West Coast Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion forg­ing ahead with vi­sion to de­velop moun­tain bike trail sys­tem

The Western Star - - SPORTS - BY DAVE KEARSEY david.kearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

They’re tak­ing their time with this one.

One kilo­me­tre at a time, west coast moun­tain bike en­thu­si­asts are fo­cused on a mas­ter plan to cre­ate an in­ter­na­tional rid­ing des­ti­na­tion.

The mas­ter plan, through the lead­er­ship of the West Coast Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion, is to build a 50-km sin­gle track moun­tain bike trail sys­tem through­out the Hum­ber Val­ley and western New­found­land.

Vol­un­teers have been busy for the past month or so work­ing on a new trail near Har­vey Road at the base of Massey Drive that would ex­tend to the rock cut west of Cor­ner Brook that brings with it a spec­tac­u­lar view over­look­ing Cor­ner Brook.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter Oller­head said de­vel­op­ment of the trail sys­tem is an ex­ten­sive project that re­quires a lot of vol­un­teer hours but it’s all worth the ef­fort when he sees hun­dreds of moun­tain bik­ers look­ing for places to ride and con­fi­dent the num­bers of riders will con­tinue to grow.

The trail sys­tem will only ex­pand, and riders feel more free if peo­ple lend a help­ing hand in de­vel­op­ing the route. As an avid cy­clist who pro­motes rid­ing to the public ev­ery chance he gets, Oller­head is among those who join the group on Wed­nes­days at 5 p.m. to tackle the work that needs to be done to get the trail com­pleted.

“If you ride it, you should help build it,” Oller­head said. “It will cer­tainly help you feel bet­ter about the trail sys­tem if you know that you’ve ac­tu­ally lent a hand to help pro­duce it.”

The west coast is a prime spot for moun­tain bike trails and Oller­head be­lieves de­vel­op­ment of the trail net­work will help at­tract more moun­tain bik­ers to the area, both from around the prov­ince and from around the world as peo­ple be­come more aware of what the west coast has to of­fer.

“Our ter­rain is fan­tas­tic for it, but it takes some ini­tia­tive to get the trails built,” he said.

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Vol­un­teers are seen work­ing on the moun­tain bike trail sys­tem that the West Coast Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion is hoping will one day be an in­ter­na­tional rid­ing des­ti­na­tion. The goal is to build a 50-km trail net­work that winds it way through the Hum­ber Val­ley and western New­found­land.

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