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Oak Mountain State Park Epic Red Trail Grows to 28 Miles with More on the Horizon

With help from a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant and Shelby County, Alabama, Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) designed and completed 4.6 miles of new trail at Oak Mountain State Park to grow the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Epic trail to 28 miles.  Volunteers put in over 1,500 hours between September 18, 2011 and October 23, 2011 constructing 1.2 miles of hand built singletrack to complete the new Jekyll & Hyde trail at Oak Mountain State Park.  The upper, hand built segment consists of rocky, tight and technical trail geared towards advanced riders and begins near the famous Blood Rock section of the Epic trail.  Progressive Trail Design, LLC completed the lower 3.4 miles of the Jekyll & Hyde trail in 11 working days, ending on October 15, 2011.  This machine built, roller coaster section of new trail is smooth and fast.  Jekyll & Hyde is part of the evolving stacked loop system at Oak Mountain State Park and was used for the inaugural Chain Buster Endurance Race on November 12, 2011 which drew over 200 participants.  The completion of Jekyll & Hyde marks a step towards BUMP’s vision of having a diverse trail system that will appeal to all levels of riders and that will be conducive for various types of racing and events.

BUMP will start hybrid construction on 1.3 miles of new flow trail on December 8, 2011 that will be contractor-led and volunteer-supported.  The trail will have a consistent downhill flow with regular intervals of jumps, drops, tables and the like.  The projected completion date is December 31, 2011 with support from the RTP grant and Shelby County, Alabama. 

An IMBA/Fox Racing Shox Pump Track Grant along with RTP funding and assistance from Shelby County, Alabama, will help BUMP build what we believe will be the most impressive pump track in the southeast. Site grading for an 18,000 square foot pump track has been completed.  The next stage of construction is tentatively set to begin December 14, 2011 and the pump track should open in February.  Progressive Trail Design, LLC will be the contractor for the new flow trail and pump track.