Ride into fun at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

BRITTANY AMBROSIO-BEUTHE
COMBO Vice President

Over the last several years, the mountain biking community in Central Ohio has flourished. Multiple trails are located within the city or just a short drive outside of I-270. One of the leading forces in the construction and maintenance of these trails is the Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO).

Chestnut Ridge offers a 10-mile loop for all skill levels. Photo/Rick Jordon

One of the most popular trails is at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park, located in Canal Winchester. With multiple connectors and side trails, Chestnut Ridge becomes a do-it-yourself adventure. The main trail is a 10-mile fun, technical loop that offers challenges for all skill levels. For more advanced riders who like a challenge, there’s a half-mile flow trail that features jumps and drops. You can warm up and practice your skills on a small pump track located in the starting field.

Trail upkeep is one of the biggest responsibilities for COMBO, with rider education being a close second. Beginning in April, COMBO will host monthly Dirt School classes to help beginner riders become more comfortable on their bike and teach trail etiquette when they hit the local parks. Classes will be at the Berliner Mountain Bike Park, south of downtown Columbus. Learn more about our Dirt School here.

Mountain bikers can challenge themselves on various jumps and obstacles. Photo/COMBO

When riders become confident enough in their skills, they can put them to the test and sign up for one of the many races COMBO holds throughout the year. These races are held at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park, Alum Creek and a few partner trail systems. Race dates are posted on our website and dependent on permission from the host parks.

These trails and events wouldn’t be available without COMBO’s efforts. Yet, the true thanks goes out to those who support COMBO, our members and volunteers and  those organizations that stand behind COMBO.

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