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Bikers get a tour of Blue Clay Park Trails


Guides from the Cape Fear Cyclists Club led groups through the Blue Clay Park Trails Saturday afternoon. They explained the history of the park, along with plans for the future. And the future was a bit fuzzy until earlier this week, when an understanding was reached between the Cape Fear Cyclists and New Hanover County.

“There was controversy about who runs the park, who manages the park. New Hanover County owns it, but we want it to be managed by the Cape Fear Cyclists, maintaining the trails, etc,” said Erol Caglarcan of Cape Fear Cyclists.

Cape Fear Cyclists is a volunteer group. They worked hard to build the Blue Clay Park a few years ago. They worked just as hard this month to save it.

The folks who attended Saturday’s open house are just glad everything is going to be worked out. “I liked all the routes and all the hills and bridges. Along the way I saw all these ramps and stuff that looked interesting that I may want to try next time,” Courtney Loughran said.

For a coastal community, Wilmington has a superb mountain bike layout. It is 6 and a half miles worth of trails that include a mile and half beginners loop. “Kids can do it. In fact, we just had a 70 year old woman complete the loop,” said Steve Mangiacapre of Cape Fear Cyclists.

One thing is for sure; you do not have to head to the hills to enjoy mountain bike riding. Just make sure you remember to bring your bike helmet.

The bike park is open every day as long as it’s not too muddy. The next event at the bike park will be a run-bike-run event on October 18th.

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videoThe Blue Clay Mountain Bike Park has been open to cyclists for 2 years now. Lately, just who is responsible for the park has caused some controversy. Saturday, the City of Wilmington and the Cape Fear Cyclists held an open house to showcase the park that has been under scrutiny lately.

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