GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Hundreds of bikers got in gear at the new Lunch Loop Bike Park, making tracks at its grand opening celebration Saturday. The track was created at Monument Road's Tabeguache/Lunch Loop trailhead.
"I've been riding since I was three, and I like this track because of the jumps. It's really awesome," says Megan Cooper, who joined a crop of other riders younger than ten years old.
The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) worked with nearly 30 sponsors, including a $10,000 grant from REI, to carve out the course, aimed at getting kids off the couch. "This is all about connecting kids with nature, ideally inspiring them to be future advocates for trail access and open space," says Jen Taylor, who spearheaded the bike park.
Grand Junction's Grassroots Cycles designed the track featuring big jumps, a racing slalom, and even a course for the kiddos. "I like the track because there's some smaller jumps, and it's not very easy to get hurt on," says 10-year-old Jake Christensen.
The track was made for bikers of all abilities, and hundreds got in the dirt to dig it out. "I helped volunteer two weeks ago. It's pretty awesome. It's a little difficult here and there, but I'd say it's pretty cool," says 11-year-old Ryan Bowen.
Surely cool enough so that bikers will definitely be back to shred up the Lunch Loop's sweet line.