Over the May bank holiday weekend, rider-owned Havok Bike Park reopened it’s gates to the public for the first time in 8 months.
You may know the place from its previous name Cockhill MTB Park or Dirt Trax which was the company set up to run and maintain the centre. Towards the back end of last year it encountered some difficulties and the park was forced to close.
After putting blood sweat and tears into the trails and missing having a good local spot to ride a few of the regular builders and riders (Mathew Lambert, Joe Devereux, Tom Jefferies and Danny Wilson) decided to team up and make it happen for this place again.
After negotiations with the land owner the newly formed team set up the company Havok Bike Park Limited to sign the land lease agreement and brand the bike park under.
Trail maintenance followed to repair the damage from the flooding and fallen trees over the winter in preparation for the Annual PMBA Enduro round. This event helped raise the funds to make the first payment to the land owner and ultimately open up again.
On to the Opening event…
Saturday 28th May
A 7am start after camping in the woods, the “To Do” list consisted of a bacon butty, some last minute bits of taping out the tracks, apply some roofing felt to the wooden features and an inspection of all trails. All was on schedule until a call came in at 9.30am asking for the gates to be open to let the queue of cars in to the woods.
With the cars and vans starting to fill the quarry and the sun shinning we started signing in the first few riders, the event being supported by a whole host of companies including Olfi Cameras, Five Ten, Hope Technology, Airshot, THE Industries, Bang Energy and more there were lots of prizes and giveaways to be won.
Sunday 29th May
This was main day with over 70 riders up in the woods having fun shredding he trails, thrills and spills all round. The whip off contest was a major highlights with big crowds and the riders getting as sideways and loose as possible on their bikes. Young ripper Huey Walker came away with the win and a brand new Olfi 4k Camera. Then it was on to the Gas to flat competition with riders pushing hard and landing with a crunch, Milton Ashworth took the win and walked away with an Airshot tubeless inflation system, a seemingly fitting prize.
The only downside of the day was a rider unfortunately having to be airlifted to hospital after a crash on one of the freeride lines. We pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Michael Mayze.
Wherever you went on the hill all weekend, there where bikes flying past as riders smiling and having fun and there was never a dull moment. Matthew Coleman won a prize for being the first rider of the weekend to add his name to the list of people who have hit the infamous Havok Gap, making him number 6 and earning the nick name, the Havok Hero in the process.
The future of the park is certainly looking better than this time 8 months ago – it has two downhill lines, three free-ride lines and dirt jumps, a strong team behind it and big plans going forwards. Trails for every level of rider and always something to challenge you, it’s exactly what a bike park should be, come down for yourself and check it out.
But before you go, check out the video below, it has tonnes of air:
Credit to Expix for the photos, Danny Wilson for the video.
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Wan’t to visit? Head to Cock Hill Wood, Todmorden, West Yorkshire OL14 7ER