Man with local roots chosen to test and debut Mammoth Mountain bike course
Nile Rivas, a Susanville native, gets air as he tests a new course at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park prior to the park opening to the public June 21. Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, were featured in a video debuting Mammoth Mountain’s new mountain bike courses. Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began riding his bike on mountain terrain. Photo submitted
Aug. 14 — When Mammoth Mountain was ready to debut the new additions to its mountain bike park, the crew knew just the man to help them test the course and present it to the public. Nile Rivas, 27, was the perfect man for the job.
Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began going on adventurous bike rides on mountain terrain before moving to Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Mammoth Mountain added the Gondi and Discovery Zone to its mountain bike park on June 21 and needed some expert riders to test the course and film a video prior to the park opening to the public. In the time he has lived in Mammoth Lakes, Rivas has worked for Mammoth Mountain off and on, getting to know the managers and employees there, which is how the manager of the new mountain bike park knew he had the qualifications they were looking for.
Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, Brian Enciso and Blake Petritz, rode the new course while being filmed for a video that debuted on Mammoth Mountain’s YouTube channel the day the new course opened to the public. Since then, the video of Rivas and his fellow riders has received been viewed more than 2,000 times.
“It was a test run just to see if everything went OK,” Rivas said.
After the riders gave the park managers their feedback and stamp of approval, the new courses were opened for the public to enjoy.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park now features more than 80 miles of scenic cross-country track and thrilling downhill rides. The park offers terrain suitable for all experience levels. According to its website, the bike park is the largest in the West.
Rivas says he began seriously mountain bike riding with a full suspension bike about six years ago when he got invited to join trail building crews in Mammoth. However, he remembers his early mountain biking experiences in Lassen County, where he pushed himself to the limit on the local terrain.
“I stared riding in Susanville … that’s really where it all began,” Rivas said.
He now rides at Mammoth Mountain five days a week, taking full advantage of a bus that shuttles him from his front yard to the bike park.
After hearing about the new Southside Trail in Susanville and the work of local trail-building crews, Rivas said he is looking forward to visiting Lassen County and trying out the new trails.
For more information on the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, visit mammothmountain.com/Mountain/SummerActivities/BikePark. To see the Mammoth Mountain video featuring Rivas and his fellow riders, visit youtube.com/watch?v=aUUZE5cCw48&feature=youtube_gdata_player.