Don’t hang up the bike just yet |

Don’t hang up the bike just yet

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

Special to the DailyFrisco Bike Park is home to a dual slalom course, downhill courses, a pump track and a jump facility.

Cooler temperatures are signaling the end of summer to Summit County residents, and there’s talk of putting bikes away for the season.

But the Frisco Bike Park staff says it’s not yet time to hang the wheels. Instead, the park, located on the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area, is hosting an end-of-season bike jam on Saturday.

“The dual slalom is real popular. People are really excited about it,” bike park manager Zeke Zdechlik said, adding that the final event of the season should showcase the work his crew has been doing, cleaning up lines and making it accessible.

A dual slalom, head-to-head downhill race is slated for 11 a.m., with all competitors guaranteed at least three runs. Classes are divided into elite men and women, men and women 19-and-up, men and women 14-18 and boys and girls 13-and-under, so everyone has a chance to compete against similarly skilled athletes. It’s $25 to enter, and includes a free drink coupon.

Afterwards, at 2 p.m., the bike park hosts the Super Happy Fun Day Jam, which allows anyone to take advantage of the bike park’s jump facility. Participants can show off their best trick for prizes awarded throughout the day with a live emcee announcing tricks and giveaways.

The bike park has an ideal spectating spot built in, too, on the rock outcropping with picnic tables, Zdechlik said.

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“It’s an exciting, fast-moving event to watch,” he said, adding, “This is just a perfect weekend. It’s a lot about bringing your bike out. Just come to the park. Look at the different things that are going on out there.”

The bike park has been open dawn to dusk seven days a week this year, offering youth and adult programs to develop bike skills and encourage riders to expand their horizons. Zdechlik said ridership has increased, but park staff continue to face the challenge of intimidation. He emphasizes that he’s seen grandfathers riding the pump track with grandchildren. He also emphasizes that all bikes have brakes, so an intimidating line can be ridden as slow as necessary.

“You can do most of the features in the park at your own speed,” he said.