The $100,000 wall ride is expected to have construction start at the beginning of June.

The $100,000 wall ride is expected to have construction start at the beginning of June.

Thrill seekers: get ready to ride the wall

Mountain bike aficionados will soon have another reason to consider Burns Lake their favourite destination in Northern B.C.

Mountain bike aficionados will soon have another reason to consider Burns Lake their favourite destination in Northern B.C.

The Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA) is planning to build a wall ride called the Pierce Hofer Memorial. The wall ride is approximately 80 feet in diameter, 10 feet high, and 10 feet wide with a wooden plank surface. The Pierce Hofer Memorial is essentially the semi-circular end of a velodrome track.

The wall ride will sit directly across from the Kager Lake parking lot.

“We are totally excited about the new wall ride,” said Guy Epkens-Shaffer, BLMBA’s President.

“It will be something that riders of all levels will be able to enjoy,” he said. “Experts (and experienced riders) can take a high, fast line while beginners will go low and slow.”

The total cost of the structure is approximately $100,000. The BLMBA received funding from the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, the Burns Lake Rotary Club, Lakes District Secondary School’s 2014 graduating class and School District No. 91. Furthermore, Epkens-Shaffer said volunteers dedicated several hours to guarantee this project would become a reality.

“We still need approval from Recreation Sites and Trails B.C., but it sounds like we are close to obtaining that,” said Epkens-Shaffer.

Construction of the Pierce Hofer Memorial is expected to begin in early June, and BLMBA hopes to have the project finished before the Big Pig Weekend in Aug. 14-16, 2015.

 

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