5 Nov 2015

The Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch West Build

The Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch West design and build was an awesome project for Alpine Bike Parks. The design process started off with a visit to the site with the ABP crew and Cam McCaul in tow. Over some Dales Pale Ales it became apparent that there was a good amount of elevation to take advantage of and visionary ideas flowed down the hill all the way to the hops in the distance.

Procuring a slopestyle-esque course that incorporated an adjacent roller line was in order, as well as completing the existing flow course that trail boss Troy Mandery maintains down to the picturesque pond that sits out in the low lands of Longmount, Colorado. A few iterations of design sketches later Alpine came up with quite a line that boosts through trees, jackknifes around a curved wall, plunges into a belter of a large left hip and straightens out for two long doubles that round out a rad track that the locals will be amped on for a long time to come. An optional seasonal lake jump is in the works, rolling in from the second to last jump's landing leading to a dock that will have all the daring folks flying.

The organic approaches of Oskar Blues and Reeb Cycles led to many good times building the Reeb Ranch West course. Integrating FlowForm Bike Ramps eliminated the need to up-keep element susceptible jump lips and ensured a dynamic overall rider experience and aesthetic. From dawn til dusk shovels and skids stacked dirt and dialled in dreams of dirt jumpers far and wide.

A huge shout out to Troy and all the volunteers that made the vision come to actuality. More to come on the Hops & Huckers Blue Groove Invitational.

Photography by: Ted Van Orman & Chester Jones

No comments:

Post a Comment