NICE RACKS: Angel Fire Bike Park Upgrades its Uploads

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Newly installed triple-bike carriers at Angel Fire offer increased safety, security and improved upload capacity.

Newly installed triple-bike carriers at Angel Fire offer increased safety, security and improved upload capacity. | Photo courtesy Angel Fire Bike Park

ANGEL FIRE, NM — Angel Fire Bike Park announced the installation of 38 new quick-load triple-bike carriers on its Chile Express chairlift. The new carriers are an improvement in response to a common request among riders, according to Hogan Koesis, bike park director at Angel Fire Resort. The new system will hold three bikes per chair and will increase uplift capacity as well as more securely and safely carry bikes with less chance of scratching the top tubes.

"This is what riders disliked the most about our chairlift and upload system," said Koesis. "We listened and delivered. I am so stoked to be legitimate, because we all know, without proper bike carriers on your chairlift, you’re just another bike park."

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Crews work to install new triple-bike carrier systems on Angel Fire Bike Park's Chile Express lift. | Photo courtesy Angel Fire Bike Park

He notes that the system—trays which cradles front and rear wheels—is the same used by Trestle and Whistler, and that the improvements will continue to the park's Chile Express lift, once the longest bike carrying lift in North America prior to Whistler's gondola.

"We plan on purchasing 10 additional triple carriers every year until we have reached an every other chair scenario," Koesis said. "We plan on increasing uplift capacity until the maximum is achieved. This is just one way Angel Fire would like to show our appreciation to our rider base."

Angel Fire Bike Park opens May 14, 2015.

by Don Stefanovich

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