STURGIS | Corey Brink, and his nephew, D.J. Brink, have a long heritage on two wheels, both motorized and pedal-powered.
Now they and mountain bike, stunt bike, skate board and scooter enthusiasts could have a new place to play if their plans to build a paved bike park here proceed.
Their Xtreme Dakota Bike Shop of Sturgis has sponsored human-powered, two-wheeled events since opening the shop a couple of years ago in downtown Sturgis.
Corey and D.J. have joined forces with the Sturgis Police Athletic League to build a bike park in northeast Sturgis.
Corey Brink said D.J. came up with the concept for a paved facility, with banked turns, berms, rolling jumps and other features, called a pump track.
The city donated the land, north of Bear Butte Creek and east of Woodle Field and will also provide dirt as a base for the track.
Another company has promised asphalt for the track and Corey Brink said he also seeking other donations to help get the park going.
An Ohio-based firm, PumpTrax USA, has visited the proposed site and will build the track, Brink said.
“They’ll come in and build it and make sure it’s right to spec the first time,” he said, saving the need of having to rebuild it again and again.
Brink estimates the total cost of the project, including in-kind donations received thus far, to be $80,000.
On Saturday, March 3, a fundraiser is set at the Knuckle Saloon in Sturgis starting at 6 p.m., with silent and live auctions and raffles, 50/50 drawings and food and drink specials.
Corey said the bike park will compliment the bike shop-sponsored summer race series on Wednesday nights in Sturgis, which have drawn between 80 and 130 riders per event, and give riders another place.
Also serving on the park’s board of directors is Sturgis police chief Geody Vandewater, executive director of the Sturgis Police Athletic League and SPAL program coordinator Joe Leveque. The park fits in with the league’s promotion of youth activities, which includes bike events and a boxing club.
“We’re just trying to come with something to promote more youth activities, and even for adults to have a place to go goof around a little bit,” Corey said.