Bike park nestled 100 feet underground opens in Louisville

Bike park nestled 100 feet underground opens in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While it may be known for Lights Under Louisville and its zip lines, Louisville Mega Cavern now has a new attraction that's drawing interest from locals and visitors alike.

Visiting from Dallas, Texas, 10-year-old Landry Wycough and his father stretched a weekend getaway into a three-day trip once they uncovered the underground play land.

"Me and my dad were just looking kind of online and we just found this and we just said they're opening Monday, let's just go there," Wycough said.

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As it turned out, dozens of other people had the same idea Monday, with many eager to test out Louisville Mega Cavern's newest attraction.

"The majority of our people today have come from out of town," Louisville Mega Cavern co-owner Tom Tyler said. "We opened up on what we called a soft opening, which basically we did reservations so that we wouldn't be overwhelmed."

Tyler said it has taken staff just more than three months to construct the massive bike park. He said it has been designed with everyone in mind.

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"It's for all age groups," Tyler said. "It's not just experts."

Billed as the largest indoor bike park in the world, it includes nearly 50 trails on more than eight acres.

"The other largest indoor bike park in the United States is 110,000 square feet," Tyler said. "We're at about 320,000 square feet."

For Wycough, an avid rider who's been pedaling courses half his life, the new offerings met his approval.

"I love it," he said.

"There are one-and-a-half times the number of people that mountain bike that play golf," said Tyler. "There is quite a demand for biking."

Thanks to the popularity of the niche attraction and its potential to power profits, Tyler said staff are already planning an additional expansion.

"We are in the process of setting up a bike rental fleet so if they travel to Louisville by plane or car and don't have a bike they'll be able to rent their helmets and bikes here," he said.

The Mega Cavern bike park is now open to the public. Tyler said rentals are expected to begin next month.

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