2015-05-28 / Front Page

Clock is ticking for bike park vote

Mountain bikers watched the setting sun above Lake McClure in this undated photo. (Exchequer Riders Club | CONTRIBUTED)Mountain bikers watched the setting sun above Lake McClure in this undated photo. (Exchequer Riders Club | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 2:15 p.m. - A $100,000 grant to improve a Lake McClure bike park depends on locals supporting the cause before Thursday, June 4.

The cash award is offered by biking equipment company Bell Helmets. It would give a big boost to completing the existing park, which is located on 700 acres in Mariposa County and owned by the Merced Irrigation District.

The park is vying for the grant along with two other facilities—Spirit Mountain Bike Park in Duluth, Minn. and Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail in Knoxville, Tenn.

The deadline to vote is Thursday, June 4.

As of Thursday at 1 p.m., the Exchequer park was trailing in the votes, with 3,859 votes for the McClure park, compared to 5,237 votes for Spirit Mountain and 7,481 for Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail.

“This is an amazing opportunity to win one for our local community—in fact for the entire state of California,” said MID General Manager John Sweigard. “This grant would ensure that we can include the double-black diamond trail feature, making the Exchequer Mountain Bike Park the premiere sought-after cycling experience.”

Voting can be done online at the Bell Helmets Web site http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt.

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