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Peak to Peak Dual Slalom series wraps up

The inaugural Peak to Peak Dual Slalom series wrapped up the successful event on the newest feature of the Frisco bike park Friday.

The dual slalom track, which opened June 21, offers a venue where two riders can compete alongside each other.

A total of 35 participants came out for the third and final race in the series. The first in the series hosted 39 riders, the second hosted 29.

Friday's race picked up where the series left off on July 6, making up the final match-ups from the second race, which were postponed due to rain.

The race began slightly after its scheduled 5:15 p.m. start time and had several spectators present for the final day in the series.

Organizers were pleased with the large turnout in the boys 13 and under category, with 10 riders.

Jerry Wagner, visiting from Austin, Texas, watched his son, Will, 12, compete in the event.

"It's great to see young kids out here just going for it," Wagner said.

The series concluded with an award ceremony for the overall winners who competed in all three races.

Track designers organized the Peak to Peak series, which began June 29, to showcase the new addition to the park.

"The dual slalom is such a great addition to the park," said Carter Thomas, a rider competing in the women's open/elite category. "There isn't another place where you can be right next to another rider and race along a super competitive track like this."

The inaugural Peak to Peak series ended on a positive note.

"We are ecstatic about the way this series went," said Jon "Zeke" Zdechlik, Frisco Adventure Park general manager. "We've had a lot of repeat competitors and everyone seems to be having a lot of fun."

The Peak to Peak series and the Frisco bike park offer tracks for all ability levels to utilize, including a pump course, a jump facility, slope-style runs, and the newest dual slalom race course.

"The culture that the park offers makes this place a great venue for young riders," Zdechlik said. "Older riders are great about reaching out, everyone feels like this is a place where they can exert their ability, no matter what level it might be."

With the series finished, Zdechlik says that the summer will offer several other opportunities to enjoy the Frisco bike park.

"We really want to give back to the community as much as possible," Zdechlik said. "We want to throw summer parties with lawn games that the whole family can enjoy."

Park staff recently fine tuned a portion of the jump facility, which is open to the public every day.

"They just softened a big gap in the jump facility," Zdechlik said. "We've had good reviews, it seems to be riding a lot better."


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