When the action gets rolling Saturday at the Bike Park Blowout at the Castle Rock Bike Park, Kevin Knorr will have a smile on his face and his hands full.
Knorr, who owns Proper Cycle Werks at 1051 14th Ave. in Longview, has played a key role in developing the park, racking up more than 100 hours since ground was broken in 2011 and providing critical advice about the park’s construction. At the Blowout, he and Proper Cycle Werks mechanic Braden Nicholson will conduct safety checks on participants’ bikes.
“I first heard about the plan for the park in 2010 when I ran into local biker Al Hansen,” Knorr recalled. “Al said, ‘What do you thinking about building a bike park?’ I said, ‘I’m in.’ ”
The Bike Park Blowout features a series of skills stations, with participants earning a helmet sticker for each station attempted and a medal if they try them all. Lunch will be provided by North County Recreation Association.
The Castle Rock Bike Park, which was created by mountain bikers affiliated with the group Growlers Growlers Gulch Racing, features one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest pump tracks, and Knorr played a key role in its development. During the early stages of construction, he was charged with researching pump track designs and determining which would be best for the Castle Rock site.
“It’s very complicated,” he said. “Unless you get the proper distance between rollers and the right berm radiuses, things just don’t flow right.”
Knorr loves the fact that kids are using the park, but the venue also offers riders of all ages an opportunity to improve their skills.
“Normally when you’re riding, you don’t stop to session (practice) the difficult stuff you encounter. The park gives people a great chance to expand their ride abilities by repeatedly practicing a wide variety of features in a short span of time.”
Knorr became a certified bike mechanic in 2003, his sophomore year of high school. He turned wrenches at Byman’s Bikes, Bob’s, Highlander, Boone Dog Bikes, and Canyonview before opening his own shop in June 2017. He is involved in planning for the Six Rivers Trail and said he is interested in supporting other projects that grow the biking community.