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The new mountain bike track at Evergreen High School is a dream come true for coach Andrew Speers.
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It’s an awesome place to ride, according to riders of the 70-member mountain bike team that just won the Division 1 regional championship.
“This is a safe, close place for us to practice,” said Speers of the .7-mile track that runs on the southwest part of the school property, west of the Wulf Recreation Center’s tennis courts and around the skateboard park. “It’s an easy place for new riders to practice and have all the skills in one place.”
Plus, he noted, it gets team members riding their bikes on the track rather than riding through the parking lot before heading to parks like Alderfer/3 Sisters Open Space Park to ride.
The team, Jeffco Public Schools officials, the Colorado Mountain Bike Association known as COMBA and the Evergreen Park & Recreation District all had a hand in bringing the track to fruition.
Speers reached out to COMBA, which decided the project was a good one, and COMBA designed the trail and brought the equipment to cut the track. Team members and their parents spent a day adding features and preparing the track for the first day of riding.
‘It’s a big community project, and we got something on the ground for those kids,” Gil McCormick, COMBA’s trails director, said. “It’s a great place for kids to meet, to practice their starts and finishes. We built it in a way that it gives a lot of variety of terrain features that you would find in an open space park or in the mountains. It’s a really good practice course for them.”
McCormick believes this is the first time COMBA has built a mountain bike track at a high school.
On Oct. 4, the first day the track was open, sophomore Emma Magnuson said she was happy her teammates pitched in to finish building the track. She’s been mountain biking since she was 10, and she figured the track needed about a week of riding for it to be broken in.
Evergreen junior Justin Freeman said it was cool to have a track next to the school. He’s been biking all his life and has been on the team since his freshman year.
The track has a pump-track area, jumps, drops, tight turns — everything to keep it interesting for the riders.
Speers, COMBA and EPRD have their sights set on expanding the track, hoping to talk with Denver Mountain Parks, which owns Cub Creek Park south of the rec center property to see if some of that land could be used for a track.
Speers envisions great things for the track, hoping to have some scrimmages with teams from other schools — all to ride mountain bikes and further the sport.
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