Diablo Freeride Park
Within a 50-mile striking distance from the New York metro area, this northern New Jersey bike park has always focused on drawing in the extreme riding crowd with 85 percent of its 40 trails falling into the advanced or expert realm—until now. Diablo now also has designs on providing terrain for the beginner biker; as such, it has opened the Greenhorn top-to-bottom novice run for this season. It has also brainstormed and constructed a new all-levels riding concept called IndyCross (opening August 1, 2008).
"It's similar to a mountain-cross course, but for a single rider, not four," says Shawn Orecchio, Diablo's owner and general manager. "Beginners can roll everything, and advanced riders can jump the doubles and triples."
Experienced riders are certainly not left in the dark here this season—a new slopestyle area, called Reality Show, supplies a healthy dose of adrenaline via tabletop jumps, elevated wooden features, and kickers.
For those who strive to go faster sooner, Orecchio has also equipped several of Diablo's runs with the Freelap competitive timing system (which he also distributes in the United States). It provides competition against friends (or your own personal best). Diablo is the first park in the world to offer this unique feature. The system requires an integrated watch that can be purchased or rented.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication