VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Thursday marked the official groundbreaking for the three new trails at the Griffin Bike Park.
A park that already host 30 races a year, including cross country races and bike races, is continuing to find ways to expand. The new trails are the Fubar, Recon and Heroes trails expected to be completed by May.
The trails are being funded through the “Next Level Trails” grant from the State of Indiana. Park Manager Rich Moore said the park continues looking for ways to bring even more people to the area.
“We’re averaging 40 to 50,000 people a year out here,” Moore said. “Continuing to build the trails and add more fun features is bringing more people out. Everybody wants to see the new stuff that’s being built.”
To help design trail features, Griffin Bike Park brought in champion mountain bikers Tyler McCaul and Ryan Leech.
“This is my first time to Griffin Bike Park,” McCaul said. “First time to Indiana. Honored to be out here building a signature trail and kind of putting my flavor on things and making some fun stuff for the local kids to ride.”
The new trails will include a little bit of everything, but will serve different levels of rides.
“Basically a flat trail that’s super easy, all the way up to trails that have huge drops, huge jumps,” Moore said. “The stuff you see in the X-Games.”
McCaul said it is important to give kids the opportunity, and the push, to take part in the fun as well.
“You have two pretty fun ridges with some little jumps and on the way backup for the third ridge, you peel off left to a nice little step up and kind of a trick jump,” McCaul said. “We’re going to make it a loop so that kids can just kind of practice and ride that.”
Moore said he is also looking to join USA Cycling to bring a state championship to Griffin.