Beverly Park is Cedar Rapid’s hidden gem if you will when it comes to off-road riding. Tucked back off the main path, you wouldn’t necessarily know it was there… if you didn’t already know it was there.
Located at 37th Avenue and 21st Street SW, Beverly Park offers approximately 5 miles of dedicated singletrack. Built and maintained by the fabulous LAMBA, trails ranging from novice (green) to expert (double black) can be found throughout the park and cater to all levels of riding ability.
In addition to great riding, Beverly also offers a secluded aura, while still being in town and close to local amenities. Just a few of the scenic views from the park can be seen below.
Not only does the park offer some killer views, it also offers expertly built and maintained trails. Trails for everyone from the beginner, looking for a leisurely jaunt to the seasoned veteran, looking to shred some gnar.
One of the best things about Beverly Park, as well as Mountain Biking in general, is the camaraderie paired with the sport. Mountain Biking and Beverly Park in particular is a fantastic place to spend a weekend afternoon with the whole family. Or, if you like meeting new people, many Tuesday and Wednesday evenings you can find an abundance of riders enjoying the trails as well as the company of each other. Off-roaders are naturally a friendly and social breed, so you’re bound to make a friend or two!
Now that I have you all excited about Beverly Park, I’ll introduce the perfect opportunity for you to check it out in all its glory! LAMBA’s Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy this Sunday (6/19/16) will offer an awesome chance to race, spectate, and/or get a great sense of Mountain Biking in general. The Fat Tire Frenzy has races for all levels of riders, from a kids only race, to novice level, to expert. There will even be a trail run starting off the day’s activities for those who want to participate but aren’t active cyclists.
Not interested in racing but want to see what all the hubbub is about? Stop by and cheer on the racers! There will even be a food truck selling food/concessions making this a great way to spend an afternoon!
Not racing but still want to participate? Email LAMBA07@gmail.com for more information on being a volunteer. Just as they say “it takes a village to raise a child” it also takes a village to put on a great Mountain Bike race!
Isn’t all this AWESOME?! Well, it’s all possible because of the dedicated volunteers and members of the Linn Area Mountain Bike Association. LAMBA is a non-profit dedicated to creating and maintaining opportunities for sustainable natural surface singletrack mountain biking trails in Linn County. LAMBA is an official chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association and is responsible for trails in Squaw Creek Park, Sac & Fox, as well as Beverly Park.
Mountain Bike trails don’t build themselves. They don’t maintain themselves either. That’s why the countless hours of sweat equity put in by members of LAMBA to create off-road riding opportunities is something that should not be taken for granted. Without LAMBA, the dedicated members of LAMBA, as well as donors of LAMBA, Mountain Biking in Cedar Rapids would not exist as we know it.
So, if you’re a fan of off-road riding I highly encourage you to come to the race this weekend or stop by the park on a Wednesday evening sometime this summer. Meet some of the awesome guys and gals of LAMBA and if it fits, consider joining or donating to the cause! #RideDirt!
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