The B-LINE ‘MTB Story’ goes like this…
In 2009 I had a good month while working on commission and decided to buy a MTB (2009 Kona Dawg) as my all purpose bike for around town. It sucked for around town as it was way to squishy and I was too stubborn to raise the seat to an appropriate height. The bike sat in my garage until 2015 when we got a Family Pass to Winsport, which has chairlift access MTB runs, and was a 2-minute bike ride from my house. That pass included the mountain biking and I decided to give it a try with my Kona. I had a blast. I could leave my house at 5pm, do 2-3 laps, and be home for dinner at 5:30. I rode the trails all summer (except the trails with GAP jumps), and I liked them all, especially ‘Safari Planet’. I also wanted to do those gap jumps, but didn’t want to practice on them.
Near the end of Summer 2015, my buddies, Ross and Jeff, took me to Moose Mountain for a couple of shuttle laps. I forget the first run we did, but the 2nd run was ‘Race of Spades’. It had a step-up to triple-drop feature that I wanted to try so bad, but the consequences seemed severe, and it was my first time MTBing. I only did 2 runs that day because my bike lost a bolt that looked important.
I had already Googled ‘Indoor Bike Parks’ because of some ramps I had built outside my house, and how much the neighborhood kids loved those ramps. After riding RoS, I really thought that Calgary needed a facility where people could practice jumps and drops in a safer environment. Trips to Ray’s Indoor Bike Park in Milwaukee (now closed), and Joyride150 in Markham, ON, pretty much sealed the deal, and we started our search for an appropriate space.
And here we are. Thanks for reading. – RYE