Muskingum County is home to the oldest mountain bike trail in Ohio, but today riders pedaled there for the last time. Velo Z property owner Tom Hayes converted the running trail into one for mountain bikes after finding local interest from the Zanesville Biking club. From there it progressed and gained widespread popularity, with riders coming from Columbus and Cleveland. But after 17 years, course maintenance has taken its toll. Hayes said it takes about 40 hours to clean and trim the course for each race. Muskingum County riders have other local mountain bike options with trails at Dillon State Park and the Wilds. Hayes said at the peak of popularity, over 300 riders would show up for an event. Today 80 participated in the wet conditions. Hayes plans to help develop a new course at Blue Rock state park, only nine miles away from Velo Z.