From the press release:
Get ready for a unique off-road biking experience. Just minutes from downtown at the new Adventure Center of Asheville, Kolo Bike Park provides purpose-built bike trails on over 100 acres of rolling terrain. The trails are designed with multiples lines and features to accommodate all ability levels and are built in adjoining loops that can be ridden independently or combined for longer or more challenging rides.
The premise behind the park’s design is Kolo Flow. The word Kolo comes from the Slavic word for circle or wheel and also means bicycle in several languages. In order to optimize the flow of a bicycle wheel, the park utilizes its rolling terrain to help skilled riders maintain momentum and encourage newer riders to build confidence and skill in a controlled environment. Kolo Bike Park allows riders to experience every aspect of mountain biking – descending, climbing, jumping and technical skills riding have all been created with over five miles of machine and hand-built trail for a true mountain bike adventure. More features and routes are designed and will continue to be added.
Kolo Bike Park will host regular skills clinics, camps and races including short track, super d, time trial, cyclocross and cross country events. A rider can learn new skills and then test them out against the clock or other competitors at one of the many race events.
Adventure Rentals at Kolo will provide full-service bicycle rentals from basic mountain bikes to the latest suspension technology and all the supporting gear needed to get rolling. Rentals are available for use at Kolo Bike Park or can be taken off-site to any of the numerous regional cycling destinations.
Eric Krause and his team designed, built, and operate Kolo Bike Park. Eric is no stranger to the Asheville cycling community. His former business, BioWheels, served locals and visitors from across the country with bicycle sales, service, rentals, and events for over 15 years. Eric is also a 20-year veteran expert/elite mountain bike racer, advanced bicycle fit technician and experienced instructor/guide. Shifting his focus from retail to this exciting project will allow him to offer new cycling options in the Asheville area – already well known as a world-class destination for cycling.
In addition to the Bike Park and Rentals, Kolo will be offering packages with other adventures at Adventure Center of Asheville by joining together with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and Wildwater. This union brings together the most experienced outdoor adventure providers in Asheville. It started in 1971, when Wildwater opened the first professional outfitter in the Southeast for whitewater rafting tours. Today, Wildwater offers varied outdoor recreation opportunities at 7 locations and on four of the region’s most popular whitewater rivers. In 2010, the Wildwater family opened the first phase of The Adventure Center of Asheville. Now there is a new building facility opening to include Kolo Bike Park and Adventure Rentals at Kolo as the newest adventure option.
Kolo Bike Park
Adventure Center of Asheville
1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Take Exit 3A (left exit) off I-240, Turn Right on Regent Park Drive (between Denny’s & Pizza Hut), follow signs (adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort)
Hours: (opening date to be announced)
Open 7 days 10:00am – 6:00pm or by appointment/special event
Park or certain sections may close due to weather or conditions.