe what the hell we were riding down. Big shelf drops one after another, what looked to be old steep creek beds, the roughest terrain I had been down even on foot. When we finally got to the bottom, it was like a party. Everyone was so stoked to make it out alive! Truly if you made it down the mountain in one piece, it was a good day. There was a lot of trail work done by locals consistently, and those guys deserve a lot of credit. Super stoked to see that Neko and Sean were able to add to it, and hold a Pro GRT there. I remember following Luca and Walker Shaw with the other Specialized Grom team riders from way back in the day and not knowing who they were. They were solid kids on and off the bike even back then. There's some big name WC DH guys that train at Windrock and it would be rad if they could make it into a WC DH stop in the U.S. The terrain is worthy!
  • + 3
 Hell yeah bro! You gotta come back down again soon! Miss ya man.
  • + 1
 @zidoj: We might be coming down from the Windrock Pro GRT. You guys should meet us there!
  • + 2
 Neko said it would be too expensive for a WC stop, they definitely have the trails, but all the wifi and other technology stuff is too expensive at the moment.
  • + 15
 Very cool story and place. I’m on the other coast, PLEASE people who are close or closeish, GO!!! Would hate to see such a promising enterprise fall short because they didn’t have enough money coming in.
  • + 1
 100% agreed, I will be making my first trip up shortly!
  • + 14
 Next Week end is going to be insane 25 runs for Neko's Birthday. WOOOHOOO.
  • + 2
 And i will be there!
  • + 11
 Sometimes the shuttle rides are more exciting than the trails.
  • + 6
 I went for the first time last year for a race. They needed Shuttle driver and neko said I'll do it. He drove us. Backed up to drop us off and put the e brake. Then as soon As he jumped out the truck started rolling. E brake Didn't work!!! We rolled a few feet and he jumped back in to put his foot on the pedal. It was a pucker moment for a sec with a truck moving and no driver. Thx neko for helping us ride and build!!!!!
  • + 10
 i see they hired the hollywood "trailer guy" :-))
  • + 3
 Gotta say his voice is actually pretty damn annoying.
  • + 5
 Windrock has new trails being built as we speak, it keeps growing and getting better and better!!! One of the best downhill parks anywhere with a super fun and laid back vibe, Sat Feb 24th is Neko's Birthday Bash so come #ridetherock its gonna be a rowdy good time!!!
  • + 5
 Love that place! Great steep, rocky terrain and Sean and Neko are some of the nicest guys you'll meet. A real grassroots vibe that's all about a passion for gnarly gravity riding. Can't wait to go back!
  • + 4
 dude. i wish i legally had mountains to play with like my own personal sandbox. that, my friends, is the life. build and ride. build and ride. west coast wishing you guys the best. hope i can make it out there someday.
  • + 5
 my daughter loves Windrock and riding with Neko. the place scares the hell out of me, but then again, I'm old and outta shape now. lol
  • + 3
 Been riding here for years now. And the work that Neko, Sean, Gunny and others have done is amazing. They keep improving the trails and building more and more trails. If you haven't rode The Rock yet, you need to.....
  • + 3
 Heal up Wendell, Windrock misses you The WR DH Gods need their blood sacrifices!!!
  • + 4
 Best downhill in the southeast!
  • + 4
 Aw wheres Dakotahs crash lol?
  • + 3
 Awesome park! Drove 16 hours to ride over new years, can't wait to do it again! ????
  • + 2
 I mean... all the stoke. Good people. Good storytelling. Good spirit and vibes. Looks like amazing riding too.
  • + 2
 Windrock is not known only for DH bike trails. They have awesome Jeep and ORV trails also. The place is insane!
  • + 1
 XC (enduro) trails also!
  • + 2
 Great story. I love that the raw chunky DH is the backbone of the mountain. That's the kinda stuff I would travel to ride.
  • + 3
 Looks like heaven on earth.
  • + 2
 That guy Sean is pretty cool sometimes! I love his work! I hope to get out there and ride with him someday!
  • + 1
 this video makes me so happy there are people like neko and sean. keep it up guys! excited to make the trip 1 day!
  • + 2
 F-Yeah! Quality trail building. Love the grassroots vibe~
  • + 1
 Definitely the gnarliest DH trails I've ever seen. If you're anywhere in the area you owe yourself to check it out.
  • + 1
 I ride a Norco Range 160mm Lyrik and 6" rear travel fox ctd

Can I hit all of windrock with this setup ?

