Mountain Biking

Grand opening of ‘Dirtlab’ bike park Oct. 9 – Oak Ridger


A new park for mountain bikes will officially open Oct. 9, although it’s already been discovered and used by many people. 

The Clinch Valley Trail Alliance (CVTA) will formally open the new Dirtlab with a ribbon cutting and grand opening at Haw Ridge Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25. 

The CVTA project lets both children and adults who are new to mountain biking progressively “experiment” and develop their skills, according to a news release.

The new mountain bike skills park and pumptrack, known as Dirtlab, has been built and funded entirely by the local trail community and local businesses. The Dirtlab name and logo were chosen specifically due to the facility’s proximity to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Children can play on the pumptrack while their parents enjoy the shade of the gazebo. Meanwhile, advanced riders can explore some of the Dirtlab’s jumps and wooden drop features.

 “The Dirtlab is a perfect example of how the community can work together for something positive,” CVTA President Brad Spears said in the news release.

Spears acknowledged the local community and local businesses for both funding and building the Dirtlab. 

“This park is unique when compared to similar parks in the area as it did not cost the city of Oak Ridge a single dime. It is the result of local people who believe in investing into Oak Ridge’s natural assets,” Spears said in the release.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting will provide the CVTA an opportunity to introduce the park to the community and to formally thank and recognize those businesses who donated to the effort. This park was made possible thanks to support from UCOR LLC, Windrock Bike Park, AMETEK, Geezers Brewery, Nick Dwyer Tree Care and Bob’s Trails Trees and Gardens, the release stated.

The CTVA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and preserve sustainable multi-use trails within the city of Oak Ridge and the greater Roane and Anderson Counties. 

For more information, contact Spears at (865) 804-4902 or email bradleygspears@gmail.com.

Haw Ridge Park is located off of Edgemoor Road.