Highland Mountain Bike Park, America’s Bike Park is gearing up for another exceptional season, opening its doors to season pass holders on Thursday May 3rdand to everyone else on Friday May 4th. Season Pass holders will get first tracks on Highland’s newest work of art, Bonesaw, a hand crafted dirt rollercoaster that is the mastermind of Highland’s trail crew. “Bonesaw is our most recent offering catering to the advanced riders who demand a more challenging trail,” explains Trail Crew Manager, Tom Lepesqueur. “Meshing the old school, hand built style and wood features with a machine built structure and tons of flow, the trail will keep you on your toes and laughing the whole way down. Bonesaw delivers.”

Bridge through tree

Step down

In true Highland fashion, new trails are not the only new thing on the docket this season- Highland continues their dedication to building the most progressive park in the country with the addition of a 50’ x 50’ Bag Jump to their already extensive Highland Training Center. The “Ayr Bag” will find its home at the base of the world famous Claymore Challenge Course. “The Ayr Bag just makes sense,” says Red Bull/Cannondale pro rider Aaron Chase, who was instrumental in making the Ayr Bag a reality. “Red Bull and Highland partnering was just the next natural step. Both companies are dedicated to progression and taking the sport to the next level for both the pro athletes and the riders next in line. Raise a Red Bull to these guys.”

Ayr Bag

Once again for 2012- Highland has jam-packed their event and camp calendar with the old favorites and some new exciting events!

Some key events include:

The 5th Annual Claymore Challenge- July 20th-22nd A Gold level stop on the FMB World Tour the Claymore is arguably a favorite stop of the pro tour. Watch the top pros throw down for over $20,000 in cash on the Dave Smutok designed course! Who will take in victorious dip in McCaul’s pond and walk away as the newest “knight” of HMBP?

Battle Of Hellion- August 26th Back for it’s second year, the Battle of Hellion takes the endurance of racing with the fun of freeride as racers accelerate down Highland’s signature jump trail, Hellion.

Cannondale OverMountain Enduro Challenge- October 20th In 2011 Highland worked with Enduro pro racer Mark Weir to design this challenging and fun race where riders are faced with a number of climbs and fast speed, glade style downhills in this 3 stage race to compete for over $10,000 in cash! Open to all levels and abilities!

S’ender Bash- November 17th What other way to say good bye to an amazing season- then throw a HUGE party and Highland Mountain can throw a party like none other! In 2011 the lodge transformed into a fraternity, Animal House style- one can only wonder what 2012 will bring!

With only days to go before the lift is spinning, the Highland crew is working in full force, grooming trails, stocking shelves and waiting for the first riders of the season. Season Passes and camps are on sale- so what are you waiting for? Come visit America’s Bike Park, Highland Mountain Bike Park.

For more information visit www.highlandmountain.com and www.ayracademy.com or follow us on Facebook for daily updates at www.facebook.com/highland.mountain.bike.park.

About Highland: Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world’s only lift access mountain entirely dedicated to biking. The park is located just 90 minutes north of Boston in beautiful Northfield, New Hampshire. Boasting an extensive downhill and cross country trail network, skill building areas, a 9,100 square foot indoor training facility and NEW for 2012, another step in progression, a 50’ x 50’ “Ayr Bag”.  Highland offers lessons and camps for all abilities and is home to the Ayr Academy, a week long, overnight camp taught by the best celebrity pros in the business.  Highland Mountain Bike Park is America’s Bike Park…100%.