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Single Track Mountain Biking Not Just Leaving a Dust Trail Anymore

Chance Harrold is shown negotiating a tricky slope.

The sport of mountain biking is peaking the interest of parents and kids alike. The beginning of a sport seen as an economic boon to areas across the country is reaching Garden Valley.  With encouragement from a local businesses such as the Idaho X-Sports and Georges’ Cycle in Boise, a group of intense riders are showing up  for the newest sport to hit the area.

For starters, the Garden Valley School has created a sanctioned Mountain Biking Club with the overt support of the Superintendent Greg Alexander. This sanctioned Mountain Biking Team is called “Wolverines on Wheels.”  There are close to a dozen interested kids so far from the Middle School and from the High School with supporting parents alongside.

Chance Harrold is shown negotiating a tricky slope.

Chance Harrold is shown negotiating a tricky slope.

This group has successfully competed in two races, one at Jug Mountain and one at Galena Lodge.  Next week they will go to Grand Targhee.  Kids work with their coach Scott Kahre. Parents can contact at scottkakre@frontier.com or 208-514-6297, especially if they interested in more information about participating in the league.

George’s Cycles has donated bike maintenance equipment to the school so there is the beginning of a shop at the school.  Idaho X-Sports Adventure Park owners Jason and Kelly Sawin have graciously been providing shirts for the kids to wear, bikes for them to use, a maintenance trailer at races. They also have a special place for everyone to practice in between race weeks.

Brady Campos passing another rider in his first race.

Brady Campos passing another rider in his first race.

The Garden Valley Job Creation/Retention Council (GV JC/RC) is creating Garden Valley’s first single track mountain biking and hiking trail on BLM land just above Crosstimbers.  It will provide the beginning of excellent roads and trails several miles up Alder Creek Road from Banks Lowman Road.  There is almost nowhere in Garden Valley for kids and adults to ride groomed trails and these, on both Boise National Forest and BLM property, will afford our residents and visitors with safe, healthy places to ride.

All this will also contribute a new venue to the tourism focus of our Garden Valley economy which is presently non-existent.  That will improve the value of real estate throughout Garden Valley so close to a burgeoning, clean, quiet and environmentally conscious sport. Follow what is going on the Boise County Adventures Facebook page.  It is exciting and 100% positive.