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Trek donates to new terrain park within mountain bike trails

CROSBY — Trek Bicycle Corporation has agreed to donate up to $10,000 in matching funds toward the construction of new mountain bike trails in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew is raising money to build Yawkey Overdrive, a technical skills terrain park designed for intermediate to advanced level mountain bikers, and Trek will match donations up to $10,000.

“We’re thrilled to have Trek’s support in building this technical skills terrain park,” said Aaron Hautala, Crew president. “Their partnership says a lot about Trek’s community mindedness.”

Plans for Yawkey Overdrive include features like wood skinnies, wood rollers, rock features and raised bridges. The technical aspects of the proposed trail could increase the status of the trail system, deemed a bronze-level Ride Center last year by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

“This terrain park will make the system more well-rounded. It will give intermediate level riders a chance to build up their skills,” said Nick Statz, the Crew’s director of trail maintenance. “The trails we’re planning for the future could include some pretty extreme terrain. Yawkey Overdrive will be a good introduction to the more technically challenging trails.”

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew hopes to raise $30,000 to build Yawkey Overdrive. Donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) and sent to P.O. Box 162, Deerwood, MN, 56444.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, a division of MORC and IMBA, meets at 7 p.m. at the Hallett Center on the first Thursday of every month.

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