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Montana Tech Constructs a New Bike Path on Campus

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Montana Tech University is now the only school in the United States with a mountain bike trail. and the new trail is there largely due to the work of one professor.

For the last seven years Montana Tech's emeritus professor, Rick Douglass, has been clicking his shoes in and enjoying mountain biking.

Rick loves to bike and one day he decided he was going to try to put a bike trail in his school's backyard.

"I thought we had a lot of topography," Douglass said. "We don't need to build things with boards. We could take advantage of the already worked over land, you can see the old dumps and pipe built into the hillside and could some of that topography for obstacles to build mountain bike skills."

The area is a former mine pit that has since been filled.

Last summer, Rick wrote a proposal to the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks trail program to get the planning started on the land.

Through a grant, a 1.4 mile course was created.

"Some of the upper ends of the drainage we'll fill with rocks so it will be extremely difficult to climb up with your bike, but you can do it," said Douglass. "So you can practice here."

The trail has plans to add jumps and even tougher terrain.

There are also plans to one day allow the trail to reach all the way to Opportunity.

"We could connect to the walking trail and that could go clear to Opportunity," said Douglass. "So Butte's sitting here with wonderful in town bicycle opportunities. It's kind of like Butte's the mountain bike center of the world."

The bike path is open to anyone.

 

Douglass says the path is set to host foot races in the upcoming months, and he hopes the track can one-day host a triathlon.

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