Perry County Trail System Hosts First Mountain Bike Race

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) — A trail system that has been developed over the past five years is now used by mountain bikers across the Commonwealth.

“It first started as a personal need, but then I realized how many people wanted the same thing I wanted, so we had tons of support from the city and county that got us to this point. “said Ben Braman, the designer and builder behind the Perry County Trail System.

In partnership with the Perry County Trail System, the Bluegrass Mountain Cup hosted an ATV race in Perry County on Sunday.

“We’re, you know, thrilled with how this season has gone and to bring this to Perry County for the first time and hope to be back next year,” the race director said. the Bluegrass Mountain Cup, Josh Patton.

The Bluegrass Mountain Cup kicked off a race-packed weekend on Saturday with the inaugural Kiss the Goat Trail race, wrapping up their ATV racing streak on Sunday.

“What Pathfinders, Perry County and specifically Ben Braman, the trail builder here, has done is just amazing,” Patton said. “I would say this is one of the best trail systems in the state. It’s a small system, still only has a handful of trails, but it’s growing rapidly and the quality of the trails is very, very high.

Braman said events like this were exactly the reason he wanted to create this trail system.

“Although it’s not a magic bullet to save an economy or to create the perfect lifestyle, but it’s definitely a very important piece of the puzzle to be provided to people who live here and people who come for tourism and others just for quality of life,” Braman added.

Sunday’s race wrapped up the Bluegrass Mountain Cup mountain bike racing series, featuring races in eastern and southeast Kentucky.

Patton added that he hopes to continue this partnership with the Perry County Trail System.

Patton and his team hope to coordinate more races across the Commonwealth this fall.

Braman said if you want to follow upcoming trail-centric events, you can visit the Pathfinders of Perry County Facebook page, follow Braman’s Instagram page, or contact him directly at (406) 456-8397.

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