October 15, 2015
Hi I'm Lynn, I designed and built the Beast Trail. I am proud of it having survived many hard times. Although the trail was 100% built by mountain bikers, I have to thank the runners for actually embracing the trail and keeping it thriving with use, word of mouth, and encouraging the park staff to take responsibility for its maintenance.
Having it as an vision of a World Cup-style challenging race course, after Hurricane Gustav wiped out what my friend James Ramsaur started, Chris Morgan and I set out to rebuild and triple the existing length into a full, completed loop, beginning in Fall 2008.
When Chris moved to Japan, I got some great help from Larry and my other friends over the years. Wayne stepped in much later due to poor management of the park and helped to replace some the 16 bridges I'd built by myself, into ones that are made to last.
Thankfully now, St. Francisville government has been completely revamped and we have a bright future for the area in terms of economic development and tourism. I hope to see a state championship mountain bike race back at the West Feliciana Sports Park trail in the near future.
Today, the trail looks great! Some roots are more exposed but the track is widened and mature looking. I'm not thrilled about some of the cheater routes that have cropped up, but I like that they have been blocked off and the original route has been well-preserved. Thank you trail gnomes.
I ride the Beast on a fully rigid 1x10, and I'm 25 pounds overweight right now, so haters, step up your game please. There are at least two trails just in the Austin, TX area alone that are tougher than the WF Sports Park Trail.
The Beast was meant to bring real mountain biking technical challenges to unskilled riders. So if you can't make one of the drops or climbs without risk of falling, just walk it, no big deal. But if you want to get better, stop and safely session a section until you can master it. Again, that's what the trail is meant to do, teach skills.
none in Louisiana. Similar to a WC race course