May Day saw the grand opening of MTB Pursuits bike park at Hales Superbole in Harthill, Cheshire and we popped along to check it out. Despite the threat of rain, blue skies and sunshine won the day and the selection of dirt jumps, raised north shore sections, drops and the mini DH course dried quickly. The main attraction of the 450m long, world-class 4X track was also in near prime condition and the car park filled up quickly, with everyone from families to groups of serious 4X riders who’d travelled hours to be there.
Designed by World Cup course builder Phil Saxena and built by Lee of MTB Pursuits, the track is set to be used in the both the British NPS and European 4X series on the weekend of the 29th May, bringing some of the biggest names in 4X racing together.
The track features plenty of jumps, some huge berms, log drops and rhythm sections with numerous line options and has the UK’s only split jump section, allowing racers the the choice of small and safe but slow jumps or large, fast but potentially risky gap jumps to keep racing tight as well as interesting for spectators. With the Dirt Wars freestyle jumping competition on at the same time it should make for a fairly action packed weekend.
If you prefer to ride rather than watch, the track and whole bike park is open to the general public from now and should you find your bag of skills lacking, MTB Pursuits will be offering a range of skills instruction courses, including special 4X coaching sessions from world class rider Neil “The Don” Donoghue. You can also hire and demo bikes from the likes of DMR, Yeti and Santa Cruz.
For more information on events, courses, hire equipment as well as directions to the bike park, take a look at http://www.mtbpursuits.co.uk