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Summit County Bike Guide: Frisco Bike Park free berm tracks and jump line

The dirt makes all the difference at Frisco Bike Park.

Found on the Frisco Peninsula, within easy gawking distance of Highway 9, the park is something of a treasure hidden in plain sight. It's home to more than 75 features, split between wooden and natural hits for mountain bikes, gravity line drops for downhillers and, of course, the signature dirt jumps for, well, anyone with the guts to spend two or three seconds floating over two wheels.

"That's one thing that sets us apart, are those large jumps and hips at the bottom," said Brian Donner, operations manager for the attached Frisco Adventure Park. "It's unique. Features made with Skatelite and concrete are good depending on your area — maybe somewhere with very dusty, dry ground. But, with dirt, we can change the shape on command. It allows for more flexibility and creativity."

On a gorgeous (if windy) afternoon, I met with local downhiller Austin Klaube at the park for a photo shoot. The 21-year-old Summit native was fresh off his first two World Cup races as a bona fide pro, Mont-Sainte-Anne outside of Quebec City on Aug. 1-2 and the tiny burg of Windham, New York, on Aug. 8-9. He's first to admit he didn't place well, but it hardly scared him away from dreams of pro racing.

"Those were probably the toughest two races of my career so far," he told me while adjusting his helmet at the top of the main jump line. "Racing the best in the world is tough. It should be. But, I'm looking for redemption next time."

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Redemption shouldn't be too tough to find. It only helps that he was born and bred in the rough Rocky Mountains, where he grew up racing in the Summit Mountain Challenge Series before turning his sights to the adrenaline-fueled realm of downhilling. Or, as he put it, "I found out real fast that I liked going downhill way better than going uphill."

But, downhilling in the Summit area can be intimidating as hell (watch for a Keystone Bike Park feature on Aug. 15), and the Frisco park is custom-made for learning at a gentle pace. The lower-skills parks is home to four jump lines, from easy greens to burly blacks, and a slew of ground-level features, including bridges, berms and rollers.

Best of all: The entire thing is absolutely free.

"It's a great place to progress," Donner said. "We have stuff for children on Strider bikes — features as small as you can imagine — all the way to some of the toughest dirt jumps in Colorado. It's just a great hub to move from beginner to expert."

Frisco Bike Park

What: A free public bike park with features for BMX, DJ bikes, downhill bikes and standard mountain bikes

Features: An ever-changing mix of 25-plus dirt jumps, 20-plus wooden or natural features and 30-plus gravity line hits, with sizes for riders of all abilities

Where: Frisco Adventure Park, 621 Recreation Way in Frisco

Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

Cost: Free

The park is occasionally closed after rainstorms due to wet and unstable dirt. From June 1 to closing in September or early October, the nearby Frisco Day lodge with snacks, water and restrooms is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Hours might change for private rentals. To find out more about the park, see http://www.townoffrisco.com.

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