Nigel Pike and Kip Deeley have been busy this spring and summer swinging shovels and pick axes as they work on the first ever Stephenville Mountain Bike Park.
Along with a few other helpers with the Bay St. George Mountain Bikers Club from time to time, they started just after the snow was gone, mapping out the trail, then clearing it and now digging out the ground to form the trail.
Pike figures they have the intermediate level trail about 85 per cent completed and the plan is to eventually have all levels of mountain biking, adding beginner and advanced trails later on.
An avid mountain biker himself, Pike used to travel to Corner Brook to ride the trails there but that had to be at select times as he’s often on call as a Stephenville career firefighter.
“It’s crazy when we have so much space around that I’d be travelling an hour to go mountain biking. We have lots of area here in Stephenville that is excellent for mountain biking and I appreciate the Town of Stephenville making the space available,” he said.
Pike said his group is going to make this work and he can’t say enough good things about the current town council and the mayor who has really helped them out.
He figures there is about two solid weeks of work left on preparing the trails, which are located off Igloo Road. He welcomes any help that people might want to give working on the trails.
Pike said before the trail is officially opened, the Town of Stephenville will be posting signs on the trail system.
Of course, the park will be a “use at your own risk” facility and people are more than welcome to hike or walk the trail, but unlike other walking trails, walkers have to give the right of way to mountain bikers.
He said a lot of work has gone into the trails and they are not open to any type of motorized vehicles, which could do a lot of damage to them in short order.