I really wanna go
  • + 2
 Damn you rain. Now I have to wait til march ????
  • + 7
 Windrock drains really well - no need to wait!
  • + 1
 @Mavic101:
I know, was planning to be there Saturday but 100% chance or 1-2" sounds like a lot of wet. I wish it wasn't 6.5 hours. I'd be there anyway.
  • + 1
 It actually drains ultra fast.
  • + 1
 We ride Windrock rain or shine!
  • + 1
 @GunnyBailey: also dries fast, and after a few runs the grip is on point
  • + 3
 Good job Neko and crew!
  • + 1
 We need to do a photo epic in Purgatory this summer and see what you got cooking over there!!
  • + 2
 Worth going just to ride that rock, btw we don't have rocks in Kent
  • + 6
 I rode there last year and it certainly is rocky! Coming from Britain I thought I could handle the technical stuff but this place had me seriously humbled. Most of the blue trails there are like black trails at other east coast bike parks and the rock slabs are no joke. I tried following a local teenage pinner down a black trail, reached a rock and tried to take a different line to him; it turns out it was a nearly 2m sheer drop if you didn't take the racing line and I narrowly avoided a broken body and bike. Believe the hype; I made it to the bottom and decided I was happy calling it a day without breaking anything.
  • + 1
 This whole video reminded me of Revolution Bike Park in North Wales so much. Gnarly shit built by a load of passionate dudes. Ride it year round and it's the place to go if you want to improve.

And yeah - we don't have rocks in Surrey/Hampshire either - but they do in Shropshire and Wales!
  • + 2
 @rorykeith: We call them Windrock Blue! We like our trails a little more raw and gnarly!
  • + 1
 Great place to ride, havent been since 2006-07 and can only imagine its biggerer and badderer nowadays.
  • + 3
 We have added a shit load of new stuff since 2007!! Come back, you wont be disappointed!
  • + 2
 Can't wait to hit here on the first leg of the GRT in a few weeks.
  • + 1
 Are some of the greens and blues doable on a hardtail? Im looking to get better and burms and jumps
  • + 1
 Greens definitely are, freshly built (as of this past week) and the blues are but might be a bit painful. If you're looking for berms and jumps that are doable in the area, look at Sharp's Ridge and Baker Creek preserve in Knoxville, TN. Either way, come out and #ridetherock!
  • + 0
 @proob: on a similar subject, are those trails going to be rideable this weekend? I've been looking for somewhere to drive down to as the weather is shit in ohio right now, and came across this. Also, is this only DH or are there more do able trails for non-dh'ers?
  • + 2
 @ceolmhar: This weekend is up in the air as far as I can tell. Its been warm all week (high sixties right now!) so I think any rain we get will be the good kind. Sunday is going to be clear, also. Basically though yes they're rideable except Talladega, which might be shit, might be okay. The tech stuff holds up the best, so if that's what you're into come get some! The park itself is pretty much DH only, but is also doable on enduro steeds, and we have a non-uplift group of trails called Windrock XC that is definitely more small bike friendly, though can be as hard and harder as the bike park stuff. Basically (and mind you, I work for the park so I'm biased) come ride the rock, its gonna be good shit no matter the weather!
  • + 1
 @proob: Could you survive the blacks on a 150/140 mm bike? Also do y'all have camping?
  • + 3
 @BlackBeanCan: Rode them in December on my Stumpy 29er with 150/135. Definitely under-gunned but still a blast. Be precise with your lines and you'll be fine. And throw the DH tires on for sure. The blues were far scarier to me Wink
  • + 2
 @BlackBeanCan: Yeah, to echo Chun, you can survive them! You might not be hucking everything and a bit slower, but it's definitely doable. Every weekend there's a lot of guys on mid range bikes like that. Camping wise, yes we do! They're not specifically affiliated with the Bike Park but there are a lot of campgrounds around that are used by the OHV park guys, on property and not. On the property we have the Windrock Campground (which is close to where you'll find the XC trails) and then theres a few others on Windrock Road.
  • + 2
 @BlackBeanCan: windrock park has a campground!
  • + 2
 @chUNdah-luVAh-69: I always have the nobblies on. I only go up to go down.
  • + 1
 He means dh thick tires it’s rocky af @BlackBeanCan:
  • + 2
 Trails like Talledaga and Drop Out are really fun on a hardtail. The blacks such as Trail One and Snake rock are doable on a hardtail, but its rough. Just know that it is a lot steeper than it looks on video. Smile
  • + 1
 @BlackBeanCan: yes there is a lot of camping. Windrock itself is actually a jeep park so ya, lots of car camping.
  • + 1
 Keeping the core in hardcore.......nice work guys!
  • + 1
 love windrock, going down to ride dirtbikes this upcoming weekend.
  • + 1
 Yep i'll be riding here ASAP
  • + 1
 Yeewww! Just gonna send it!
  • + 1
 baileymountainwnc.com

Bailey has a sister now!
  • + 32
 More like an older brother that picks up little bailey from middle school in his mustang lol
  • + 2
 This rules @dirtyoldman:
  • + 5
 Windrock is definitely Bailey Mtn's big brother!
  • + 1
 I love the Twilight Zone commentator
  • + 1
 The rock will make you a faster, better rider. Aint do doubt about that.
  • + 1
 make a visit happen ,u will agree ,worth it in any weather
  • + 1
 Place is rad
  • + 1
 Rad video.
  • + 1
 This place Rocks!
  • + 1
 I can't wait!
  • + 1
 Awesome job!
  • + 1
 I 3 heart windrock
  • + 1
 Great work, fellas!
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