Windsor’s first official off-road cycling facility is ready to welcome adrenaline junkies and outdoor fitness fans to Malden Park.

Construction of about 4.8 kilometres of purpose-built pump track and singletrack trails geared to mountain biking enthusiasts and elite competitors of every skill level have just been completed this fall by our City of Windsor Parks and Recreation department.

Eight sections of single tracks will offer cyclists a variety of challenging routes suitable for beginner, intermediate and technically-advanced riders.

The new trails feature natural, gravel and paved surfaces, as well as unique obstacles and technical challenges, like rollers (dirt berms), rock gardens, gravity flow trails, drops and additional mountain biking infrastructure engineered to facilitate an adventurous ride.

“This park is the first and only city-sanctioned, publicly-managed facility of its kind in Windsor and Essex County and it will truly help put our city on the off-road-cycling map, attracting amateur and elite cyclists to Windsor from across the region,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

The tracks were designed with input from members of Windsor’s off-road cycling communities and trail specialists from the International Mountain Bicycling Association of Canada (IMBA). Residents also had a chance to offer feedback on the proposed park at four open houses hosted by the city in partnership with the Essex County Trail Association (ECTA) and IMBA.

Andrew Jenner, co-founder of ECTA, recently tested the tracks and described the facility as ideal for fun and fitness.

“We have been able to create an excellent trail system that is fun and, if you so choose, challenging,” said Jenner. “Long distance in one lap is challenging on other trails, but doing multiple laps our local trails can really give you a solid 5-out-of-5 workout.”

City crews are putting finishing touches on the technical features of the trails, along with signage and wayfinding markers that will be placed throughout the park to help cyclists identify trails and note their distance and levels of difficulty.

A 700-metre natural surface beginner trail on Little River Corridor has also been completed and will soon have signage installed. A new pump track is scheduled to be installed in the centre of the roundabout off of Little River Road in the spring of 2020.