In 2014 Drew Cappabianca started The Hub, a cafe, bar, and bike shop in Brant Lake, NY. It's like a ski lodge or golf clubhouse, but for cycling. While the dream was to create an oasis for all types of riding, The Hub has catered mostly to road cyclists due to the lack of mountain bike trails in the area.
With your help this will all change. In the summer of 2016 Drew purchased over 200 acres directly behind The Hub for purpose of building a single track mountain bike trail system. The land includes Bartonville Mountain. In addition to the engaging nature of the land, the mountain offers spectacular views of Brant Lake and beyond.
Brant Lake Bike Park will realize the amazing mountain biking potential of Brant Lake by developing single track trails on the 200+ diverse acres. Bartonville Mountain allows for fantastic climbs, stunning views, and thrilling descents.
To ensure a world-class experience for users a professional trail builder, Wilderness Property Management, has been hired to design and lay out the trails. You may be familiar with their work at Gurney Lane in Queensbury, NY or at the Ski Bowl in North Creek, NY.
When finished, we will have created the ultimate cycling destination. In addition to the fantastic road riding already available, there will be about 10 unique kilometers of professionally designed single track for mountain biking. All with a clubhouse at the trailhead that features bicycle service, live music, healthy & hearty food, ice cream, and all local craft beer on tap.
An easy drive up I87 from the Glens Falls (30min), Saratoga (45min), and Albany areas (~1hr), the area is close enough to visit frequently, but far enough you feel you've gotten away from it all. The trails will offer a unique experience not currently available in these areas.
It's not all fun and games yet, however. Drew needs your help to complete the dream. While we've had a great outpouring of support in regards of offers to help build, with professional trail services come significant expenses. To achieve the dream we will need just as much financial support as physical. Funds will be used for trail design and layout, tools for volunteers, fuel for equipment, and materials. The park will be free and open to the public.
We cordially invite you bolster your support for the mountain bike community by becoming a Founder of Brant Lake Bike Park.
Risks and challenges
The largest risk and challenge is the land itself. It's incredibly diverse and engaging, but many sections are heavy on rock and light on soil. Unlike areas further south which are heavy on soil and light on rock, building the trails is going require much work. However, in our experience the more you work put into something, the more you get out of it. When finished the product will be of a quality unlike anything from Lake Placid to Albany.
We're prepared to overcome the challenge because that's what we were built to do. Creating The Hub was a herculean effort; we successfully battled buildings and codes, the health department, and the liquor authority, in addition to taking on a myriad of construction projects, and won. We're ready to do it again.
Fueled by our passion for riding and obsession with dreaming big and going for it, there's no limit to what we can do.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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