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NEW EVOLUTION BIKE PARK OPENS AT MOUNT SUNAPEE RESORT

Mount Sunapee Resort
Newbury, NH
Bruce McCloy, Director of Marketing and Sales
(603) 763-3500 or bmccloy@mtsunapee.com

Newbury, NH – (June 1, 2015) – Mount Sunapee Resort has added downhill mountain biking as a new activity in the Adventure Park. The Evolution Bike Park at Mount Sunapee offers lift-serviced downhill trail riding, Specialized® bike rentals and instruction.

The new mile-long Dirt Serpent trail resembles a bobsled run built out of dirt and clay, with banked turns and contours. This initial trail is designed to be family-friendly, but also has optional jumps and terrain features which make it fun for more advanced riders. The Park will literally be evolving this summer with a second “more difficult” trail scheduled to open in early July, a third “most difficult” trail opening in early August and a fourth trail coming on line in the fall. Downhill riding only is permitted in the Evolution Bike Park.

“The Evolution Bike Park is a nice fit for the Adventure Park”, says Dave Keaveny, adventure park manager. “All of the activities in the Adventure Park are family friendly and we wanted our first bike trail to be easy enough so families can ride or experience something new together. By offering our guests terrain of varying difficulty we hope to thrill first time riders, as well as advanced riders, on our specially designed and maintained bicycle specific downhill trails. Many riders tell us that the experience they have riding the Dirt Serpent is similar to the experience they have skiing or riding on a winter day.”

For beginner downhill riders a Start Here package is available, which includes a 90-minute clinic on how to ride and maneuver a downhill mountain bike, Specialized® bike rental with protective gear and trail fee. The clinic includes the guide accompanying the guests on a practice loop at the base of South Peak as well as their first run down the Dirt Serpent trail. A four-hour package costs $69 and a full-day package is $89. Participants must be at least age 10.

Riders are encouraged to bring their own bike as long as it has at least front suspension, well functioning brakes and fat tires. Helmets are also required. Trail fees are $15 for two hours, $20 for four hours and $25 for a full day.

New 2015 Specialized® downhill mountain bikes with full suspension are available for rent with sizing for riders ages 10 and older. Bike rentals also include a helmet and knee and elbow pads. A two-hour trail pass and rental package costs $39, a four-hour package is $59 and a full-day package is $79. Additional protective gear is available for rent to riders who bring their own bikes.

The Evolution Bike Park operates out of Mountain Outfitters at Mount Sunapee in the Sunapee Lodge. Mountain Outfitters offers limited bike service and bike accessories, as well as summer apparel, winter sale items, disc golf supplies, Mount Sunapee logo wear and souvenirs.

Reservations are recommended for the Start Here instructional bike package and bike rental packages. For reservations and more information call 603-763-3564 or visit www.mountsunapee.com.

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