For years, off-road bikers in Surrey have had three options when it came to riding: travel all the way down to the South Surrey Bike Park, build their own illegal trails, or skip town completely and ride in other municipalities. Now, those living in the northern part of Surrey have a place to call their own in the Invergarry Bike Park.
Already a popular spot for homemade trails, Invergarry Park is now an official bike park of the City of Surrey, and organizers are getting ready to celebrate the site's grand opening, at Wallace Drive and Surrey Road.
Spearheaded by avid bikers Derek Kost and Jordan Proctor in partnership with Surrey Off Road Cycling Enthusiasts (SORCE), the Invergarry Bike Park is the result of a growing group of local riders interested in seeing more recreational options in Surrey.
"We were already getting a lot of young people showing up and riding here so it's really cool that we've been able to do something like this with the help of the City of Surrey," said Kost. Prior to the bike park's creation, the area was home to numerous jumps and trails created by local riding enthusiasts, including Kost and Proctor. While the "rogue" trails and jumps built on public property without permission, the continued use of the area showed the city that there was a serious demand for something more official in the northern part of Surrey.
"The site had a small following based on what we had built in the area," said Kost. "It was definitely a tell-your-friends spot but it was not a destination location."
However, after the partnering with SORCE and the City of Surrey, Kost and Proctor have been able to use limited funding to build the one of the most feature-heavy off-road bike parks in the Lower Mainland.
"This is a very unique park. Most city bike parks don't really dedicate the features to the free-rider or downhill rider, which is more of an extreme kind of rider that's more into higher speeds, big jumps and tricks," explained Kost.
What also makes the park unique is that it caters to riders of all abilities.
"We didn't want to alienate any group of rider, we wanted to make it accessible to every level," said Kost. "So while it does have those high-risk features, the big gap jumps, it also has stuff like the pump track so you can have a very basic skill level and still have a fun enjoyable riding experience."
While the Invergarry Bike Park is already open to ride, SORCE will be holding the official grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 1 starting at 11 a.m. Anyone and everyone is invited and there will be prizes and loads of off-road biking to be had. For more information, go to www.sorcebikeclub.org.
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