“It’s great to see people come out here and ride it, and see how much fun they’re having,” Brown said. “One of the most important things is to see kids here and get them involved.”
Several intermediate and high school mountain bikers attended as part of the Cabarrus Cog Crushers, a local mountain biking group that includes students from the area. Tanner, a youngster from the Cabarrus Cog Crushers, said his favorite sport was mountain biking. The group has been an integral part of creating the tracks, said Matt Hartman, president of the Central Carolina Cycling Club.
Hartman joined the trail project years ago and offered to the club to become a source of volunteers to help map out the trail. Since then, he said, about 50 volunteers have worked intermittently for two years.
“Axes, shovels, blood, sweat and tears,” Hartman said. “We did what we had to do to make this thing successful.”
Hartman also contributed several hours of trail work, particularly during the pandemic.
“It was my COVID project,” Hartman said. “It was my isolation. I could come here, train here three or four hours a night, then come back and socialize and do whatever I needed and stay safe.”
As mountain biking groups came out in droves for the opening, Council member King said the community had also asked for amenities like the trail.